John Bowis is President of Health First Europe; Chairman, Health Advisory Board, GSK; Adviser to FIPRA and Instinctif; Board Member: TBVI, Global Initiative on Psychiatry, Gamian Europe, European Men’s Health Forum, European Institute of Health, Sane, and Maastricht University European Health Faculty; Patron Fund for Epilepsy; Vice President, Diabetes UK, Epilepsy Research UK; Ambassador, National Aids Trust and Alzheimer’s Society.
John Bowis is a former Member of the European Parliament for London (1999- 2009) and EPP/ED Group Coordinator/Spokesman on Environment, Health and Food Safety and a former 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 Policy; the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control; Patient Mobility; Mental Health; Neglected Diseases; and Cross Border health.
He was a former International Policy Adviser to the World Health Organisation on global campaigns: ‘Nations for Mental Health’ and ‘Out of the Shadows’ (epilepsy) and former Member of UK Parliament for Battersea. He served as UK Health Minister 1993-6 and Transport Minister 1996-7.
He was elected Hon. Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2003 and Hon. Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians 2009, He was the first recipient of the European Public Health Alliance Award for Service to Public Health 2009. He is currently chairing round tables on Personalised Medicine and on Access to Medicines.