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Board of Administrators

This page contains all the members of the VI Board of administrators in function.
Please, find above the componence of the VI BOA for each year with the relevant changes.

The Board of Administrators takes all the decisions of VIEWS International, following the directions chosen by the Board of Directors during the general Assembly.
Since September 2015 the Board of Administrators is composed of the following members:

Michael THORNTON (Uk) - President

MikeI’m Mike Thornton
I am a member of the board of administrators since December 2012.

I live in the UK and I have experience of working on the board of other organisations in the UK.

In my spare time I enjoy playing goalball and meeting new people. I speak English and a little French and Spanish.

Nikola BAKALOV (Bg) - vice-president

NikMy name is Nikola Bakalov. I live in the UK, even though I represent Bulgaria within VIEWS. I have been a member of the Board of Administrators since 2013.

In 2014, I was elected Vice-President of VIEWS International.

Currently I am doing a PhD (Doctorate) within Sheffield University Management School. The topic area of my research is “Employment and Earnings of Disabled People – Identifying Good Practices Across Europe”.

I hold a Master’s degree in Occupational Psychology from the University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Coventry University.

Between 2012 -2015, I was a part-time University Lecturer in Psychology in the UK. During that time, I was also a Support Worker for people with severe Autism.

I have been involved with international youth work within various organizations ever since 2006. Since 2009, I have focused on projects within the Youth in Action 2007-2013 and then the Erasmus+ programme.

Within youth exchanges, I have worked with people with and without disabilities. I have been a group leader and I have also organized workshops on topics such as Youth employability of disabled people; Social integration between disabled and non-disabled people; adapted theatre, etc. I have also organized ice-breakers and energizers.

Boglárka KOLLÁRSZKY (Hu) Treasurer

BoglárkaMy name is Boglárka Kollárszky, I am one of the new members at BOA Views International.
I am 24 years old, still a university student. I am doing my master studies at psychology and pedagogy, in Budapest, Hungary, although

I've already had some work experience in the field of public administration and human resources as well. I really like multiculturalism and cultural diversity - getting to know and communicating with people from other countries with completely different backgrounds and cultural habits -

I've already attended some international summer camps for visually impaired people and also taken part in some youth exchange programmes abroad, organised by Youth in Action.

I really like reading books, playing the piano, doing some sports like swimming, running, tandembiking and skiing and just hanging out with friends.

One of my aims is to organise a youth exchange in Hungary and to help as much as I can in the new Views International projects.

Lucy Hayward UK) Secretary

Anna Rita de Bonis (It) - delegated administrator

Anna RitaMy name is Anna Rita de Bonis and I come from Italy.

I have been a member of the board of administrators since November 2014 as a delegated administrator. It’s the first time I have worked for the board of an organisation, but I really like it because I feel involved and I can do something for other people too. I decided to present myself as a candidate for the board because I share VIEWS International values, goals and aims and I wanted to be a more active participant in its activities.

I have been engaged in international youth projects since 2008, when I took part in my first youth exchange as a participant, thanks to the Youth in Action 2007-2013 programme. From this moment on, I couldn’t stop because it really changed me a lot and I could enjoy the beauty of keeping in touch with people from all Europe and share moments and activities together. For these and many other reasons, I have continued to participate in so many youth exchanges both as a participant and as a group leader, and in some trainings as a participant and as part of the team trainers within various organizations, even with the new programme Erasmus+, where I worked with people with and without disabilities. Furthermore, in 2009 I served as a European volounteer in Belgium for 4 months.

My greatest passions are foreign languages and travelling. I really like meeting people from other cultures and exchanging experiences and opinions with them. Since I was a child I have been dreaming of becoming a simultaneous interpreter and this wish influenced my whole education carreer. For this reason I graduated in Translation and Interpretation in French and Spanish.

Séverine Renard (Be)

Stavroula Kousteni (Gr)

StavroulaBorn in Greece in 1987 I live in Greece (Athens) and I am currently working as a lawyer in the public sector.

Since the general assembly of 2015 I am a member of views’ international board of administrators. I studied law at law school of Kapodistrian university of Athens and after finishing my master in public law I started my PHD studies in the same faculty.

I knew Views International in 2007, when for the first time I took part, as blind participant, in a youth exchange program subsidised by E.U. I have also participated in similar programs as the leader of the Greek group. The main topics of youth exchanges and seminars that I participated are decision making and structures within the youth networks, increasing the democratic and political participation of visually impaired young people in E.U, adapting games for blind people, evaluation of adapted EVS programs and so on.

I have also previous experience of working as member of board of administrators in organizations for blind and disabled people in Greece. Although I wanted very much to do a EVS project I didn’t have much time to take the challenge. However, I am a volunteer of the social welfare division of Greek Red Cross.

In my spare time I love listening to music, reading books, going to theater with friends and of course traveling.

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