The Cochrane Consumer Network Executive

The Consumer Network Executive was set up in 1995 to provide governance and leadership for the 1,500 and growing, international community of consumers (patients, care-givers, family members and others) who work to help produce and spread Cochrane evidence. Two consumer members are chosen by the Executive to serve on the Cochrane Council, the representative body which forms part of Cochrane’s governance structure. Members of the Consumer Executive are drawn from the Cochrane Consumer Network. The Cochrane Consumer Engagement Officer is part of the Cochrane Central Executive Team and is tasked with supporting consumers and promoting consumer involvement in Cochrane. He is a member of the Consumers’ Executive.

Vision, Mission and Objectives


Cochrane’s Consumer Executive’s vision is for a global community of healthcare consumers (patients, carers and the public) united by their search for high quality, unbiased information about health conditions and treatment, and who can contribute meaningfully throughout the process of production and dissemination of research.


Cochrane’s Consumer Executive’s mission is to advocate for, and offer leadership to, the Cochrane community about consumer involvement and engagement, and to represent the priorities and concerns of healthcare consumers (patients, carers and the public)


Our objectives are designed to reflect our vision, mission and Cochrane’s principles.

  1. Advocate for consumers as users and producers of Cochrane evidence

  2. Advise and give practical support to the whole Cochrane community in engaging and involving consumers in producing usable, accessible, quality evidence to inform health decisions

  3. Represent the priorities and concerns of healthcare consumers to Cochrane

  4. Engage with a diverse and global range of healthcare consumers, patient-led organisations and partnerships with organisations and in the global health research community

  5. Support consumers in their governance role within Cochrane

Consumer Network Executive

To contact all members of the Consumers' Executive, please email 

Maureen Smith, Chair

Term: 2019 - 2022 (eligible for re-election)

Helen Bulbeck

Term: 2019 - 2022 (eligible for re-election)

Rachel Plachcinski, Cochrane Council Member

Term: 2019 - 2022 (eligible for re-election)

Ndi Euphrasia Ebai-Atuh

Ndi Euphrasia Ebai-Atuh

Term: 2020 - 2021 (with option to extend to 2023)

Jack Nunn

Term: 2020 - 2021 (with option to extend to 2023)

Ana Beatriz Pizarro Nule

Term: 2021 - 2022 (with option to extend to 2024)

Richard Morley
Cochrane Consumer Engagement Officer