Meet our new Deputy Field Director: Yam Bahadur Rana
We are delighted to welcome our new Deputy Field Director in Nepal, Lt Col (Retd) Yam Bahadur Rana.
Yam now works under Field Director Lt Col Elton Davis in Nepal, overseeing operations across 20 offices and just over 500 staff.
Yam enlisted into the Army in 1981 and on completion of recruit training, joined Queen’s Gurkha Signals. He trained as a Systems Technician before being selected for Foreman of Signals in 1993 and completed the course in 1995. He was commissioned as a Technical Officer Telecommunications in 1999 and started his journey in the wider Army. During his commissioned service, he served as a staff officer in three different Brigade Headquarters and Army Headquarters for four years. In between all these postings, he went back to Regimental duties twice; Operations officer of 22 Signals Regiment between 2008 and 2010 and the Gurkha Major Queen’s Gurkha Signals between 2012 and 2014.
The first-ever ‘through the ranks’ Gurkha Lieutenant colonel
Having served as a Major for 10 years he was promoted to Lt Col in 2015 a rare accolade for a Gurkha officer. He became the first-ever Gurkha to reach the rank of Lt Col through the ranks. Previously two others reached this rank but were commissioned from Sandhurst.
A proud family tradition
Yam’s military lineage extends four generations; his grandfather was a World War One veteran who fought in Mesopotamia, his father was a World War Two veteran who fought in Italy and his son is a serving Captain in Royal Signals.
Yam has a passion for social and charitable work. Having witnessed first-hand the work that The Gurkha Welfare Trust delivers to communities in Nepal during his first duty trek as a Gurkha, he was inspired to join GWT once he left the Army.
“It is with great privilege and delight that I join The Gurkha Welfare Trust.”