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- Anthony Lunch (Chief Executive)
Anthony’s career has spanned multinationals and small business. After senior roles at Unilever, in UK and Belgium, he later became Chief Executive of Phildar Uk, a French multinational. This led to a 7 year spell in corporate finance and technology transfer. He later set up his own company, Business Link, helping small businesses find partners across Europe.
His interest in international development stems from a 12 month stint with Voluntary Service Overseas teaching at the High School in The Gambia. He still reckons it was the best year of his life. Later, after finishing his degree at Oxford, he was asked to join the VSO Executive Board.
Anthony visited Nepal in 1990 and set up a school support project which he ran for 10 years. In 2001, this expanded to become MondoChallenge.
- Nick Wilkins (Chairman)
Nick has had a successful career in marketing and management both in UK and abroad. He first knew of Mondo Foundation as Chairman of a business that became a donor to the charity. He was impressed by the value for money aspect of the work the Foundation does; “More of a donor’s money gets to the front line than most other charities I have seen”.
Nick took over as Chairman in April 2009 and has already been out to see our programmes, accompanying the Chief Executive into the remote valleys of Nepal, the gentler Himalayan slopes of Darjeeling and Kalimpong and, most recently, to Tanzania.
- Andrew Allright
Along with his wife, Lily, Andrew was a volunteer with MondoChallenge in the Kalimpong region of NE India and they have been keen supporters ever since. When the tsunami struck in 2005, Andrew was at the forefront of our efforts to raise funds. In 2009, he visited Tanzania and was impressed by the HIV Grants programme that encourages women to set up small businesses; “I would never have believed that such small amounts of money could have such a dramatic impact, not just on the economic well-being of families but on raising the morale of these very sick ladies and giving them a purpose in life”.
Andrew is a senior manager in the financial sector.
- Hirsh Cashdan
Hirsh has had a successful career with IBM and, having retired, spent three months volunteering, with his wife Gill, in the Kalimpong region on NE India. He helped oversee the building programme at New Rise school as well as promoting the eco-tourism programme that the Foundation supports.
Hirsh recently visited Nepal where he saw the results of the recent school development programme: “This is a tricky area in which to work, with few roads and poor access to schools. All the more remarkable, therefore, that our local team has managed to bring so much change to these rural schools in just nine months. The Foundation’s money has been incredibly well spent and the future looks brighter for both children and teachers”.
- Elaine Duncan
One of our original trustees, Elaine is a Chartered Pyschologist working at Glasgow Caledonian university. She is a keen mountain climber, with Everest base camp to her credit, and spent a month in Nepal as a volunteer teaching at a junior school. Her Scottish Dancing classes were apparently very popular with her Nepalese friends.
Elaine has been involved in organising several Snowdon climbs for the charity, raising money for the Himalayan schools.
- Richard Jackson
A senior Chartered Accountant, Richard has a love of the outdoors and has visited the areas where the Foundation works in India and Tanzania. He was struck by enthusiasm of the pupils but also by the poverty in which many of them live.
He became a trustee because; “I wanted to try to make a difference and felt the Mondo Foundation works incredibly effectively at grassroots level with local communities”.
- Karin Joehr
A Swiss national, Karin was a MondoChallenge volunteer in Tanzania, where she taught at a primary school. She went on to become Country Manager and helped launch the Foundation’s work in 2005.
Being involved at ‘the sharp end’ enabled Karin to see the work at first hand; “I was a great fan of the way the charity used local people to deliver its programmes and to contribute to future ideas. It was capacity building in a very personalised way”.
Karin has since developed her business career with an international firm and helps the Foundation with its Facebook, Twitter and web sites.
- Ruth Worswick
As a deputy head primary school teacher, the importance of educational support first led Ruth into volunteering. Initially Ruth chose to work in the HIV Grants programme in Tanzania to broaden her experience. The optimism of the participants and the ways in which the programme transformed lives, inspired Ruth to return to Tanzania subsequently for holidays and then as an ambassador for Mondo Foundation. Ruth is now involved in school twinning projects in Nepal and fundraising to furnish classrooms in Tanzania.