Tina Knight – F.I.O.D., F.R.S.A., F.P.S.A.
Honorary President, Tang Ting Twinning Association
Tina Knight was owner and Managing Director of Nighthawk Electronics Ltd, a world leader in the field of computer resource sharing devices and is one of the very few women to be successful in the field of computing and electronics. With a proven track record in both electronics and marketing, she has held executive managerial positions within a number of companies. In 1978, she established the UK subsidiary of a large American corporation where she swiftly rose to the ranks of Managing Director. In this position, she set up an extremely successful worldwide distribution network, leading to her being called “Britain’s leading female electronics executive” by Electronic Times.
Tina owns a number of diverse companies including Nighthawk Enterprises and sits on the board of a number of companies in both the private and public sector. She is a Director of J.I.T. International, which is a non-profit making company that provides training and encouragement to women in third world countries who are seeking to become business entrepreneurs, working in Slovenia, Turkmenistan, Georgia and, shortly, Guatemala.
A Fellow of the I.O.D., R.S,A., & P.S.A, former Trustee of the Eating Disorders Association and Chairman of the Government’s Fair Play Consortium (Eastern Region) and is currently Vice Chairman of the Small Business Bureau, Chairman of Women into Business, London Chair of BAWE (British Association of Women Entrepreneurs) and a member of BAWE’s National Council.
Tina is actively involved with a number of boards and committees including the Essex Board of the Prince’s Youth Business Trust, RFCA (Reserve Forces and Cadets Association of East Anglia), the S.B.B’s Policy Advisory Unit to the Government, the China-Britain Trade Group and was one of the first women to be appointed director of a government Training and Enterprise Council. She has recently served as a member of the East of England Industrial Development Board of the Government’s Department of Trade and Industry. A keen advocate of training, she has attained the Institute of Directors’ Diploma in Company Direction and has qualified as a mediator in Alternative Dispute Resolution with the British Academy of Experts.
She has won a number of distinguished awards, including the 1988 Women in Business Award presented by the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the TOBIE (Technology or Business Innovation in Electronics) award as Personality of the Year in 1988 and was Runner-up for the “Business Woman of the Year” award in 1989. Judged as one of the Top Female Entrepreneurs of the World in 1998 and recognised as “U.K. Business Pioneer” at the Global Summit of Women in London in 1998. She was awarded The Joyce Award in 2003.
Widely quoted in the national and trade press, she has made several television appearances including Question Time and BBC Breakfast News. She is also much in demand as a conference and after-dinner speaker culminating in her being asked to speak at the Institute of Directors annual conference to an audience of 3000 business people at the Royal Albert Hall. She is a founder member of the PSA (Professional Speakers Association).
Tina owns a number of businesses and continues to run her core business, Nighthawk Enterprises, in addition to holding a number of other senior positions. These include CEO of The Entrepreneurial Exchange, Deputy Chair of the Entrepreneurial Working Party, and Founder Member of The Entreprenologists. She is also a Trustee of the Galapagos Conservation Trust and District Councillor for the wards of Debden and Wimbish.
In addition to her business and public commitments, she is closely involved in a wide range of charitable activities and frequently donates her fees from public speaking engagements to local charities. She undertakes fund-raising for Addenbrookes’ Scanner Appeal and is Chairman of the Addenbrookes’ Food Chain Appeal. Other charities and appeals supported include the Blue Ball, Feed the Children, Macmillan Cancer Relief, the Cambridge Hospice for Children and is the joint Hon. President of the Tang Ting Twinning Association.
Kesh Bahadur Gurung
Honorary Joint President
A highly experienced Civilian Servant and ex-British Army Colour Sergeant. A well developed working knowledge of various skills, widely experienced on man management in the Civi Street and Army Serving in Hong Kong, Brunei, Malaysia, Falkland, United Kingdom, Australia, Fiji and Nepal.
Speaking- Gurung, Nepali, English (Workable and communicable) and Hindi
EDUCATION, QUALIFICATION AND TRAINING
Intermediate in Arts, Education (Equivalent to UK Advance level) from Nepal,
Lower Secondary Level Teacher Training from Nepal,
Electrical Engineering Course C (Junior Engineer Level) from Royal School of Army Engineering UK.
Diploma in Health and Safety – Plymouth College of Further Education UK Member:-
Eng Tech MIET of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and
Tech IOSH of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
Served as a School Teacher for 2 years and Head Master for 2 years in Himalaya Milan School Lower Secondary School in Tang Ting Nepal.
Served in the Queen Gurkha Engineer, Gurkha of Brigade, British Army and retired as Colour Sergeant (Senior Non Commissioning Officer) after serving 17 years with the character reference of ‘’EXEMPLARY’’ .Receiving awards for Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Military)
Worked as a Safety Officer in Kali Gandaki Hydro Electric Project (144 MW, 130 Million US Dollar Project) in Nepal. Duties included looking after safety of 2500 staffs and producing Health and Safety Plan, implementing and reviewing.
