David Middleton has been appointed as the new executive chairman of the Association of Medical Insurers and Intermediaries (AMII), replacing Stuart Scullion who announced last month that he was stepping down after six years in the role.
Middleton was CEO of employment benefit consultancy, Portus, until its sale to Aon in 2017. During his time there, he sat on the committees of both GRiD and AMII, where he was chair of the ‘Raising the Profile’ Committee.
He has a strong interest in developing AMII’s education and training offering to members and helped develop the GRiD training academy.
He has subsequently taken on the roles of executive director at Benefits Advisory Services (BAS) and a consultant at CWB and is also a trustee of charities Smile for Joel and Sporting Minds UK.
He takes on his new role after an unprecedented year where the PMI industry has had to respond to the wide-ranging impact of a global pandemic and a new post-Brexit reality.
‘Insurers have responded well, with a willingness to help and support intermediaries and the end customer, with telemedicine and additional support services. It is also commendable that PMI insurers made a pledge to not profit from the pandemic and some have already made appropriate premium refunds to clients in this respect,’ he said.
Looking ahead, he said he would take a consultative approach to creating extra value in AMII membership.
‘It is testament to the good work of everyone concerned that AMII now has a healthy cash position, and this must continue to be an objective by engaging further with our existing members to retain membership and attracting new ones from all sides,’ he said. ‘To do this we need to continue to be the voice of the industry, lobby parliament and the regulator as together we are a force that can drive innovation and improvement in all that we do and are involved in.’