Former Presidents

Nicoline Tamsma

Nicoline Tamsma was EuroHealthNet's President from 2014 until 2018

Nicoline Tamsma is Co-ordinating Adviser International Affairs at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in The Netherlands, where her main role is to advise the institute’s executive management on international policy and strategy.

A social scientist, she started her career as a health promotion specialist in Rotterdam, with a special focus on improving equitable access and responsiveness of health and social services. Following on from that, she led the city’s response as HIV Policy and Strategy Co-ordinator, was a member of the national AIDS Advisory Committee, and co-ordinated WHO’s Multi-City Action Plan on AIDS -an initiative embedded in WHO’s Healthy Cities Network.

She was then appointed as European Health Policy Co-ordinator at the Nuffield Institute for Health in Leeds, England, leading an innovative regional partnership aiming to maximize local health gain through European collaboration, as well as co-ordinating a major EU research project on health systems reform.  

Back in the Netherlands, she continued to work on international affairs. On behalf of the Netherlands Institute for Care and Welfare, she facilitated national dialogue on EU and international health policy non-governmental stakeholders at the Department of Health, published on EU policy issues, and developed international teaching and training modules on that subject.

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.

As a researcher, she made substantial contributions to EU-funded research efforts focusing on integrated care, the role of the health care sector in tackling social exclusion, and quality and equity of access in Europe. She also contributed to RIVM’s work on EU health information  and currently leads the international programme of RIVM’s Centre for Healthy Living. 

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.

Maggie Davies

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 and also a board member of the HIV Voluntary Organisation the Terrence Higgins Trust and of Rape Crisis.  

Maggie was the Principal Advisor on International Health Inequalities for the Department of Health for England.  This included providing advice, commissioning services, developing policy and taking action on health inequalities within and between countries.

Maggie represented the government view at international meetings and events, and she has experience of working with the media and has published on related issues.  Maggie is currently co-editor with WHO, the European Observatory and the Centres for Disease Control in Atlanta for two books on Health In All Policies and on Assets for Health.

Maggie has managed projects for international organisations such as the World Bank, the European Commission and the World Health Organisation for a number of years.  Delivery of projects has been through matrix teams of professionals, academics, civil society representatives, business leaders, policy makers and academics ranging from ministers to facilitators. Maggie has also worked at the national level as Associate Director of Development for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence.  

In addition, Maggie has been a commissioner of services for people with HIV at the regional level in London and has managed local health provider services in England.

Graham Robertson

Graham Robertson first became involved in the field of health promotion in 1978 working at a local level in Edinburgh. Since 1992 he has worked at national level in the Health Education Board for Scotland (HEBS), originally as Director of Programmes and Communications, then Deputy Chief Executive and finally as Acting Chief Executive.   He became Chief Executive of Health Scotland when it was formed in April 2003.