About Us

Jon Ashworth - Founder and Trustee

Jon Ashworth was a Business writer with The Times from 1989 - 2005. He set up Yala Fund after meeting Tsunami refugees while on holiday in Sri Lanka and now combines charity work with freelance writing. Jon works tirelessly to ensure that every penny donated goes exactly where it is needed.

John and Beverley Thompson - Trustees


John and Bev run a successful electronic water treatment company in Fareham Hampshire. When the jeep driver they had been writing to since their leopard safari holiday in 2003 became a victim of the Tsunami they decided to sponsor him. Through a chance meeting with Jon Ashworth via the internet a bond was forged and all three have been working together, for the good of Sri Lanka, ever since.

SuzySuzy Payne - Trustee

Suzy is a highly successful account director with a leading London design-led marketing agency. Suzy has become one of Yala's biggest champions, personally raising tens of thousands of pounds and has made several charity trips to Sri Lanka with her close friend Tory Stroud.   Read Suzy and Tory's trip account on the Diaries Page on this website.