Executive Committee

The executive committee consists of the President, President-Elect, Past President, chair of rEACH, chair of tEACH, chair of pEACH and the Treasurer. The executive committee are all trustees of the charity and  look after the daily work and functions of the association which result from the decisions of the steering committee. The executive committee also prepares documents for the steering committee concerning strategic plans, budget planning, and finances.

Evelyn M van Weel – Baumgarten, President, The Netherlands

Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten has been a general practitioner for over 30 years and until recently has combined clinical work with teaching and research at the Department of Primary and Community Care at the Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Sara Rubinelli, President Elect, Switzerland

Sara Rubinelli is Assistant Professor in Health Communication at the University of Luzern (CH), Coordinator of the Human Functioning Unit and Leader of the Person-Centered Healthcare Group at Swiss Paraplegic Research (CH). She holds a degree in Classics and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan (I) and a PhD from the University of Leeds (UK) in the areas of logic, argumentation theory and rhetoric. From 2003 to 2009 she was the Scientific Coordinator of the Institute of Communication and Health of the University of Lugano (CH).

Jonathan Silverman, Past President, UK

Jonathan Silverman is the immediate past President of EACH. He is honorary visiting senior fellow and has recently retired as Associate Clinical Dean at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge. He was a general practitioner for over 30 years.

Karolien Aelbrecht, Treasurer, Belgium

Karolien Aelbrecht was born in 1984 in Ghent. She is trained as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. She works as an academic assistant and as department manager at Ghent University, at the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Healthcare.

Peter Martin, chair pEACH, Australia

Peter is the Palliative Medicine Physician and Regional Director of Palliative Care for Barwon Health and Clinical Associate Professor with Deakin University.

Arwen Pieterse, chair rEACH, UK

A.H. (Arwen) Pieterse, PhD, associate professor at the department of Medical Decision Making of Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands. Main research focus is on shared decision making, risk communication and values clarification.

Sandra Winterburn, co-chair tEACH, UK

Sandra has a background in nursing and currently works as a Senior Lecturer at Norwich Medical School where she leads the clinical communication curriculum.

Lode Verreyen – Networking Chair & Advisory Committee Chair, Belgium

Lode was trained as physiotherapist and works as such in a large multidisciplinary private practice in Antwerp. He also is assistant at the department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care of the Ghent University.