In July 2015 after I was asked to be Britain’s Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal, one of only 17 roles around the world, I was overwhelmed and immensely proud.
It was at that point I knew I wanted to do something unique that could help them build on one of their strongest industries; tourism.
I was born in 1982 and grew up in Lincoln, England. After finishing my A-levels, I studied chemistry at the University of Hull and it was during this time that I really started to get hooked on climbing and mountaineering.
After travelling around the world, I joined the British Army in May 2006 and started my training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. During my seven years I served with airborne forces and Gurkha’s as a military engineer, completing a total of two operational tours of Afghanistan.
My connection to Nepal started in 2009 when I was posted to work for the charity the Gurkha Welfare Scheme (GWS) in the town of Pokhara, as the Project Engineer. Over the following 18 months I was responsible for Project Cell that constructed 22 schools and a medical centre across Nepal. During this time I not only learnt to speak Nepali but also visited a number of places and projects across Nepal. I also completed the Nepal Army High Altitude Mountain Warfare Course.
On leaving the army in March 2013 I returned to walk solo across the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT), to promote its profile for future tourism and raise money for GWS. After 64 days I had walked over 1000 miles and became the first person to do this journey solo.
More recently with my new role as Britain’s Goodwill Ambassador, I am keen to do this position justice and do what I can to support the future of Nepal’s tourism.
Doc joins the army
Great Himalaya Trail solo
APRIL Nepal earthquake
MAY Second earthquake
JUNE Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER Filming in Nepal
MARCH & APRIL Short films released