Members of the Board are elected for a 2 year mandate. The role of the Board is to: support the EPHA Secretariat and its staff set out the annual work programme of the organisation set priorities and targets review EPHA financial management and scrutiny of annual accounts appoint the appropriate staff.
THE EPHA SECRETARIAT
The role of the Secretariat is to ensure that the full work programme of the organisation is carried out efficiently and effectively and to actively contribute to the development of good organisational practice.
The EPHA Secretariat is located in Brussels near the European Parliament and other EU institutions.
Members of the Board are elected for a 2-year mandate.
THE ROLE OF THE EPHA BOARD IS TO:
- support the EPHA Secretariat and its staff
- set out the annual work programme of the organisation
- set priorities and targets
- review EPHA financial management and scrutiny of annual accounts
- appoint the appropriate staff.
Archie Turnbull has been involved in the development of EU Public Health policy for over two decades in the areas of tobacco control, cancer and respiratory disease prevention as Executive Director of the International Union against Cancer (UICC) and subsequently the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and currently as President of the Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) – organisations that are active players in advocacy and public health campaigns in Europe. Under his leadership, the UICC established one of the first tobacco control lobbyists in Brussels. As a result, and over time, there was greater involvement of disease specific organisations in European advocacy which led, indirectly, to the creation of EPHA. He was also one of the founders of the Smoke Free Partnership and chairs the Strategy Group for European tobacco control. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and trained as an accountant and a banker, he moved to Switzerland in 1966. He became involved in development aid programmes, including directing a foundation specialising in micro credit, long before this field became fashionable. In 1985 he moved into the management of medically related international organisations. Archie retired from the active management of ERS at the end of 2007 but continues activities in European tobacco control, as an advisor to the WHO, and, during 2009, as advisor to the EPHA Finance and Executive Committees.
Catherine Hartmann is the secretary general of the European COPD Coalition (ECC), a panEuropean not-for-profit association. Ms Hartmann sets up and develops the association’s programmes and activities to raise awareness on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and to advocate for COPD to be part of the EU political agenda. COPD is a chronic disease of the lungs and airways (chronic bronchitis and emphysema) affecting up to 10% of the European population.
She has been active in the field of European policies for almost a decade, working for notfor-profit organisations, as a Manager and then Director. In the past, she led the European Cancer Leagues (ECL, 2004 – 2006) and the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP, 2006-2010) and worked in particular on enhanced care practice, patient rights, patients and healthcare professionals’ mobility, health determinants such as tobacco, training and specialisation of healthcare professionals, on information to patients, pharmacovigilance and on patient safety.
Ms Hartmann is an adamant promoter of European public health policies and a keen supporter of EU and civil society dialogue, she works with a wide range of international and European partners to build cooperation and ECC is a member of the European Chronic Disease Alliance and of the NCD Alliance (global).
Ms Hartmann holds a Master’s degree in Public Law from the University Paris II.
Peter Wiessner, a social work and social science graduate, began to get involved in HIV related work in 1990. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Wiessner worked for a local NGO in Munich, counselling and raising awareness on prevention in prison and directing a reintegration program for long-term unemployed people living with HIV. Currently based in Cologne he works as a freelance consultant, mainly on behalf of the Deutsche AIDS- -term survival with immunity-driven research on HIV-related entry and residence regulations. In 2008, Mr. Wiessner served as a member of the international UNAIDS Task Team on HIV-related travel restrictions, a body that created concrete proposals on how to abolish these sort of discriminative regulations. In the last two years, Mr. Wiessner coordinated a German-wide HIV testing campaign for Men having sex with men (MSM), or http://www.iwwit.de/.
Mr. Wiessner became a member of the European AIDS Treatment Group in 2003. For the EATG, he co-organized and – Lisbon, June 7- recommenda participates as community representative in the WHO Europe Health in Prison Network (HIPP) and the EU project on Health Promotion for Young Prisoners (HPYP). His main interests relate to legal inequalities and access to health for vulnerable populations with HIV, Human Rights violations in the HIV context, and topics such as criminalization of HIV transmission. He joined EPHA as a Board member in 2012.
Yves has earned a Bachelor in Social work and a Master’s in European studies. In the Netherlands, he started his professional career in a community health centre serving families and individuals affected by physical health problems, substance abuse and intellectual disabilities. He worked his way up from Social Worker to Policy Officer. His community centre experience provided him with a good understanding of the issues encountered by persons with mental health problems. Dedicated to those struggling with these issues, the field perspective makes him uniquely qualified to review and update efficiently existing mental health policies while making sure that policies and procedures are put into practice He actively participates in numerous health conferences and meetings in order to rally maximum public support for his cause. A committed and reliable individual, he is involved in the fight against all forms of exclusion and he advocates for a better inclusion of people with mental health problems. Currently, Mr Brand works on a campaign which advocates for a new work placement method called “Individual Placement and Support system”. The objective is to bring together health and employment sectors to integrate young people with severe mental health problems in the open labour market. Mr Brand also worked as a Policy Officer at Mental Health Europe (MHE). He was responsible for the development of policies and procedures in the field of mental health at European level.
