Since he was very young James was fascinated by adventure and through his life he has strived to find ways to develop his adventurous nature, even from the depths of South London where he grew up!
Over the course of his career he has participated on expeditions to all corners of the globe, leading many of these with scientists, film crews, students and adventure tourists.
James is a highly experienced, award winning and trusted expedition professional, designing, preparing, providing safety advice and leading expeditions, alongside continuing to practice as an adventurer and explorer in his own right, staying true to his origional passion for exploring remote wildernesses around the world.
James believes that challenging expeditions are powerful mediums to help educate and inspire, and that they can be drivers to help in environmental, conservation and social justice and change.
As a professional expedition leader James has led hundreds of people on expeditions, adventurous activities and projects globally, these includes students, tourists, military groups, scientists, TV crews and youth groups, eductating, inspiring and transforming their views and understanding of the world around us!
In his early twenties James embarked on a career as a professional outdoor instructor and overseas expedition leader, as a way of following his adventurous dream.
He has gone on to travel and explore the world, sometimes on adventurous expeditions of his own, or on physical challenges pushing himself both physically and mentally, in some of the remotest and wildest places on the planet, developing his passion for wildlife, exploration and wilderness areas.
He has summitted 6000+m mountains, trekked across the Arctic and Arabia's deserts, helped discover new species, explored deep into jungles, and rafted and canoed some of the world wildest rivers, trained anti poaching teams in Africa, devised innovative methods to explore jungle canopies and led educational expeditions for young people.
Between 2011- 2016 James was the Operations Manager at the British Exploring Society, devising, planning and setting standards for the operational delivery of wild and remote scientifc expeditions for young people. The Society is the oldest expeditions organisations of its type in the world and James continues to be involved in the organsiation as a Chief Leader, Fellow and Advisor, supporting the Societies work in transforming and educating future generations.
James' work encompasses expedition leadership, expedition consultancy, safety advisory services, outdoor and expedition training and leadership development.
Alongside this, James works with the Leadership Consultancy, Beyond Wild (www.beyondwild) developing individuals and companies through immersive leadership programmes and coaching. Developing Authentic leadership and high performing teams.
And with Equal Adventure (www.equaladventure.org) as an advocate for Inclusive outdoor programmes and expeditions.
James was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2011, in 2014 he became a Leading Practitioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning, and a Recognised Professional in 2020.
In 2016 he was elected as a Member of the Arctic Club.
James has a long career in the UK Reserve Forces and in 2014 he devised and led an expedition involving 26 RAF Air Cadets and Reserve Forces Staff across the deserts of Jordan, in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, this expedition went on to win both the RAF Air Cadet Shackleton Trophy for best Expedition and the Ulysses Trust Best Cadet Expedition.
In March 2018 James was awarded the 2018 British Exploring Society, Les Morgan Award for Best Leader, and in 2020 he was announced as a Fellow of the British Exploring Society.
Check out James' Blog for insights, stories and expedition reports- www.venturebeyond.blog
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