Trustees & Staff


The Glacier Trust is run by two Co-Directors and four trustees. Based in the UK we have three of our trustees and one of our Co-Directors, with the other Co-Director and trustee on the ground in Nepal. Having these expertise in Nepal gives us a much more rounded view of the situation and is imperative to building relationships with our project partners. No trustee derives any financial benefit from the Trust, and our one paid Co-Director is paid through core funding, this means that 100% of your donations goes to the field!

Dr Morgan Phillips

CO-DIRECTOR (UK-based): Morgan joined The Glacier Trust in December 2016. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the charity, with specific focus on project development, partnerships, strategy and fundraising. Morgan holds a BSc in Geography, an MSc in Environmental Science, Policy and Planning and a PhD in Environmental Education. He worked at Keep Britain Tidy for five years, spending two years as a Team Leader in Community Engagement and three years as Education Manager. Previously, Morgan ran a small intercultural understanding charity, Global Footsteps and lectured on the politics of climate change at Brunel University. Alongside his role as Co-Director for The Glacier Trust, Morgan also works freelance in sustainability education.

Richard Allen

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CO-DIRECTOR (Nepal-based): Richard Allen is a soil scientist, land resource, land use and watershed management specialist, with degrees in soil science and soil conservation, and 43 years’ experience on rural development projects in Africa and Asia.  For the past 23 years, he has been based in the Himalayas, working on projects in Nepal, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, China and Tibet.  Based in Kathmandu since 2007, he completed his most recent long term assignment on the Helvetas-Nepal Sustainable Soil Management Programme in December 2014.  His advice, enthusiasm and wide range of contacts were instrumental in setting up The Glacier Trust and continue to be of enormous benefit to our work in Nepal.

Andy Rutherford

TRUSTEE: Andy Rutherford was the Head of International Partnerships of the UK based development and policy agency One World Action. He has worked with community based and peoples organisations in Asia, Africa and Central America over the last 25 years. Building on his degree in Development Studies, his career evolved from being a member of a joint UK-India research programme on the social and economic effects of the Green Revolution to working with grassroots and women's organisations across Asia, Africa and Latin America. He worked first with organisations in India and then with two UK based organisations, War on Want (1985-1990) and One World Action (1990 to 2011). One World Action had a strong commitment to working with and strengthening women’s networks and organisations working for women's rights and gender equality. It achieved this by exploring ways of developing democratic accountability through active citizens’ organisations and systematic development of relationships with local and national service providers and decision makers. Many initiatives directly examined the gaps between policy and practice of both national and local governments. Currently Andy is establishing what is said to be the UK’s first not-for-profit tour company, Fresh Eyes – People to People Travel cic.  This is encouraging thoughtful, socially responsible travel and linking solidarity and travel together.  Andy's lifetime of experience in International Development is of enormous value to The Glacier Trust, and provides the basis of best practice for the funding support which the Trust offers.

Peter Osborne

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TRUSTEE: Peter has had a 30 year career in the art world, first at Christie's and then as Managing Director of the Harlech Fine Art Group. He founded Berkeley Square Gallery in London and now owns Osborne Samuel, a well known London Gallery specialising in Modern British art and in art from emerging markets. Peter has held board positions at the Society of London Art Dealers for many years and also lectures on the art business and new markets. Through the gallery and personally Peter supports several causes. For many years he was on the corporate advisory board of the British Red Cross. The gallery founded the Bombay Street Children Fund, and for years has supported the work of One World Action on working women's rights in India and elsewhere. The gallery also supports Tamwed, a small charity funding agricultural projects in Southern India. The gallery is often used for awareness raising events and fundraiser's, most recently to focus attention on the risks from carbon monoxide poisoning in the home and workplace. Peter's business experience makes him a valuable non executive board member.

