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Our Trustees

Mrs Sarah Stacpoole (Chairman)

Sarah is a Head of Department and teacher at the prestigious Bryanston School in Dorset. She has a wealth of experience within the charitable sector and of working in Nepal. She has been in charge of school charities for many years and, through the pupils, has raisen over $500,000, mainly for NGOs in developing countries dealing with issues relating to children, health and education. Her prime interest is Nepal which she has visited many times and she speaks some Nepali. Her previous Trustee service has been with registered charity, Child Welfare Scheme (now Kidasha), and with the Maiti Children's Trust (now Asha-Nepal). She has had a special interest in girl-trafficking and HIV/AIDS and has written a Management Plan on behalf of the Nepal Cancer Society for the Sushila Hospice, the first cancer hospice in Nepal.

Major (retd) Tristan Forster

Tristan Forster served for 12 years in the British Army seeing operational service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo. His final command was of a Gurkha parachute company.

After leaving the Army Tristan founded FSI Worldwide (of which he is Chairman), a Dubai-based socially entrepreneurial organisation (SEO) that provides ethically-recruited and expertly-managed manpower to various industries and security services around the world. This has allowed Tristan to provide quality employment to retired Gurkhas while setting a standard for ethical manpower provision (EMP).

In 2013 Tristan's passion and commitment was recognised with the huge honour of his being awarded the UNODC Business Leader's Award to Fight Human Trafficking.

Mrs Jan Turner

After qualifying in general and paediatric nursing, with a Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Jan worked delivering medical care in the developing world for 10 years. Following a geography degree she was a Medical Geographer for the European Commission specialising in NGO development in Eastern Europe; she now teaches in a primary school in Kent. Jan has experience in International Development from front-line delivery in conflict situations to developing and evaluating long-term health care programmes and has previously served as a trustee for two health charities, Health Unlimited (now called Health Poverty Action) and Kidasha. Her interests and expertise are child health and education in developing countries such as Nepal.

Mr Douglas Maclagan

Douglas Maclagan has lived and worked within the development sector in Nepal for the past 20 years. He has the breadth of experience of the needs and expectations of overseas charities juxtaposed with the challenges of implementing grassroots projects. Douglas founded registered UK charity Child Welfare Scheme (since re-titled Kidasha) in 1995 and is a Board Member of Child Welfare Scheme Hong Kong. In January 2013 he registered Right4Children (R4C) as a Nepali NGO based near his home in Pokhara. Douglas is invaluable in providing on the ground support and monitoring.

Mr Peter Hardy

Peter is Second Master (Deputy Head) of Bryanston School in Dorset. As such, he is responsible for pastoral care and also serves as the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead (formerly referred to as Child Protection Officer). As a teacher of Economics, he has also written a book on the macroeconomies of the 1980s. Peter has served as a Magistrate in Dorset for fifteen years. He has led school trips and has travelled extensively in Nepal in a private capacity.

Mr Tim Lewis

Tim and his wife Maggie have been supporters of Philip and the work he has been doing in Nepal since meeting him in Hong Kong in 2000. At the time, Tim was a partner with KPMG Hong Kong, having arrived there in 1981 after qualifying as a chartered accountant in its London office in 1979. He retired in 2001, after 15 years as a partner in the Hong Kong firm, and returned to the UK. Since then, he has undertaken four treks in Nepal and India to raise funds for Freedom Matters and the Esther Benjamins Trust, and has become involved with various charitable or non-profit making bodies in a financial capacity or as a trustee.

Major Prem Ale

Prem is a serving officer of the Brigade of Gurkhas and is currently assigned to Blandford Garrison Support Unit as the Second-in-Command. A keen supporter of Freedom Matters, he has also worked extensively with a number of charities such as the Gurkha Welfare Trust, The Royal Signals' Benevolent Fund, Hopad and Maiti Nepal. His heart is in Nepal and with his fellow countrymen. Prem will retire from the Army in mid-2016 to give more time for his research study at Oxford Brookes University. He holds a BSc (Hon) in Politics and International Relations and an MSc in International Security. He has travelled extensively during his military career and has gained ample experience and knowledge in national defence and security.