Steering Committee

The steering committee consists of voting National Representatives (from countries with at least five members), non-voting National Representatives (from countries with less than five members), all members of the Executive Committee, the PEC advisor and a representative of AACH. Each National Representative (NR) has a deputy (DNR) who takes the role of the NR in his/her absence. Voting NRs and the Executive Committee are all trustees of the charity. The Steering Committee is the highest decision-making body of EACH and makes all decisions concerning finances, general strategy and future development. Below is the Steering Committee as appointed at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. The next election will take place in Spring 2018.

Australia: National Representative Peter Martin (Deputy National Representative Jesse Jansen)

Peter has been involved with communication skills training for 20+ years. He has taught communication skills with Cambridge, Monash, Melbourne and Deakin medical schools.

Austria: National Representative Marlene Sator

Marlene Sator, PhD (University of Vienna), is a linguist with a special focus on conversation and discourse analysis in the field of healthcare communication, professional communication trainer and psychotherapist in training under supervision.

Belgium: National Representative Lode Verreyen (Deputy National Representative Marc Van Nuland)

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. There he is teaching communication to undergraduates of medicine, dentistry, and physiotherapy. He also is responsible for the training program of simulated patients. Within tEACH he is responsible for the Networking Group.

China: National Representative Xinchun Liu

Xinchun Liu (Angela) is a hospital administrator with a background of medicine. She works in the Department of Human Resource at the Third Xiangya Hospital of the Central South University, China.

Denmark: National Representative Søren Cold (Deputy National Representative Gitte Thybo Pihl)

Søren Cold is an oncologist. He has been working in the field of breast cancer at Odense University Hospital since 1984.

France: National Representative Julie Gilles de la Londe (Deputy National Representative Julien Carretier)

Julie completed her residency in Family Medicine in Paris. She has worked as a Family doctor in the suburbs of Paris and as an academic teaching and research fellow at the department of Family Medicine in the University Paris Diderot since 2015. She is a qualitative research trainer for medical students and academic researchers.

Germany: National Represenative Eva Maria Bitzer (Deputy National Represenative Andrea Gaisser)

Eva Maria Bitzer is since 2009 Professor for health education at the University of Education Freiburg, Head of Dept. of Public Health & Health Education. She is a medical doctor (1991), holds a postdoctoral degree in public health (1994) and did her professorial thesis in health services research (2009).

Ireland: National Representative Eva Doherty

Eva is a practising clinical psychologist who is also Director of the Human Factors in Patient Safety (HFPS) training, research and assessment programme at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). The HFPS training is a mandatory component of the postgraduate professional training for surgical, emergency medicine and ophthalmology trainees.

Israel: National Representative Hadass Goldblatt (Deputy National Representative Michael Kaffman)

Hadass Goldblatt, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Nursing, Faculty of Social Welfare & Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel, and an Associate Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Italy: National Representative Federico Fioretto (Deputy National Representative Giulia Lamiani)

Federico Fioretto, entrepreneur and manager, is an international consultant, trainer and keynote speaker on leadership, conflict transformation, communication and strategic sustainability. He has designed and directed successful courses on communication and team-work in healthcare organizations and has recently been lead expert and author for the production of the first Manual on Communication in Healthcare by the Italian Ministry of Health and National Medical Association FNOMCeO.

The Netherlands: National Representative Ellen Smets (Deputy National Representative Julia van Weert)

Ellen Smets (1962) is Professor at the department of Medical Psychology at the Academic Medical center/ University of Amsterdam. She earned a masters degree (1987) as a social psychologist. Her doctorate thesis at the University of Amsterdam (1997) addressed cancer patients’ radiotherapy related fatigue.

New Zealand: National Representative Maria Stubbe (Deputy National Representative Jonathan Adler)

Maria Stubbe (DipTesl, NZDipTchg, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Applied Research on Communication in Health Group (ARCH) at the University of Otago, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, New Zealand.

Nigeria: National Representative Nnodimele Atulomah (non voting)

Dr Nnodimele Onuigbo Atulomah is a Professor of Public Health, specialising in Health Promotion and Education. I have worked in the academic setting in different capacities as Head of Department, Postgraduate coordinator for the department of Public Health and currently, the Dean of the School of Public and Allied Health Babcock University, Ogun State Nigeria. I have over twenty years of research and teaching experience in the work I do.

Norway: National Representative Hilde Eide (Deputy National Representative Aslak Steinsbekk)

Hilde is professor in clinical communication and health counselling at University College of Southeast-Norway and head of research at The Science Centre Health and Technology in Drammen.

Poland: National Representative Anna Ratajska (Deputy National Representative Magdalena Horodenska)

Anna is a psychologist. She has been involved in communication skills teaching for under- and postgraduate Medical students, Residents of Family Practice, Doctors in training for General Practice, GP specialists, Doctors in training for Oncologists and other specialties, Nurses, Psychologists and Physiotherapists.

Portugal: National Representative Elisabete Loureiro (Deputy National Representative Margarida Figueiredo Braga)

Elizabete is a Clinical Psychologist. She works in the Department of Medical Education and Simulation at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, Portugal. She is responsible for the Medical Student Support Office and has been involved in Cooperation and Development Projects (ex. Edulink) with the medical schools in Angola and Mozambique.

South Africa: National Representative Bev Bolton (non voting)

Beverley Bolton is a clinical physiotherapist and teacher in the fields of chronic pain and healthcare communication. She is a founder and director of the non-profit organisation Train Pain Academy, formed to provide collaborative pain education and skills-training to health care professionals managing acute and chronic pain.

Switzerland: National Representative Nicola Diviani (Deputy National Representative Suzanne Suggs)

Nicola Diviani is a SNF Ambizione Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Lucerne, Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy and at Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPF), Human Functioning Unit, Person Centered Health Care & Health Communication Group. He is the Principal Investigator of a three-year project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation aimed at providing new insights into the concept of critical health literacy.

UK: National Representative Lorraine Noble (Deputy National Representative Andy Ward)

Lorraine is the academic lead for Clinical Communication Skills at UCL Medical School in London, UK. She teaches clinical communication skills to medical students and doctors, including individual training courses for struggling trainees.

USA: National Representative Richard Brown (Deputy National, Monica Broome )

Richard completed his Ph.D in the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2004, while concurrently working as Deputy Director of the Medical Psychology Research Group.

Evelyn M van Weel – Baumgarten, President

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

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

Jonathan Silverman 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

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

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

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.

Marcy Rosenbaum, chair tEACH

Marcy is Professor of Family Medicine and Faculty Development Consultant for the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education at the University of Iowa. She has been actively involved in teaching, curriculum development and conducting research on clinician-patient communication for the more than 20 years.

Auguste Fortin, AACH advisor

Auguste is a Professor of Medicine and Director of Communication Skills Education at Yale School of Medicine.

Arnstein Finset, PEC editor

Arnstein Finset, PhD, is Professor of Medical Psychology at the University of Oslo. He is a former President of EACH (2004-6) and Editor-in-Chief of Patient Education and Counseling.