CHANGE OF CHAIRMAN
Nick Hinton, a former officer of the British Brigade of Gurkhas and later a businessman, is to take over the chairmanship of BRANNGO [Britain and Nepal NGOs Network] from David Thomas, also a former Gurkha officer and Principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, from 1 May 2020. Nick Hinton has been Honorary Chief Executive of BRANNGO since October 2019, and on the Committee since November 2018.
BRANNGO is an Association of British charities operating in the hills, towns and villages of Nepal and is intent on working together with the Nepal government for the benefit of the people of this developing nation with their long history of friendship and military service to Britain that stretches back now for over 200 years. This year was to have been ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ year but the whole project had to be cancelled and the country is now in lockdown due to the COVID-19 virus. It will be more than ever necessary for charities to work there together once lockdown is lifted and BRANNGO is determined to do its part to help them do this as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Nick Hinton served in the Brigade of Gurkhas for 26 years, mostly in the 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles). He commanded 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles and was also the first Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles when it was formed in 1994. After leaving the Army in early 1999 he spent 20 years with IBM, initially as a project and customer manager in one of their software divisions and later as an international programme director in IBM’s Global Technology Services. He graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1978 with a degree in Indonesian and Malay Studies.
During his Army service he also graduated from the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham (part of Cranfield University) and from both Standard and Higher Courses at the Army Staff College, Camberley. He was also awarded a MBA from the Henley Management College. He speaks Nepali, German, French, Indonesian, Malay and some Dutch. Nick retired from IBM in 2018 and lives in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. He is married with 2 grown-up daughters and (so far) one grandchild.
Nick Hinton says: “There are over 800 active British Charities working with the people and government of Nepal and we aim to coordinate our activities and help each other and the people of Nepal as much as we possibly can. We have a very exciting strategy in BRANNGO and I very much look forward to the immense privilege of leading it forward.”