The Alliance for Natural Health International
The Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) represents an international non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare. It upholds that the integrative medicine and functional medicine models, as well as many traditional healthcare systems that have evolved over millennia, are more appropriate means of dealing with today’s health challenges than the current dominant western medicine model, which is over-reliant on the use of pharmaceutical drugs. The ANH is working collaboratively to help facilitate the development of scientific and legal frameworks appropriate to natural healthcare.
ANH-Intl Executive Team
Dr Robert Verkerk (Executive & Scientific Director)
Robert is an internationally acclaimed scientist with over 25 years experience in the field of agricultural and healthcare sustainability, having worked in academia, industry and the not-for-profit sector. He has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Australia, the Americas as well as Europe. After leaving Imperial College London in 2002, he founded the Alliance for Natural Health, which he has headed since. His background, as a scientist, campaigner and visionary, hold him in good stead for his dual role as Executive & Scientific Director of ANH-Intl as well as its regional European office.
Paul Harris (Chair, Financial/Admin Director)
With more than 3 decades of experience directing manufacturing and service companies, Paul joined ANH in 2005 as Financial & Administrative Director. His wealth of experience across all functions of business makes him ideally suited to his new role as Chairman of ANH-Intl.
Meleni Aldridge (Executive Coordinator)
Meleni Aldridge has 15 years of experience as a practitioner of complementary and holistic medicine and 11 years teaching experience in her capacity as a Senior Lecturer at a UK university. She has previously worked in the banking and insurance sectors. Her initial training in health and body work was in South Africa, having spent her childhood in Zimbabwe. Her skills as a practitioner and communicator, coupled with her life-long commitment to natural medicine, bring invaluable experience to Meleni’s role as the Executive Coordinator of ANH-Intl. She originally joined ANH in 2005.
Gretchen Dubeau (Advocacy Coordinator)
Gretchen DuBeau joined the Alliance for Natural Health-USA (formerly the American Association for Health Freedom) as Executive Director in 2008.
A lifelong environmentalist and devotee to natural health and healing, Gretchen has found the perfect culmination of her interests in the Alliance for Natural Health International where she directs US policy. She is an attorney and practiced environmental law and policy for five years before joining ANH to work on natural and sustainable health issues.
Gretchen is currently completing her Masters Degree in Transformative Leadership & Social Change and also serves as Executive Director for Praktikos Institute.
Sophie Middleton BA, EBW, SMT (Campaign Administrator)
Sophie is the newest member of the ANH-Intl core team, having joined the ANH in May 2009. She manages administrative tasks across both ANH-Intl and ANH-Europe, while being heavily involved with updates to ANH websites. She is a qualified sports massage therapist, working both with people and horses.
Yvonne England (Practitioner Liaison)
After several years as a systems analyst, Yvonne retrained as a nutritional therapist. This was as a result both of her observation that nutrition appeared to be single biggest influence on her children’s health, as well as her long-term interest in biology and health. Much of Yvonne’s work during her child-rearing years has been voluntary, and she has supported ANH since it was founded in 2002. She grew up in Tanzania and Botswana and, being responsible for practitioner liaison, looks forward to contact from practitioners all over the world.