We are small tightly knit team, focused on our mission to promote and protect our right to sustainable natural health around the world – by working with nature, not against it.
Founder, Executive & Scientific Director
For over three decades, Rob Verkerk has developed an intimate relationship with the tightropes that span between science and law, between academia and industry, between government and the people — and not least — between humanity’s internal and external environments. He has Masters and Doctorate degrees from Imperial College London, where he also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for 7 years.
In 2002, Dr Verkerk founded the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) and has acted as its executive and scientific director since this time. He has directed legal actions to protect the right to natural health and campaigned against drinking water fluoridation and genetically modified crops. He has also been instrumental in exposing the limitations of classical risk analysis as applied by government authorities to foods and natural health products and he is a recognised pioneer in the development of novel, scientifically rational risk/benefit analysis approaches. He is also the scientific director of ANH-USA.
Dr Verkerk has authored some 60 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings and contributes regularly to magazines and other popular media. He is an accomplished and inspirational speaker and communicator on a wide range of issues relating to sustainability in healthcare, agriculture, food quality and related fields.
Meleni Aldridge has been immersed in the field of natural and integrative medicine for over 28 years. She is a practicing clinical psychoneuroimmunologist, functional medicine practitioner and certified Metabolic Balance coach. For 11 years she lectured at St Mary’s University College, Middlesex on the Sport Rehabilitation programme. During this time she was also instrumental in furthering student personal development initiatives, putting to good use the communications and organisational skills she gained in the banking and insurance sectors in her previous career.
In July 2005, she joined the Alliance for Natural Health International. In her role as executive coordinator, she works closely with Dr Robert Verkerk, executive and scientific director, positively shaping the scientific and regulatory environment required to facilitate the future development of natural and sustainable healthcare.
During the last thirteen years Meleni has been instrumental in furthering the ANH’s communications with the global integrative medicine community, as well as industry stakeholders and has been actively involved in consultations with the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority, the US Food and Drug Administration, the UK Food Standards Agency, as well as the Food and Drug Administration and World Health Organization of the United Nations. She regularly contributes to articles, columns and press releases in the field of sustainable healthcare and regulatory challenges and maintains close collaboration with ANH-USA, based in Washington.
Chair, Financial/Admin Director
With more than 3 decades of experience directing various manufacturing and service companies, Paul joined ANH in 2005 as Financial & Administrative Director. He has over 16 years of direct experience in the natural health sector. His wealth of experience across all functions of business and the non-profit sector makes him ideally suited to his role as Chairman of ANH-Intl.
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 completing her Masters Degree in Transformative Leadership & Social Change and serves as Executive Director for Praktikos Institute.
Outreach & Communication Officer
Melissa Smith is The Outreach & Communication Officer at ANH International. As a qualified Nutritional Therapist she is passionate about empowering individuals to take control of their own health using natural approaches to health care where possible.
Melissa has had a wide & varied career to date and now brings this wealth of experience to ANH International to inform practitioners about the work that ANH is doing as well as supporting them in promoting natural approaches to healthcare.
Multimedia Design & Communications
Ellen Schouwenaars is a recent graduate from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where she studied Audiovisual Design. After moving to the UK she worked briefly as a freelance videographer before joining the ANH team in early 2019.
Ellen is an all-round multimedia designer, specialising in video concept development, camera and editing. She also brings her graphic design and photography skills into play when needed.
Being new to but interested in the world of natural health approaches and sustainability, Ellen brings a fresh and visual perspective to the team.