The BWN is run by an annually elected board consisting of a President, two vice-presidents, treasurer and secretary. Together, the board is responsible for the legal and financial affairs of the BWN and oversees the administration of all donations and contributions made on behalf of the group. As a team, the board reviews and approves all events, activities, sponsorships, and fundraising efforts of the BWN. They support all BWN functions and promote the BWN in the community.
Gwen Gilmore de Comas, President
Entertainer/Singer, Events Organizer I left my GS-12 Program Analyst position at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. to pursue my musical passion of singing. I launched my European career in TITO’s, the most important nightclub in Palma de Mallorca in 1976. From there I went on to perform in other parts of Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Africa, Egypt and Italy. While in Italy I bagan performing on Costa Cruises during a part of the year, where I met a family from Mataro. This family became my extended family, a relationship that has lasted for 25 years and they are the reason that I came to live in the Maresme area of Barcelona. I married my actual husband, a retired Catalan businessman, in 2004, in a medieval castle and went to live in Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, where we currently reside. I am a professional singer, performing in 8 languages, 6 of which I speak. My stage name is Gwen Perry – www.gwenperry.com – you can also find several videos of my concerts on YouTube. I love music, traveling, patchwork, volunteering and helping others in any way that I can.
I was introduced to the BWN by a member in 2003 and since then have been a part of this great organization. I have served on two boards as Vice President, been the Charity Committee Chair on two occasions, served as FAWCO Rep and member of the FAWCO Committee. In 2012 I was awarded the European Gold Cross of Achievement, from the AEFE Foundation, for my achievements as an international entertainer, humanitarian and producer. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from North Carolina Central University at Durham (previously was North Carolina College) and was inducted into the Alpha Lamda Chapter of Delta Zigma Theta while attending the University.
Sophie Anderson, Vice President 1
I’m from the UK and I came to Barcelona in June 2016 from London after taking around two years to decide where I wanted to build the rest of my life. I knew very clearly that I wanted a more relaxed way of life from London, and basically wanted it all: beach, sunshine, lovely people, architecture, food, wine, as well as being near to countryside and mountains for snowboarding in winter. I lived in Buenos Aires for a brief time when I was younger and loved it, I felt so alive there. Barcelona is the only city in Europe that has the same feeling for me.
I’m a Doctor of the brain stem and nerve system. I focus on helping women with chronic health issues that haven’t responded to traditional medicine get well by checking the function of their brain stem (as its usually the part that hasn’t been checked and isn’t functioning at 100%). Being a woman myself and growing up with many girlfriends who have suffered all sorts of health issues I have ended up dedicating my life to these issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, migraines, thyroid issues, MS, arthritis, hormonal challenges, and fertility issues.
Its not really a job for me, more of a passion. When Im not seeing patients, studying or working with students, I love to be on the beach in summer and in the mountains in winter. I would love to help this next Board improve on the amazing organisation that already exists, enticing more members of all age ranges, and making the running of the organisation as streamlined as possible so future boards can have fun whilst volunteering their time. My email address is: email@example.com
Nada al Hachimi, Vice President 2
My name is Nada El Hachimi and I am running for the VP2 position. I came to Barcelona because my mother works as a diplomat in this beautiful city and I visit her quiet a lot, so it was just a matter of time before I fall in love.
I am a Canadian hypnotherapist and healthy lifestyle consultant but I live half the time in Barcelona and the other half in Casablanca, Morocco. I am also an instagrammer and influencer in healthy lifestyle. I do private consultations as well as corporate workshops either in hypnosis or healthy lifestyle. I also work with a digital production company to make videos for different corporate clients.
I am very honoured to run for the VP2 position because I believe in the strength of a good network. Not only business wise but also to do good and share. As a therapist, I love to listen and help others solve their problems and that is why I believe I can be a good asset for the BWN board. I’ll make sure every voice is heard and that our actions, charity oriented as well as business oriented ones will be aligned with our member’s needs. I am positive that alongside the new board members we will make a great team to help BWN shine by its positive impact on the women of Barcelona and on the charities we are supporting. So let’s build the future of all us women of this beautiful city together.
Emma Ruiz, Secretary
I was born in Barcelona but lived in Venezuela for 7 years as my dad was transferred there for work. My parents were very aware of the importance of speaking English, so they decided to put my sister and I into an international school so we could grow up bilingual. I will always be incredibly grateful for that. Speaking English decided my career and I was an English teacher for more than 25 years. In fact, I still have a couple of company classes left. But what really made me happy was learning about myself, going on self-development courses, understanding the way I worked and then learning about people. So after starting my own therapy process with a Gestalt therapist I decided that THAT was exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up. That’s how I made a turn and trained as a Gestalt therapist myself and I now do what I love: help people reconnect with who they really are, accompany them to find their purpose in life and help them with relationship issues, stress-related issues, grief and loss, and help them become aware of what’s holding them back from being the best version of themselves. I love what I do and I honestly don’t consider it a job. It’s a privilege for me to be given the trust and confidence I receive from my clients. It gives me the opportunity to grow and learn every day. I am very happy to be able to serve the BWN as their secretary this year! Please feel free to write to me if you have any questions or need help with anything. I’ll do my best to help. Email me to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Harvey, Treasurer
I am from Wales originally, but after marrying my husband, Peter, his work took us to Germany, then to Zambia, and then to Saudi Arabia.
After two years in the African bush and two years in the Arabian desert we decided it was time for a return to European culture for a time. However, after those four years in warm climates we didn’t feel we wanted to spend a winter in the cold, so we decided to come and spend a year in Spain, a country which neither of us had previously visited.
That year stretched a little, and it’s now 31 years since we arrived. Barcelona is home, and I can’t really imagine living anywhere else.
You can reach me at: email@example.com