Major (retd) Tristan Forster (Chairman)
Major (retd) 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 currently the CEO), 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 him to provide quality employment to retired Gurkhas while setting a standard for ethical manpower provision (EMP).
Tristan has been intimately involved in the development of our social circus project work in Nepal, sometimes himself acting as an interpreter in gym training sessions.
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.
Ms Neena Thakkar
Neena Thakkar is a solicitor, NLP coach and business consultant with over 15 years' experience in business and management development. Neena was a Partner in a West End law firm for 6 years and the Business Director of a leading architectural practice for 5 years. She is now the senior consultant of boutique business consultancy practice, Trikona Consultants, helping people and organisations maximise their potential.
In 2012, Neena spent 4 months volunteering with EBT during which time she worked closely with Philip Holmes gaining a detailed understanding of operational procedures, vocational training and future needs of children and young people in Nepal. She is both Trustee and Treasurer of Freedom Matters.
Neena has trekked in the Annapurna region of Nepal, and in the past four years has run the New York and London Marathons for charity. She plans to run the London Marathon again in 2013.