Lone Buffalo is a registered UK charity ( charity registration number 1169163 ). 
Lone Buffalo’s board of Trustees is chaired by Jackie Thomas, a former volunteer teacher.  After volunteering in Laos during 2014, Jackie pledged her long-term commitment to assist Lone Buffalo from the UK.  Jackie has assembled a committed group of trustees and advisors, some of whom also have first-hand experience of the project.
The overriding legal duty of the charity trustees is to advance the purposes of Lone Buffalo and ensure that the charity is run in accordance with its governing document, charity law and all other laws and regulations that affect its activities.
In Laos Chief Operating Officer Mark Steadman, who co-founded Lone Buffalo in 2011, oversees all aspects of the project.   Mark, winner of the Wanderlust Tour Guide 2015, understands the country, community and culture through his tour work in Laos. Mark first met Manophet ‘Lone Buffalo’ in 2007 and the two became friends.
Mark is assisted in Laos by Centre Director/Teacher Khammanh Sengthoummy and Deputy Director/Teacher Vang Lee (Steve), himself a former student of Teacher Manophet.
Lone Buffalo also has a number of volunteer professionals involved in the project who offer advice on finance, media and business development.


Mark Steadman
Chief Operating Officer / Co-Founder

Khammanh Sengthoummy

Vang Lee (Steve)
Deputy Director

Jackie Thomas
Chair of Trustees

  1. Managing Director
    Although working in the Financial sector, Andrew's main interest is in education, having been a school governor for almost 10 years. A long time friend of Mark, Andy was pleased to be invited to join the Board of Trustees at Lone Buffalo and support the excellent work being done in Phonsavan.
  2. Managing Director
    Jeremy is a freelance Creative Director & Content Producer and lives in Oxfordshire. An old friend of Mark, he became involved with Lone Buffalo in 2015 as a trustee and advises on creative, content, marketing, communications and social media functions. He is particularly keen to help the LB students develop their film-making and photography skills and hopes to visit Laos soon.

Andrew March
Trustee - Finance / Administration

Jeremy Richens
Trustee - Creative / Media

Gareth Carter

Nick Williamson
Co-Founder / Teacher

Jane Clayton Jones
Volunteer Business Development

David Williams
Volunteer Treasurer