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Meet the team!

The Urban Innovative Action’s (UIA) Permanent Secretariat has its headquarters in Lille, France. Our international team carries out the day-to-day management of the Initiative and brings support to applicants and project partners across Europe. Click on the pictures to see who we are, how we work and how to contact us.
You can also call us on our general line +33 (0)3 61 76 59 34
Tim Caulfield
Tim Caulfield - Director

Tim joined UIA in September 2015. He holds a master’s degree in Regional development in Europe and has lived in Germany, the UK and is now based in France. Tim’s career has involved working at local, regional and European levels, developing and implementing strategic programmes and projects.

 

Agnès Damiens - Assistant

Agnès provides administrative support to the UIA Initiative. 

Before joining the Initiative, Agnès worked for almost 6 years in Grenoble and 8 years in Paris as Training Coordinator for several private structures like STMicroelectronics or Alstom.

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Laurent Dachy
Laurent Dachy - IT Officer

Laurent provides Information & Technology (IT) support to the Initiative.
Before joining the UIA, Laurent worked for 15 years for an IT company as Systems and Networks Engineer. His main missions consisted in managing IT infrastructure for private companies and public services.

+33 3 61 76 59 37

Hélène Bergès
Hélène Bergès - Communication Officer

Hélène is responsible for developing and implementing the UIA Communication Strategy. She organises events, provides support to applicants and project representatives on all communication related issues, and manages the digital communication activities.

Before starting the UIA adventure, Hélène worked for the Prime Minister’s Services in Paris and for a European Territorial Cooperation programme (INTERREG IVC).

+33 3 61 76 59 33

Finance Unit
Jean-Christophe Charlier
Jean-Christophe Charlier - Finance Coordinator

Jean-Christophe joined the UIA team in October 2015 and coordinates the finance unit whose activities range from project assessment, project monitoring, audit and control.

Prior to UIA, Jean-Christophe worked for more than 10 years for EU funded programmes focusing on European Territorial Cooperation (Interreg North West Europe and Alpine Space).

+33 3 61 76 59 35

Katarzyna Schönborn
Katarzyna Schönborn - Audit and Control Officer

Katarzyna joined the UIA team in March 2016 and is responsible for audit and control activities. She is especially in charge of issues related to risk management and fraud.

Before joining the UIA team, Katarzyna worked for a Transnational Cooperation Programme (PL-SK and PL-CZ) and for the European Commission (EFS Audit).

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Nélida Hancco
Nélida Hancco-Herrera - Finance Officer

Nélida is responsible for support to project applicants and partners as well as for project monitoring, especially on issues related to budget and eligibility of costs from a financial and control perspective.

Before joining the Initiative, Nélida worked for the Interreg North West Europe Programme as Finance Officer.

She holds two masters’ degrees, one in Management of European Affairs and the second one in Executive International Management.

+33 3 61 26 07 31

Camille Degryse
Camille Degryse - Finance Officer

Camille is responsible for support to project applicants and partners as well as for project monitoring, in particular regarding the eligibility of costs, state-aid and legal issues.

Before joining the Secretariat, Camille graduated in European law, and worked for the Region Nord-Pas de Calais as Project Director Assistant, providing legal and technical assistance for setting up the legal and practical foundations of the UIA Initiative before the establishment of the Permanent Secretariat.

+33 3 61 76 59 32

Project Unit
Raffaele Barbato
Raffaele Barbato - Project Coordinator

Raffaele coordinates the team in charge of organising the selection process of UIA projects, supporting selected projects during the implementation phase and coordinating the capitalisation process of the knowledge generated by urban authorities and key stakeholders involved.

Before joining the Permanent Secretariat, Raffaele worked with more than 500 urban authorities for 8 years at URBACT. Raffaele is also a lecturer at different universities in France and abroad, on topics related to the Urban Dimension of EU Policies, participative and integrated urban planning.

+33 3 61 76 59 36

Susana Forjan
Susana Forjan - Project Officer

Susana works within the projects unit supporting the selection process, project implementation and the capitalisation of knowledge and results generated by the projects funded.

Prior to joining the Secretariat, Susana worked for the Greater Birmingham and West Midlands Brussels office. She also worked for EUROCITIES, the network of major European cities, where she coordinated projects on social inclusion and energy and followed urban policy developments.

+33 3 61 26 07 32

Edouard Gatineau
Edouard Gatineau - Project Officer

Edouard joined the UIA team in April 2016 and is involved in the selection process of UIA applications and in supporting and monitoring approved UIA projects. He also contributes to the capitalization process generated by urban authorities and the key stakeholders involved.

Edouard is a spatial and environmental planner and before joining the UIA initiative, he worked as Project Officer for 7 years for an European Territorial Cooperation Programme (Interreg 2 Seas).

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