This was posted by Bedlington but without the addition of anyt reference. Relocated here opending the addition of a reference. --Bob Burton 06:27, 6 July 2007 (EDT)
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 6 years.
Nicola Bedlington was the first Director of the European Disability Forum, a 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 (1991-1996).
From 2004 to mid 2006, she was mandated 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 a consultant/evaluator, specialising in European social and development policy and health advocacy.
She joined the European Patients’ Forum as Executive Director in June 2006