The Himalayan Trust is an international non-profit humanitarian organisation working in the Everest region of Nepal. We work with local partners to bring quality education, safe water, and better healthcare to communities living in this remote, mountainous region of Nepal.
Sir Edmund and Louise Hillary founded the Himalayan Trust in the 1960s. Ever since then, they’ve inspired New Zealanders to give their time, money and support to help the people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust.
To Sir Ed, his greatest achievement was not climbing Everest, but helping the people of Nepal.
It all began in the early 1960s when Sir Ed asked a Sherpa: “If there was anything I could do for the Sherpa people, what do you think that would be?”
The Sherpa replied: “Our children have eyes but they are blind and cannot see. We would like you to open their eyes by building a school in our village.”
This touched Sir Ed’s heart and he immediately set about building the first school in Khumjung. He went on to build schools, hospitals and health clinics across the Solukhumbu region in the foothills of Everest.
Karen has been influential in teacher training programmes both in New Zealand and Nepal. She has a wealth of experience in education and is currently the Assistant HOD at Nayland College, Nelson in New Zealand. Her educational focus is in mathematics, and she has an interest in developing digital learning programmes.
Peter has been involved with teaching and teacher training for over 40 years. He is also an elected councillor on the Waimakariri District Council where he holds the community development portfolio. Peter is also an active member of the Rangiora Rotary Club, the North Canterbury Alpine Trust as well as several community health groups in Canterbury. Peter has visited Nepal twice as a volunteer teacher trainer, where he focused in particular on working with head teachers.
Keri is a teacher who is passionate about education and learning. She has been involved in the Teacher Training Program in the Solukhumbu and has experience with funding proposals and implementation, risk management policies and performance monitoring. Keri is committed to community development and believes that it takes a village to raise a child. In 2016, Keri cycled from Cape Reinga to Bluff and raised over $5,000 towards the Himalayan Trust’s Nepal earthquake rebuild work.
Andrew has extensive governance experience across the public and private sector, and has worked with corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
As the founder of Perpetual Guardian, Andrew has had extensive exposure to the New Zealand not-for-profit sector. He also led the expansion of the company’s philanthropy service by creating vehicles that encourage Kiwis into long-term charitable giving.
Bob currently leads a team of governance and policy researchers for Landcare, the Crown Research Institute responsible for environmental science. He is also one of five National Commissioners for UNESCO (NZ). He previously worked in Nepal as a development consultant to the British Council on DFID programmes, and for the Asian Development Bank on Teacher Education. He was a UN Election Observer for the 1999 Nepal National election.
In 1966, Dianne and her husband John became the first volunteer couple at Kunde Hospital. Since then, Diane has continued a long association with the people of the Solukhumbu with frequent return visits. She has always been a strong advocate for their educational development and welfare. Diane was also a Board member of New Zealand’s Volunteer Service Abroad and has a passion for the continuing educational work of the Himalayan Trust.
Claire’s career spans the not-for-profit and social enterprise sectors, where she has held CEO, financial director and governance roles in New Zealand and the UK. Claire has extensive experience in financial management, growth strategies and strategic planning, including scaling up organisations from local start-up to multi-site operations.
Spending three months in Nepal prior to the 2015 earthquake reinforced her passion for enabling sustainable community development.
Lindsay was 13 years old when Sir Ed spoke at his Nelson school. He was inspired right then to become a doctor, take up climbing and volunteer overseas. From 1971-1974, Lindsay and wife Genevieve volunteered for the Himalayan Trust at Kunde hospital in Nepal. Since his return to New Zealand, Lindsay has worked in general practice medicine in Christchurch and for many years was a member of the Medical Committee of the Himalayan Trust.
General manager since 2013, Prue has expertise in strategy, development and communications, with 17 years experience in the not-for-profit sector.
She loves Nepal and its people, and feels privileged to be actively engaged in continuing the work of the Himalayan Trust.
Howard has strong project management and mentoring experience developed during his careers in civil engineering and business improvement, and more recently, overseas community development work. He has managed staff, programmes and relationships in PNG, Vanuatu and Nepal.
Howard currently works with local staff and engineers in Nepal to manage the Himalayan Trust’s earthquake rebuild programme.
Michael is a skilled community development manager with a strong background in education. He began his career as a teacher but for the past 15 years has worked in the international development sector across Asia and the Pacific. Michael has extensive experience in capacity development, participatory practices, financial and programme management, strategic planning, and monitoring and evaluation.
A former accountant, Linda has now worked in international development for almost 10 years and has extensive experience in public engagement, advocacy and campaigns. She is constantly inspired by the generosity of the Himalayan Trust supporters and their passion and commitment to the people of Nepal and to keeping Sir Ed’s legacy alive.
Charlotte has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years in communications and marketing, in particular online communications, media, publications, and reporting. She loves to share news and stories about the work of the Himalayan Trust and the amazing supporters who make it all possible.
Jason is a Partner at HLB Mann Judd and is responsible for the Himalayan Trust accounting matters, ensuring we meet a high standard of public accountability and financial management.
You can help keep Sir Ed’s legacy alive. Every contribution, large or small will make a real difference to the communities in the remote Everest region.
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