Never get Complacent
In my life as a serving soldier, adventurer and leading teams into and out of dynamic and hostile environments, these words rarely leave my thoughts!
I spent 24 years as a British Commando, seeing operations across the globe and serving in many elite arms of the services, becoming adept in survival within all environments as well as an expert in mountain, arctic, jungle and desert warfare. Towards the end of my military career, I was Sergeant Major, to a squadron of Commandos, in Afghanistan, for 8 months in 2001/2 and I left in 2005 as a Warrant Officer. I received a military commendation.
Leadership, high performance in individuals and teams is key to achieving robust success and stretch targets. Something I am spirited about facilitating for others.
I embrace challenges and in 2003 I reached the summit of Mount Everest via the challenging and difficult North Face along with the expedition’s audacious rescue high on the mountain. I was awarded the BBC’s Outstanding Overseas Achievement Award. I returned to Everest again in 2006. I was a member of the first successful British ascent of Kangchenjunga, without oxygen, the world’s third highest mountain. I made an early British ascent of El Capitan, joined Bear Grylls as a team of 5, navigating a RIB through the North West Passage, spent three months exploring Greenland in period 1911 clothing and food. I have led and participated in many other extreme expeditions.
In 2005 I started working with Bear Grylls supporting him on all programming and wider challenges also leading production teams into dynamic and hostile environments, delivering safety, consultation and stunt coordination as well as being a member of the creative production team. I was instrumental in setting up the Bear Grylls Survival Academy and have worked alongside many high profile figures including President Obama and his secret service agents.
I continue to mountaineer, sea paddle, ski and challenge myself in all manner of activities. My mantra is “Come back alive, come back friends and come back successful” In that order!
I am a published author and a volunteer for the Sidmouth lifeboat team. I have been married for 26 years and have three daughters – probably my biggest challenge to date!