The EDA Board

The 2019 EDA board posing during Autumn Seminars in Växjö
Back Row, left to right: Giannis Karagiannakis, Ruth Falzon, Sue Flohr, Rosie Bissett, Mercedes Mayoral, Florentine Paudel, Vincent Lochmann. Front Row, left to right: Cristiano Termine, Pernilla Söderberg, Christine Sczygiel, Bengt-Erik Johansson.


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.

The EDA board

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Other members


Title Name   Time period
President: Rosie Bisset (Ireland) Flag of Ireland 2020-2024
Vice-President: Pernilla Söderberg (Sweden) Flag of Sweden 2021-2025

Giannis Karagiannakis (Greece)

Flag of Greece 2023-2027
Secretary: Mercedes Mayoral (Spain) Flag of Spain 2023-2027
Treasurer: Ruth Falzon (Malta)  Flag of Malta 2022-2026
Administrator: Christine Sczygiel (Germany) Flag of Germany 2023-2027
Administrator: Sue Flohr (United Kingdom) Flag of United Kingdom 2021-2025
Administrator: Bengt-Erik Johansson (Sweden) Flag of Sweden 2021-2025
Administrator: Florentine Paudel (Austria) Flad of Austria 2023-2027
Administrator: Luisa Lopez (Italy) Flag of Italy 2022-2026



Concepcion El Chami (France) Flag of France 2022-2026
Administrator: Katell Datchary (France) Flag of France 2023-2027
Administrator: Erica Di Francesco (Spain) Flag of Spain 2023-2027
Web master Peter Häggstrand (Sweden) Flag of Sweden Appointed April 2013

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Other roles within the EDA

The EDA can not function without help from others. Here are others that contribute to the EDA:

(Years in Brackets indicate the whole term)

Name   Country Period

Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of EDA

Michael Kalmár Flag of Austria Austria 2019 –
Anne-Marie Montarnal Flag of France France 2016 –

Web masters/Information officer

Raimonds Erts Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg ? – 2013
Peter Häggstrand Flag of Sweden Sweden 2013 –


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 –?

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.

NameCountryYears activePresidentVice presidentSecretaryTreasurerComments
Marcel Seynave
1987 – 19971987 – 1993
Robin SalterFlag of UK
United Kingdom
1987 – 20021993 – 19991987 – 1993, 2000-2002
Gyda Skat NielsenFlag of Denmark
1987 – 20001999 – 2000
Alan SaylesFlag of Ireland
1987 – 20062000 – 20061987 – 1997
Michael KalmárFlag of Austria
1998 – 20192006 – 20192000 – 2006
Rosie BissettFlag of Ireland
2016 – 2019 –
Turid GammelsrødFlag of Norway
1987 – 19911987 – 1991
Marta BogdanowiczPolandFlag of Poland
1989 – 20071991 – 2007
Karin BrüngerFlag of Germany
2001-20112005 – 2011
Raymond ClaesFlag of Luxembourg
2006 – 20192011 – 2015
Lars SanderFlag of Denmark
2007-20192011 – 2019
Pernilla Söderberg-JuhlanderFlag of Sweden
2012 –2014 –
Vincent LochmannFlag of France
2015 – 20232019 –2023
Koos HennemanFlag of Netherlands
The Netherlands
1993 – 19981993 – 1998
André Poncelet
1998 – 20001998 – 2000
Maria PotamitisFlag of Cyprus
2003 – 20052005 – 20072003 – 2004
Steve AlexanderFlag of UK
United Kingdom
2003 – 20092004 – 2009
Rudy Vandevoorde
2010 – 20172010 – 2017
Ruth FalzonFlag of Malta
2015 – 2018 –
Anne-Marie MontarnalFlag of France
1987 – 20141987 – 1993, 2008 – 2014
Berit BogetvedtFlag of Norway
1992 – 19971993 – 1997
Eleni Grammaticos
1997 – 20001997 – 2000
Susanne BertschingerFlag of Switzerland
1999-20022000 – 2002
Teresia HegedüsFlag of Hungary
2001 – 20042002 – 2004
Christine SczygielFlag of Germany
2011 – 2014 – 2019
Florentine PaudelFlag of Austria
2019 – 2019 –
Mercedes MayoralFlag of Spain
2019 – 2019 –
Jennifer SalterFlag of UK
United Kingdom
1993-19991993-1999Minuting Secretary
Lisa Dummer-SmochFlag of Germany
1987 – 1993
Aaldert van der HorstFlag of Netherlands
The Netherlands
1987 – 1993
Andras MateFlag of Hungary
1991 – 1993
Katrin SellinFlag of Germany
1992 – 1997
Peter HavasHungaryFlag of Hungary
1993 – 1997
Nada LovricFlag of Croatia
1993 – 1997
Herbert GuntherFlag of Germany
1997 – 1999
Gavin ReidFlag of UK
United Kingdom
2001 – 2002
Carina CarlssonFlag of Sweden
2003 – 2007
Marija KavklerFlag of Slovenia
2003 – 2007
Giacomo StellaFlag of Italy
2008 – 2014
Kate SaundersFlag of UK
United Kingdom
2011 – 2015
Giannis KaragiannakisFlag of Greece
2011 –
Bengt-Erik JohanssonFlag of Sweden
2013 –
Cristiano TermineFlag of Italy
2014 – 2022
Sue FlohrFlag of UK
United Kingdom
2017 –
Erica Di FrancescoFlag of Spain
2023 –
Katell DatcharyFlag of France
2023 –

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.

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