Dr Craig Hutton

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TRUSTEE: Dr. Hutton recently came on board with TGT as a trustee. His research, applied research & consultancy focus lies at the intersection between the environment and social implications of environmental/climate change and management for sustainable development. This socio-environmental research emphasises the coordination of spatial data handling and the management/policy/governance implications of climate change/environmental vulnerability of communities, land cover and earth observation in decision-making support systems. Dr Hutton is a lead author and research coordinator for ESPA Deltas and DECCMA project looking at links between poverty and ecosystem services in coastal and Delta systems Bangladesh (£4m + £8.5m) and is currently in negotiations to conduct similar work internationally across the Ganges basin (£8m) as well as having lead socio-environmental survey project inputs dealing with the integration of environmental and socio-environmental data in South Africa, Malawi, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tanzania, Libya, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bhutan, and developing strategic programs in catchment management in the Philippines and Laos as well as assessing poverty and environment in Central Asia (Azerbaijan & Tajikistan) . Additionally Dr. Hutton has developed projects for information management for food security/hazard management and climate change (Libya, South Sudan, Ethiopia. Laos), and flood management and DRM (Pakistan). A number of these project have been augmented by capacity development.

Jamie Forsyth

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TRUSTEE: Jamie began with us as a Programme Development Manager and stepped up to the position of Co-Director when our founder Robin Garton sadly died. Stepping down form this poistion to pursue a career in web development and design, Jamie has kindly agreed to come on board as a trustee. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from his time as Co-Director, as well as an excellent background knowledge of Nepal and Climate Change gleaned from research he conducted at the University of Southampton. 

Jamie has visited Nepal many times and has volunteered at orphanages in the Kathmandu Valley, trekked in the Himalayan mountains and seen all our current projects in recent times. He feels a strong bond to the country and is totally dedicated to achieving the Trust's goals. Jamie also strongly believes in the power of effective and efficient communication of our work and has therefore been tasked with expanding our reach via social media, this new website and by any other means.

Dr. Juerg Merz

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TRUSTEE: A Swiss and British national born in April 1971, Juerg has lived and worked in the Greater Himalayan region for the last 12 years. Since the end of 2010 he is the International Programme Advisor of Helvetas-Nepal. Previously he worked for the German based agency, Integration environment and energy. Integration Group's expertise provides technical assistance and training, carrying out consulting assignments in emerging markets and developing countries. Before this, Juerg worked on different projects in Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, India and China as an advisor, hydrologist, erosion specialist, and information and communication specialist. He has a PhD in Natural Science with specialisation on catchment hydrology and an MSc in Geography from University of Bern, Switzerland. He has several reviewed articles on water and erosion issues in the Greater Himalayan region to his credit. His interests are in water, rural development, environmental education, glacial and periglacial landscapes and the mountains in general. Having Juerg on the ground in Nepal is invaluable to the Trust's work. His skills have helped develop our education side over the past few years and are important now in the continuing development of our periglacial/permafrost education programme.

Robin Garton

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CHARITY FOUNDER: After tragically losing Robin who disappeared in the Scottish Highlands near Glencoe in late September 2015, we at TGT are dedicated to continuing Robin's work of combatting the worst effects of climate change and improving the lives of some of the poorest people in Nepal.

Robin had a forty year career as an international art dealer, specialising in German Expressionism, with sales to over 150 museums and public collections. At 55 he began mountaineering, which led to an interest in glaciology, climate change and glacier hazards. To develop these interests further, he went to Southampton University, graduating with a Physical Geography degree in 2007, aged 61.

"Following my degree I found that the physical sciences quantifying the hazards produced by climate change, such as outbursts from rapidly melting glaciers, had little or no connection with those communities most at risk. Yet there are many areas where environmental science could do much to benefit the Himalayan communities that are so dramatically affected. So I became interested in trying to bridge these gaps between science and the community."

Robin set up The Glacier Trust in July 2008 from his home in Wiltshire from where he managed the organisation full time until his disappearance in 2015. His drive, enthusiasm and kindness will be sorely missed.