Governance

The EuroHealthNet Partnership has two governing bodies: the General Council, which is made up of representatives of Member organisations, and the Executive Board, which is elected by the General Council. It is staffed by a team based in Brussels, Belgium. The EuroHealthNet Partnership consists of Members, Associate Members, and Observers. 

General Council

The General Council is the highest governing body responsible for formulating EuroHealthNet policy. It consists of member organisations. Each year, delegates of EuroHealthNet member organisations come together. This meeting takes place alternately in Brussels and in one of the represented Member States. Each delegation has a decision-making role in the activities for the next year, and holds the Executive Board and the EuroHealthNet Office to account.

 

For more information about what the General Council does, read our annual report.

Read our annual report

The General Council has the competence to:

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

Executive Board

The General Council elects the members of the Executive Board. Board members serve terms of two years, during which they develop annual strategies, work plans, and budgets. An external evaluator informs the Executive Board.

Members of the Executive Board

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Dr. Mojca Gabrijelčič Blenkuš
President

Dr. Mojca Gabrijelčič Blenkuš is a medical doctor and a specialist in public health. She also has a PhD in social sciences. Her fields of interest and expertise are nutrition, physical activity, and in last few years, aging and frailty. She was head of the Health Promotion centre at the NIPH Slovenia from 2003 to 2010. Today, she is mostly involved in policy and programme development, and in research projects. Her main academic interest is in public policies; she holds assistant professorship at the Faculty of Health Sciences where she teaches health promotion theory and health in all policies.

As well as national nutrition and physical activity strategic policy development, Mojca participated in the assessment of the health impacts of agriculture and nutrition policies in Slovenia, with a special emphasis on assessing the impact of accession of Slovenia to EU and health equity. She coordinated the evaluation of the Slovene nutrition policy in 2010 and the working group for the preparation of the national nutrition and health enhancing physical activity strategy for 2015-25. In the period 2014 – 2016 she coordinated the background activities and stakeholders involvement in the process of preparation of the Slovene active and healthy ageing strategy.

She has been the WHO national counterpart for nutrition since 2000. She was a member of the drafting group of the WHO Obesity Charter in 2006, and of the drafting groups for the preparation of the ‘WHO Steps to Health – A European Framework to promote Physical Activity for Health 2007’ document. She has been actively involved in the work of the WHO action networks on nutrition and inequalities since 2008. At the EU level, she participates in the work of HLG on nutrition and physical activity and was nominated as a national representative in the Steering group for the Evaluation of the EU Platform on Nutrition, Physical activity and Obesity in 2009/10, and as a member of the Steering group for the Evaluation of the EU White paper on nutrition 2007-13.

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Dr. Sumina Azam

Sumina is the Policy Lead for Public Health Wales, and leads three teams (Policy; the Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit; and the Health and Sustainability Hub). She has a broad portfolio of work, which includes supporting the Welsh public health response to Brexit; Futures and Foresight; improving population health through policy for example tackling poor housing and fuel poverty; and supporting the embedding of the sustainable development principle as part of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

Sumina has worked in public health since 2005, at a local, regional and national level, and across the domains of public health. This has included undertaking projects on a wide range of topics, such as mental health, prison health, tackling obesity, and improving vaccination uptake, and working with partners from different sectors, including local government and the third sector.

Prior to working in public health, Sumina trained in internal medicine. She has maintained an interest in public health education and supervision, including teaching medical and postgraduate students, supervision of trainees in public health, and supervising students undertaking public health research projects at Cardiff University and Maastricht University.

Raffaella Bucciardini

Since 1992, Raffaella has worked as a researcher at Istituto Superiore di Sanità – ISS  (the Italian National Institute of Health) and since 2019 she has been Director of the Unit Health Equity ISS – HEISS.

She has been responsible for the development of operational research initiatives to improve the quality of care of people with HIV infection in African countries and for conducting projects to tackle health inequalities at national and European level. Since 2018, she has been the project coordinator of the Joint Action Health Equity Europe (JAHEE) funded by CHAFEA (3rd EU Health Programme) and of a national project on health equity within the National Prevention Plan (A health equity focused National Prevention Plan (NPP) 2020-2025: Putting Health Equity Audit (HEA) in practice: from the National Prevention Plan (NPP) to each Regional Prevention Plan RPP) funded by Italian Ministry of Health.

Since 2020, she has been member of the Scientific Working Group of the Italian Health Equity Status Report (IHESR) coordinated by WHO Regional Office for Europe and the coordinator of the  working group on SDG3 (ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages) for ASVIS (Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile) of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

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Prof. Martin Dietrich

Prof. Dr. Martin Dietrich has been Acting Director of the Federal Centre for Health Education (Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung, BZgA) since 01 February 2021.

In 2016, Dietrich took over the position of Deputy Director of the BZgA. In 2017 and 2018, he also headed the BZgA department “Support for Health Promotion and Prevention by the Statutory Health Insurance Funds in Various Settings”. In 2018, Martin Dietrich also took over the management of the BZgA unit “Overall Planning, Coordination and Control, Central Project and Quality Management, Task Force”, which he initiated, and since mid-2020 has also been Deputy Head of the BZgA unit for communication methods and new media in health education.

