The Training Team
Zac Laraman will be the lead tutor at Lehara’s Sports Therapy school in Namche, Nepal.
Zac is a registered Osteopath, who originally trained with Mel Cash at the London School of Soft Tissue Therapy (LSSM) over 20 years ago. Zac went on to lecture at the LSSM for a further 14 years. As a Soft Tissue Therapist, Zac worked for the Wales, and Great Britain Cycling Squads.
Zac’s mantra is ‘never stop learning’ – and he encourages his students to adopt this mantra as well. Zac believes every patient encounter is an opportunity to learn, and every interaction with healthcare professionals is a chance to reflect and re-evaluate upon what we already think we know.
Kunga Sherpa is Lehara’s main translator. Born in Pangboche, the oldest sherpa village in the Everest region, Kunga has over 12 years of experience in the tourism trade, is fluent in English, and is very well respected locally.
Although basic spoken English is a requirement of any trainee enrolling on the course, more technical and scientific language may need translation in order for the trainees to get the most out of the course.
Kunga is normally found teaching ice climbing from the Khumbu climbing centre, working on his photography business or guiding world class treks.
Paul Groombridge is part of the Lehara training team.
He is an experienced massage therapist who has been treating clients since 2010. He trained at the renowned London School of Soft Tissue Therapy, led by Mel Cash, gaining a BTEC level 5 Diploma, the highest qualification that could be attained within the field of Sport and Remedial Massage therapy at that time.
Paul's 30 year military career equipped him with a substantial range of skills. He was also a First Responder for an Ambulance Service for 10 years, is a qualified Mountain Leader, Mountain Bike Instructor and a Stand Up Paddleboard coach. He has led numerous expeditions in a variety of climatic regions.
Mel Cash is regarded as the World’s leading authority on massage as the author of four internationally renowned textbooks on the subject and he also runs the leading training centre in the UK. He has been very closely involved in training blind massage therapists at the Seeing Hands Nepal project for the last 20 years. He is keen to help the Lehara project and will be developing and overseeing our training programme.
Pemba Sherpa is heading up recruitment for Lehara. As a highly respected, and well connected Sherpa within the Khumbu valley, he has been able to utilise his connections to spread the word of the opportunities that Lehara offers. This is especially important as Lehara is designed to provide opportunities to locals living in rural villages, that are not already benefiting from the tourist trade.
Pemba was born in 1976, in Namche, in the heart of the Khumbu valley. He lived in Australia for a few years before heading back to his home town in 2000 to run the Khumbu lodge, one of the largest and most established tea houses in the Khumbu Valley, and soon to be home of Lehara.
Lisa Jelly is the founder and trustee of Lehara. Her main focus is bringing on key partners that will support the long-term plans and purpose of Lehara.
Lisa has extensive experience in healthcare and creating new services in the community. She qualified as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the UK back in 2009. Since qualifying she treated patients in community clinics, clinically led newly qualified therapists and has spent the last decade mobilising community healthcare services.
Lisa loves to travel, with her biggest passion being high altitude trekking and getting to meet and learn from remote communities across the world.
Stuart Paterson is a trustee for Lehara with a key focus on ensuring the training provided is of the highest quality, with the trainees having access to all the equipment and resources they require.
Stuart lives in the UK with his family. He has over 25 years of experience within the healthcare industry. His career has involved co-founding a small healthcare business and helping grow this entity into a much larger organisation with over 1400 team members.
Stuart’s primary purpose is 'making people better' and helping people be the best possible version of themselves. Stuart is passionate about creating positive cultures of excellence and believes in providing leadership that creates, cultivates, and produces more leaders.
Jimmy Laslett is the treasurer and trustee of Lehara. His main focus will be managing the grant process to give back to the local communities.
Living in the UK Jimmy was educated at St Lawrence College, where he is a governor. He has a Business Studies degree from Kingston University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has worked in various financial roles in several businesses both large and small, from manufacturing to retail. He is an expert at helping start-ups and small enterprises and so Lehara is very lucky to have him onboard.
Jimmy is married, with two children, and a growing number of grandchildren! His sporting interests include hockey, golf, and tennis.