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Job vacancy - Executive Assistant to the Board of AOECS

Founded in 1988, the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS) is an independent, non-profit organisation. It is the umbrella organisation of European national coeliac societies with currently 35 enrolled Member societies across Europe including Coeliac UK. AOECS represents people who are affected by coeliac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) and seeks to collaborate with international coeliac organisations worldwide. The Association is actively involved in several international initiatives to raise awareness of coeliac disease, to promote research into the diagnosis and management of this illness.

The Assosiation is currently looking to recruit an individual in a supporting role to the Directors of AOECS providing an efficient, confidential, organising and liaison function. Assisting in organising, planning and implementing the Directors’ workload to ensure the organisation runs smoothly and effectively. Acting as liaison point with key stakeholders and AOECS Member societies on behalf of the AOECS Board, working with minimal supervision. French and German language skills are an advantage.  The role may be based in either High Wycombe or Belgium but preferably High Wycombe as the Chair of the Board is currently located there.

Please send your CV accompanied by a covering letter to by 27 March 2017.

Download the job description.

No agencies please.

Our coeliac society is the oldest and largest in the world and we are often seen as leading the way for other coeliac organisations.

With many of our laws originating in Europe, particularly those around labelling and food, working at European level is an important part of our work. We lobby the European Parliament and work with our European colleagues on legislation that affects us all.

As the owner of the worldwide rights to the trademark protected Crossed Grain symbol we are involved in developing gluten-free markets worldwide. Interest in obtaining a license for the use of the symbol is steadily on the increase and we have been approached by gluten-free producers from the Americas, Australia and the Far East.


Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS)

We are members of the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS), the umbrella organisation of national coeliac societies in Europe. AOECS is an independent, not for profit organisation coordinating international activities and addresses matters of common interest to its members. Sarah Sleet, Coeliac UK's Chief Executive, is currently the Chair on the AOECS Board of Directors leading many negotiations at European level. The Association’s administrative staff is based in the UK with a registered office in Brussels. Visit the AOECS website for more information.




Coeliac Youth of Europe (CYE)

The Coeliac Youth of Europe (CYE) focuses on networking and improving conditions for young people with coeliac disease. It is a working group of the AOECS and its representatives are selected from national coeliac societies across Europe. The CYE annual general assembly is linked to the AOECS general assembly and takes place each year in a different European location. For more information on CYE's activities, which include an annual summer camp in one of its Member countries, visit the CYE website

International Organisations

Our international work is not restricted to Europe and we collaborate particularly with coeliac organisations in the Americas and Australasia. Listed below are links to some of the main international coeliac organisations:

Asociación Celíaca Argentina - ACA

Coeliac Australia

Asociación de Celiacos de Brasil - ACELBRA

Canadian Celiac Association

Fundacion Convivir

Gluten-free Shanghai

Asociación Pro Personas Celiacas de Costa Rica

Celiac India

Iranian Celiac Disease

Celiac Association of Israel

Asistencia al Celíaco de México - ACELMEX

Coeliac New Zealand

Pakistani Celiac Society

Fundación de Celiacos de Panama (FUCEP)

Fundación Paraguaya de Celiacos – FUPACEL

Saudi Celiac Patients Support Group

Association Tunisienne de la Maladie Coeliaque
Tel: 00216 71 98 1268

Cölyakla Yasam Dernegi

Gluten Free – U.A.E

Asociación Celíaca del Uruguay - ACELU

Celiac Disease Foundation

Celiac Sprue Association

Useful links

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
European Patients' Forum (EPF)
International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO)
International Society for the Study of Celiac Disease (ISSCD)
Mediterranean Network for the Management of Food-Induced Diseases (MEDICEL)
The European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN)
United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF)
CD Medics

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