In 2010 Dietrich was offered a W3 professorship in Business Administration, with a specialisation in Health Services Management Research, at Saarland University, which he took up in 2011. There, his thematic focus was on innovation and health services development. After moving to BZgA, he was appointed honorary professor at Saarland University in 2017. As an academic, Dietrich has worked in particular with methods of quantitative and qualitative empirical social research on behavioural and social science approaches in health services management.

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Prof. Plamen Dimitrov

Professor Plamen Dimitrov is a Deputy Director of the Bulgarian National Center of Public Health and Analyses, and Head of the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Center. Dr. Dimitrov graduated in Medicine in 1988. He has MS degree in Epidemiology (2001), a PhD degree in Social Medicine and Health Management (2004), and a Master of Public Health (2011). His professional interests are in the field of public health, chronic non-communicable diseases, health promotion and disease prevention, social determinants of health, epidemiology and biostatistics. He has been a chair and member of working groups engaged with the development of the Bulgarian national programs, strategies and reports related to health, e.g.  chair of working group of the MoH for preparation of the National Program on non-communicable diseases prevention (currently National coordinator of the Program); chair and member of working group of the MoH for preparation of the Report on the health of the citizens and implementation of the National Health Strategy. He has been a consultant to WHO on NCDs, and currently is the WHO national focal point for Noncommunicable diseases, and for Equity, social determinants, gender equality and human rights. He is also the in-country project director for projects within the Public Health Program of the EU. He is an International Affiliated Faculty at the Institute for Global Health, Michigan State University, USA, and a Professor at the South-West University, Bulgaria.

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Giovanni Gorgoni
Treasurer

Giovanni Gorgoni, is an economist with degrees in Business Economics, Healthcare Management, and Facility Management.

Since December 2016, he has been Chief Executive Officer of AReSS (Agenzia Regionale Strategica per la Salute e il Sociale Puglia), the Apulia government agency for strategic planning in health and social policies and for exploration in healthcare processes and technology. In this role he has designed and developed four clinical networks (cancer, stroke, heart and trauma), implemented three value-based labs for Apulian Health System (lean healthcare, activity-based funding, integrated clinical pathways) and started the regional project for chronic care (Care Puglia 3.0).

From October 2015 to November 2016 he was Head of Department for Health Promotion, Social Welfare and Sport for All – Apulia Region. From January 2015 to October 2015 he was CEO of Lecce Local Health Authority in Apulia. From July 2011 to December 2014 he was CEO of BAT Local Health Authority in Apulia.

Currently he is a member of the Executive Board of the Italian Program for Chronic Diseases and professor in Public Management at Bari LUM University. From February 2018 he has been in the national register of eligible Healthcare CEOs.

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Daniela Kállayová

Daniela Kallayova is professionally qualified in public health and public health research with focus on epidemiology, health inequalities and health promotion.  Currently she works at the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic as senior officer responsible for health promotion and disease prevention, with a focus on cancer control and the health of vulnerable groups. She is a member of the Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and the Management of Non-Communicable Diseases and a member of the EU4Health Steering Group within the European Commission. Her previous professional experiences include a position of Vice Dean for International Affairs (2008-2011) and Head of the Public Health Department (2010-2011) within the Faculty of Health Care and Social Work, Trnava University, Slovakia.

Vertti Kiukas

Vice President

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Vertti Kiukas
Vice President

Vertti Kiukas is the Secretary-General of the Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health (SOSTE), an umbrella organisation of all social and health NGOs and some other institutions in Finland. Kiukas has a master’s degree in history from the University of Helsinki. Kiukas has worked for 20 years as a CEO of various voluntary social and health organisations, and shorter periods as a project manager at the Finnish Ministry of Law and chief of staff of the Finnish Social Democratic Party. He serves several posts in foundations, corporations, and NGOs.

Kiukas is chairman of the board of the Finnish Social Security Institution (Kela). Among the social security benefits offered by Kela are family benefits, health insurance, rehabilitation, basic unemployment security, basic social assistance, housing benefits, financial aid for students, disability benefits and basic pensions, together worth over 16 billion Euros per annum.

Kiukas is one of the 9 Finnish representatives of the EESC, European Economic and Social Committee (Group III) and is a member of Economic, Social and Foreign Affairs sections and Associanational Life and European Semester Groups.

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Lorna Renwick

Lorna is a public health professional with a specialty in health improvement and inequalities, with experience of working at international, national, and local levels.  Her current role focuses on collaboration and leadership to influence the Scottish health and social care system, in how it addresses health inequalities and improves health outcomes for all.  Lorna is both an experienced leader and programme manager, and is a strong advocate for promoting equity in policy and practice.   Lorna advises and supports Scottish Government policy colleagues, and leads a small team who’s portfolio of work includes: the scoping of inequalities in national frameworks for inspection and procurement, coordination of the national NHS Scotland Improvement Plan for British Sign Language, leadership and delivery of the national Health Promoting Health Service programme – aiming to align interventions for health improvement and equity within acute and community hospital settings, and the testing of health and social care equity indicators in Scotland.

