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


Fernando Vespa
PA & Office Manager

Ana Oliveira
Business and Executive Support Officer
Areas of work: Support the Chief Executive, coordination of administrative and financial systems for the smooth running of the ESN Secretariat.
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Dutch



Jeta Bejtullahu
Head of Communications and Marketing
Areas of work: Marketing Communications, Team & Comms Development, Brand Strategy, Public Relations
Languages: English, Albanian, Croatian, Spanish



Cosmina Gantner
Communications and Data Officer
Areas of work: Internal and External communications; Database Management; European Social Services Conference communications
Languages: English, Romanian



William Hayward
Policy and Communication Officer
Areas of work: European Semester, Children and Youth, Integrated Support and Care, Communications support, Practice library
Languages: English, French



Valentina Guerra
Policy Officer
Areas of work: Migration, Disability, Active Inclusion
Languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish



Leyre Merchán Paúles
Policy Officer
Areas of work: European semester, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Older people
Languages: English, French, Spanish



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



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



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