David Mills – Chairman and Founding Director

David, the company’s founding director, began Naturetrek in 1986 with his wife, Maryanne. Although trained as a solicitor, David has always loved travel, mountains and wildlife. He has a wealth of experience in Europe, Australasia and Africa, and still more in India and the Himalayan countries, plus an extensive knowledge of their natural history. For two years he trekked independently through every region of the Himalaya, studying and photographing its wildlife. Since then he has written articles, contributed to books, and led and organised many treks there and in Africa. Other travels have taken him throughout South-east Asia and the Middle East. His interests focus on birds and mammals, and the history and culture of the Himalaya. He is also passionate about cricket, and has been a chairman, player (with his sons), supporter and Colts coach-manager at the Southern League club, Hambledon CC – the ‘Cradle of Cricket’. David lives nearby in a quiet corner of Hampshire, together with Maryanne and their sons, Thomas and Oliver.