The EDA board

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Board representation

The EDA board meets 3-4 times a year both physically and via video conference. During the year our board members also represent the EDA in different venues all over Europe.

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Title Name   Time period
President: Michael Kalmár (Austria) Flag of Austria

2015-2019

Vice-President: Pernilla Söderberg (Sweden) Flag of Sweden 2017-2021
Vice-President: Lars Sander (Denmark) Flag of Denmark 2015-2019
Secretary: Christina Sczigiel (Germany) Flag of Germany 2015-2019
Treasurer: Dr Ruth Falzon (Malta)  Flag of Malta 2018-2019
Administrator: Sue Flohr (United Kingdom) Flag of UK 2017-2021
Administrator: Giannis Karagiannakis (Greece) Flag of Greece 2015-2019
Administrator: Cristiano Termine (Italy) Flag of Italy 2014-2018
Administrator: Bengt-Erik Johansson (Sweden) Flag of Sweden 2017-2021
Administrator: Raymond Claes (Luxembourg) Flag of Luxembourg 2015-2019
Administrator: Vincent Lochmann (France) Flag of France 2015–2019
Administrator: Rosie Bisset (Ireland) Flag of Ireland 2016-2019
Other members
Auditors Margaret and Jim Malpas (UK) . Flag of UK Appointed October 4th, 2015
Web master Peter Häggstrand (Sweden) Flag of Sweden Appointed April 2013
Volunteering Assistant: Dr Anne-Marie Montarnal (France) Flag of France Appointed September 2014
Volunteering Assistant Brigitte Kalmár (Austria) Flag of Austria Appointed 7.1 2011

 If you want to get in touch with the board members, use the e-mail surname.lastname + email symbol and eda-info.eu. Lower case letters and remove any accents.


Criteria for nomination to the board and job description

Criteria: Board Members

  1. MUST have a good working knowledge of English as all meetings are conducted in this language.
  2. Should be either dyslexic or the parent of a dyslexic person under 18 years of age (at least 50% of the Board must meet this qualification) or have a professional interest in dyslexia.
  3. Must be prepared to make a voluntary commitment to the Association.

What is expected of Board Members?

When elected, it is the primary job of Board Members to act on the behalf of the European Dyslexia Association and in its best interests, NOT on behalf of their individual countries and organizations. Although nominated by a member organization, a board member does NOT represent that organization or any other organization.

Board Members responsibilities include:

  • collectively reaching decisions on matters brought before them
  • reporting collectively to the EDA’s Members via the General Assembly
  • the proper and honest conduct of the EDA’s business in accordance with the Statutes and Bye-Laws
  • agreeing a program of activity
  • seeking funding for administration and projects
  • preparing budgets and expenditure • appointing a Secretary
  • appointing sub-committees and sub-committee chairpersons
  • collectively dealing with matters of dispute within the Board or between EDA member associations
  • bringing before the EDA’s association members those matters which it is believed only members can resolve
  • convening a General Assembly or board meeting in the absence of either the Chairperson or a Vice-Chairperson

It is also expected that a Board Member shall attend all board meetings (normally 2 or 3 each year) and sub-committee Meetings to which she/he has been appointed. Board Members will also be expected to undertake sub-committee work outside of meetings.

What is expected of an EDA effective member association nominating a board member?

A member association of the EDA nominating a Board Member is expected to support their nominee, if elected to the Board, and to pay the reasonable travel and accommodation costs for attending board or sub-committee meetings.

Past and present board members of the EDA

The purpose in producing this list of Past (and Present) Board Members is to remind everyone just how representative across Europe the European Dyslexia Association has been since 1987, and to provide a record for the future.

