Sir David Bill, Patron
Lieutenant General Sir David Bill spent more than 40 years in the Army serving both in the Royal Engineers and with The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, which is where he first met Tom Langridge and Chandrabahadur Gurung in the late 1970’s. On retirement from the Army he spent 3 years serving as Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. Presently he is Chairman of FSI (Worldwide), a company that focuses on the ethical recruiting of international workers particularly in the security domain as well as operating a UK-based business. He has visited Nepal many times and is enormously proud to be Patron of the Pahar Trust. He is also President of the Gurkha Brigade Association; a Trustee of the Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund and a member of the Britain-Nepal Society. David is married to Gabrielle, a professional artist, and they have 3 sons. Away from work, his interests include a passion for downhill skiing watching cricket, inaccurate golf, and the occasional hand of bridge.
Howard Green MBE, President
I grew up in Cumbria and always had an interest in Nepal and the Himalayas. I had a career in education which took me to the Isle of Man to take up a teaching post in 1977 have been on the island ever since. I was Head Teacher at Michael School, IOM for 10 years, a math’s consultant, school improvement advisor and Programme Leader for PGCE (teacher training) on the island. I first became aware of Pahar Trust Nepal through an article in the Head Teacher’s Review about Tom Langridge and Chandrabahadur Gurung who had built a school in a remote village in Nepal. I contacted Tom who agreed to visit Michael school to talk and we agreed to support their work by fundraising through the school. This was the start of a wonderful journey, I became a trustee in 1997 and took over from Tom as Chairman in 2005. It as been a privilege to lead and guide the trust for so many years and to see us adapt to new challenges including political unrest, flooding and earthquakes. None of the work we do would be possible however, without the hard work and dedication of our Nepali team and the generosity of our supporters and donors
Sue Green, President
I trained as a primary school teacher and during my career I taught key stages one and two, my specialism was in early years. I began volunteering for the PTN in 1993, helping to raise funds for Ghamrang school in mid-west Nepal. My commitment has endured for twenty-five years during which time I have organised events, ran a child sponsorship scheme, contributed to education initiatives and generally accommodated the daily demands of running a charity from home. During this time I have been very fortunate to have benefitted from the unstinting support of family and friends as well as the kindness of strangers. It’s definitely been a team effort!
Dr. Tim Mitchell, Chair
I was lucky enough to serve as Regimental Medical Officer for the Queens Gurkha Engineers in the 1980s when I also took the opportunity to work at the British MilitaryHospital in Nepal. I soon fell in love with the country and its people. I didn't find out about PTN until the late 1990s and my first involvement was to set up a twinning between Westbury-on-Trym CofE Academy in Bristol and Shree Himalaya school in Singdi, Nepal. This led to a very successful trip with six 10 year old pupils from Bristol to Nepal in 1999. During that trip I first met Tom Langridge and we became friends. I continued the school link and began to involve Rotary Clubs in raising money for schools and health posts giving me the excuse to keep visiting Nepal. I visit at least once a year - the last two being another trip with 9 and 10 year olds from Westbury-on-Trym in April 2017and again with a group of donors and supporters to open 2 schools and a health post in November 2017. All the groups, young and old, come back from Nepal feeling enriched as the benefits of our involvement work both ways. The country has changed in many ways since the 1980s but there is still a great need and a great welcome in the mountains.
Dhan Chand, Trustee
Dhan is a former Army Officer (Major) who served with the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers (QGE) in British Army for 32 years. He comes from village of Gumlek in the Tanahun District, West Nepal and joined the British Army at the age of 18. Dhan’s involvement with Pahar Trust Nepal (PTN) started in 1981, when he met with late Mr Tom Langridge MBE(Founder and Chairman of PTN) who had just served and retired from the same regiment, QGE. In early 1980 Dhan approached Tom and asked if he could help to build a school in his village, Gumlek as his village did not have a school. Tom immediately realised the need and accepted. As a result of that PTN successfully funded and built a school with help of the village community in 1997. The school became a tourist attraction spot for the neighbouring villages as this was the very first concrete built school building of that time in that area. After leaving the Army in 2011, Dhan started his new career with FSI Europe Ltd where he is currently employed as Resource Director based at Maidstone, Kent. Even after leaving the regiment Dhan’s interest and support to PTN continued and he was invited to become a trustee which he accepted with honour. Dhan dedicates much of his spare time in leading and advising a number of Nepali community forums pursuant to improving the lives of UK-based ex-Gurkhas and their dependants and he recently has handed over the chairmanship of Maidstone Gurkha NepaliCommunity. Dhan is based in Kent(the home of the QGE) and is closely involved in many of the Nepali community events within the south of England and lives with his wife Sunita, daughterSmriti and son Sandip.
