You can meet the members of the board here.
All elected officers are volunteers and their positions are honorary. Together, they have have a joint responsibility:
- to the EPDA member organisations for the management of the EPDA
- to continue to promote and enhance the ethos of the EPDA.
The EPDA President must have been an existing board member for at least three years. He/she is responsible for:
- enhancing and promoting the growth of the EPDA and its work programme
- ensuring the EPDA’s strategic direction and work programme are agreed democratically
- ensuring the EPDA's members are fully represented and able to participate in the organisation’s work programme
The EPDA Vice-President must have been an existing board member for at least three years. He/she is responsible for:
- deputising during the President’s absence with regards to the EPDA activities (as listed above).
What does the Board do?
- It represents the agreed ethos, aims and objectives of the EPDA at a global level
- It provides Parkinson’s expertise to a variety of organisations, including the European Medical Agency
- It acts as ambassadors, advocating for positive, proactive dialogue and partnership between all the EPDA stakeholders to improve the lives of the 1.2 million people with Parkinson’s and their families across Europe.
Board nominations and election criteria
The EPDA is a highly respected and well-known European umbrella organisation. We are committed and energetic and, therefore, require a committed and energetic board. We welcome nominations for potential candidates from enthusiastic people who are familiar with the EPDA and have participated in our work.
Board members are elected by the General Assembly for a three-year term and may be re-elected for two further terms.
In order to select potential EPDA Board nominees, the existing Board must appoint a selection committee that includes:
- one elected Board member
- one present-elected Board member if NOT standing for re-election (if all Board members are standing for re-election, the Board will select an alternative representative)
- one other chosen by the existing Board, normally the Executive Director
- one member organisation representative, who may or may not have Parkinson's.
The committee will search for and select nominations during the year immediately following the election of the present Board. It will then provide their written recommendation to the Board along with an evaluation of their discussions/communications with interested nominees.
The existing Board
It is the existing Board’s responsibility to:
- confirm that the EPDA budget can support the full participation of the proposed number of Board members
- strive for the widest possible geographic representation by its Board members
- submit successful nominations to the General Assembly for ratification by the delegates.
- meet personally with the elected Board
- be enthusiastic and committed individuals who are familiar with – and have participated in – the EPDA’s work during the previous three years
- understand the importance of the EPDA's aims and objectives, and commit to furthering these during their term of office for the benefit of the members and those individuals that they represent
- be either a person with Parkinson’s, carer, patient organisation representative or healthcare professional
- must reflect the geographic spread of the EPDA
- have been actively involved in pursuing their respective organisation’s initiatives, achievements and goals for a period of no less than five years
- confirm that the national organisation they may represent has fully paid its EPDA membership fees in the current year and for the last five years
- attend Board meetings as an observer (in the year of the election).
General nominees must:
- have the ability to work and communicate well in English
- demonstrate good communication skills with a variety of people from different cultural backgrounds
- be a good team player and appreciate the importance of partnership and working together
- act as an ambassador and advocate for the EPDA
- have the willingness to accept and handle responsibility within the Board structure, if required
- show motivation and commitment
- have a sense of humour
- be available to travel widely and attend EPDA meetings in person, if required
- be willing to devote the time required to attend or participate (via conference call facilities) the EPDA meetings
- have flexible working arrangements and be able to fit in with weekend meetings and mid-week meetings and telephone conference calls
- have an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
- provide an up-to-date photograph.
At the 2012 General Assembly, the General Assembly voted unanimously that, in order to safeguard the continuation of the EPDA and its aims and objectives, the Board Mandate should be linked to the Board nominations and selection criteria as follows:
Board members are to be:
- elected for a term of three years
- with a further two terms of office
- commencing 2017.