Director and Trustee
Rene began his working life as a commercial pilot, working in the USA, but on his return to the UK he started a life in travel. From the beginning of his travel career he gravitated towards the world of pilgrimage travel, a sector of the industry in which he has now worked for over thirty years. After working for various tour operators in this specialised market he set up his own company, Lightline Pilgrimages with offices in the UK and USA, where he is currently Managing Director. Lightline is one of the UK’s leading pilgrimage operators, running tours to the Holy Land as well as Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Italy, Greece and Spain.
Rene has family links with Sri Lanka and travels there, and to neighbouring India, frequently. Not surprisingly therefore Rene’s main interest in the work of the Foundation is in developing community projects in Asia.