The Board of CHS is composed of a cross section of the community with representatives from multinational corporations and small businesses, churches, and legal and financial firms. Board members are not paid for their time and expertise, and provide an important link between CHS and the English speaking community in Belgium. They also offer support and guidance to the administrative office team.
- Alessia Ciani - Clinical Director
- Niki Daun
- Griet Descheemaeker - Company Secretary
- Sunny Hallanan
- Marc Hansen
- Jeremy Jennings - Chair
- Malcolm Johnson
- Stephen Mazurkiewicz - Treasurer
- Michael Penning
- Daniel Pyster
- Julie-Anne Stennett
- Beverley Warner-Keltjens - Administrator
- Helpline Representative to the Board
Jeremy arrived in Belgium in 1990 and was the Head of the Arthur Andersen office of regulatory affairs. He later joined EY and was their Regulatory & Public Policy leader until his retirement at the end of 2016. He is a former President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Vice-President of COBCOE, the umbrella organisation for all British Chambers in continental Europe. He is also the current president of Professional Accountants in Belgium and a Board member of the Boitsfort Rugby Club. He joined the Board of CHS in May 2018.
Stephen arrived in Belgium in 1986 as a recently qualified accountant planning on spending a few years abroad and then returning to the UK. After 30 years he is still here. During his professional career he has worked for large American corporations in the areas of accounting, audit and systems. Having been involved in the ex-pat sporting community both as a player and treasurer for Royal Brussels British Football Club Stephen now wants to help in other areas including offering his financial experience to support CHS in the role of Treasurer.
Alessia arrived in Brussels in 2017 and joined CHS as a psychiatrist. Formerly, she practised in London as a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry, including as a Substantive Consultant in the NHS, where she was head of Area 3 of Hammersmith and Fulham Community Mental Health Team, and later at the Priory Hospital in Roehamptom and at Nightingale Hospital in central London. Alessia is a former Honorary Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Imperial College. She continues to teach Neurophysiology of Eating Disorders at University of Rome Tor Vergata.
Beverley leads the team of office volunteers at CHS. She initially arrived in Brussels many years ago, lived and worked here for about 8 years, and then left to travel with her family, living in different countries, before returning to this city.
Niki has been in Brussels for 17 years, where she has worked freelance, obtained a degree in psychology and raised two children. She worked as a Helpline volunteer at CHS for 5 years and joined the Board of CHS in May 2016.
Marc arrived in Belgium in 1985 and was, until his retirement in 2021, part of the group that founded the Brussels office of the international law firm Latham & Watkins in 2002. Prior to that he served as Brussels office managing partner and was associated with other international law firms. Marc has always been engaged in public policy work and served on the Advisory Panel of the intergovernmental International Competition Network (ICN) 2008-2020. Until retirement, he was a member of the Bars of Denmark, England & Wales and Brussels, and remains a member of the New York Bar.
Malcolm came to Belgium over 40 years ago. After 10 years of teaching he moved into business and International Human Resource Management with a number of large firms, later working internationally as a Consultant in Human Resources. Malcolm's wife, Françoise, is French and their two sons live in Belgium. It was one son's struggle with the complications of bilingualism in his early school days that brought the Johnsons to CHS. Malcolm joined the Board as a way to 'repay' the support he and his family received from CHS. He has since helped the organisation expand its contacts in the business world, and has represented CHS in the community, seeking sponsorship, and organising fundraising events.
In 1967, when the Federation of World Health Foundations was launched in Geneva, Michael made his first experience fund-raising from the private sector to supplement the national contributions to WHO’s regular budget. Also as Secretary to the Fondation Suisse pour la Santé Mondiale, he profited from a valuable insight into the objectives of combatting disease in regions which could not normally benefit from financial assistance. Attracted by an offer from the automotive sector, he moved to Belgium to establish a company importing British products. Unexpectedly, this resulted in his adopting Brussels as home … which led to an encounter with CHS, many years later in 2006, a beneficiary of funds raised at the Tri-4-Life European Challenge. And from there originated a desire to support efforts to assist the English-speaking community.
All Helpline volunteers remain anonymous.