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STAFF

Angela Ford

Angela Ford

CEO

Angela has extensive experience working in the field with her background in international development. She is passionate about communities, loves the Himalaya, and works hard to achieve results with her team. We are so happy to have her on board.

Karen Locke

Karen Locke

Head of Fundraising and Communications

After 23 years in the corporate sector, and 10 years as an AHF supporter, Karen joined the team in December 2017. She has a passion for social innovation and is committed to an end goal of improving lives through leveraging relationships across all sectors.

Corinne Stroppolo

Corinne Stroppolo

Head of Programs (part-time)

Corinne has been working in the not-for-profit sector for over 25 years in Switzerland, the UK and Australia. Her strong interest for refugees and migrant issues have led her to work in refugee specific and development programs as well as assisting organisations as a contractor helping with their program, policies and processes and DFAT Accreditation. Corinne is very keen to help build the capacity of communities and strengthen organisations.

Rishi Dhillon

Rishi Dhillon

Finance Officer (part-time)

As a Chartered Accountant (tax, business services and financial accounting) with a Masters in Development Studies (International Development), Rishi brings professionalism and experience to her role as Finance Officer with AHF. Having travelled in the Himalaya, Rishi is also passionate about conservation of this region and the sustainable development of mountain communities.

Sinora Tamang

Sinora Tamang

Safeguarding Program Officer (part-time)

Sinora is from Himalaya herself (Darjeeling, India & Nepal). She moved to Australia in 2017 to broaden her knowledge in the field of Inclusive Education and has completed her Masters of Education (Special and Inclusive education) and her Masters in teaching. Sinora has been volunteering for AHF since 2017. She brings with her immense passion, knowledge and more importantly living experience and cultural understanding of Himalayan community.

Eleanor Trinchera

Eleanor Trinchera

Program Manager

Eleanor sees herself journeying with people most vulnerable to poverty and marginalisation on their road to empowerment with over 15 years’ experience of managing international programs in Asia and Africa bringing skills in program management, partnerships and community development.  Engaging with media, community and business networks enable her to share compelling ‘stories’ and create better visibility and clarity in what can be a complex landscape in international aid and development.

BOARD

Simon Balderstone AM

Simon Balderstone AM

Chair

Founder & Director of consultancy company – issues management, communications, environment, events; Adviser to Olympic Movement; Member of the 1984 First Australian Everest Expedition; Former Himalayan trek guide, journalist, author, Ministerial and Prime Ministerial Senior Advisor; SOCOG Board member and General Manager; Elected to the U.N Global 500 Environmental Roll of Honour.

Peter Hillary

Peter Hillary

Director

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

Garry Weare

Garry Weare

Deputy Chair

Garry has been organising and leading treks in the Himalaya for nearly 50 years putting him in a truly unique position to offer advice on the impact of change and development in the region. Garry is a former director and now consultant to World Expeditions, an acclaimed author on the Himalaya and a recipient of a life time achievement award for his contribution to adventure travel in the Indian Himalaya.

Christine Gee AM

Christine Gee AM

Director

Christine is CEO of Bryce Courtenay International, and responsible for managing the literary estate of her late husband, Bryce Courtenay. She was co-founder of Australian Himalayan Expeditions 1975-1988 (later World Expeditions), and served as Nepalese Honorary Consul-General (1987-2009). Attache to Sydney 2000 Nepal Olympic team, and is a Life Member of Chief Executive Women.

Julia Booth

Julia Booth

Director

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.

Tony Wheeler AO

Tony Wheeler AO

Director

An Asia ‘hippie trail’ trek in 1972 led to the creation of Lonely Planet and the New York Times to describe Tony as ‘the trailblazing patron saint of the world’s backpackers and adventure travelers.’ The guidebooks he helped write include India and Nepal. Since Tony departed Lonely Planet there’s been the Planet Wheeler Foundation’s education and health projects in the developing world, Global Heritage Fund’s archaeology sites and, until the coronavirus pandemic interrupted things, lots of travel to keep him busy.

