… are chosen not only because of their expertise for the appropriate activity, but also because of their background in business, leadership and management. They have a real understanding of what the development programmes are able to achieve and can really relate to the challenges that today’s organisations face. These attributes bring additional richness and strength to our programmes.


JamesShortJames Short – Sea

James is an RYA/MCA qualified and commercially endorsed Yachtmaster having cruised and raced yachts in many parts of the world.

He is a recently retired Army Major General with 34 years of executive experience in strategic planning, leadership, personnel development and change management. His work has included being a strategic analyst in the Cabinet Office; a Procurement Project Manager in the MOD; a strategic planning adviser in the Balkans and a specialist security adviser to the Police in Northern Ireland. He also planned and delivered NATO’s first joint operational training establishment for command organisations deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq.


BarryRoberts2Barry Roberts – Land

Barry has 22 expeditions to his credit including climbing and diving expeditions and community or science based projects. He has experience of many of the world’s harshest environments and is a passionate “extreme” sportsman, including skydiving, ski mountaineering, climbing, flying paragliders and diving.

In May 2004, he climbed Everest via the north ridge from Tibet. Barry lectures internationally about his expedition experiences and connects with his audiences through his candour, honest appraisal of his strengths and failings as a leader and his insight into the dynamics of the teams and leaders he has travelled and worked with under extreme and occasionally dangerous circumstances. He has run his own adventure-based businesses since 1994. Previously he was a Director of Raleigh International and a Consultant for the GEC (now Marconi) Management College.


JohnRichardsJohn Richards – Air

John started his aviation career with British Airways (Formerly BOAC and BEA) and after graduating, became a co pilot on the Trident jet. He became a BA captain on the Vickers Viscount turboprop airliner, then the BAC 1-11, where he was an instructor, a training captain and type rating/instrument rating examiner, then Flight Training Manager. He subsequently moved to the Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo Jet’, also training other pilots and flight instructors in its operation.

After ‘formal’ retirement from BA, he was employed by Korean Air as an FAA Examiner (the first non Korean to hold that position). He has flown to virtually every destination in the World from Honolulu to Tashkent, from Fiji to Buenos Aeries, Cape Town to Tokyo. He now flies his own aircraft and is a Private Pilots Examiner having accrued approximately 23000 hours flying.


KevinParkerKevin Parker – Sea

Kevin is an RYA/MCA qualified and commercially endorsed Skipper and likes to combine his passion for sailing with his passion for helping people achieve their potential. He is a consultant in the areas of change management, performance and leadership.

A former Senior Partner of PA Consulting Group’s European Change Practice, Kevin had roles as a Human Resources Director and in Industrial Relations in the motor industry and specifically in the Rover Group, where he was involved in negotiating and implementing major changes in working practices.


RobLambRob Lamb – Sea

Rob Lamb (or “Larry” as he is known to his friends) is an RYA/MCA qualified and commercially endorsed Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Instructor. Rob has been sailing for over fifteen years, instructing for six of these and has skippered yachts in events such as the Fastnet Race, Antigua Race Week and the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race.

Off the water Rob is a senior manager for a large multi-national company where he leads an IT organisation delivering services to 70 sites in 44 countries. He has over 10 years experience of leading large virtual, multi-cultural teams, developing and coaching people within this diverse environment to deliver successful outcomes.


AlwynEvansAlwyn Evans – Sea

After a 30 year career in law enforcement and working with similar international agencies, Alwyn retired from a Senior Management role in 2004.He has sailed for most of his life and is an RYA/MCA qualified and commercially endorsed Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Instructor. He has sailed the Atlantic, skippered extensively on corporate events and regularly instructs on both RYA practical and shorebased courses. His experience of leading and developing teams, crisis management, serious investigations, together with his yachting experience allows him to create the ideal environment for team development, motivation and relationship building.