Director, European Patients' Forum
Nicola Bedlington is British and was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland
She studied business and human resource management in the UK. She lived for almost 10
years in Brussels, and has lived near Geneva for the last 12 years.
Nicola was the first Director of the European Disability Forum, an umbrella organisation
uniting over 70 European disability NGOs and National Councils of Disabled People to
advocate for the human rights and inclusion of disabled citizens in Europe (1996 to 1999),
and prior to this she headed the NGO unit within the HELIOS Programme, a European
Commission Action Programme promoting equal opportunities for disabled people (1991-
From 2004 to mid-2006, she was mandated by the Swiss Government to lead the
Environment and Schools Initiatives Secretariat (ENSI), an international government-based
network set up by OECD focussing on innovation, action research and policy development in
the field of Education for Sustainable Development.
Whilst in Switzerland, she has also worked as an independent consultant/evaluator,
specialising in European social and development policy and health advocacy.
She joined the European Patients' Forum as its first Executive Director in June 2006, setting
up the secretariat in Brussels.
Since then, EPF's membership has grown to more than 50
umbrella organisations of national patients' platforms and disease specific organisations,
representing the collective interests of over 150 million patients with chronic diseases across
the European Union in EU healthcare policy and programme development.
EPF's vision is
high quality, patient centred equitable healthcare for all EU patients.