President Health First Europe; Vice-President, European Health Forum Gastein; Chairman Health Advisory Board, GSK and Conservative Europe Group; Adviser to FIPRA, Policy Action and Hanover; Board Member: TBVI, Global Initiative on Psychiatry, Gamian Europe, European Men’s Health Forum, European Health Academy, European Institute of Health, SANE, Mental Disability Advocacy Centre and Maastrich University European Health Faculty; Patron: Fund for Epilepsy; Apex Trust; Vice President: Diabetes UK; Ambassador: National Aids trust and Alzheimer’s Society. Chaired RCPsych’s Service Redesign Review and European Commission’s initiative on Healthy Ageing.
John Bowis was born on 2nd August 1945. He was educated at Tonbridge School and Brasenose College, Oxford (MA Philosophy, Politics and Economics). He is married with three children.
- Member of the European Parliament for London 1999-2009
- EPP/ED Group Coordinator/Spokesman on Environment, Health and Food Safety
- Member of the Development Committee and Vice President of ACP JPA
He was Rapporteur for the Parliament on Food Safety; Health and Enlargement; Professional Qualifications; Health and Poverty in Development Policy; the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control; Patient Mobility; Mental Health; Neglected Diseases; and, finally, Cross Border health.
- International Policy Adviser to the World Health Organisation on global campaigns: ‘Nations for Mental Health’ and ‘Out of the Shadows’ (epilepsy).
- Member of UK Parliament for Battersea
- 1989-93: Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt.Hon.David Hunt at Environment and then the Welsh Office.
- 1993-96: Health & Social Services Minister at the Department of Health, responsible for social services, mental health, disability, children, the elderly and addiction. He represented the UK at meetings of the Council of Health Ministers.
- 1996-97:Minister for Transport in London and for Road Safety
- OBE 1981
- Hon. Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2003
- Hon Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians 2009
- First recipient of the European Public Health Alliance Award for Service to Public Health 2009