Meet the Team
Nepal Country Director
Shree was born in a very remote village at the foot of Ganesh Himal mountain and came to Kathmandu at age 16 to finish secondary school. He then attended Tribhuvan University to study humanities and social science and during that time he worked in hospitality, where he met James and Anne Digby in 2004. He also started working as a porter and is now a very successful, licensed trekking guide in Nepal, India, Tibet and Switzerland.
He is a tireless advocate and very passionate about helping his fellow countrymen and women. He was one of the first responders into the remote area of Dhading immediately following the earthquake and delivered over 37 tons of rice to badly hit villagers.
General Manager KathmanduSunaina joined Journey Nepal in December 2015 as General Manager. She has previously lived in the UK and has many tertiary qualifications in Business and accounting. Sunaina runs the day to day operations of Journey Nepal from the office in Thamel, Kathmandu.
Chairperson Team Australia
I first travelled to Nepal in 1985 and have felt a strong connection ever since. In 2004 I introduced James to Nepal, when we visited on our honeymoon and where we met Shree – an encounter that was to be life changing. I’ve been a women’s health naturopath for many years and studied midwifery and public health. I now teach at Endeavour College of Natural Medicine, which gives me the flexibility to be able to visit and manage Journey Nepal, which is my passion. Shree and I have brought together an incredible team and our aim is to improve the lives of Nepali women and girls.
Julie Leitl is married with two sons and runs her own business as an Equine Hoof Specialist. She lives on a small property in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, which she shares with her family 5 horses and two dogs. Julie is passionate about animal welfare and human rights.
Jo is an experienced Remedial Massage Therapist and Reiki practitioner, who also holds a Masters of Business in Leadership and Organisation Dynamics. Jo lives and works on the Mornington Peninsula where she is raising her three young children, two dogs, a cat and a few goldfish. Jo is passionate about healing through touch and plans on teaching some of our residents at the women’s refuge the next time she travels to Nepal.
James is CFO of The E.W. Tipping Foundation, which is a leading disability services organisation in Melbourne, Australia. He has an extensive background in senior financial and corporate roles in the education, not for profit, health and commercial sectors. In many of his roles he has been a mentor and guide to the financial and business practices of the organisation to achieve better outcomes. James places an emphasis on the importance of working with people in order to ensure these successful results.
James holds a Masters of Business Administration, specialising in Strategic Planning, a Graduate Diploma in International Community Development and a Bachelor of Business, specialising in Accounting. James is actively involved as a volunteer with asylum seekers and with Cambodian and Nepal-based agencies.
Sam Beau Patrick
All my life I have loved being involved helping others less fortunate and seeing smiles on people’s faces. In return it gives me immeasurable joy.
In 2015 I wish to pursue more of this passion and help many more who are so grateful. I first travelled to Nepal with Anne in 2013 and have fallen in love with the land and people. A Truly magic place.