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UK Team

Mike Smith

Mike Smith


Chairman


Mike has enjoyed a long a successful career in the hospitality industry. Formerly Managing Director of BaxterStorey, the largest independent FoodService business in the UK, Mike has been Chairman of Oakman Inns & Restaurants Ltd since 2007. Oakman Inns is an independent hotel, pub and restaurant business with 30 plus locations across the South of England and enjoys huge critical and financial success . Mike became first became involved with Children of the Mountain in 2014 following a charity trek he undertook in Nepal with a number of other hospitality executives. He has since returned to Nepal every year and takes a keen operational interest in all the schools supported by the Children of the Mountain. As well as his strategic, commercial and entrepreneurial knowledge, Mike brings an infectious enthusiasm and passion to the organisation. He became Chairman of COTM in 2017.

John Matthews

John Matthews


Operations


John is currently based in Scotland where he co-owns a boutique hotel. John relocated from the Middle East where he held hospitality & legal sector finance roles including Financial Director of Al Tamimi the regions largest law firm and CFO of HMH a region wide Islamic hospitality chain. It was during his time in the Middle East that John first had the opportunity to visit Nepal and his experiences there resulted in the founding of Children of the Mountain. John is a passionate advocate for caste and gender equality and believes the provision of quality education in primary years and the mentoring and the development of values & confidence in young adults are key to fairer and more inclusive communities.

Debra Adams

Debra Adams


Treasurer


Debra Adams is based in the South of England and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) in the 1990’s. Her early career was spent training and working in finance roles with an international hotel group followed by 11 years working as an academic in higher education. She has developed extensive experience in designing education programmes both for classroom delivery and online for adult learners. She now runs her own consultancy focusing on education and learning for middle to senior managers in the hospitality industry as well as holding positions at the Glion Institute and Les Roches Hotel School as Visiting Professor. Debra first visited Nepal in 2014 when she took part in a charity trek and community project for the UK based charity Springboard. This was a life changing experience and ignited her love for the Nepalese culture and people. She has since made a further two visits and has committed to supporting Children of the Mountain in her role as Trustee and Treasurer. Debra is passionate about creating equal opportunity for accessing education for young people based on sustainable solutions.

Simon Hodges

Simon Hodges


Governance


Simon is a Company Secretary by profession. He has some 35 years of experience at Board level working for international publically traded and privately held companies headquartered in the United Kingdom, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Hong Kong, including acting as The Company Secretary for 2 FTSE 250 companies. Simon spent over eleven years in the Middle East where he completed a 2-year assignment as head of the health funding project for the Government of Dubai and was previously Company Secretary of The Jumeirah Group, Senior Executive Officer of Dubai Holding Insurance Services LLC and Head of Compliance for ADNEC and Company Secretary of Excel in London. Since October 2011 he has been running his own consultancy business. Simon has also been an adviser on corporate governance issues to the ICSA and the London Stock Exchange


AUT Team

Brian Matthews

Brian Matthews


Chairman


Management Researcher, HRM Specialist Represents COTM in Austria and is responsible for strategy alignment and Liasion between COTM-UK and COTM-A.

Helmuth Neuwirth

Helmuth Neuwirth


Vice Chairman


Retiree since March 2018, with over 30 years experience as Self-employed Insurance Broker, Responsible for Website administration, “Education for Nepal Fundraising Action” and COTM Project Khokling in East Nepal

Andreas Lauterbach

Andreas Lauterbach


Treasurer


Responsible for COTM-A Finance control and compliance.

Sigrid Fleischmann

Sigrid Fleischmann


Vice Treasurer


Responsible for COTM-Austria fundraising for Kindergartens.

Valentin Dulnigg

Valentin Dulnigg


Secretary


Technical Employee in the Quality Management Responsible for external communications / Press releases and Marketing

Birgit Matthews

Birgit Matthews


Vice Secretary