Operational Team


The Operational team is playing the interface with members, partners and stakeholders. Its role is to ensure EOSE’s daily running and functioning (projects development, events management, communication with members…).The team is working in close collaboration with the Executive board to ensure that the work lead is in line with the organisation’s mission and vision.

It is an extraordinary advantage for EOSE to have personnel assigned to the work programme with experiences acquired from different sub-sectors (Voluntary, Professional, Health and Fitness and the Outdoors) but also from different kinds of stakeholders (Social Partners, Education and Training Providers, Policy and Decision Makers, National Observatoire, Research Institutes).

Its complementarity and good knowledge of the institutions allow EOSE to pursue its mission and conduct its activities (studies, standards, training & quality schemes development, lobbying, communication, networking, project management, etc..).

Here below you can find out about EOSE Operationnal Team’s Members.

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Aurelien Favre

Aurélien FAVRE

  • Executive Director
  • French

Aurélien is the Chief Executive Director of EOSE.

He graduated in 2003 with a Master Degree in Sport Management from the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1. He then integrated both SkillsActive (the UK Sector Skills Council) and EOSE as European Projects Manager before being appointed as EOSE CEO in 2009.

His main area of interest & research are Sports Systems, Sport Development, Employment and Vocational Education and Training. Through the past 9 years, he has gained recognition in the Sport Industry and Labour Market and was actively involved in the development of Occupational and Competences standards for Fitness Instructors, Outdoor Animators and Golf Professionals in EU and also in the conception of the Lifelong Learning Strategy for the Sport and Active Leisure sector.

He also developed a specific expertise through the development and management of several European projects in the Sport and Active Leisure sector focusing on different priorities such as Employment, Education and Training, Player Agents, Sport Governance, Sport for people with a disability, Volunteering, Social Dialogue etc.

Tasks and working areas within EOSE: Human Resources management, Organisational development, Fundraising, Project development and supervision (administrative, financial and technical dimensions).

Ben Gittus


  • Director of Standards
  • British

Ben is Director of Standards for EOSE.

After completing his Master Degree in Sports Development from the University of Gloucestershire, Ben has worked in vocational education and training in sport for the last 12 years.

Ben’s main experience and expertise is in developing competence frameworks, linking qualifications to the labour market and developing professional recognition schemes. Ben has led the technical development of standards for many occupations within sport and active leisure.

Ben leads on international partnerships and has developed standards and qualifications in countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Ben acts as Technical Director for the Register of Exercise Professionals in the UAE (REPs UAE).

Tasks and working areas within EOSE: Partnership development, EOSE 7 Steps Model promotion and adaptation, Occupational Standards and Qualification Frameworks development, Registers of Exercise Professionals development.



  • Skills Development Manager
  • British

Geoff has over 35 years’ experience of working in Skills Development including over 25 years in the sport and physical activity sector.

He has an extremely varied portfolio of professional work which includes working with employers on labour market analysis, the research and development of occupational standards, the development of national qualifications’ frameworks, national and international consultations, and the development of assessment strategies. Geoff is also an experienced project manager at national and international level.

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Thibault PARDON

  • Communication and Project Officer
  • French
Thibault is based in our office in Lyon (France) and acts as Communication and EU Project Officer.
He is passionate about basketball and has a good sport background. He is involved in an apprenticeship Bachelor programme in Marketing and Business Development in Lyon.
Thibault supports the EOSE team in the daily running of the organisation and the management of transnational EU projects.


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