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The Board

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 and to appoint the appropriate staff.

2019 – 2020 Board of Trustees

Freek Spinnewijn

EPHA President

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).

Alice Chapman-Hatchett

EPHA Vice President

Alice Chapman-Hatchett is the Director of the Health and Europe Centre, a social enterprise in the UK. A social enterprise is a business with a social purpose that reinvests all the money it makes back into the business, or the local community, so that when a social enterprise profits, society profits. The Centre’s primary aim is to bring European learning, practice and policy to the local NHS community. The Centre is currently running 6 European public health projects, all improving patient services and care, with a project portfolio in excess of €33m.

Alice studied modern languages at the University of London and continued her studies to become an interpreter and translator. She has extensive European and public sector experience and has developed projects and partnerships in Europe and further afield. She has worked in European Affairs for local and regional government in the UK and has 11 years’ experience of working in the public health field.

As Director of the Centre, Alice focuses on promoting co-operation with health and social care experts in other EU countries to develop EU funded projects, explore evidence of good practice and create links for exchanges and shared learning. She co-ordinates the work of her team and is also responsible for all management aspects of the Centre.

Ber Oomen

Treasurer

Ber Oomen is the Executive Director ESNO, European Specialist Nurses Organisations. He is responsible for several projects to promote and represent the interests of Specialist Nurses in an European context. In this capacity, since 2006 he has built strong relations with agencies such as the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and is frequently in contact with DG Santé at the European Commission. In parallel, he has developed solid and trusted contacts with colleagues from other European organisations for health care professionals. He still practices as a nurse two days each week, spending the rest of his time in his management role for ESNO, to advance different health projects, acting as a bridge between ESNO’s members and the European Institutions, platforms or forums, coordinating ESNO’s response to international health threats and creating opportunities for the association and its members.

Vanessa Moore

Board Member

Vanessa Moore is a Senior Researcher with the European Institute of Women’s Health.
Vanessa is working with the EIWH to make gender equity in public health, biomedical research, treatment, care and social policies a priorities for EU action. The EIWH’s work takes a life-course approach to health and wellbeing and believe that action must be taken early and at critical points to ensure health and wellbeing from young through to older age.
Vanessa has led the EIWH’s work in the area of gender and vaccination access and uptake across the lifespan, as well chronic diseases, older people and public health. Vanessa holds a MSc in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin.
She is also in the process of completing her PhD at the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, where she is analysing the experiences of persons with young onset dementia of accessing health care services and social care services in Ireland.

Jaume Costa

Board Member

Dr Jaume Costa is the General Secretary of the European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH). The ECH represents medical doctors, pharmacists and veterinarians specialized in homeopathy, organized in 40 associations in 25 European countries. The ECH is a member of EUROCAM, a foundation uniting European organisations representing Complementary and Alternative Medicine patients and health professionals. Jaume is a medical doctor, Master of Public Health and homeopath. He has been Principal
Administrator of DG SANCO, now Santé, of the European Commission; Research Manager at EUROFOUND; Temporary Adviser at the WHO Regional Office for Europe; Co-ordinator of the Barcelona Healthy Cities Project and Director of the Barcelona Occupational Health Centre.

Vlad Mixich

Board Member

Dr Vlad Mixich is the executive director of the Romanian Health Observatory, a Bucharest based health policy think-tank. Its team published for the first time Romanian data on the causes of pharmaceutical shortages, on parallel trade, access to TB and HIV treatments, patients satisfaction and the effects of urban pollution on health. Vlad also sits as a Board member of the biggest mental health charity in Romania, the Estuar Foundation.

Vlad works as a health policy expert for several international organizations and national governments, being active in health system strengthening and increasing access to affordable medicines across Central and Eastern Europe. Most recently, he was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at Rollins School of Public Health (Emory University, US), where he was engaged in research and regularly taught as a guest lecturer. Vlad was Vice President of the Romanian National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices and senior adviser of the Minister of Health.

With a degree in Medicine, Vlad also holds a master degree in international health policy from the London School of Economics and he is professionally certified in health and humanitarian supply chain management at Georgia Tech. He was Eisenhower Fellow for Innovation, Marshall Memorial Fellow and Carter Fellow.

Besides his professional activities in healthcare, Vlad is a published author. He was the editorial director of the main medical newspaper in Romania and his writings were awarded several national and European prizes.

Ann-Isabelle von Lingen

Board Member

Ann Isabelle von Lingen coordinates policy and advocacy work at the European AIDS Treatment Group a patient-led NGO that advocates for the rights and interests of people living with or affected by HIV/ AIDS and related co-infections within the WHO Europe region. The network involves 180 nationally-based members from 47 countries in Europe and Central Asia. She supports the coordination of the EU Civil Society Forum on HIV, TB and viral hepatitis and the advocacy work of the EuroTEST initiative. Prior to joining EATG, coordinated advocacy and analysis on justice and antidiscrimination issues and the Western Balkans at the Open Society Foundations office in BrusselsAnd before that she was engaged in the programming of an European Commission led anti-fraud project. She holds a Masters from UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies in politics, security and integration.

Advisors

Archie Turnbull

EPHA President Emeritus

Paul Belcher

Advisor to the President & Board

Tamsin Rose

Strategic Advisor

Catherine Hartmann

Advisor

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