Greg Mortimer OAM

Greg Mortimer OAM

Director

Greg successfully climbed Everest in 1984 as a member of the first Australian Everest Expedition and the first Australian to climb K2 and Mt Vinson in Antarctica. He has led over 80 expeditions to Antarctica and is the co-founder of Aurora Expeditions. Greg is a former Vice President of YHA and a former Director of Mawson’s Huts Foundation. He received the Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to Australian mountaineering and several gold medals from the Australian Geographic Society.

AMBASSADORS

Mike Dillon AM

Mike Dillon AM

Ambassador

Michael is one of the world’s leading mountain cinematographers and documentary filmmakers with 40 films to his credit. He was Director of Photography and Member of the First Australian Everest Expedition in 1984 and is a distinguished AFI award winner

Heather McNeice

Heather McNeice

Ambassador

Heather is a long-time supporter of the AHF,  with a special love of Bhutan. She is a keen hiker and photographer and has organised and led trekking trips to Bhutan annually for many years, raising funds for the AHF’s education program in Bhutan.  Her adventures on the Snowman Trek are the subject of her travel memoir, Yak on Track.

Joe Bonington

Joe Bonington

Ambassador

Joe Bonington is the founder of Joe’s Basecamp. His passions are strength and conditioning and the great outdoors. He has trained with world leaders in fitness, strength, conditioning and holistic health. He is also a trek leader who has taken groups to the Annapurna region, Everest, Kokoda, Kilimanjaro and Bhutan. Joe has a long family history of mountaineering and adventure, and he has broken new ground himself, being part of the first ascent of Danga 2 (6200m) in Nepal.

Gabby Kanizay

Gabby Kanizay

Ambassador

We’re excited to welcome Gabby as our new Ambassador – more details coming soon!

Jackson Bursill

Jackson Bursill

Ambassador

Jackson joined as a Youth Ambassador following his work establishing Neverest, a fundraising event for the AHF in which over 150 people walked or ran the equivalent vertical height of Mt Everest to raise funds for the AHF. Jackson hopes to continue to work on events and programs that will raise the profile of the AHF

Andrew Lock

Andrew Lock

Ambassador

Acclaimed as Australia’s most accomplished high-altitude mountaineer, Andrew recently became the first Australian to climb all 14 of the world’s 8000 metre peaks. The AHF is proud to have Andrew as its first Ambassador

Tenzin Choegyal

Tenzin Choegyal

Ambassador

Born to a nomadic family in Tibet, singer songwriter Tenzin Choegyal draws on his Tibetan roots to create original compositions which uniquely express his cultural lineage. In 1997, Tenzin Choegyal  came to Australia with little more than a bag, his Dranyen and a voice full of passion for Tibet.  Over the years, Tenzin has created a successful international career as a musician, playing at such prestigious events as the WOMAD festivals as well as several Concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York performing with the likes of composer, Philip Glass.

Jen Peedom

Jen Peedom

Ambassador

Jen is known for her gripping, intimate portraits of people in extreme circumstances and her internationally renowned documentaries SOLO, SHERPA and MOUNTAIN. SHERPA was critically acclaimed on the international festival circuit, winning multiple awards including a BAFTA nomination in 2016.  The film became the third highest grossing Australian documentary in history. Jen has a profound passion, respect and understanding of the people of the Himalaya and their needs and she deeply shares the values and aims of the AHF.

Richard I'Anson

Richard I'Anson

Ambassador

Richard I’Anson is a freelance photographer who has built a career on his twin passions for travel and photography. Richard has published thirteen books including five editions of the best-selling Lonely Planet Guide to Travel  PhotographyRichard was one of five photographers selected for the first series of National Geographic Channel’s television documentary Tales by Light (now on Netflix). He is a Master of Photography and represents Canon Australia as a Canon Master Photographer.