British Exploring Leader Awards 2017

The British Exploring Leader Awards recognises and celebrates inspiring leadership (whether still developing or hugely experienced) individual skills, and collegiate spirit before, during and after each of our expedition seasons.

We will be presenting two awards at the end of this season, The Les Morgan Leader of the Year Award and The Watson New Leader of the Year Award. These are professional awards, bestowed by colleagues; Leaders and members of the British Exploring team. Individuals are shortlisted on the basis of nominations, with the final Awards being made by a judging panel.

The Les Morgan Leader of the Year Award is supported by his family with a generous donation. Les was a well loved and respected Leader for British Exploring and since he sadly passed away in 2004 his family have kindly supported our explorers and leaders with a number of Award’s and bursaries. The Watson New Leader of the Year Award, has been set-up to celebrate our first time Leaders and has been named after our recently retired Chairman Teddy Watson.

The nominees for the 2017 Awards will be announced on this webpage following this season's expeditions, with the winners being announced at our Celebration Evening at the Royal Geographical Society on Tuesday 13 March.


Everest climber Cathy O’Dowd 

We are thrilled that Cathy O’Dowd, the first woman to climb Mount Everest from the north and south sides of the mountain, has joined our 2017 Leader of the Year Awards judging panel. Read more here

Les Morgan Leader of the Year Award 2016 winner - Nigel Painter

"I was stunned and unusually silent, my partner Sarah remarked, to hear my name called as the recipient of the award. I never expected to win and was amazed just to be nominated. Now stood on the stage at the Royal Geographical Society being presented my award by Alex Gregory MBE was such a culmination of a dream." Read more here.

The Watson New Leader of the Year Award 2016 winner - Georgie Sweet

"Being nominated for the award was a real shock and for my fellow leaders and the explorers to have nominated me was very humbling. To then hear my name being announced as the winner was totally surreal. I now can't wait to continue on my leadership journey in the Amazon 2017."


Why lead with us?

85% of British Exploring Leaders said they were better at their day job as a result of volunteering with British Exploring. Find out more about why our Leaders lead with us here.