The GPF Committee

120ft Third Pitch of Ghar Parau (John Whalley)
The Ghar Parau Foundation is a 100% voluntary-based charity that manages an investment fund to provide grant aid to assist British caving expeditions to all parts of the world. The fund focuses on those expeditions which include an element of innovative exploration or scientific study. We are also particularly keen to encourage young cavers into expedition caving (as well as sport caving) to maintain an active caving community in years to come.

The GPF Committee is comprised of four trustees, together with two ordinary members and four rotating “Active Expedition Caving Members”. The Committee meet twice a year; around April time – the Spring round and during September at Hidden Earth – the Autumn Round. The main purpose of the meeting is to review that rounds applications. The application review process is initially done individually on-line prior to the meeting, with a suggested grant aid allocation. At these meeting, these individual committee members comments are discussed and the appropriate funds allocated according to a consensus for each application. The meetings also ensure the running of the foundation.

The current committee is listed below, along with their meeting attendance record and caving CV. Annual accounts and meeting minutes are available for download here.

Active Expedition Caving Committee Members

The Ghar Parau Foundation Management Committee has 4 Active Expedition Caving Committee Members (AECCM) and they provide an important role on the committee. These are people who are currently participate, and have significant experience, in Expedition Caving. Their purpose is to provide up-to-date views to the Committee about caving expeditions. They serve on the Committee for 4 years. If you are interested in sharing your expedition experience by becoming an AECCM, the GPF would strongly encourage you to notify them of your interest by filling in the simple form below.

How to become a GPF Active Expedition Caving Committee Member


Miao Keng, Tian Xing , China (Robbie Shone)

Active Expedition Caving Committee Members (AECCM) are important part of the committee providing current UK expedition views and helping to evaluate the applications. Your experience as an expedition caver is invaluable in the grant review process. As an AECCM, you will be expected to attend these two Management Committee meetings, as well as review each application on line. There may also be other administrative business that you may be asked to help with. You will serve on the committee for a 4 year term.

Selection process

To ensure GPF have a wide spectrum of people to chose from, we have changed the selection process such that people can now put their name forward for consideration. From this pool of people, a candidate will be selected each year to become the next AECCM.

GPF want keen people who will be actively involved, both with providing feedback on the expeditions but also being involved with the running and fundraising activities of GPF. If you think you have the experience and are keen to participate, please submit an application for consideration, by clicking the button below. We suggest that people have at least 3 years of general caving experience and participated in a number of caving expeditions. The greater experience the more likely you will be asked to serve a 4 year term as an AECCM.

As part of this application you will be asked to upload a caving “CV” detailing your caving expedition experiences, as well as nominating 2 referees that can vouch for these details. There is no submission deadline for AECCM applications, and form details can be continuously updated after submission as your expedition experiences grow.

Previous Active Expedition Caving Committee Members

Fleur Loveridge20192022
Rob Middleton20182021
Mark Wright20172020
Rebecca Lawson20162019
Rich Hudson20152018
Jeff Wade20142017
Hellie Adams20132016
Ed Walters20122015
Jarvist Frost20112014
Phil Rowsell20102013
Hillary Greaves20092012
Ed Walters20082011
Paul Swire20062009
Paul Mann20052008
Phil Rowsell20042007


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