Former Presidents

Bosse Pettersson

Bosse Pettersson was EuroHealthNet’s President from its founding until 2007, and was subsequently Vice-President until 2017. He was also Senior Public Health Policy Advisor at the National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden.

Over the years, he has worked for several National Commissions, as well as locally and sub-nationally. In 1992, he joined the Swedish National Institute of Public Health (SNIPH) and left as a Deputy Director-General in 2007 when he became a part-time distance senior adviser. Since 1988, he has been a senior guest Lecturer in public health and health promotion at Karolinska institute and other Swedish universities.

Bosse Pettersson has been internationally engaged since the beginning of the 1980’s and has worked with IUHPE-Europe, WHO, Nordic collaboration and development aid. Serving in the Swedish delegation to WHO governing bodies for the Regional Committee in Europe and the World Health Assembly since the beginning of 1990’s, he has also been actively engaged in all global WHO health promotion conferences from Ottawa 1986 to Nairobi 2009. He was appointed as the Swedish focal point for the EU public health programme in 1995 during the preparations for the Swedish EU membership 1996 and onward to 2005.

David Pattison

David Pattison was EuroHealthnet's President from 2010 until 2014 was also the Head of International Development, NHS Health Scotland - UK.

Employed by the British Red Cross Society Scottish H.Q. based in Glasgow; his final post was National Training Officer. David specialised in HIV/AIDS, Substance Use and the application of the Geneva Conventions within a Human Rights context in Scotland. He is a founder member of the Red Cross European and North American Task Force on AIDS linked to the Copenhagen Office of WHO from 1985 to 1988.

David Pattison started working in the Scottish NHS system in 1989, initially within a local health board. He had responsibility for HIV and Sexual Health and subsequently became the Health Promotion Department Manager from 1997.

From August 2003 to July 2008 he was seconded to the Scottish Government as a Specialist Public Health Adviser within the office of the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, where he had lead responsibility for Public Health Workforce developments, Sexual Health, Substance Use, Community Health Partnerships.

Since 2008 he has been employed with NHS Health Scotland as Head of International Development. Health Scotland is the national health improvement agency for Scotland and a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion and Public Health Developments.

Since 2006 he has been a WHO ‘Temporary Technical Adviser’ on a number of projects.

He maintains strong links with EuroHealthNet (Elected President October 2010) and International Union for Health Promotion and Educations (Elected V.P. for Marketing, Fundraising and Membership Development July 2010).

His personal achievements include missing the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro by 600m and being elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in July 2010.