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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.

Kerryn Plummer

Kerryn Plummer

Digital Manager (part-time)

Kerryn’s started with AHF in July 2016 supporting the team with fundraising treks, events and administration. Her passion for running and the outdoors led to her taking on the role of Race Director for the Kathmandu Neverest Challenge Series. Kerryn now also manages AHF’s social media and digital communications.

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.

Letitia Tunmore

Letitia Tunmore

Programs Manager (part-time)

Prior to joining AHF, Letitia led the operations of Social Venture Australia’s impact investing team. Letitia is an advisory board member of SHE Investments, an organisation that supports women in Cambodia, and a director of the Himayalan Higher Education Fund focused on tertiary education of girls in the Himalayan region. Letitia is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW), holds a Bachelors of Accounting and Finance and a Masters of Development Studies, with a particular interest in gender equality. Travel within the Himalayn region has given her insight into some of the challenges facing individuals and communities.

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.

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 is a veteran trekking guide with nearly 50 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.

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.

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

Tom Singleton

Tom Singleton

Ambassador

Tom Singleton is a nationally awarded Architect and Design Manager, his expertise is designing schools. He has been working with AHF since the Nepalese earthquake in 2015, helping rebuild schools. His love of the mountains and dedication to education helps the AHF strive for Nepalese teachers to have the best places to teach and learn.

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.

George Hillary

George Hillary

Ambassador

George has always had a strong connection with Nepal, through his father, Peter Hillary, and grandfather, Sir Edmund Hillary. He has been fortunate enough to travel through the area on several occasions, during which he has been able to foster a more personal connection with the local communities, and the projects and goals of the AHF.

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.