Based in Brussels, the Secretariat acts as the interface with EPR member organisations and with external stakeholders.
Laura is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the EPR strategy and work plan, including mutual learning, training and innovation activities to meet the needs of the members. She manages and develops the EPR team to this aim. Laura liaises with members on a regular basis and leads the recruitment of new members. She works with and reports to the EPR Board of Directors and is responsible for representing the organization externally, including as board member of Social Services Europe.
Alicia is responsible for leading the development and implementation of EPR’s internal and external communication activities. She monitors and feeds into EU policy developments relevant for and in consultation with EPR members. She represents EPR members in Social Services Europe and the Social Platform and provides policy and communications advice to EU projects. She is also responsible for mutual learning activities with a policy dimension and on mental health.
Benedetta supports the EQUASS team with the coordination of administrative procedures related to certification and manages EQUASS-related enquiries. She supports EPR’s projects in administration, reporting, dissemination and research.
Ronald is responsible for the invoicing, bookkeeping and accountancy of EPR and EQUASS, including preparing budgets and reports. He is responsible for HR, contracts with externals, liaising with payroll and managing the organisation’s statutes. He also acts as the Office Manager.
Roberto leads EPR’s funding support service. He leads on EPR’s project development and management activities in cooperation with members. He is responsible for mutual learning and training activities related to funding and projects, including the Digital Skills Task Force. He manages funding alerts and partner searches.
Mathias coordinates EPR’s involvement in two projects, Jump to Job and Change for Inclusion. They deal with the training of peer mentors or job coaches to improve employment opportunities for young people with disabilities. He supports EPR’s programme work (around youth and digital training and teaching) and activities on work integration social enterprises, skills, VET and employment. He is involved in the organisation of EPR’s Annual Conference and the EPR Study and Prize. Mathias works part time (50%) as Policy and Project Coordinator of Social Services Europe.
Loredana is supporting EPR Communications and Events organisation. She designs graphics and develops messages for the online campaign #InclusionMatters that in 2021 is on Independent Living. She writes articles for the EPR e-Bulletins and Newsletter. Loredana also takes care of updating the website and assists the Secretariat in events and activities organisation.