The FACE Team is based in Brussels and makes up the Secretariat, representing the interests of its Members and 7 million hunters every day.
The team, headed by Secretary General Angus Middleton, combines a passion for hunting and nature with expertise in a range of key areas so as to best ensure hunting is facilitated and sustainable, right across Europe. The small team reflects the diversity of Europe, with over 5 nationalities within the core staff, competent in some 9 languages.
ANGUS MIDDLETON, SECRETARY GENERAL
Angus has over 15 years of management experience in a very wide range of conservation issues and policies, in Europe and southern Africa. He has a particular interest in the conservation of birds, stemming from his great passion for falconry and raptor conservation. He also has a strong interest in large carnivores, which embody the social, ecological and economic challenges of conservation. He is a longstanding member of BirdLife Zimbabwe, an avid angler, hunter, falconer and with all that a conservationist.
CHARLOTTE NYFFELS, OFFICE MANAGER
Charlotte manages the operations of the FACE Secretariat, from finances to human resources, whilst coordinating the administrative and logistical needs of the FACE Members. She also provides our French translations.
FR, EN, ES
CHARLOTTE SIMON, TRAINEE PROJECT ASSISTANT
Having recently graduated in Biology of Organisms and Ecology at Brussels University, Charlotte started a 6-months traineeship as FACE’s Project Assistant in January 2013. Working with the Nature Policy Manager, Charlotte is involved in different nature conservation projects as well as The FACE Biodiversity Manifesto. Moreover, she is finding funding opportunities for us and our Members.
chloe gerber, office ASSISTANT
If you call the FACE Secretariat in Brussels, it is more than likely that Chloé will be answering the phone. As the Office Assistant, Chloé fields all enquiries at FACE as well as providing administrative support.
CHRISTINE RUPPRECHTER-RÖDLACH – ON MATERNITY LEAVE
Christine plays a key role in our relations with the EU Institutions, especially in the European Parliament where she maintains contacts with various MEPs, assistants and officials, providing them with reliable information on a range of topics whilst coordinating the Secretariat of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Sustainable Hunting. She is also the Secretariat’s resident expert on agricultural issues, and maintains close ties with the German-speaking FACE Members thanks to her Austrian roots.
Whilst Christine is on maternity leave during 2013, please contact Manuel Esparrago (email@example.com).
DE, EN, IT, FR
CY GRIFFIN, WILDLIFE POLICY MANAGER
Cy is a FACE technical expert providing a unique awareness and understanding of both the biology of game species with their related EU legislation. Known for having an encyclopaedic knowledge, he provides technical and biological insights on a daily basis, from cormorants to trapping.
GABOR VON BETHLENFALVY, NATURE POLICY MANAGER
Gabor manages FACE’s nature conservation dossiers related to biodiversity, protected areas and agriculture. He also provides management for European research and conservation projects and coordinates applications for funding and grants.
DE, EN, FR, CZ
JOHAN SVALBY, LEGAL ADVISOR
Johan combines his legal training with a thorough knowledge of EU and international legislation, subjects and processes, providing essential legislative monitoring and advice with astute interpretation of the laws affecting hunters in Europe. He coordinates FACE’s Technical Group on Legal Affairs and FACE’s work on the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species.
SV, EN, FR, DE
Laura Kammonen, Trainee Wildlife Biologist
Laura joined the FACE Team in November 2012 on secondment from the Finnish Hunters’ Association to focus on assisting us with our Large Carnivores work. Laura is employed as a Trainee Wildlife Biologist by the Finnish Hunters’ Association and is currently studying Forest Ecology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Laura is spending 6 months working with us, her time at FACE is funded by the Nordic Hunters’ Cooperation and we’re very happy to have her on board.
MANUEL ESPARRAGO, HEAD OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Manolo provides strategic direction and planning for FACE’s diverse policy interest areas, working with FACE Members and the FACE Team experts to ensure that decision-makers are informed at the right time. Manolo is the FACE contact for our work with the EU Institutions and in particular the European Parliament, as well as being the technical expert on firearms and ammunition.
ES, EN, FR
MARILISE SAGHBINI, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Marilise is constantly seeking to strengthen FACE’s communications. She provides expertise to the FACE Team for specific dossier communication campaigns, as well as ensuring FACE Members, partners, EU decision-makers and the rest of the world are kept informed of what European hunters and FACE are all about.
YASMIN HAMMERSCHMIDT, COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Yasmin works with Marilise, coordinating communications for FACE, especially with FACE Members and the wider hunting community.
YVES LECOCQ, SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR
Yves brings over 30 years of experience at FACE to the team and his unique combination of institutional knowledge of international environmental policy with his scientific and biological expertise. His considerable experience sees him providing keen advice to the rest of the Team as well as FACE Members, policy-makers and partners, regularly speaking at high-level events as well as technically complex meetings.
Yves is President of the International Union of Game Biologists 2011-2013 and will preside the Congress in Brussels in August 2013.
NL, FR, EN, DE
NICOLE BERNARD, FACILITIES ASSISTANT
Nicole provides facilities support for the FACE Secretariat in Brussels, coordinating in-house meetings and keeping the FACE House in check.
FR, EN, DE
SABINE BORGERS-GUSE, TRANSLATOR & ACCOUNTS ADMINISTRATOR
Sabine works part-time with Charlotte and the rest of the team, providing top quality German translations and efficient accounting support.
DE, EN, NL, IT