Meet the team

Alfonso Lara Montero
Chief Executive
Areas of work: Policy, practice and research programme management; Relations with EU institutions and external stakeholders; Secretariat Management; Governance relations; European Social Services Conference
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Polish, Portuguese


Valentina Guerra
Policy Officer
Areas of work: EC programme implementation, Migration, Disability, Membership support
Languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish



William Hayward
Policy and Communication Officer
Areas of work: EC Programme implementation, European Semester support, Children and Youth, Communications support, Practice library
Languages: English, French



Leyre Merchán Paúles
Policy Officer
Areas of work: EC programme implementation, European semester support, Structural Funds, Older people
Languages: English, French, Spanish



Edward Shrimpton
Policy and Communications Intern
Areas of work: EU policy monitoring, policy and communications support
Languages: English



Projects and membership 

 Tihomir Popović
 Project and Membership Officer
 Areas of work: members and stakeholders’ relations; membership development; events, financial and administrative coordination
 Languages: Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian, English, French and German



Inès Boursot
Event Organiser
Areas of work: Annual conference support, EC event implementation, governance support;
Languages: English, French, Spanish



Thomas Altman
Membership and Operations Assistant
Areas of work: Assisting project and membership officer, administrative duties.
Languages: English




 Jake Gillam-Smith
 Communications Officer
 Areas of work: Internal and External communications; Database Management; European Social Services Conference  communications
 Languages: English



 Sarah Yardley
 Conference Manager
 Areas of work: Programme design; communications and marketing; business development; external relations
 Languages: English, German



 María Martínez Marcos
 Conference Intern
 Areas of work: Database management; Conference support and Social media
 Languages: English, Spanish, German