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Roger Casale

Secretary General & CEO 

Roger set up New Europeans and runs the initiative on a day-to-day basis.

He has experience in business, academia and politics both in the UK and internationally. He studied at Brasenose College Oxford and at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs. He speaks Italian, German, French and a little Arabic.

In 2009, he received the award of Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana from the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano for services to British-Italian relations. He is a former Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Foreign Office.

About New Europeans

“I am a passionate European, proud to be a European citizen as well as a UK citizen. Having lived, worked and studied in other EU member states, I value my right to free movement. I also value the opportunity to participate in local and European elections that European citizens enjoy wherever we live in the EU.

My parents’ generation remember the war but grew up through a period of peace – this is one of the EU’s greatest and until today most enduring achievements. However, my children will grow up identifying with Europe. They have no memory of borders between most European states. They think of themselves as British and Italian and of Europe as tour common home.

The economic, demographic, environmental and security challenges that we face in the 21st century will need a European approach just as much as those of the post-war era.

With New Europeans we want to provide a platform for those who believe that future as Europeans must be shaped as much by the voice of the European citizen as by the competition and compromise that will no doubt long continue to characterise relations between the EU member states.”

Tamara Flanagan OBE

Fundraising and senior advisor

Tamara has 20 years experience of European Funding and Advocacy Training; Transnational work; Managing EU projects; Project Evaluation.

She is a specialist bilingual consultant, working on advocacy, government relation and European funding, with experience in the UK and Europe, in the social sector, public sector and government.

At European level, she has worked with a range of actors on social policy issues, including the Citizenship Unit in DG Justice, where she was a member of the Active Citizenship Structural Dialogue Group. Tamara has also worked with the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Council of Europe where she advised on texts on active citizenship and volunteering in the International NGO group. She was a founder member of the European Year of Volunteering Alliance 2011, and was part of the leadership team which over three years, drove a European wide campaign with 27 other agencies on EYV2011.

Tamara has been a board member of two EU wide networks, Solidar and Volonteurope and was chair of NCVO’s European Funding Network for 4 years. She develops and writes EU funding applications for national and transnational projects. She advises on EU project compliance, audit, and project closure and undertakes evaluations of national and transnational projects. She is the chair and founder of EU Matters, an NGO working on European issues and citizenship education. She is a registered expert with the European Commission for Erasmus plus; Europe for Citizens and EU Aid Volunteer projects.

"New Europeans has made its mark in a very short time and I am delighted to be part of making such a worthwhile and much-needed intiative a success."

Bella Kosmala

On secondment to Mayor of London

Bella is currently on secondment to the Migration team at the Greater London Authority, leading on the Mayor of London's work for European Londoners and will rejoin the team in April 2021.

Through the Citizenship and Integration Initiative (CII), Bella has been delivering the Mayor's London Is Open campaign, supporting European Londoners in securing their right to stay in the UK after Brexit. Over five thousand Europeans and their families have to date received free advice on the EU Settlement Scheme through various outreach activities; the Mayor hosted the first-ever EU Settlement Ceremony, celebrating European cultures and thanking Europeans for making the capital their home, and awarded over £100,000 in micro-grants to community organisations supporting Europeans in London.

Bella is firmly committed to migrants' rights and, in addition to her role at New Europeans, has worked at organisations such as the Hackney Migrant Centre, Migrants' Rights Network and ILPA where she ran the Strategic Legal Fund for vulnerable young migrants. She set up the Migrant Hub in Greenwich, a weekly drop-in centre for vulnerable migrants and developed and ran the Community Integration Awards, which celebrates and awards integration projects in the UK. She is currently also a director at MigrationWork CIC.

Borimir Totev

Communications Officer

Borimir's interests are at the intersection of migration, politics, community organising and culture.

Borimir is a graduate of University College London, with experience working as an arts and creative events producer.

He has a passion for creating spaces and content for cultural exchange both physically and online. He has in depth experience developing, managing and delivering public programmes in the charity and not-for-profit sectors, as well as co-authoring various community projects funded by the Mayor of London.

