Adele Bucella is the Projects and Programming Head of Unit in the URBACT secretariat. As a British native she started working in 1996 on urban and rural issues in various local authorities around the UK specialising in local economic development. A strong European focus was always present, in particular in her role as Head of European Affairs in Cardiff. In 2003 Adele started her career in the URBACT Secretariat as Project Manager and following a short break, during which time she was a member of the URBACT External Assesment Panel, she took on the responsibility for programme and financial management in 2009. In 2016 Adele extended her remit within the Secretariat now responsible for networking and capacity building activity as well as programme management.