Dick Crowther, PTN Ambassador
Hello my name is Dick Crowther. I first met Tom Langridge MBE (founder of The Pahar Trust) in 1989 when he had a dream to build one school in a remote village in Nepal, as a token of gratitude for the friendship he received from the Gurkhas whilst serving with the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers. At the time I was running the London marathon and so agreed to give my sponsorship money towards the building of the school and in 1991 went to Nepal for the first time, with Tom, to open the school. I suppose the rest is history and the success of the Pahar Trust can be traced back to the original vision of Tom to educate the children in remote villages of Nepal. I have travelled to Nepal on a number of occasions and currently try and visit the country at least twice a year. No matter what you do in Nepal the country gives you so much more back. The culture, people and scenery are stunning and something that I will never tire of. I am now retired and hope maybe to spend even more time in Nepal in the future!
Chris Hughes, PTN Ambassador
I trained as a primary school teacher and worked as class teacher, deputy head and headteacher in schools in South West Lancashire. Having served as Chair of the Primary Programmes Committee of BBC Education for several years I later took a role as Education Officer with the BBC working onTV and radio programmes for schools and also some of the first web-based materials for the BBC Website. In 1999 I joined the National Numeracy Strategy set up to develop the teaching of mathematics in primary schools. This involved working with Education Authorities in the North West of England and producing video training materials for use across the country. While running training sessions for this I metHoward Green and heard about the work of the PTN. In 2007 I accepted the invitation to travel to Nepal with the PTN group. I was impressed by the work of PTN and the people of Nepal and was inspired to visit many more times, with friends and family and I was honoured to be asked to join the board of trustees. I have taken thousands of photographs during my visits and I am very proud that so many have been able to contribute to Trust funds through sales as notelets, calendars and exhibitions. I have given many illustrated talks to a wide range of organisations around the local area and continue to receive invitations to do so. I am very proud of my association with the Pahar Trust Nepal and of the great friendships I have made with the people in Nepal I have met over the years who have made me feel so welcome. Now retired I have taken up my life hobby of drawing and pottery into a small business, playing crown green bowls and undertaking voluntary work with a couple of environmental organisations.
Harriet Hancox, Trustee
I am a Chartered Accountant and have spent over 10 years working in the finance industry. In 2012 I spent 3 months in Nepal trekking and volunteering with PTN. The focus of this volunteering was to enable the Trust to better understand the financial management of previously constructed schools. Prior to time spent inNepal, I volunteered with Accounting for International Development in Rwanda in the education sector. I remained involved with PTN since my return from Nepal and became the first paid member of staff in the UK in August 2018. I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to support the Trust and the great work that they deliver for the benefit of the people on Nepal.
Maggie Young, Trustee
Following an early career path working as a Secretary/Personal Assistant, I gained a teaching certificate in adult education and then taught office administration and computer software applications in the UK, the Isle of Man, Canada and the UAE over a period of some 30 years. In 2004, I moved into teacher training and staff development on the Isle of Man, in which role I coordinated various teacher training programmes - in primary, secondary and adult learning contexts. It was in this connection that I met and worked collaboratively with Howard Green - and learned about the work of PTN as a natural extension of their working relationship. I have visited Nepal with PTN on three occasions (in 2012, 2015 and 2018), and have delivered workshops there on a variety of educational topics on behalf ofGlobal Action Nepal for their Resource Trainers and Managers, in liaison with PTN. I have also worked informally on the Isle of Man on a voluntary basis with Harriet Hancox, and latterly Alan Sweetman, on administrative tasks for PTN. I am honoured to be invited to become a Trustee of PTN; and with my acceptance comes my commitment. I feel enthusiastic about this new role and how I can contribute to the valuable ongoing work of the Trust in helping those who will benefit from our support in Nepal.
Alan Sweetman, Executive Director
My background is varied, having worked in Science Communication at the Science Museum in London, international project management in Sweden and also a number of roles within early years education. Most recently and prior to joining PTN I worked for 8 years at a UK based charity that worked to improve the prospects and opportunities of people in many deprived communities in the South and West of England through education, training and urban regeneration projects. I have experience community engagement, project management, new business development, fundraising, business planning and team leadership and enjoy being able to use these skills to improve the lives of the wonderful people of Nepal.
David Wait, Trustee
I first visited Nepal over 15yrs ago, and have been lucky to re-visit on a number of occasions to spend time in Kathmandu, Chitwan and to trek in the Annapurna’s along with more treks in the Himalaya’s. I have made some good friends in Nepal who have children so have seen first-hand how important education is to the younger generation inNepal. I have worked within the Property Management sector for over 20yrs working mainly within shopping centres all around the UK. This has given me varied experiences such as creating and managing various marketing campaigns, managing major events, managing people and setting up 3 new shopping centres. I’m hoping these experiences can help benefit The Pahar Trust and the communities and schools the charity helps. I am also a keen fundraiser and looking forward to taking part in and possibly setting up a variety of different challenges to help raise funds and awareness for PTN.
