Minuartia corcontica, one of endemic plant species of Krkonose Karkonosze National Park (CZ) © Jakub Kaspar

The Directorate of the EUROPARC Federation is committed to fulfilling the aims of the organisation and to deliver its strategic goals.

The work of the Federation is overseen by the EUROPARC Council and President. They bring a wealth of experience and expertise to bear on the work of the Federation and also represent EUROPARC across Europe.

Where the Council is the driver, the Directorate of the EUROPARC Federation is the engine of the organisation. The small team of 5 full time, 3 part time and are split between the headquarters in Regensburg (DE), and Brussels (BE). They manage a number of important European projects and represent the Federation and its members’ interests.

The work of the Federation is also supported by efforts from working groups and many other dedicated individuals and members who share our passion and support our work.

EUROPARC Federation staff

The multi-national team based at the EUROPARC Headquarters and our office in Brussels, comprises a small core staff. Together they coordinate the varied activities of the EUROPARC Federation across Europe.

General enquiries can be directed to the email or the headquarters postal address at the bottom of the page or to office(at)

Individual members can be contacted by using the email formula:

[email protected]

Carol Ritchie

 Executive Director

Carol Ritchie (Scotland, UK) [email protected]
As her title suggests Carol is responsible for the smooth running of all the Federation Directorate and its work. Carol operates across Europe, out of both the Regensburg and Brussels offices as well as anywhere else needed, to represent the Federation’s interest and to support the work of the President and Council. She mainly works in English.

Federico Minozzi

Managing Director

Federico Minozzi (IT) [email protected]
Federico shares responsibility with the Executive Director for most aspects of management of the Federation. He concentrates in particular on the EUROPARC policy and advocacy work in close cooperation with European institutions and other NGOs and partners institutions. Federico is also coordinating the Junior Ranger Programme. Federico speaks Italian, French and English.

Communications and Marketing Manager

Barbara Pais (PT) [email protected]
Barbara is our all-in-one communications person, responsible for animating EUROPARC network, organising events and webinars, leading communication workshops, managing our social media networks, and developing/designing our digital and printed publications. Currently, she is also following the Communications and Marketing activities of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. She speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and understands French and German.

Communications and IT Officer

Fernando Pinillos (ES) [email protected]

Fernando is our Communications and IT expert! He is in charge of analysing and developing the best strategies to provide our members useful tools and information and to reach wider audiences, using new information technologies. He has a strong background in nature conservation worldwide, he is fluent in Spanish and English, and his latest challenge is getting started with German.

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Project and Policy Development Manager

Teresa Pastor (ES) [email protected]

Following the decision of Fedenatur to integrate with EUROPARC, we are delighted to welcome Teresa Pastor to our team. Teresa’s experience as the previous technical secretary of Fedenatur, brings a huge knowledge of periurban parks, their issues and challenges to the EUROPARC directorate. Teresa is also project manager of Interreg IMPACT. Teresa speaks Catalan, Spanish, French, English and Italian and looks forward to truly bringing our two networks together.

Stefania Petrosillo

Policy Officer

Stefania Petrosillo (IT) [email protected]

Stefania is our Policy Officer in Brussels, working with Federico to represent EUROPARC member’s interests towards the European Institutions. Stefania is expert in advocacy and policy, and works in close cooperation with international NGOs and other EUROPARC partners. You can contact Stefania in Italian, English, French and Spanish. Currently, she is also “refreshing”  German.


Project Manager LIFE

Neil McIntosh (UK) [email protected]

Neil is Project Manager for the ‘LIFE’ project, supporting e-learning, open education and capacity building for Natura 2000 managers. As a qualified trainer and assessor of learning and development programmes, the focus of his work in EUROPARC is to support networking, learning and the professional development of people and organisations. Neil’s native language is English, but he also speaks Dutch.

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Project Manager, ‘LIFE Nature Adapt’

Olivier de Sadeleer (BE), [email protected]

Olivier will represent the “voice” of European Protected Areas in the LIFE project ‘NaturAdapt’. It aims at adapting nature protection practices to the challenges of climate change in Europe through dynamic and collective learning.

Holding an MA in cultural anthropology, Olivier brings his passion for wilderness and longstanding experience in business development & communication (incl. digital) to help increase the impact of EUROPARC’s projects. Based in Brussels, he speaks both French and English.

Giacomo Benelli

European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas & CEETO Project Manager

Giacomo Benelli (IT) [email protected]

Giacomo manages the award programme of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas and manager of the CEETO Project. He speaks Italian, English, Spanish and French.

Brigida Napolitano

 Member Services Officer and Office Administrator

Brigida Napolitano (IT) [email protected]
Brigida is mainly responsible for membership administration and is the main contact person for solving any enquiries coming from the members. Brigida is currently also responsible mainly for the administrative tasks at EUROPARC headquarters. She speaks Italian, English, German and French.

Michaela Zeller

Financial Manager

Michaela Zeller (CZ) [email protected]

Michaela is our Finance Manager. She is responsible for leading the finance and accounting of the Federation, based on EUROPARC’s mission and values. She takes over independently the financial management of national and international funding projects. You can contact her in English, German, Czech, Slovak or even Bavarian.

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Financial Accountant

Katrin Varnhagen (DE) [email protected]

Katrin is our financial accountant and is responsible for the bookkeeping of the Federation. Moreover, she is involved in financial reporting of EU- and non EU-funded projects. You can contact her in German and English.

Policy & Communications Assistant

Steffi Burger (DE) [email protected]
Steffi joined the EUROPARC team in Brussels for a 5 months internship on policy – just about enough time to grow fond of the Federation and its work. Now back in Regensburg, she works part-time with the Directorate, while finishing her studies of International Relations & Management. Steffi supports the Federation’s policy and communications work, mainly following the topics of Sustainable Agriculture and all things related to Youth. You can best get in touch with her using German and English.

Policy Intern

Gaia Fermanelli (IT) [email protected]

Gaia joins the EUROPARC team in Brussels for 8 months of internship related to her background in Cultural & Natural Development. She supports the policy work of the EUROPARC Federation in Brussels. She speaks Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and understands some French, studying it it’s her purpose.