Our Team

Elin McCallum

Executive Director

Elin brings practical and policy experience from being a youth worker in the South Wales valleys, to working on entrepreneurship and education with Welsh Government and the European Commission. A great believer in the power of networks, she is enthusiastic and passionate, with predictably strong views on how these skills are life skills – supporting learner engagement, citizenship and social inclusion. She is active in global networks for entrepreneurship education, regularly speaking at conferences and acting as an expert including for the European Commission, European Training Foundation and OECD.

Juliet Martinez

Director

Juliet has a wealth of experience in strategic planning and programme design, evaluation and policy development. She has worked on education, skills and innovation at the European Commission, European Free Trade Association, the UK civil service and the United Nations. She has administered EU programmes supporting NEETs in Wales as well as skills development projects in Mexico, Ecuador and East Timor. Juliet has technical expertise in results monitoring and evaluation and is a member of the UK Evaluation society.


Juliet Edwards

European Projects Officer

With a background in the private sector and European policy, Juliet was involved in developing the Knowledge Alliances for the Erasmus+ programme as well as the HEInnovate self-assessment tool for higher education institutions. She is a firm believer in the need to encourage and support more creative and enterprising attitudes and is a visiting lecturer at the Erasmus Hogeschool in Brussels focussing on innovation and critical thinking. Juliet has an abiding interest in social entrepreneurship and the need for adaptive and flexible solutions to meet current societal needs.

Alexandra Yaghil

Senior Project Lead

With a background in European policy and project management, Alex has seven years’ experience in the social impact sector, with practical experience working with various grass-root social enterprises, large charities and European networks. She has a passion for designing, fundraising for and collaborating on social innovation projects, and thrives within international teams. Alex is an expert for the European Commission on the themes of social economy and entrepreneurship. She previously worked for ESSEC Business School, Euclid Network and Age UK.

Jyoti Gupta

Finance and Operations Lead

Jyoti is a qualified Chartered Accountant with international experience spanning several continents. She joined Bantani in 2020 as Finance Lead. Her role has since evolved, and she now leads Finance and Business Operations for Bantani. With her previous experience in project management, she enjoys taking a lead in the overall execution of the projects and in enabling and channelling the necessary resources required for the project delivery. She is also actively involved in rural education initiatives in India and is excited to constantly learn at work.

Megan Reis

Communications Lead

Megan has a background in EFL and CLIL education, with classroom experience in Europe and Asia. She also studied for a Master’s in Intercultural Communication and Translation, specialising in public service during time which she received a Spanish government grant to work on placement in the US. She creates and manages content for both Bantani and current projects, you can usually find her editing text and videos, or planning the next online event.


Hazel Israel

Education and Skills Advisor

Hazel originally trained for primary education, teaching for 21 years, across Swansea, Wales. She particularly enjoys researching, collaborating and innovating to continuously improve learning for all learners, with particular interest in groups which are harder to reach and engage. As a lead architect of the Essential Skills and the Welsh Baccalaureate qualifications, she has skills in assessment, qualification and curriculum design and development, stakeholder engagement, change and project management.

Candice Astorino

Policy and Research Coordinator

Candice is supporting Bantani’s understanding and involvement in policy actions at EU level. She is also working on a range of research and evaluation actions, bringing her experience of qualitative research and data analysis. She is a Graduate student in European Studies at the University of Gothenburg and interested in developing her experience of connecting policy and practice at grassroots levels, particularly across European neighbourhood regions.


Russel Grigg

Senior Consultant

Russell has significant experience as a teacher, school inspector and academic in teacher education and research. He has written many books and teaching materials including the best-selling Becoming an Outstanding Primary Teacher, as well as publications on behalf of the Welsh Government for the educational workforce on reflective practice and making the most effective use of data. He has a passion for excellence in teaching at all levels.


Stacey J. Young

Senior Consultant

Stacey has 25 years’ experience in education, higher education, and non-profits, with a focus on funding, strategic and sector planning, policy and programme development and programme evaluation. She has led projects promoting equality in higher education, including support for low-income students and students with disabilities. Stacey believes in the power of promoting entrepreneurial and enterprise education for individuals and community empowerment. She has a PhD in Higher Education and has taught higher education policy and practice.