Our leaders

We are proud to recruit exceptional leaders who have the ability to inspire, motivate, encourage and develop our Explorers. A love of nature and a desire to help the Explorers to learn and develop is vital and we are very fortunate to have had extremely high quality leaders throughout our history. Our staff and leaders also share a great enthusiasm for adventure and wilderness, and a willingness and ability to share this with a younger generation.

A part of this comes from the strong volunteer ethos which permeates throughout the Society. This helps us to recruit leaders who contribute fully to the spirit of our expeditions as they really want to be there, along with a number of other reasons for leading with us. Inevitably this creates a strong and very positive leader team.

In a survey conducted with Leaders who have volunteered with us over the last five years, our Leaders said:

• 85% said they were better at their day job as a result of volunteering with British Exploring
• 100% list their British Exploring Leader work on their CV
• 74% say volunteering with us has furthered their career
• 75% say it has allowed them to use their skills in a new way. 
• 100% have also acquired new skills. 

In addition to the benefit they bring to young people, 94% of our leaders say that volunteering with us builds their self-esteem, with 90% of them feeling more confident as a result. 


To find out more about our leader opportunities and current expeditions visit our Lead with us page, or click on the button below to apply.

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The role of Chief Leader

Our Chief Leaders are instrumental in delivering the amazing expeditions we are known for at British Exploring and we are proud to work with exceptional leaders who have the ability to inspire, motivate, encourage and develop our explorers.

Leaders come from all walks of life and include medics, teachers, military and outdoor professionals. Without exception our leaders are on expedition because they believe in the life changing experience that remote expeditions can facilitate - and because they also know how much fun it will be! The expedition planning starts more than 2 years before departure and involves a great deal of hard work by the team in the British Exploring office and the expedition’s Chief Leader.

Our Chief Leaders help plan the expedition, recruit the leadership teams, train leaders and explorers and then lead an expedition of 70+ people in some of the worlds most remote and challenging environments - they are extraordinary people! Have a look below for the profile of our current Chief Leaders. 

The leader team

Each expedition is different and will often require specific skills or experience depending on factors such as the terrain, climate, transport used and the nature of the explorers. A typical leadership team will include the following roles:

-         Deputy Chief Leader
-         Chief Scientist
-         Senior Adventure Leader / Safety Officer
-         Base Camp Manager
-         Doctors / Expedition Medics
-         Fire Leaders (Adventure)
-         Fire Leaders (Science)
-         Fire Leaders (Social)
-         Fire Leaders (School)
-         Trainee Leader Mentor(s) / Senior Explorer Mentor
-         Assistant Leaders
-         Trainee Leaders (Up to 12 per expedition.)
-         Senior Explorers (Programmes only)

Not sure what is means to be a British Exploring Leader? Take a look at the above video from our summer 2016 expedition to the Peruvian Amazon to get an idea.

Yukon 2017 Chief Leader - Soo Redshaw

Soo Redshaw has been leading expeditions for British Exploring for an impressive 30 years, having already been a leader on 5 expeditions to date, Soo is now taking the helm on our Canadian Yukon 2017 expedition as Chief Leader. Soo's qualifications include Scottish Winter ML, Summer ML, First Aid Certificate, SPA, Level 3 Kayak, RYA Powerboat, Post Graduate Certificate in Development Training. If you would like to find out more about Soo click here. 

Amazon 2017 Chief leader - James Dyer

James has a wealth of experience as an expedition leader having been part of a leadership team on over 20 expeditions. James has a impressive background of adventure expeditions in mountain, desert, jungle and polar environments, with a broad variety of activities from trekking, mountaineering, through to canoeing. Find out more about James here. 
Visit our Amazon leader page to meet our whole leader team.