Fran is a language freelancer and a natural therapy professional. She started fundraising aged 9 and has done so ever since. She left France in 1998 and went on to live in 6 countries. In Brussels, Belgium, she worked for professional associations as Sponsorship, Exhibition and Advertising Manager. She sits on the advisory board of the Vilostrada Foundation – dedicated to promote education and preserve the nomad culture –, is an active member of Belgian non-for-profit Le temps d’un instant – promoting social aesthetics in palliative and oncology wards and for which she co-wrote a book on the subject – and decided in 2017 to increase her involvement with Acompalia, of which she has been a member and for which she has been fundraising for three years. She currently lives in the South of Jaén province, and is happily married to Jérôme – Belgian-born, Senior Editor and translator for publishers and museums.
Francisco has been a professional lawyer for the last 15 years. He is the Managing Director of the firm AF Consulting Advocates and Lawyers, where he is able to fulfil his ambition to help others resolve their problems. He first came across Acompalia in a professional capacity and was immediately attracted to its objectives and aims. Francisco has lived through the loss of a loved one through terminal illness, and knows well the needs of those in the last phase of their lives. He is a dedicated sportsman, a dreamer and a fighter, who tirelessly lends his support to the fulfilment of Acompalia’s aims. He was elected as Vice-President of the organisation in 2014.
Chris fell in love with farming at twenty one years old, and has been a farmer ever since. At forty five he took up the pen and wrote a book about his experiences farming and living in Spain. The book, ‘Driving Over Lemons’ enjoyed some considerable success both in England and in Spain. Since then he has dedicated himself to writing more books, and improving his cortijo in the Alpujarras. He was delighted to be invited to become a vice-president of Acompalia, as it is the first time in his life that he has held a position of responsibility; he hopes to discharge this responsibility honourably.
Secretary & Co-ordinator
Mabel Tarragona Camacho
Mabel Tarragona Camacho, Acompalia secretary and coordinator, holds a degree of B.A. in Management and a M.B.A. in Business Administration. Mabel lost her father to cancer very young, so she has a close, particular and personal understanding of the needs and requirements of the aims and objectives of Acompalia. Mabel in October also graduated in Management of not-for-profit organisations to help better our NGO.
Eduardo Javier Cabezas González
Eduardo Javier Cabezas González, was born in Santa Fe, Granada in 1969. He has been married to Sandra since 1995 and has 2 sons of 19 and 15. They have lived in Lanjarón since 1995 and their sons are Cañoneros, the name given to people born and bred in Lanjarón. He studied Economic Science at Seville University from 1988-1993. Since then he has worked in various businesses, most importantly 2 financial institutions, one of which is the Caja Rural Granada in which he has been working since 1994. He currently holds the position of Director of the Lanjarón Branch. For some while Eduardo and Sandra have been thinking of dedicating some time to a charitable cause. In 2016 they contacted Lindsay and from this beginning developed a relationship with Acompalia. Eduardo is committed to working to make Acompalia accessible so that it reaches the people and integrates society within the association.
Lindsay owned and ran an Independent School in Kent after travelling extensively in her youth. She then had experience in fundraising before starting a new career in Property Management. While running her business she worked voluntarily for ARLA, the professional body of which she became Vice President. She retired to Lanjarón, Spain where she lost her 60 year old husband to cancer in 2010. Happily she later met and married Fernando, a Spanish musician, who is a huge support to her in her work for Acompalia.
Alex is an experienced Business Coach and Consultant and has a passion for working with people and for people. She has operated in a number of different market sectors including Information Technology and Finance. She lives in Prague, in the Czech Republic but has a second home in Andalucia. Twenty years ago her father died young from pancreatic cancer. This experience motivated Alex to join the Acompalia project where she hopes to use her spirit and energy to make life easier for others. She enjoys travelling, art and meeting new people. She actively collaborates with Acompalia as a advisor and web/campaign administrator.
Steve is a seasoned management professional with more than 40 years experience in the Telecommunications and Information Technology sectors. He has worked in many countries of the world as Sales Director or Managing Director of the international branches of a major UK systems house. Steve is based in Prague for most of the year, but provides extensive support to Acompalia via e-mail and Skype.
Chris owned and operated a successful business for more than 30 years. Prior to that he was Senior Marketing Manager for a major UK manufacturer, and had responsibility for several overseas markets. For the majority of Chris’s professional life he worked abroad, particularly in the Middle East. After selling his business in the United Arab Emirates, it is no surprise that he and his wife Derenda have chosen to spend their retirement in the very south of Andalusia. Both Chris and Derenda lost their fathers at too early an age; they therefore hope that contributing their skills to Acompalia will help make life easier for others. In addition to having served on many committees, Chris is also a qualified association football referee and has officiated at games in several countries.