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Board and Staff

SIMON BALDERSTONE AM

Simon is a journalist, author, Director of a consultancy company and Adviser to the Olympic movement. He was a former Prime Ministerial adviser, SOCOG Board member, General Manager and a member of the First Australian Everest Expedition in 1984.

 

 

GARRY WEARE

Garry is a veteran trekking guide with over 35 years’ experience in the Himalaya, Garry is the Honorary Secretary (Australia) for the Himalayan Club, Former Director and now Consultant to World Expeditions; author and photographer. Garry was also AHF's Program Manager for many years and is the Co-Convenor of the ACFID (Australian Council for International Development) Nepal Working Group.

 

 

PETER HILLARY

As the son of Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter is a life-long adventurer having summited Everest twice, traversed the South Pole overland via Shackleton Glacier and managed the first high-altitude traverse of the entire Himalayan range. Peter is an expedition leader, public speaker, leader of philanthropic missions, author and photographer.

 

 

CHRISTINE GEE AM

Christine was the Co-Founder of Australian Himalayan Expeditions (now World Expeditions) and from 1987-2009 served as the Nepalese Honorary Consul General. She was Attache to Sydney 2000 Nepal Olympic team and is a Member of Chief Executive Women.

 

 

JANINE CONSTANTINE

Janine has over 20 years experience and valuable expertise as an International Development specialist, developing and managing aid projects for the Australian Government, United Nations agencies and NGO’s.

 

 

BARBARA HALL

Barbara is a long-time secondary school teacher and as a teacher at the International Australian School in Singapore she began, with husband Lincoln Hall, the AHF “Schools for the Himalaya” program, getting the IAS involved as the inaugural participant school, and its teachers as volunteer trainers. She has a passion for the Himalaya and has visited the region regularly, determining first-hand what the schools need most.

 

 

CHERYL BART AO

On 24 May 2008, Bart and her 23-year-old daughter Nikki became the first mother-daughter team to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The scaling of Everest also saw them complete the ‘Seven Summits’ challenge: climbing the highest mountain on each continent. She is Chairman of ANZ Trustees. Her other current directorship positions include the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Spark Infrastructure Ltd, South Australian Power Networks and the Local Organising Committee of the 2015 Australia Asian Cup.

 

 

GREG MORTIMER OAM

Greg is a founding member of the AHF and is well known as one of the first two Australians to successfully climb Mt Everest in 1984 without oxygen. Greg received the Order of Australia Medal for mountaineering by the Australian Government and he is also the recipient of three Australian Geographic Society medals. Since 1992, Greg he has led over 80 expeditions to Antarctica, many on a commercial basis with his successful company Aurora Expeditions. Greg is now the owner and operator of travel company, Adventure Associates.



JULIA BOOTH

Julia's area of expertise is in the development and management of projects in the Private, Government and NGO sectors. For the last 15 years she has concentrated on development projects with a focus on livelihood and education programs for women and children. She has a long history of cultural exchange with the Himalayan region and with the nation of Bhutan in particular. Julia has worked as a producer for a number of Bhutanese and Bhutanese Indian film and documentary projects one of which "The Container" was shown in Cannes in 2011.


If you would like to speak with a member of the AHF Board please contact the CEO on 02 9438 1822 to arrange a time.




STAFF

 

CAROLYN HAMER-SMITH

As the AHF's CEO, Carolyn previously worked in Bhutan as a Program Consultant for the United National World Food Program. After returning to Australia to work for a large charity, she began working in a voluntary capacity with the AHF helping develop our girls' education program in Bhutan. Carolyn was appointed to the role of General Manager in November 2012.

 

 

TSHERING LAMA O'GORMAN

Tshering is originally from Nepal and has over 15 years professional NGO experience working across Nepal, Bhutan, India, China, Uganda and U.K.. She was a senior manager for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for nine years and was appointed as AHF’s Program Director in November 2014.

 

 

SIOBHAN REYNOLDS

Siobhan has over 10 years experience in the not-for-profit sector in both the UK and Australia, focussing on corporate fundraising and volunteering. Siobhan was appointed to the role of Communications and Fundraising Manager in July 2013.

 

 

UPALA SUNTHANKAR

Upala has worked in advertising, marketing and administrative management positions in India and Australia. Starting as a volunteer, she was appointed to the role of Communications and Fundraising Manager in September 2015 which she shares with Siobhan.

 

 

KERRYN PLUMMER

Kerryn started in July 2016 supporting the team with fundraising, events and program administration. Kerryn has more than sixteen years of travel management experience with a focus on creating and maintaining communities. With this skill, Kerryn will manage AHF's fundraising treks and challenges and help grow AHF's volunteer network.

 

 

LINDA JOCELYN

Linda has an accounting background, with a long career in finance at the Commonwealth Bank. She has a degree in Economics with a major accounting component as well as a Masters Degree in Social Science specialising in International Development. Linda has spent time volunteering in Nepal and is also a talented photographer.

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