Executive Bodies

The General Council is the highest governing body responsible for formulating the policy of EuroHealthNet. Each year, all EuroHealthNet members come together in a joint meeting, the General Council meeting, held alternately in Brussels and in a Member State. Each member has a decision role in the activities for the next year, and holds the Executive Board and the EuroHealthNet Office to account.

The General Council has competence to:

  • Approve the annual report.
  • Approve the annual accounts and budget.
  • Elect and dismiss members of the Executive Board.
  • Approve the level of annual fees.
  • Consider and approve the annual work programme on the advice of the Executive Board.
  • Accept and exclude Members and Partners, Associates and Observers.
  • Amend the statutes and dissolve EuroHealthNet.

Members of the Executive Board

Nicoline Tamsma Nicoline Tamsma - President
Co-ordinating Adviser International Affairs, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands
Malcolm Ward Malcolm Ward - Treasurer
Public Health Networks Manager, Public Health Wales, UK
Mojca Gabrijelčič Blenkuš Mojca Gabrijelčič Blenkuš
Senior Adviser, National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), Slovenia
Birger Carl Forsberg Birger Carl Forsberg
Head of the Unit for Health Development, Stockholm County Council, Sweden
Ineta Zirina Ineta Zirina
Chair of the Board of the Riga Health Centre
José Maria Albuquerque José Maria Albuquerque
Member of the Executive Board (VP) of the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge
Dr. Anna Chioti Dr. Anna Chioti
Director of the Department of Population Health
Prof. Mirosław J. Wysocki Prof. Mirosław J. Wysocki
Director General, National Institute of Public Health of Poland
Dr. Paolo Stocco Dr. Paolo Stocco
Board Member of the National Executive Committee of Federsanità ANCI, Italy

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.