He joins New Europeans after working as a marketing strategist for a London based social impact communications agency. At New Europeans, Borimir adapts our work to the current COVID-19 context, and as the transition period for Brexit comes to an end.

Cecilia Mellana

EUSS Development Officer

Cecilia has experience in working with migrant groups, asylum seekers and refugees in Italy and the UK. 

She holds a Master’s degree in International and Commercial Dispute Resolution law from the University of Westminster. European human rights law and refugee law have been the main focus of her studies.

Cecilia is a young European with a strong interest in migration studies, citizenship rights and democracy, combined with a long-lasting commitment in working with migrant communities to access their rights and fair opportunities.

Her work for New Europeans includes researching and assisting migrant community groups in accessing proper and reliable support to the EU Settlement Scheme.​

Else Kvist

External communications advisor

Else Kvist is a freelance journalist, who works across print, web, and video to tell local, national and international stories.

She also works as a researcher/producer for national Danish TV (DR and TV 2 News) when they broadcast from the UK, as well as being involved with film and documentary projects. 

After 27 years in the UK, and originally from Denmark, she is able to draw on both her experience of working and living in the UK, as well as her international background in her work.

Else had seven years of experience as a journalist on two local newspapers in East London before going freelance. 

She was taken on as a trainee reporter on the Newham Recorder after doing work experience and freelancing for the weekly paper.

Following a two-year training scheme she was promoted to senior reporter before transferring to its sister paper, the award-winning East London Advertiser. 

After the news teams for the two papers merged she wrote for both publications.

During her time covering some of London's most culturally diverse and busy news patches, she reported on everything from local politics, business, high streets, schools, and health to crime and accidents. 

Else also loves going behind the scenes of unique places and exploring complex issues for more in depth features and story telling. 

Contact email: press@neweuropeans.net

Lydia Martin

EU Londoners Project Officer

Lydia has worked with minority communities for over 20 years in the UK and abroad in community engagement and development. 

She has experience of working in, and in partnership with, the third sector, local government, small grassroots community groups, and individuals active in their communities.

Her work has included planning, delivering and managing projects that have focused on creating opportunities for diverse communities to influence local democracy, decision-making and service delivery, alongside capacity building and developing leadership in communities.

She is particularly interested in working with migrant communities to access information and opportunities, make their voice heard, and become agents of change.

Aurélien Pommier

Legal adviser

Aurélien holds a double honours degree in Law and Economics from the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France. 

After having spent his postgraduate program between the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and the Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies, Aurélien is currently in his last year of studies at the College of Europe in Bruges to deepen his knowledge of European Union Law.

Alongside his studies, he volunteered for several EU youth organisations as the European Student Think Tank which he is currently chairing.

Aurélien joined New Europeans back in 2017 to champion European citizenship rights and ensure a continuous discussion on European Affairs.

Jon Ward

Advisor, Website

Jon Ward is a researcher and independent consultant working with CDP, the Sustainable Development Organisation and others on issues of responsible investment, corporate strategy and sustainability.

He was born and grew up in Ireland and has lived, worked and studied throughout the European Union.

Jon is an activist and campaigner and as well as working to promote the rights of transnational EU citizens he takes part in advocacy for tax justice, transparency in lobbying and green investment.

He assists in curating the news and members'  blogs and supporting the editor on all sections of the New Europeans website.

Avilia Zavarella

Executive assistant

Avilia graduated from King’s College London in 2018 with a BA in European Politics. In 2019, she obtained a Master degree in International Social and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), majoring in International Development.

During her studies, she interned for the Scientific Office of the Italian Embassy in London and volunteered for several human rights organisation. As a research assistant in the NGO Humanists International, she helped to draft the 2019 edition of the Freedom of Thought global report.

A young European passionate about politics, public policy and European affairs, she participated as one of ten lobbyists to the Model European Union simulation in Strasbourg in 2019, as well as served as returning officer during the European Elections.

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