Announcement of new Executive Director of EUFAMI

The President and Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of

Mr. John Saunders

as Executive Director of EUFAMI

The President of EUFAMI, Miia Männikkö, commented “EUFAMI is delighted to announce the appointment of the Executive Director, John Saunders. John has significant of experience and skills in the field of mental health and family work. We strongly believe that his appointment supports EUFAMI in its strategic goals of advocacy, membership support and research”

 John Saunders said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve and advocate on behalf of families in the European context and I look forward to working with the Board members of EUFAMI and its national family organizations.”

John is the outgoing Chief Executive Officer of Shine, Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health. Shine is an Irish National Non-Governmental organization working with family members and people with self-experience. Shine is a founding member of EUFAMI

Should you wish to contact John, his email address is:

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New Officers of EUFAMI Board of Directors

Leuven, 1st March 2021

Dear Friends of EUFAMI,

I am writing formally to announce the results of EUFAMI officer’s election which was held on the 5th of February 2021.

Today 1st March 2021, following a transition period, the new officers will commence their positions.

The new officers are:

  • President Urs Würsch
  • Vice-President André Decraine
  • Secretary Friedrich Leidinger
  • Treasurer Kevin Jones

Now follows a brief message from the new President Urs Würsch:

“For over 20 years, I have worked for the Swiss family members organization (VASK) and I am well aware of the situation that carers are confronted with in their daily life. I have worked successfully for many years as CEO for my own company. I speak fluent German, English and French and I have knowledge of Italian. I am convinced that EUFAMI can continue to take a very active role in supporting EUFAMI family member organizations. With great respect, I take the responsibility to serve EUFAMI. Our voices will be heard!

With kind regards

Miia Männikkö


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