EPHA Former President
A political scientist and graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Peggy has been working in the health sector at national and European level for over twenty years highlighting that gender/sex are important determinants of health and that there is a need to reduce health inequalities, in particular due to gender, age and socio-economic status. She has served as a member of many expert groups including the EU Commission’s External Advisory Group on Ageing and Disability and EU Commission’s advisory group on gender in FP6 and the WHO Expert Group on gender mainstreaming, the Women’s Health Council (Ireland) and a member of the We Can Quit advisory Group. Peggy has initiated many research projects, publications and communications initiatives. In the communications area, the EIWH developed Cancom, a cancer communication and information initiative for women and families: http://eurohealth.ie/cancom. This project was developed with the dual aims of providing health information targeting women’s health needs and developing a content model to encourage women and women’s organisations to become not only users but early adaptors of internet technologies. Other communications actions provided what is understood to be the worlds first “mashup” meeting specific educational needs for Cafe Mondial. The development and launch of what was assessed to be the best peer led approach to providing advanced communications training and support services to the elderly, the “E-Tearoom”. To create awareness that differences exist in the incidence, treatment response and prognosis of a range of diseases, including heart disease, arthritis, depression, infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases. Peggy has been responsible for and contributed to several publications – Facts and Figures across the EU; Dementia CareChallenges for an Ageing Europe. The Engendering Research Ethics in Europe report which aimed to lay the groundwork for the development of a European instrument for the gendersensitive assessment of biomedical research protocols. Currently Peggy’s focus includes expanding the EIWH series of policy briefs on the prevention of chronic diseases and other health issues that affect women. Peggy’s work as Director of the EIWH is supported by a hard working board members and staff. In her previous role as Director of Development at the largest maternity hospital in Europe, Peggy was responsible for the preparation and implementation of a three year strategic plan for the hospital, including the initiation of the first women health survey in Ireland Attitudes and Behaviour. (A survey of 2000 women between the ages of 18-64 on attitudes to various health issues across the lifespan.)
After leaving university in New Zealand in 1972 where he majored in Educational Psychology, Stephen came to London where he trained first in osteopathy and then in homeopathy in the 1970s. From 1981 until the present day he has practised homeopathy professionally in the UK while being continually involved in the development of the homeopathy profession and complementary medicine generally. He has chaired various professional organisations in the UK. In1990 he was instrumental in setting up the European Central Council of Homeopaths of which he is the current General Secretary. ECCH has been a member of EPHA since its beginning in 1993. Stephen also represents ECCH in the EU stakeholder group EUROCAM, a group that brings together representatives of patients, medical doctors and practitioners wishing to see a shift in healthcare towards salutogenesis and holism where the maintenance of good health and primary prevention is emphasised as much as the study and treatment of disease. He and EUROCAM consider that part of achieving a shift towards ‘healthier health systems’ must involve the integration of the best of CAM alongside the best of conventional medicine in countries across Europe.
Freek Spinnewijn is the director of FEANTSA. FEANTSA is the European umbrella of NGOs working with homeless people. FEANTSA has member organisation in 30 European countries. Since many years FEANTSA works on the link between health and homelessness and concentrates on the issues that are most relevant for homeless people such as access to health, mental health, and certain communicable diseases. FEANTSA runs an expert group on health with health professionals working in the homelessness sector.
Freek studied Medieval History and European Law and Policy at the University of Leuven (BE). After his studies he did internships for the UN in Geneva and the EU in Brussels. After a short stay at the University of Leuven where he worked as a research assistant, he became director of EPSO, a European network of seniors’ organisations that merged with other European NGOs into AGE. After a short period as policy officer, Freek became director of FEANTSA in 2001. Freek sits on board of several European organisations and transnational projects. He is currently the president of Social Services Europe (until end 2016) and sit on the Board of EAPN (European Anti-Poverty network). He is member of the jury of the World Habitat Awards (organised by the Building And Social Housing Foundation in close cooperation with UN-HABITAT) and of the Venture Philanthropy Fund of the King Baudouin Foundation (BE).
- Scientific adviser on alcohol policy: Prof. Nick Sheron – Royal College of Physicians (UK) and Head of Population Hepatology, University of Southampton
- Scientific adviser on tobacco policy: Prof. John Britton – Professor of Epidemiology; Director, UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
- Scientific adviser on nutrition policy: Dr. Aileen Robertson, Metropolitan University College (Copenhagen), Public Health Nutritionist and former Regional Adviser for Nutrition Policy and Food Security at WHO EURO (1990-2004)
- Scientific adviser on trade policy: Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick
- Scientific adviser on trade policy: Dr Nicolette Butler (Lecturer in Law, University of Manchester