The committees of the FSHS include the FSHS Council, the Board of Trustees and Service Region’s Management Groups. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the operations of the FSHS. The person in charge of operative management is the Managing Director. The FSHS Management Team assists the Managing Director in managing operations.
Our activities are guided by the principles of good governance as well as general efficiency and financial requirements. As a foundation, our organisational model enables speedy decisions and therefore flexible adaptation to changes required by society. Unlike other private entities, a foundation does not have members, owners, shareholders or partners.
The FSHS Board of Trustees
The decision-making power and responsibility for the activities of the FSHS lie with the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is tasked with directing and developing activities and ensuring the appropriate organisation of activities and finances.
The Board of Trustees has a minimum of six and a maximum of 12 members whose mandate period is two calendar years. National Union of University Students in Finland and University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland have each the right to choose two members of the Board of Trustees. The personnel of the Finnish Student Health Services can select one member. In addition to these the delegation has the right to choose at most seven members for the board.
The Managing Director and members of senior management are appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Managing Director is responsible for the management of the FSHS as authorised by the Board of Trustees. The Managing Director also acts as a presenter of matters to the meetings of the Board of Trustees.
The FSHS Council
The Council has a minimum of 24 and a maximum of 30 members. Members of the Council are appointed for two calendar years at a time.
National Union of University Students in Finland has the right to appoint nine representatives of which seven are named from student unions which belong to the FSHS’s area of activity. University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland can also appoint nine members of which seven are appointed by the local student unions in affiliation to the universities of applied sciences. The Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the personnel of FSHS, Universities Finland UNIFI, the Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences can each name one representative to the Council.
The Council meets twice a year for its Spring and Autumn Meetings. The Spring Meeting discusses issues that include the annual report of the Board of Trustees and adopts the financial statements. The Autumn Meeting discusses about the budget and the action plan, appoints the Chair, Vice Chair, secretary and certain other members of the Council if necessary, and appoints the Chair, Vice Chair and other members of the Board of Trustees if necessary.
Service Region, Management Groups
The FSHS operates in five service regions and in each of them operates a regional management group appointed by the foundation’s Board of Trustees. Information regarding the management groups can be found from the service unit’s websites.
The Management Group consists of a char and a vice chair as well as at least seven and at most eight members. They are tasked with monitoring their region and changes in their operating environment, health promotion and community health work. The management group decides on the opening and reduction of service units as well as other matters of regional significance. The management groups cooperate with local universities, universities of applied sciences, student unions, health authorities and other actors with significance to student health care.
The FSHS Management Team
Managing Director Katariina Poskiparta
CFO and CIO Hanna Kuikka
Medical Director Päivi Metsäniemi
HR Director and General Counsel Anne Tomperi
Communications Director Annemari Backman
Regional Director Tuomas Plosila
Regional Director Maisa Kuusela
Regional Director Anna Arola-Järvi
Regional Director Anu Väänänen
The FSHS Board of Trustees 2021-2022
Chair, Director of Communications and Public Relations Tuomo Yli-Huttula, Finanssiala ry
Vice Chair, Managing Director Liisa Lähteenaho, RP People Oy
Executive manager Pia Hytönen, Finnish Central Association of Families of People with mental illness
Legislative Policy Lawyer Janne Hälinen, Suomen Lakimiesliitto – Finlands Juristförbund ry
Vaikuttamistyön asiantuntija Hannele Kirveskoski, The Finnish Psoriasis Association (University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland – SAMOK)
Head of Business Intelligence Antti Kähkönen, Finnish Net Solutions Oy
Yhdenvertaisuusasiantuntija Touko Niinimäki, The Finnish National Youth Council Allianssi (National Union of University Students in Finland)
Business Policy Expert Jussi-Pekka Rode, Finnish Education Employers
Financial Policy Assistant Tuomas Vanhanen, Parliament
Head-nurse, FSHS South Sari Yrjänä, FSHS personnel
The FSHS Council 2021–2022
Member of Parliament Hilkka Kemppi
Communications Secretary Kim Kujala, National Union of University Students in Finland
Rector, Executive Director Jouni Koski, Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences
Special Advisor Anu Nemlander, Association of Finnish Municipalities
Director of Welfare Services Tom Riski, Unifi ry
Council of Education Sanna Hirsivaara, Ministry of Education and Culture
Director of Development Johanna Jahnukainen, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
Service Expert Laura Ollila, The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland
Social Policy Expert Matias Takala, Student Union of University of Helsinki
Artturi Vuorinen, University of Arts Student Union
Darya Karilahti, Arcada Student Union
Elina Viitaniemi, University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland – SAMOK
Emma Kivikangas, Seinäjoki University of Applied Science
Emma Kokkonen, Student Union of Häme University of Applied Sciences
Emmi Hämäläinen, Student Union of the Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Janne Levänen, Student Union of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Joel Vierikko, University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland – SAMOK
Juho Keränen, Student Union of University of Lapland, LYY
Miika Alhopuro, Student Union of Åbo Akademi University
Milla Pietilä, Student Union Rotko
Tiia Kettunen, Student Union of Lappeenranta University of Technology
Titta Hiltunen, National Union of University Students in Finland
Ulrika Palmberg, Student Union of Vaasa University of Applied Sciences
Eeva Valtonen, Tampereen ylioppilaskunta TREY
Oral Health Nurse / Service Secretary Sinikka Lintuala, YHES Association