Patron and Trustees

Doug Scott, CBE – Founder and  Operations Director

Doug Scott has a mountaineering track record that is second to none and includes the first British ascent of Everest, the first ascent of the mountain’s South West Face and 40 first, or other major ascents in the Himalaya and Greater Ranges. He was born in Nottingham in 1941 and first started climbing at the age of 12 with the Boy Scouts – he was warned by his Scoutmaster, “Scott, don’t cause any trouble” – that ‘trouble’ saw him to the top of Everest, before founding first Community Action Treks and then Community Action Nepal. Doug has a website at


Sir Chris Bonington (L) and Doug Scott (R)

Sir Chris Bonington CBE – Patron

Chris is one of the world’s most famous mountaineers. He was born in 1934 in Hampstead and grew up in London. His early career was spent in the army and after training at Sandhurst he joined the Royal Tank Regiment. By this time he had already discovered his love for mountains and as a young officer started climbing very seriously in the Alps and then the Himalaya. In 1975 he lead the famous expedition that made the first ascent of  Everest’s South West Face . This resulted in Doug Scott and Dougal Haston become the first Britons to reach the summit.. He has since explored mountains, oceans, and remote areas around the world. In 1985 he achieved a life time ambition when he reached the summit of Everest. He knows Nepal very well. He has huge admiration for the hardy,  generous mountain people. He was awarded the CBE in 1975 and knighted in 1985. CAN is  delighted to have Chris as our patron. Chris has a website at

Paul Braithwaite

Paul ‘Tut’ Braithwaite

Appointed CAN trustee 2006, Paul has extensive climbing & mountaineering in the UK & Alps, plus world wide expeditions to the Himalaya, South America & Alaska, including the South Face Everest expedition 1975. He is managing director of Vertical Access Ltd. and currently the President of the Alpine Club and Trustee of the Mountain Heritage Trust.






Jeff Frew

Jeff Frew

Jeff has worked as a community development worker in the social justice and equality field of the charity sector for over 20 years. He has been active in outdoor pursuits, mainly as a climber and mountaineer since he was a young lad in the early seventies. With his wife Jenny and daughter Ailsa he runs an organic smallholding in the wild moors and mountains of Lesmahagow in Scotland. Jeff dedicates much of his time, energy and passion to the self determination and sustainability ethos of Community Action Nepal. Jeff is a trek leader and a Director of CAT Ltd, CAN’s supportive trekking company. His philosophy in life is simple and Confucian (not confusing!): “To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.” (551-478 BC)



Bachan Gyawali

Appointed CAN trustee 2003. He lives in Kathmandu and is involved with various businesses in Nepal, and is therefore of great help to CAN and CAT as a local contact.

Bachan Gywali

He originally met Doug Scott, (when Doug climbed on Makalu in 1984), and Terry Mooney, through his friendship with the late David Oswin.







Leo Houlding

Leo Houlding

Leo is probably Britain’s best-known professional rock climber. A world-renowned free climber, speed climber and base jumper, he has climbed Everest as well as highly technical peaks in Patagonia and around the world. A full time professional at the fore-front of big wall free climbing and para-alpinism, he has made many historic ascents in Yosemite including virtual onsights of El Capitan and free climbing El Capitan and Half Dome in one day (one of only three people ever to achieve this mammoth feat) .He famously speed climbed and base jumped his way to victory in a race against Jeremy Clarkson for the BBC’s Top Gear, and has hosted his own adventure TV show “Take me to the Edge” and starred in the soon to be released movie “The Wildest Dream” about Mallory & Irvine’s ill fated 1924 Everest expedition.



Philip Hopkinson

Philip ‘Pip’ Hopkinson

Appointed CAN trustee December 1997. He has enjoyed climbing in various parts of the world all his adult life. He visits Nepal whenever time away from his painting allows. His love of nature and the environment is reflected in his art.







Dr Rob Lorge

Appointed CAN trustee Summer 2002. Rob spent a six month sabbatical working at CAN Health Posts in Ghunsa, Kutumsang and Ghyamrang. He has given fundraising lectures about CAN’s work and he continues to offer sage advice on all matters medical.

Dr. Rob Lorge

He scrutinises all medically related volunteer application forms submitted by people wishing to work in Nepal for CAN.







David Absalom – Details to follow

Terry Mooney QC – Details to follow

Andy Parkin – Details to follow

Dr. Manohar Lal Strestha – Details to follow

Marlene Forsyth – Details to Follow

Dr Mary Lowth

Dr Mary Lowth has now stepped down as a Trustee of CAN. Many thanks are due to Mary for her contribution to the medical  work of CAN. CAN wish Mary well for the future.


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