The hard work, talent and passion of our international team at Gela are a pragmatic mix of amazing creativity and energy

Benjamin Karl Tanswell  President

Co-manager of Gela Eco-Housing
Apart from the duties and responsibilities of trusteeship, Ben is a hands-on building manager at Gela Studios.
Ben was originally born in London and moved to the Matarraña when he was eleven years old. After a period of travel and study at university, Ben is now involved with all Gelas projects, event planning, and is particularly interested in the restoration of our headquarters and Gela’s Eco Housing project.

Secretary– John Ball

 John was a funder member and trustee of Gela Studios and has been our essential guide during are developmental years.

After 14 years as our trustee John has decided to retire later this year and we are very grateful for his care.

Treasurer– Ute Wilkendoff

 Ute is an enthusiastic supporter of Gela Studios and visits from Berlin as often as she can. As a hospital financial administrator, her advice and accounting skills have been invaluable.  


Project Director – Deborah Ann Tanswell 

Deborah has had more than 37 years of NGO management experience in the UK, European funded projects and businesses, specializing in employment initiatives for vunerable people. She worked closely with Greenpeace inconnection with the liberation of captive marine mammals. In 1989 she became a corporate fundraiser on behalf of major UK charities and as a consultant and lobbyist.

Deborah became a consultant staff trainer for NHS Heath Trusts, social services, universities, and major corporations.
Her direct approach and simplification of difficult subjects is her hallmark acclimation and iconic presentation style.
After moving to her much loved olive farm in 2001, she has been working to restore the large masia and develop Gela Studios.

Gela Studios Manager – Ana de Partearroyo Francés

Although a new member to our team, since november last year, Ana’s vibrant enthusiasm has revitalized the managment of our on and offline administrative support.

Originally from Madrid, Ana has strong links to the Matarraña community and in addition to working for Gela Studios, enjoys her rural sustainable life particulary in the harvesting of her numerous olive trees.

Communications Maganer – Ravi Svelto

Italian born, moved to the Balearic Islands as a child, and currently living in the Matarraña with his partnet and daughter.

Ravi’s mission inside the association is to grow, connect and nurture Gela’s members. Responsable for communications with press, media, design and online profile.

Head Gardener – David Pulido 

Eco gardener, farmer and yoga teacher, David cultivates excellent arable land for the production of organic vegetables for both his households and that of the Ginero Ecological Living Association.

Administration Assistant – Raquel Arribas Jarauta

Raquel works flexibly for Gela Studios and has been invaluable to us in our research and in her copywriting. Raquel also provides administrative backup and is actively involved in Gela events and gatherings.

Administration Assistant – Beatriz Castro Jimenez

Mother of two lovely boys, Bea produces her own olive oil and roasted almonds. She has been a long time associate and friend of Gela and provide us with much needed administrative backup and research.

Official photographer – Iris Svelto (Visualmedia)

Freelance photographer and videographer based on the island of Ibiza.
Specialized in event photography and passionate about visual arts in general.
Always in search for the best framing and composition.

Gela is grateful to Iris, who generously donated her time and her wonderful photography for our promotional launch.

Technical Assistant – Ariel 

Ariel studied and works in administration of computer network systems and has been a good friend to Gela for over 14 years. He’s passionate about rural sports in the Matarraña.

His technical expertise has been of enormous benefit to the Gela admin team and he generously shares his knowledge and time with us.

Together we are a force for change