Board of Directors

Angela Brand
Bleddyn Rees​
Brian O’Connor
Priit Tohver

The Team

Erik Gerritsen
Richard Corbridge
Valentina Tageo
Angela Brand

Angela Brand

MD, PhD, MPH, Professor at the University of Maastrich

Angela Brand, MD PhD MPH (USA) is Full Professor at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) as well as Professorial Fellow at MERIT (Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology), Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences (FHS), Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

She is Director of the European Centre for Public Health Genomics (ECPHG), holds a Dr. T.M. Pai Endowed Chair on Public Health Genomics and is Adjunct Professor at the School of Life Sciences, Manipal University, India.

Bleddyn Rees

Bleddyn Rees

Digital health expert and Lawyer at Osbourne Clarke

Bleddyn Rees is a vastly experienced commercial lawyer with 30 years experience of outsourcings, privatisations and complex contracting and projects. He has a unique CV for a private sector lawyer, having spent three and a half years on secondment as General Counsel of the Commercial Directorate of the Department of Health. 

On his secondment to the Department of Health Bleddyn advised the Minsters (Prime Minister, Secretary of State, Ministers of State), Special Advisors and NHS organisations and gave evidence to the Health Select Committee and the Public Accounts Committee. 

Bleddyn has a detailed understanding of the UK health sector and regulatory framework.

Brian O'Connor

Brian O’Connor

Chair at ECHAlliance

Brian O’Connor was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and has developed his career as a consultant, manager and/or investor in both private and public companies.

Brian has founded a number of companies in the healthcare services area in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong.

He has gained significant experience as a company director in a variety of industries and professions, and has raised significant sums for companies through both private equity structures and stock exchange listings.

Brian founded and is Chair of the European Connected Health Alliance organisation www.echalliance.com, the rapidly expanding not for profit membership organisation.

He also Chairs The Digital Health Society, a movement created during the Estonian Presidency and now embracing Governments, Research Institutes, Industry, Patients Groups across Europe.

He is a shareholder,director ,investor in a number of private companies in the health and care sector.

Priit Tohver

Priit Tohver

Junior doctor and the Advisor for E-Services Innovation at the Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia

Priit Tohver is a junior doctor and the Advisor for E-Services Innovation at the Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia, overseeing the digital transformation and innovation of health and welfare systems in Estonia. Priit’s core function is to direct global cooperation in e-health between Estonia and a variety of stakeholders.

He has previously served as an advisor to the Estonian Mission in Geneva on diplomatic matters related to health, development and trade, covering organizations such as WHO, UNCTAD and WTO during the Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU.

Priit also has six years of experience as a civil society and global health activist, having also served as the Regional Director for Europe at the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA).

Erik Gerritsen

Secretary General at Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport of Netherlands

Erik Gerritsen studied Political Science at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Information management at the University of Amsterdam. 

In 2011 he obtained his PhD in Public Administration. Gerritsen started his career at the government where he held various positions at the Ministry of Finance before he was appointed as director Finance-Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

At that department Gerritsen was appointed as deputy Secretary General in 1999. 

Since 2009 Gerritsen has held the position of chairman at Youth Protection Region Amsterdam. In 2015 he was appointed as Secretary General at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

Richard Corbridge

Richard Corbridge

Chief Digital & Information Officer- Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical ResearchInformation sectors. Richard has a passion for business change and benefits management in health and very much insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to technology implementation.

Since December 2014, Richard has been the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive in Ireland and Chief Executive Officer for eHealth Ireland. In these two years, Richard has implemented a unique identifier for health, fully digitized the referral process, put in place Irelands first clinical information officers council, began the first epilepsy genomic sequencing programme globally, started the implementation of a national lab system and a national maternity EHR. He has also brought a focus to the delivery of a number of key strategic programmes including the beginning of ePharmacy for Ireland, digital cancer care and a cloud first strategy. He has also managed a reform of the Irish healthcare technology system that has seen a plethora of awards and recognitions for the team. All of this with a budget of just 1.2% of the Irish spend on healthcare. Before that, Richard led the delivery of a wide range of systems and processes in the NHS with a focus to aid the provision of healthcare and clinical research. These ranged from the first primary care messaging system in the NHS, to the modernisation of the information systems’ infrastructure for the delivery of clinical research throughout England.In 2017 Richard was named the number one CIO form the UK in the EDG CIO Magazine CIO100, listed Hot Topics global CIO100 and Ireland’s first CIO100. He was named the eGovernment Visionary of the year in Ireland.

Valentina Tageo

International Projects Lead at ECHAlliance

Valentina graduated in Economics and obtained a Masters in European Project Management. She is experienced in international project management, with skills in proposal writing, project execution and reporting; she is also familiar with several funding programmes (e.g. H2020, INTERREG, URBACT). Valentina’s fields of interest are health and social innovation with a focus on the use of ICT to improve quality, effectiveness and uptake of public services. She has been Support Manager for two out of six of the Action Groups of European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing providing management and stakeholder engagement expertise. She is collaborating with: Badalona Serveis Assistencials, Barcelona City Council; Open Evidence (spin-off the Open University of Catalonia); Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment and Quality (AQuAS); Ab.Acus (Italian biomedical engineering SME); Italian Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.


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