(Years in Brackets indicate the whole term as Board Director)

Name   Country Period
Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of EDA
Anne-Marie Montarnal Flag of France France 2016 –
Chair persons/Presidents
Marcel Seynave flag of Belgium Belgium 1987 – 1993, (1987 – 1997)
Robin Salter Flag of UK United Kingdom 1993 – 1999 (1987 – 2002)
Gyda Skat Nielsen Flag of Denmark Denmark 1999 – 2000 (1987 – 2000)
Alan Sayles Flag of Ireland Ireland 2000 – 2006 (1987 – 2006)
Michael Kalmár Flag of Austria Austria 2006 – 2019 (1998 – 2019)
Vice chairs/Vice presidents
Turid Gammelsrød  Flag of Norway Norway 1987 – 1991
Alan Sayles Flag of Ireland Ireland 1987 – 1997
Marta Bogdanowicz Flag of Poland Poland 1991 – 2007 (1989 – 2007)
Karin Brünger Flag of Germany Germany 2005 – 2011 (2001-2011)
Raymond Claes Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 2011 – 2015 (2006 – 2019)
Lars Sander Flag of Denmark Denmark 2011 – 2019 (2007-2019)
Michael Kalmár Flag of Austria Austria 2000 – 2006
Pernilla Söderberg-Juhlander Flag of Sweden Sweden 2014 –  (2012 – )
Treasurers
Robin Salter Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom

1987 – 1993, 2000-2002

Koos Henneman Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands

1993 – 1998

André Poncelet flag of Belgium Belgium 1998 – 2000
Maria Potamitis Flag of Cyprus Cyprus

2003 – 2004 (2003 – 2005)

Steve Alexander Flag of UK United Kingdom 2004 – 2009 (2003 – 2009)
Rudy Vandevoorde flag of Belgium Belgium

2010 – 2017

Ruth Falzon Flag of Malta Malta 2018 –   (2015 -   )
Secretaries
Anne-Marie Montarnal Flag of France France 1987 – 1993, 2008 – 2014
Berit Bogetvedt Flag of Norway Norway

1993 – 1997 (1992 – 1997)

Eleni Grammaticos flag of Belgium Belgium 1997 – 2000
Susanne Bertschinger Flag of Switzerland Switzerland

2000 – 2002 (1999-2002)

Teresia Hegedüs Hungary 2002 – 2004 (2001 – 2004)
Maria Potamitis Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 2005 – 2007
Christine  Sczygiel Flag of Germany Germany

2014 –      (2011 -   )

Minuting secretary
Jennifer Salter Flag of UK United Kingdom 1993-1999
Board directors
Lisa Dummer-Smoch Flag of Germany Germany 1987 – 1993
Aaldert van der Horst Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands 1987 – 1993
Andras Mate Hungary

1991 – 1993

Katrin Sellin Flag of Germany Germany 1992 – 1997
Peter Havas Hungary 1993 – 1997
Nada Lovric Flag of Croatia Croatia 1993 – 1997
Herbert Gunther Flag of Germany Germany 1997 – 1999
Gavin Reid Flag of UK United Kingdom 2001 – 2002
Carina Carlsson Flag of Sweden Sweden 2003 – 2007
Marija Kavkler Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 2003 – 2007
Giacomo Stella Flag of Italy Italy 2008 – 2014
Kate Saunders Flag of UK United Kingdom 2011 – 2015
Giannis Karagiannakis Flag of Greece Greece 2011 –
Bengt-Erik Johansson Flag of Sweden Sweden 2013 –
Cristiano Termine Flag of Italy Italy 2014 –
Vincent Lochmann Flag of France France 2015 –
Rosie Bisset Flag of Ireland Ireland 2016 –
Sue Flohr Flag of UK United Kingdom 2017 –
Web masters/Information officer
Raimonds Erts Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg ? – 2013
Peter Häggstrand Flag of Sweden Sweden 2013 –
Volunteers
Brigitte Kalmár Flag of Austria Austria 2011 – 2018  
Anne-Marie Montarnal Flag of France France

2014 – 2018

Editors of "EDA News"
Marcel Seynave flag of Belgium Belgium 1988 – 1993 (1993 – 1995)
Anne-Marie Montarnal Flag of France France 1993 – 1995
Elaine Miles Flag of UK Wales 1995 – 1999
Robin/Jennifer Salter Flag of UK United Kingdom 1999 –