Mrs Sarah Stacpoole (Chairman)
Sarah is a Head of Department and teacher at the prestigious Bryanston School in Dorset. She has a wealth of experience within the charitable sector and of working in Nepal. She has been in charge of school charities for many years and, through the pupils, has raisen over $500,000, mainly for NGOs in developing countries dealing with issues relating to children, health and education. Her prime interest is Nepal which she has visited many times and she speaks some Nepali. Her previous Trustee service has been with registered charity, Child Welfare Scheme (now Kidasha), and with the Maiti Children's Trust (now Asha-Nepal). She has had a special interest in girl-trafficking and HIV/AIDS and has written a Management Plan on behalf of the Nepal Cancer Society for the Sushila Hospice, the first cancer hospice in Nepal.
Mrs Jan Turner
After qualifying in general and paediatric nursing, with a Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Jan worked delivering medical care in the developing world for 10 years. Following a geography degree she was a Medical Geographer for the European Commission specialising in NGO development in Eastern Europe; she now teaches in a primary school in Kent. Jan has experience in International Development from front-line delivery in conflict situations to developing and evaluating long-term health care programmes and has previously served as a trustee for two health charities, Health Unlimited (now called Health Poverty Action) and Kidasha. Her interests and expertise are child health and education in developing countries such as Nepal.
Mr Peter Hardy
Peter is Second Master (Deputy Head) of Bryanston School in Dorset. As such, he is responsible for pastoral care and also serves as the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead (formerly referred to as Child Protection Officer). As a teacher of Economics, he has also written a book on the macroeconomies of the 1980s. Peter has served as a Magistrate in Dorset for fifteen years. He has led school trips and has travelled extensively in Nepal in a private capacity.
Mr Tim Lewis
Tim and his wife Maggie have been supporters of charity projects in Nepal since 2000. At the time, Tim was a partner with KPMG Hong Kong, having arrived there in 1981 after qualifying as a chartered accountant in its London office in 1979. He retired in 2001, after 15 years as a partner in the Hong Kong firm, and returned to the UK. Since then, he has undertaken four treks in Nepal and India to raise funds for Freedom Matters and another Nepal charity and has become involved with various charitable or non-profit making bodies in a financial capacity or as a trustee.
Major Prem Ale
Prem is a serving officer of the Brigade of Gurkhas and is currently assigned to Blandford Garrison Support Unit as the Second-in-Command. A keen supporter of Freedom Matters, he has also worked extensively with a number of charities such as the Gurkha Welfare Trust, The Royal Signals' Benevolent Fund, Hopad and Maiti Nepal. His heart is in Nepal and with his fellow countrymen. Prem will retire from the Army in mid-2016 to give more time for his research study at Oxford Brookes University. He holds a BSc (Hon) in Politics and International Relations and an MSc in International Security. He has travelled extensively during his military career and has gained ample experience and knowledge in national defence and security.