Dr. Maggie Burgess, DSc (honoris causa) MSc RGN, Chair

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 running costs of the charity to ensure that every penny donated by the public is spent directly on the fight against leprosy. Read More


Dame Claire Bertschinger, DBE DL DHEd DSSc DSc (honoris causa) MSc RGN, Patron

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. Read More


Colonel Bill Chesshyre, Trustee

Col. Bill Chesshyre served for 33 years in the British Army and then became Clerk to two Livery Companies in the City of London; first the Painter-Stainers' Company and then the Gunmakers' Company. He is now retired. Read More


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. Read More


Rabi Thapa, Trustee (

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.  Read More