Dr. Maggie Burgess, Chair DSc (honoris causa) MSc RGN
Maggie Burgess founded Promise Nepal in 2002 after learning that leprosy is endemic in Nepal despite it being a completely curable disease. She personally funds all the administrative and running costs of the charity to ensure that every penny donated by the public is spent directly on the fight against leprosy. Maggie has a Diploma in Tropical Nursing (with distinction) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an MSc in Medical Anthropology from Brunel University. While conducting ethnographic research for her Master’s degree, she lived in a leprosy colony for 6 weeks. She has been awarded a DSc (honoris causa) from Brunel University.
Dame Claire Bertschinger, Patron DL DEd DSSc DSc (honoris causa) MSc RGN
Claire Bertschinger is an Anglo-Swiss nurse and activist in advocacy on behalf of suffering people in the developing world. Her work in Ethiopia in 1984 inspired Band Aid and subsequently Live Aid, the biggest relief programme ever mounted. Claire is the Director of the Tropical Nursing Course at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which is enormously successful at preparing large numbers of nurses to make significant contributions to world health. She has visited Nepal to evaluate the leprosy clinics and advises Promise Nepal on best practice to achieve its aims and objectives.
Colonel Bill Chesshyre, Trustee
Col. Bill Chesshyre served for 33 years in the British Army and is now Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers, a livery company in the city of London.Educated at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and Trinity College, Cambridge, he was commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers and served extensively with the Brigade of Gurkhas in Malaysia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Bill is married to a Nepali lady, Bimala, who was a nurse in the Queen’s Army and they visit her family home in Nepal annually.
Katie Campbell, Trustee
Katie Campbell was a journalist, playwright and fiction writer before she turned to academia. Having attained her Ph.D. in landscape history, she now lectures on Bristol University’s post-graduate programme, leads tours and writes for various magazines.She has published several books on the designed landscape and sits on the board of the Garden History Society.Katie has visited many of Promise Nepal’s projects. As well as her work for Promise Nepal she is also an active member of Chain of Hope, hosting children from the developing world who come to London for essential heart treatment.
Rabi Thapa, Trustee (www.sacredsummits.com)
Rabi Thapa is CEO of Sacred Summits (P) Ltd. in Nepal. With over 25 years in the adventure travel business he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience about travel in the Himalayas. He has been involved in establishing wildlife resorts, organising and leading treks and mountaineering expeditions, cultural and wildlife safari tours, rafting, mountain biking and motorcycle expeditions. His long friendship with Maggie Burgess exposed him to the ill effects of leprosy after spending a month assisting Maggie with her research at the Khokana Leprosarium outside Kathmandu. He began to assist Maggie and Promise Nepal on a regular basis from 2005 and has become acutely aware of the needs of leprosy-affected people in Nepal. Rabi’s presence on the ground is key to the implementation and management of Promise Nepal’s initiatives in Nepal.