Lorna has worked in the sphere of health improvement and public health since 1995, across the NHS, voluntary and international sectors.  She has experience across a broad range of settings and specialties, including public health research and community health needs assessment, addictions, sexual health, maternal and infant health, screening and immunisation, tobacco and inequalities.   Her professional interests include quality improvement, inequalities sensitive strategy and practice and improving outcomes for vulnerable groups within mainstream services.

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Dr. Paolo Stocco

Dr Paolo Stocco is a psychologist and psychotherapist and he started his carrier in 1984 founding  a non profit organization Comunità di Venezia established in Venice with the aims of  residential treatment centers for young drug addicted and mothers addicted with children.

He has been involved in different european networks in treatement, prevention and research in the field of mental health and drug abuse and also carried out many european projects.

He held managerial or leading roles for public institutions and Non Profit Organizations and he was appointed advisor for the Veneto Region.

From 1992-2005, Paolo Stocco was a university lecturer and researcher at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Department of Morphological Science and Legal Medicine, where his teaching and research focused on the prevention of pathological behaviour and drug prevention.

From January 2008 to December 2012 he held the role of General Director of Local Health Authoritiy of Veneto Orientale.

From 2009 to 2012 was appointed president of Veneto Formss, an in house company for the higher learning of health public management.

He also started and  lead (2009-2012) the National Project of Minister of Health, called Mattone Internazionale, to  increasing the role of the regional health systems and policies in Europe by strengthening their competences in investigating opportunities offered by the European Union and other international organizations.

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Former Presidents

Bosse Pettersson

President from EuroHealthNet’s founding until 2007

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Bosse Pettersson
President from EuroHealthNet’s founding until 2007

Bosse Pettersson was EuroHealthNet’s President from its founding in 2003 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.

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 the Karolinska Institute and other Swedish universities.

As well as working with national commissions, Bosse worked with IUHPE-Europe, the WHO, and Nordic collaborations and development aid. He has also been actively engaged in all global WHO health promotion conferences from Ottawa 1986 to Nairobi 2009.

Maggie Davies

President from 2007 until 2010

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Maggie Davies
President from 2007 until 2010

Maggie Davies has worked in the health field for over 25 years and has extensive experience of managing and providing technical assistance and consultancy programmes to countries across the world. Maggie was President of EuroHealthNet from 2007 until 2010, and also a Board Member of the HIV Voluntary Organisation, the Terrence Higgins Trust, and of Rape Crisis.

David Pattison

President from 2010 until 2014

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David Pattison
President from 2010 until 2014

David Hargitt joined EuroHealthNet in February 2015. He provides administrative support to the team and Directors. He organizes EuroHealthNet’s General Council and Executive Board meetings, study visits, workshops and webinars. He is also in charge of liaising with potential and existing members, partners and observers of the EuroHealthNet Network. Furthermore, he supports the team through the elaboration of project budgets and the application of financial rules and reporting requirements for EC-funded projects. 

 Prior to joining EuroHealthNet, David worked as Project Officer at the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Université catholique de Louvain. He holds a B.A. in Biology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, an M.Sc. in Human Ecology from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a D.E.S. in Cartography and Remote Sensing from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. 

Nicoline Tamsma

President from 2014 until 2018

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Nicoline Tamsma
President from 2014 until 2018

Nicoline Tamsma was EuroHealthNet’s President from 2014 until 2018. She started her career as a health promotion specialist in Rotterdam, and worked on HIV/AIDS prevention on the local, national and international level.

She worked on international affairs, as a European Health Policy Co-ordinator at the Nuffield Institute for Health, and facilitating dialogue with non-governmental stakeholders on behalf of the Netherlands Institute for Care and Welfare. Her longstanding involvement in the European health community included a role on the Board of the European Health Management Association (EHMA) and as Chair of their EU Advisory Committee, and as a member of the European Health Forum Gastein’s Advisory Committee.

Former Directors

Clive Needle

Director 2003-2013

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Clive Needle
Director 2003-2013

Clive joined the precursor network to EuroHealthNet, the EU Network of Health Promotion Agencies (ENHPA), as Strategic Director 2000 to 2002. He was EuroHealthNet’s Director from 2003 for its first decade, leading development and policy initiatives. Clive represented the network at numerous national and international events and processes, including EU Presidency and Commission events in EU institutions and many countries. In 2014 he became EuroHealthNet’s Policy Director, and then Senior Policy Advisor, contributing to analytical, editorial, and advocacy work until 2021.

Prior to his work with EuroHealthNet, Clive was an elected Member of the European Parliament 1994-99. He specialised in health, environment and global development issues, including Parliamentary Reports and decisions on EU Public Health and global economic cooperation. Clive previously worked in business management, voluntary organisations and on political campaigns. Clive lives in England with his wife Eileen and family.

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