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EU Health Prize for Journalists

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EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013

National Jury United Kingdom

The jury will meet on 27 November 2013 and will select the British national finalist. The name of the national finalist will be published after all the finalists are selected.


Mark English, chair

Mark English is Head of Media at the European Commission's London office. Mark’s appointment in September 2011 followed nearly five years as a Commission spokesman in Brussels. Beginning his career in the Commission in 1996, Mark has also worked in the Education and Culture and Internal Market departments and on the EU's Growth and Jobs Strategy. 
Prior to joining the European Commission, Mark worked as a teacher, journalist and as a UK civil servant.

Martin McKee, public health expert

Martin McKee qualified in medicine in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with subsequent training in internal medicine and public health. He is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he co-directs of the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST), a WHO Collaborating Centre. He is also research director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. He has published over 630 academic papers and 40 books and his contributions to European health policy have been recognised by, among others, election to the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, and the US Institute of Medicine, by the award of honorary doctorates from Hungary, The Netherlands, and Sweden and visiting professorships at universities in Europe and Asia, the 2003 Andrija Stampar medal for contributions to European public health and in 2005 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He has an active following on Twitter as @martinmckee.


Clive Cookson, journalist

Clive Cookson has worked in science journalism for the whole of his professional life. He graduated with a First Class degree in chemistry from Oxford University in 1974. After journalism training on the Luton Evening Post, he became science correspondent of the Times Higher Education Supplement in London and then spent four years in Washington as American Editor of THES. He returned to London in 1981 as technology correspondent of the Times and moved to BBC Radio as science correspondent in 1983. He joined the Financial Times as technology editor in 1987 and has been Science Editor of the FT since 1991.


John Lister, journalist

John Lister is specialised in health policy and holds a PhD for a thesis on market-style "reforms" in global health care from Coventry University. John has also been a part-time senior lecturer at Coventry University, teaching Journalism, and Masters level Journalism and Health Journalism. He is a founder member of the Keep Our NHS Public campaign and a regular public speaker at meetings on NHS issues in England and international conferences and events . In June 2011 he organized the first-ever European conference on health journalism at Coventry University. He is now working on the first European-based book on health journalism, with contributions from Canada and the USA, due for publication in spring 2014. John has been a member of the National Union of Journalists for 39 years (and is co-chair of its Standing Orders Committee), and is also a member of the Medical Journalists Association (UK) and a board member of the International Association of Health Policy (Europe).


Dr Birte Twisselmann, journalist

Birte Twisselmann holds an MA and PhD in English and classics and a diploma in translation. She has worked in different editorial roles for various British and European private sector publishing companies, as well as the NHS, since she moved to London in the early 1990s. She joined the BMJ as a technical editor in 2002 and has been in her current role as deputy editor, since 2005.

Last update: 09/12/2014 | Top