HCWH Europe Board

Chair - Anders Bolmstedt, PhD

Chemist - Region Västra Götaland | Sweden 

Anders coordinates the chemical management in Region Västra Götaland, Sweden, from the aspects of health and environmental protection. His work involves setting up and evaluating demands in procurement and educating employees about the safe management of hazardous chemicals. Anders has been involved in risk assessments of hazardous chemicals for over 15 years and initiated the National Substitution Group (NSG) in Sweden - an active network for sharing experiences in chemical management and substitution. He also chairs the board of an association coordinating chemical risk and safety information within Swedish regions and universities. In addition to chemical and security issues, he advocates the role of good health for the environment.


Vice Chair - James Dixon, BSc (Hons), MSc, FIEMA, CEnv

Head of Sustainability - Newcastle Hospitals | United Kingdom 

James is a Chartered Environmentalist, and Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment, with over 15 years’ sustainability experience across public sector services in the UK. During his time at Newcastle City Council implementing Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001 & EMAS), he contributed to Newcastle being awarded UK’s Greenest City two years running by Forum for the Future. More recently, he has established sector-leading waste management practices and sustainability strategies at Newcastle Hospitals leading to them becoming the first healthcare organisation in the world to publicly declare a climate emergency in June 2019.


Secretary - Wouter van Wijhe

Healthcare Consultant - BD

Wouter has spent more than ten years working in the healthcare sector, both hospital and medical technology. He has experience in change management, digital transformation, and sustainability on a strategic level. Wouter has been involved with HCWH Europe since 2016 and was heavily involved with the organisation of the CleanMed Europe 2018 in Nijmegen and previously served on the European Healthcare Climate Council. He transitioned in the field of medical technology in 2019 where he researches circular economy business models, improving efficiency, quality, and safety.


Treasurer - Christian Dreßigacker

CEO - BG Klinikum Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin and BG Klinikum Bergmannstrost Halle | Germany 

Working in hospital management for 25 years, Christian has spent the last 15 years as CEO of hospitals in Berlin currently at BG Klinikum Berlin and Halle, two large trauma centres. Previously, between 2011 to 2018 he was CEO at Vivantes Klinikum Berlin-Neukölln, a 1,200 bed maximum care hospital. During his time at Neukölln, Christian was instrumental in the hospital joining the Global Green & Healthy Hospitals network as well as  Healthcare Climate Challenge. Participating in several HCWH Europe activities, including the disinfectants pilot project, Klinikum Neukölln during Christian’s tenure was awarded the energy-saving hospital award by BUND/Friends of the Earth Germany for saving 40% of their energy consumption.


Leida Rijnhout

Independent consultant - Leapfrog2SD | Belgium
Steering group - SDG Watch Europe, Associate - Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future 

Leida has 30 years of experience in international development cooperation and sustainability. For many years, she facilitated and coordinated the global NGO community to realise their active engagement in United Nations processes on Sustainable Development and Environment. She is owner of the consultancy Leapfrog2SD helping CSOs to integrate systemic and holistic thinking into their long-term strategies. An expert in environmental justice and system change thinking towards sustainability, she initiated SDG Watch Europe and was also a member of the EU Multi Stakeholder Platform on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Leida has also coordinated and advised international think tanks on ecological debt and environmental justice. She combines scientific research work, activist approaches, field experiences, and policy work.


Kathleen McGreevy, BS PhD

Coordinator, Office of International Relations and Promotion of Innovation - Meyer Children’s Hospital | Florence, Italy
Coordinator, Green Innovation Working Group - European Children’s Hospitals Organisation (ECHO)

Kathleen holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Structural Biology from the University of Florence. She is the co-founder of a small biotech spin-off (Giotto Biotech S.r.l.). She feels fortunate to have one of the best jobs in the world, and to spend her days contributing to the health and wellness of children by promoting strategic partnerships and innovation.


Simona Ganassi Agger

Architect and Urban Planner

With a Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Venice, Simona has taught and lectured in several universities across Europe and North America. Her book Urban self-management – Planning for a new society was published internationally in Italian, English, and Arabic. With expertise in health urbanism and the strategic planning of regional health facilities, she was appointed as an expert for the Italian Ministry of Health of the Evaluation of Health Investments where she participated in several European projects from 2002 to 2014. She was previously project manager of RES-Hospitals- towards zero carbon hospitals with RES Systems and consultant for the University Hospital Sant’Orsola of Bologna in the EU project EcoQUIP. Simona sits on the National Council of SIAIS - the Italian Society of Architecture and Engineering for Health and represents SIAIS at the Board of European Health Property Network. She is also currently a serving member of the Council of the International Federation of Healthcare Engineering (IFHE).


Rachel Billod-Mulalic

International relations - Committee for Sustainable Development in Healthcare, C2DS | France

Rachel joined the C2DS Berlin office in 2012 where she is in charge of international relations and international cooperation. She has previously worked for over 10 years as a market researcher for international projects on medical devices and healthcare services, before switching to communications applied to healthcare and environment. She is currently working at a communication agency in Berlin specialised in Health, Healthcare organisation an CSR in the healthcare sector. Rachel works within a large network of hospitals, healthcare professionals, researchers, and sustainability experts working in the main areas of interest for CSR. Rachel can rely on a strong French network as well as C2DS partners in Germany, Canada, Spain, Switzerland, etc. Rachel would like to increase the visibility of France’s excellent sustainable healthcare work, and increase the engagement with the international network of HCWH Europe.