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Governance & team

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  • © Gaby Merz - CRAC de Lomme

The General Assembly (GA)

The General Assembly is composed of all our members. It is responsible for structuring and validating decisions related to FEDEC's activity such as:

  • drafting and amending the Statutes,
  • appointing and removing Managing Board directors,
  • approving the budget and the accounts,
  • issues related to the association’s existence.

All of our members are invited to vote (1 vote per member) at our 2 General Assemblies:

The Managing Board (MB)

The Managing Board meets 4 times a year (January, April, September & October) to debate, reflect, discuss, and decide on FEDEC’s main directions. It is also a real support for the team.

The Managing Board is composed of a maximum of 12 representatives, directors of circus schools which are full FEDEC members. Each member of the Managing Board is elected for 3 years, and their mandate can be renewed twice. The FEDEC president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary are appointed by the Managing Board.

> Download the Managing Board Guide

Who are the current FEDEC Managing Board members?

  • Anna BEENTJES · President (Codarts Rotterdam - Circus Arts, NLD)
  • Alisan FUNK ·Vice-president (Uniarts, SWE)
  • Tim ROBERTS · Treasurer (Ecole de Cirque de Québec, CAN)
  • Stevie BOYD · Secretary (FLIC, ITA)
  • Adeline AVENEL · (CRAC de Lomme, FRA)
  • André BORGES · (INAC, PRT)
  • Noemi DE CLERCQ · (Circuscentrum, BEL)
  • Fabio MERANTE · (Cirko Vertigo, ITA)
  • Adrian PORTER · (National Centre for Circus Arts, GBR)
  • James TANABE · (Ecole Nationale de Cirque de Montréal, CAN)
  • Laura TIKKA · (Turku University, FIN)
  • Carlos VIANNA · (Ecole Nationale de Cirque de Châtellerault, FRA)

How to join FEDEC Managing Board?


Would you like to apply? Elections take place at the General Assembly. Prior to that, all FEDEC members receive a call to apply. Contact us to find out the date of the next elections!


The Working Groups

The working groups make it possible to work in smaller committee new Belgian legal requirements frameworked by the entire Managing Board.

They are created over time, depending on the latest network needs. Each group is composed of at least 1 member of the team and 1 member of the Managing Board. These groups are set up on a voluntary basis and the work meetings are virtual.

There are 8 working groups:

1 - Student projects:
For all decisions relating to the CIRCLE and TRACES projects.

2 - Members (new applications):
For presenting the applicants’ organisations to the Managing Board and developing the network.

3 - FEDEC Spring Talks:
For scheduling and organising the Spring Talks which takes place each year in April.

4 - Revision of the FEDEC statutes:
For updating the AISBL operating rules, within the framework of the new Belgian legal requirements.

5 - Equality & Integrity:
Replaced by the 2023 – 2024 SPEAK OUT project steering committee. For reflecting on best practices to be shared for preventing discrimination and gender-based violence, within vocational circus schools and beyond.

6 - Preparatory and Higher education institutions:
For encouraging dialogue between the different levels of training and the expression of each school’s expectations.

7 - Safety and rigging:
Replaced by the 2022 – 2023 RIGGERS project steering committee. For creating an international community of riggers and strengthening safety and rigging policies in the circus.

8 - Communication:
For essential decisions related to the network's outreach (visual identity, website redesign, etc.).

The team

Hi there!

If you are looking for us, you will find us in Brussels, the European capital. But you might also meet us here or there in the world since we travel several times a year for the purposes of network activities.

What do we do?

We listen to our members’ needs, coordinate FEDEC projects and publications, organise the events that make up network life, and we represent it alongside the Managing Board.

Who are we?

  • Isabel JOLY, director
  • Sarah WEBER, EU project manager
  • Lorenzo ALBIERO, EU project manager
  • Carole BERTRAND, communications manager
  • Tania MARTINEZ ALMOYNA, production assistant

> Contact us