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IFHE LEADERSHIP


The activities and direction of the International Federation of Healthcare Engineering (IFHE) are steered by an executive committee.


IFHE executive committee members


Darryl Pitcher Australia IFHE President


Darryl Pitcher CEO for Bethsalem Care and GreenBriars Village, Australia, Darryl has many years experience in hospital engineering in the public and private sectors. He is a past president of the Institute of Hospital Engineering, Australia (IHEA). Previously he oversaw a ‘revamp’ of the IHEA website and The Australian Hospital Engineer journal.


Daniela Pedrini


Daniela Pedrini is an engineer. She has had a long career in health, holding important roles in technical hospital management, including director of the technical, planning and investment department at The Bologna University Hospital. She directed a multimillion pound PFI contract for the total renovation of the hospital’s energy production. She is project manager for renovations and new hospital construction, co-founder and president of the Italian Association of Architects and Engineers for Healthcare (SIAIS) and president of IFHE-EU. She has been awarded the Italian Republic Order of Merit.


Daniela Pedrini Italy IFHE First Vice President


Steve Rees Steve Rees is the chief programme officer of Capital Management at Alberta Health Services. He is a certified facility manager, holds three trade certificates and is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s construction administration programme. He has worked in healthcare facilities management for over 38 years and is a past president of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society.


Douwe Kiestra Douwe Kiestra is vice president of the Dutch Association for Technology in Healthcare (NVTG) – after being president for more than six years, a member of the IFHE Digest advisory panel and board member of the Ronald McDonald children’s foundation Friesland and several other branch committees. Douwe has a background in building engineering, studied economics and has more than 25 years’ experience working for both public and private healthcare organisations in the Netherlands. He is currently director of Kiestra OM Consultancy, working in building projects and healthcare.


Douwe Kiestra The Netherlands IFHE Immediate Past President


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Gunnar Baekken Gunnar Baekken is past president of the International Federation of Hospital Engineering (IFHE), past vice president of the Norwegian Association of Biomedical Engineering and a past president of the Norwegian Association of Hospital Engineering (FSTL). He has also participated in national and international committees concerning hospital technology and facilities management, including the World Health Organization (WHO).


Steve Rees Canada IFHE Second Vice President


He is currently director of non medical supports at the University of Trondheim in Norway. He gained a masters in biomedical engineering from Technical University, Norway in 1978.


Andy Wavell Andy Wavell began his health service career in 1966, having previously completed mechanical engineering training with the Central Electricity Generating Board. Between 1966 and 2000, he held positions as both assistant and hospital engineer and assistant district engineer. From 2000 until his retirement in 2004, he was assistant director of estates and capital development with Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. During his time in Brighton, he took over the management of the apprentice training scheme and has been pleased to see many of the trainees succeed in gaining senior management positions within estate management in the health service. Since retiring, he has continued to undertake consultancy work in estate and facilities management. Andy holds a full tech


Matthias Schwabe Germany IFHE Member


IFHE DIGEST 2020


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