Worked as a Safety Engineer in Ghazi Borotha Hydro Electric Project (1450 MW, 500 Million US Dollar Project) in Pakistan. Duties included looking after safety of 7000 staffs and producing Health and Safety Plan, implementing and reviewing.
Worked as Co-ordinator in Dhudh Pokhari Gramin Sadak in Nepal, Liaised with 5 Village Development Committees and 5 Village Community Centres in Pokhara Nepal raised 6.1million donation Rupees (Nepalese currency) and constructed 11 Kilometre Road Construction from Pokhara to Saudha (Towards Tang Ting).
Curently working as an Electrical Supervisor in JCDecaux UK Ltd (Outdoor advertising company) in London.
Chaiman of Tang Ting community UK.
INTEREST: – Community work, running and joking, swimming and reading.
Chairman, Tang Ting Twinning Association
Moray was born in Devon in the South West of England where his father was a veterinary surgeon and where he spent much of his time roaming the woods, fields and streams of the local countryside.
This gave him an abiding love of the natural world and an interest in farming which has never left him. After secondary school he went to London University to study Zoology and then embarked on a career in teaching and in educational management, teaching in a variety of secondary schools and working in a range of roles before settling in his current post in a large inner London Sixth form college where he is an Assistant Principal with responsibility for Student Services.
His career experiences include leading a college recruitment team to Pakistan and in helping develop black South African middle managers through a mentoring scheme, as well as contributing to the development of a successful sixth form college with a good track record of getting young people from an urban environment into University.
Although his career is important to him he feels that his greatest achievement has been in bringing up his two children, one of which is at the Royal College of Art, the other at Cambridge University. “ Bringing up my children has been the most rewarding part of my life and has given me the greatest possible satisfaction, particularly as I have seen them grow in confidence into fine young people who I am immensely proud of “
His interest in joining the TTTA came about from a long standing interest in development issues and a desire to “put something back” for a charity that combined involvement in the developing world with activities in the local community.
Moray has a wide range of interests which include : classical and rock music, keeping sheep, bees and chickens, walking, cooking ,gardening and skiing.
He plans to retire soon to spend more time on these interests and to give more time to charity work.
Dr Helen Brown
Dr Helen Brown graduated from Imperial College of Science & Technology (London) and Bristol University and began a career in the scientific field, moving on to become European project manager for a multinational agrochemical company. Senior management roles followed before Helen moved into the charity sector six years ago, planning and implementing a major organisational change programme, commissioning an IT infrastructure and introducing computer based advice free to local people at Cambridge Citizens Advice Bureau.
Helen became Chief Executive of Crossroads Caring for Carers partly as a result of a personal experience as a carer, at a time when the organisation was looking for strategic leadership and undergoing a merger. Helen has led Crossroads through 3 mergers now, to form West Anglia Crossroads Caring for Carers, which has a countywide presence and a turnover of £1.6 million. They are a major provider of help for people with care needs and short breaks for carers of all ages who care for them, helping prevent hospital admission and enabling people to live at home. Helen was also commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council to help develop their new Carers Strategy.
Helen has taken an active role in village life in the UK, serving on the committees of several local organisations over the last 25 years and as a Parish Councillor. Her broad interests include agriculture and the environment, technology, health and social care and sports.
I was born in Wimbish in 1954 and have lived there all my life. My mother was born in Wimbish, as were her parents and grandparents. I went to Wimbish Primary School and worked in the family business both before and since leaving school. I own and manage an industrial site in our village which employs more than 20 people from the area. I have been on the Parish Council for 15 years, working to improve the biodiversity of our village and the amenities for our community. I have chaired the Village Hall Committee for some years now and we are now close to building a new one. I also am Vice Chairman of our village social group that organizes the village Fayre, Open Garden days and other events throughout the year. The Parish Council has identified a new site for more housing for people who work locally and for relatives of those that live in the village.
From TangTing, Kaski. Nepal
An Ex British Gurkha, completed 20 years of exemplary service. After retirement in 2003 actively affliated with a number of organizations. A founder membe of the Tang Ting Twinning Association since its establishment in early May 2006. Now an active member of the Committee of TTTA.
Married to Kamala with a daughter Sristi and a son Suyash.
Keen in Social Fields.
Currently residing in Wimbish, Saffron Walden, Essex. England.
Fund Raising and Social Secretary
I joined the Tang Ting Twinning Association April 2007, my main task is raising money and getting neighbours, friends, and businesses to support our charity. I will be the one who writes to ‘Thank you’ if you have been kind enough to support, help or donate to Tang Ting Twinning Association. I had the pleasant and rewarding task of designing the ceremonial flag.
I am married with 2 children, I run a Bed and Breakfast, I am a School Governor, a Parish Councillor, Level 1 and 2 Registered AAMET. EFT practitioner, hoping to specialise in PTSD.
My hobbies… I love gardening,animals, (we have 2 dogs 2 horses and 3 cats) travelling, reading, painting, socialising,meeting people and generally helping out where and when I can.
I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working alongside the Nepalese community here in our villages It has been both a privilege and an honour to learn and to understand a new and beautiful culture, I believe we can all teach each other so much, and happy to say we (TTTA) have now all become firm friends.