Patrick West – Founder & Trustee

Patrick doesn’t like to talk about himself, even though he has plenty to boast about. He’s a brilliant photographer and an endless philanthropist. With a background in law and political activism, Patrick, who grew up with a camera in his hand, started focusing fully on photography in the mid 1990s. With his photography, he has always aimed to break boundaries, raise awareness about unspoken issues, and contribute to important projects. Patrick documented humanitarian and environmental programs on five continents alongside major organisations, including the UNHCR, the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch, and Rooftops Canada. Patrick is incredibly passionate about the medium of photography as a way to improve people’s lives, and he has been involved in developing and supporting charitable photography projects for over a decade. To most who know him, Patrick is a (slightly bad-ass) legend.

Marleen Lammers – General Manager

Marleen (pronounced ‘Marlane’ – sensitive subject) started her career as a broadcasting journalist in the Netherlands, but was drawn to African adventure and moved to Zambia ten years ago. For several years, she developed and managed community and conservation volunteer projects in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, before moving into communications and marketing. During the last five years, she worked in the NGO world, managing fundraising and communications for Greenpop, an environmental social enterprise, where she is still a Director. Marleen is co-founder and Managing Director of Penda Photo Tours. She is a keen photographer and passionate about the potential it has to inspire and drive positive change.

Greg Bows – Trustee

Originally from the UK, Greg fell in love with Africa during a family holiday and never left. He worked as a guide on overland trips, a wildlife researcher, and a bush guide before co-founding African Impact in 1996. African Impact, now Africa’s leading voluntourims organisation, runs community and conservation volunteer projects across the continent. Greg is also a co-founder and trustee of the Happy Africa Foundation, a charity that runs community and conservation projects throughout Africa. Greg has seen first-hand how travel has the potential to not only provide amazing experiences, but to also be a force of good. He recently won the IHIF Young Leader Award, which recognised his contributions to the travel industry.