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John

Jib

Justin

Izzy

Mary

Emma

Romny

Team Italia

Felicia

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John

John

John is the founder of Pala. When he’s not living and breathing the business, you will normally find him pointing his paddleboard towards some distant point on the horizon. Back on dry land you’ll find him hanging out with his daughter who has a remarkable knack of intercepting his terrible ‘dad jokes’ before they are unleashed on their unsuspecting victims.

Jib

Jib

Jib heads up the NGO Care4basket. When Jib is not indulging NGO work, you can often find him working in his allotment digging up bind weeds, spreading horse manure, making compost and potting ‘stuff’. In his own words, Jib also spends far too much time talking to his plants ‘just like Prince Charles’.

cameraman and photographer Justin Hunt

Justin

Justin is our ‘Film Alchemist’. When he’s not laying on the floor looking for the next shot he’s either exploring the finest bourbons and listening to obscure country music tracks from the 50s and 60s. Normally found planning his next trip abroad or fuelling the pineapple on pizza debate. Just so you know he’s firmly in the Hawaiian camp! 

Izzy

Izzy

Izzy is our Sales and Comms mastermind. When Izzy isn’t throwing herself down a mountain on a snowboard, she can normally be found rummaging through vintage shops or pounding the fields with her beloved puppy, Mac. She once mislaid a finger on a night out (eek!) – girl knows how to party!

MARY

Mary

Mary is the team leader of the Care4basket project in Bolgatanga, Ghana. When Mary is not organising and supporting the work across the communities, you will find her sowing sweet potatoes, ground nut, millet and looking after the animals on the farm.

EMMA

Emma

Emma is our marketing guru. When Emma isn’t planning, strategizing and creating content, she can be found travelling the world exploring its wonders, or in more recent times – headphones on with a paintbrush in her hand creating an abstract masterpiece!

Romny

Romny

Romny is our website wizard from the Dominican Republic. When Romny isn’t raiding the web searching for magic potions and code ‘treasures’, he can be found working on his big idea to making the world a better place… oh yes, and ironing his superhero cloak for the when the ‘Pala Alarm’ next sounds.

Italia

Team Italia

Eleonora, Gabrielle (including Elmo, Gabriele’s 74 year old father!) are the architects behind all the frames you will see gracing our website in 2021. When they aren’t sourcing, cutting, polishing and perfecting, you will find them enjoying their downtime with their 4 year old son Tomasso and dog Sula. Yes, we’ll feature the dog at some point!

woman taking photo

Felicia

Felicia is our ‘camera ninja’ when it comes to photography for the Pala website. Hailing from Sweden, but now based close to the Pala Brighton HQ. When she’s not exercising her skills of mind control to make models relax on shoots you’ll find her in a cafe enjoying a good cup of coffee, or at home baking cinnamon buns.