Biographies for the management team of the Lotus Flower Trust are listed below. If you require more information, please get in touch.
UK Management Team
John Hunt, Founder & CEO
20 years of experience, 77 overseas programmes involving over 1500 students and adults, this charity is a continuation of his dream. After a career with the Colonial Police in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and an Army officer, finishing with 25 years in management with Marks & Spencer PLC, John decided that early retirement was not for him. Now, with the same ideals, to educate, house and support deprived youngsters, John is able to offer the chance to you to understand and appreciate just how wonderful this experience can be. One of John’s goals is to see one of our students enter an Indian university.
Philip Dean, Fundraising and PR
Since early retirement in 2005, Philip has worked to promote Lotus Flower Trust. After a business life in photography, with over thirty books to his credit, numerous articles for the press and a recently developed love of India, Philip is using his wealth of experience to write and illustrate material to help fund the projects and promote the charity. It is Philip’s responsibility to manage our “image bank” of several thousand photographs taken whilst travelling for the charity in India. After seven trips to India, Philip is as committed as John in promoting Lotus Flower Trust.
India Management Team
Ashok Tripathi, Expedition Organiser
Ashok is managing director of Amazing Treks and Tours. His responsibility is arranging flights, hotels and transport within India. In fact, everything needed to make our trip proceed without problems or holdups. He has had the responsibility of organising both the Tibetan and The Great Wall of China marathons. He also takes care of 60 motorcyclists on an annual 14 day expedition amongst the Himalayas.
Tantar Rigzin, Project Co-ordinator
This is our “Man Friday” (and all the other days of the week) in India. Any student that has ever travelled with us will have fond memories of Tantar. He is our invaluable campsite manager, with his experienced team, looking after all the needs of the group throughout the projects. Helping everywhere, organising supplies and meals, transport and accommodation. This is the man who makes sure that everything is where it should be, when we want it. A true asset to our charity.
Raju, Transport Co-ordinator
This is the man who, daily, drives on the roads of India. He has a great deal of experience over all types of terrain and is the lead driver on our expeditions. Raju hires and maintains all our field vehicles, checking them daily for road worthiness. Driving in India can be “different” and is best left to someone like Raju.