Indian Team

Management Team

UK Management Team

John Hunt, Founder & CEO

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After 20 years of experience, 93 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, Photography, Books & Brochure Design

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Since early retirement in 2005, Philip has worked as a volunteer helping promote Lotus Flower Trust through photography and editorial work. After a business life in photography, with over 30 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 11 trips to India, Philip is as committed as John in promoting Lotus Flower Trust.

Laura Cowdery, Public Relations

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Laura joined the team in 2011, just weeks after the birth of her third child. It was crazy timing but once she met John and heard about his work she knew she had to be involved. With a background in Journalism and Public Relations, Laura’s job, among other things, is dealing with any pressing matters (especially the Press), writing our newsletters as well as putting this new website together. She hasn’t been to India yet, but one day hopes to meet all the faces she has come to know so well amidst these lovely pages you are reading.

Indian Management Team

Ashok Tripathi, Expedition Organiser 

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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. He has recently been joined by his daughter Amrita who now looks after the Delhi office alongside Mr Amar Dabas, a retired building consultant, Mr Rigzin Namgyal of Eco Designs and Mr Bakshi.

Tantar Rigzin, Project Co-ordinator

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Tantar 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.

Amazing Treks & Tours (The Boys)

The Team

‘The Boys’ is a generic word for both the boys, and girls, who work for Ashok Tripathi. They look after our camps with cooking and other support on treks. John Hunt has known most of these ‘boys’ for almost 20 years. We believe they are the best team on the mountains. They are nearly all Buddhist and as such nothing is too much trouble for them, ensuring those who travel with us have the best of times.


The Trustees and Management of Lotus Flower Trust are committed to the principles and practices of good governance and our governance policies reflect the principles recommended by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).