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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.

Mr Martin Cheek

Martin Cheek is an internationally-acclaimed mosaic artist, teacher and author whose "cheeky" work is full of humour and vitality. It is this invaluable experience that Martin brings to the Board as an advisor for our visual arts activities and he has visited Nepal to teach our beneficiaries. Martin's quick mind - and stamina - led to his winning the popular UK television quiz show "The Weakest Link" investing his prize money in purchasing a glass fusion kiln that has transformed his work!

Lt Col (retd) Johnny Fenn

Johnny Fenn served with the Brigade of Gurkhas from 1988 to 2012, taking early retirement to pursue his passion for photography. His eye-catching work spans a wide range of subject material from portraits to landscape, travelling widely in the world to capture the exotic, the quirky and the sublime. Johnny is a former Trustee of the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

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.