Helen Baker, Comms & Admin Officer
A career spanning early years education (including a six month teaching placement in a rural village in the Palpa district of Nepal) and freelance marketing and design work has led me to the role of Communications and Administration Officer for Pahar Trust Nepal. Recent work includes a website redesign for a large national charity to find ways to increase charitable donations and to grow its audience. I am also the founder of a social media awareness campaign, a passion project that has grown significantly since it began several years ago.I will be using my skills and experience to help increase the awareness of the amazing work of PTN to benefit the warm and welcoming communities of rural Nepal.
Karen White, Trustee
I originally trained as a journalist and then moved into public relations serving in both consultancy and in-house roles I now run my own consultancy advising a range of clients on their communications needs and am also a Trustee of Bristol Museums Development Trust. I first knew of Pahar Trust through chair Tim Mitchell which subsequently led me to being involved in the 30For30 campaign. What the Trust has achieved in the past 30 years, especially over the past two years of the pandemic, is nothing short of inspirational. I am delighted to be supporting an organisation that is providing infrastructure for the youth of Nepal, especially young girls and women and helps them achieve their ambitions and beyond. I have travelled extensively but never to Nepal and I can’t wait for my first visit!
Chandra Bahadur Gurung QGE, President (NGO)
Chandra served 22 years in British Gurkha Engineer, retired as a Warrant Officer. He is the co-Founder director of Pahar Trust Nepal from 1990 and the founder Chairperson of Pahar Trust Nepal (NGO) since 2013. He has completed; Army first class civil intermediate; advanced course in combat engineering in UK; advanced course in building & concrete; advanced course in scaffolding, building construction & safety; workshop foreman in seven, architect subjects, explosive & ordinance device and served as an Animator and Technical Officer (ATO). Chandra has technical skills in construction, organisation management and leadership. He is a social leader and has experience in micro-finance, banking, Lions club and has visited many countries in Europe, Asia and America.
Bijuli Bahadur Gurung, Chairperson
Bijuli Bahadur Gurung is from Sangam Tole Pokhara and is a retiredHead Teacher from Suryodaya Lower Secondary School and was awarded as a Successful Head Teacher twice by the District Education Committee in 1986 and 1996. He served the school for 18 years. On retirement from the teaching field he spent his time serving as a chairperson of Hill Point Secondary School for 5 years. He started his journey with Pahar Trust Nepal as a General Secretary in 2014-2020 similarly vice chairman in 2020 and appointed as chairperson of PTN after the untimely demise of Dhan Bahadur Gurung (Chairperson of 2020).
Bijuli is also associated with different organisations and have been serving actively in the social sector. He is a promoter of LIC Nepal (Life Insurance Company). Bijuli has visited many villages and cluster areas of Pahar Trust Nepal supported schools many times and has participated in teachers training, social mobilisation training. Being chairperson of Pahar Trust Nepal he also believes in bringing changes in schools and developing quality education of PTN supported Schools .
Kanta Ghale, Operations Manager
Ms. Kanta has completed Masters in Business Studies (Finance) and a Diploma in Civil Engineering. She has gained 10 years' experience in Renewable Energy Business Planning & Social Mobilization, NGO Finance Office and Sub Engineer. She has also worked within the Energy Sector Assistance Program, Alternative Energy Promotion Center Joint project of Nepal Government & Government of Denmark & Norway a Joint project of Chess Nepal & Heifer International Project USA.
Tek Raj Ranamagar, Project Manager
Tek joined PTN in January 2014 in the position of Project supervisor. He served 3 years in the position of Project Supervisor and was upgraded to the post of Acting Project Manager from 2017 to 2019. He is now is serving as Project Manager since January 2020.
Tek has studied 3 years Diploma in Civil Engineering and 4 years Bachelor in Civil Engineering from different universities in Nepal. He has gained experience of surveying, designing, estimating, planning, monitoring, construction and supervision of different civil engineering infrastructure development projects. He also worked in Pokhara Engineering College (Pokhara, Nepal) as a civil engineering Lab Instructor for 2 years.
Narendra Nepali, Civil Engineer
Mr. Narendra has worked for PTN since 2018 as project supervisor. He has completed a Bachelor in civil engineering and gained experience as valuator at M.B consultancy and site engineer at Likhu Hydropower access road.
Chitra Bahadur Gurung, Senior Project Supervisor
Mr. Chitra has worked for PTN since 1999 and gained experience in building construction in KSA. Chitra is one of the longest serving PTN staff and joined nearly 20 years ago. He is an integral part of our construction management team and works as a Senior Project Supervisor. He works mostly out on our constructions sites supervising building and overseeing the work of the builders and joiners.
Suman Ghimire, Assistant Accountant
Suman has completed Bachelor in Business Studies. She has gained experience as Nepal and Customer Assistant at TESCO London. Suman joined the team in April 2018 and makes sure all the bills are paid! She is also doing a great job of administering the sponsored students program.