Dr Christa SEDLATSCHEK
Tel. 0034 944 358 302 (Assistant)
Christa was appointed Executive Director of EU-OSHA in 2011 and she is at her second mandate. She is the legal representative and is responsible for the management and day-to-day running of EU-OSHA, including all financial, administrative and staff matters based on the delegation of these powers from the Management Board. The post is for a term of five years, renewable once, and the Executive Director is accountable to the Management Board.
Christa is a medical doctor (University of Vienna) and a specialist in occupational health. After completing her studies she started working in the Austrian labour inspectorate and moved to the Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs in 1993, taking over the function as Deputy Head of the department for occupational medicine.
In 1998 she was recruited by EU-OSHA where she focused on the development and dissemination of good practice information, becoming the Head of the former Working Environment Unit. During that time she gained an in-depth knowledge about the EU and existing occupational safety and health systems in the Member States.
In 2003 she started working at the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin - BAuA), where she became Director of the national “Initiative New Quality of Work - INQA” in 2004. The initiative was launched by the German Federal Ministry for labour and social affairs as a consequence of the Lisbon Summit in 2000, aiming at making a contribution towards creating more and better jobs in Europe.
Head of Communication and Promotion Unit
Mr Andrew SMITH
Tel. 0034 944 358 342 (Assistant)
Andrew joined EU-OSHA in 2000. As Head of the Communication and Promotion Unit he is responsible for the development and implementation of pan-European communication strategies including multi-stakeholder awareness-raising campaigns and e-communications.
A social scientist by training (University of Bristol), Andrew has more than 25 years’ experience in communications. Before taking up his current post, he spent five years as Head of Information and Communication at the European Science Foundation, while from 1989 to 1995, he was communications manager for the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.
Head of Prevention and Research Unit
Mr William COCKBURN
Tel. 0034 944 358 372 (Assistant)
Since 2012 William has been in charge of EU-OSHA’s Prevention and Research Unit, which develops the occupational safety and health content and includes the European Risk Observatory.
William has worked at EU-OSHA since 1998 where he focused on the areas of research coordination, emerging risks and was responsible for the first European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER).
William holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Master of Science degree in ergonomics (University of Loughborough). Prior to joining EU-OSHA, he worked in academic research investigating company safety culture and in the private sector as an ergonomics consultant and research manager for projects in health and safety at work.
Head of Resource and Service Centre
Mr Andrea Baldan
Tel. 0034 944 358 322 (Assistant)
Andrea Baldan joined EU-OSHA in 2018 as the Head of Resource and Service Centre, leading the team that provides essential support services for the Agency, including human resources, finance, procurement, budgeting, accounting and document management.
Before joining the Agency, Andrea worked for 10 years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London (UK), where he supervised systems and operations in procurement and technical cooperation, managed cross-functional efficiency initiatives, designed and implemented internal governance projects. He started his career in international development, working on European Commission technical assistance projects in developing countries, and was a long-term resident expert in South Africa managing economic development funds and projects.
A certified change management practitioner, Andrea holds a PRINCE2 (Foundation) Certificate, an MBA from the University of Wales (United Kingdom) and a degree in business management and administration from LIUC University (Italy).