Meet our Amazon 2016 leadership team

Tom Winterton

– Deputy Cheif Leader

Tom has been a jungle warfare instructor and is a keen fell runner

Tom was responsible for the delivery of jungle training for the military at the UK's jungle warfare school in Brunei. He has experience of jungle exploration all over South East Asia and is looking forward to exploring the Amazon. He is now studying a BSc in Wildlife Conservation with a passion for mammals and large carnivores. In his spare time Tom is a keen runner and enjoys fell running near his home in the Peak District. He is very much looking forward to joining the 2016 Peruvian Amazon expedition, to support the Young Explorers in discovering a jungle environment and learning about life in the Amazon.

Sara Bosworth

– Base Camp Manager

Red Bull Air Race Teams Manager and all round adventure lover

Sara loves adventure in all forms which is why she chose her career in aerial sports. Whilst training to obtain her Pilot’s Licence, she got her first job in the industry as a professional wing walker where she toured the UK and Europe on the top wing of a biplane. She then became a flight instructor and enjoyed teaching many young and old the art of flying -preferably upside down (aerobatics). She then went on to become the leader of the first all-female aerobatic team in the world. Her latest position as Race Teams Manager for Red Bull Air Race stands her in good stead for organising the logistics of the expedition. Sara is a mother of two and is passionate about contributing to the personal development of young people and in encouraging them to believe in what they can achieve without limit. What she would like to bring to all the explorers is a sense of exploration within whilst exploring the outer world.

Alice Laughton

– Chief Scientist

Alice is an insect expert, STEM ambassador and previous young explorer

Alice is an evolutionary ecologist, specialising in insects. She has a BSc in Zoology, and a PhD on honeybee ecology. Since graduating, Alice has gained seven years’ experience working as a postdoctoral researcher in academic institutions in the UK and US, conducting lab and field research on a wide range of insects, while also supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is currently based in London, where she also volunteers as a STEM ambassador for various science outreach projects. Alice had a great experience as a young explorer with British Exploring in Lesotho, 2008 and is looking forward to contributing to this year’s team and coordinating an exciting array of science projects.

Johnny Fenn

– Creative Media Leader

Jonny has extensive travel experience and has taken photographs around the world

Johnny is former Lieutenant Colonel with the Brigade of Gurkhas, and has served in Germany, Falklands, Brunei, Nigeria, Nepal, Bosnia, East Timor and Iraq. He grew up on a farm in Northamptonshire, played rugby for England at Under 19, and for Northampton 1st XV, and represented the Army and Combined Services at Rugby over 5 years. During his time in the army, he was a Company Commander at Sandhurst, and was the Chief Instructor for Prince William’s Junior Term at Sandhurst. 2005-2006. He was also Military Advisor to West Africa, based in Abuja, Nigeria 2009 – 2011 and Field Director of the Gurkha Welfare Trust based in Pokhara, Nepal 2011-2012.

He has been a free-lance photographer since 2012 with wide ranging clients including Buckingham Palace and Coca-Cola. In the last 2 years he has undertaken photography assignments in the Arctic, Poland, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Nigeria, Nepal, Switzerland, Norway.

Since 2011 he has been the Captain of the British Elephant Polo team which competes at the annual Elephant Polo World Championships in Nepal.

Huw James

– Creative Media Leader

Huw specialises in communicating science and adventure through film

As a scientist, adventurer and film maker, Huw is well suited to the Amazon Jungle Expedition in 2016. His Bachelors is in Astronomy and Space Science and he’s worked in Science Communication since leaving University. Now he communicates science both on and off camera with his team at Anturus. The work he does is to communicate adventure and science through media and live talks. Having travelled to many locations with his camera, a few short stints has showed the jungle is one of the toughest. He’s looking forward to stepping up to the challenge alongside all the Young Explorers on the 2016 Peru Expedition with British Exploring.

Rachael Lem

– Fire Leader (Science)

Rachael is a returning science leader specialising in climate change

Rachael is a science leader on the expedition and this will be her 2nd expedition leading with British Exploring having also completed an internship in the Operations team a few years ago. Rachael is really looking forward to getting to know all explorers and getting back out in the wilderness.

She is currently in the final year of completing her PhD at the University of Liverpool - reconstructing how the climate of West Africa has changed over the past 150,000 years. On expedition she is particularly keen to see if the team will be able to set up a science project that can look at climate, human impact and environmental change, and is looking forward to starting some discussions over the next few months!

Sarah Lawton

– Fire Leader (Science)

Sarah is science communicator with extensive expeditionary experience

Mother to two grown-up boys and a scientific communicator by profession, Sarah re-discovered her deep-rooted love for expeditioning and scientific discovery when Colonel John Blashford-Snell accepted her onto his team as a Science Officer on the Nepal-Bardia Expedition (Scientific Exploration Society, 2012). In 2013, she was Chief Scientist on the British Exploring Canyons and Craters Expedition to Namibia and since then she has helped set up a tour operating company supporting the elephants of Manas National Park in NE India.

Sarah has a degree in physics and mathematics, graduate studies in nanotechnology, and more than nine years earning a living writing about a vast range of scientific fields, from environment to heavy engineering. During the Peruvian Amazon 2016 expedition, Sarah will be focusing on supporting CREES's biodiversity projects in addition to a personal project she hopes to connect to a part-time PhD. Her key aim is to pass on a passion for scientific exploration and responsible scientific methods to the younger generation.

Heidi Richardson

– Fire Leader (Science)

Heidi has a passion for marine conservation as well as travel

Heidi studied a Zoology BSc followed by an MSc in Conservation due to her long held passion for the natural environment. She thoroughly enjoys travelling and exploring new places with highlights including completing coral reef surveys in Oman, hiking in the mountains of South Africa, hitch-hiking across Europe and teaching in China.

She has previously worked for the RSPB in a dolphin watch programme and currently works as a Marine Adviser for Natural England where she provides advice on the monitoring and protection of Marine Protected Areas off the coast of England. She’s excited to be a part of the Amazon expedition this year and is particularly looking forward to improving our understanding of the area through working with the YEs on a selection of science projects

Paul Davis

– Trainee Leader Mentor

A keen expeditioner Paul is a graduate of our Trainee Leader programme

Paul went on expedition to Arctic Norway with British Exploring and successfully underwent the trainee leader program in 2014 and is now returning as the Trainee Leader Mentor/Adventure Leader.

He has also been on several other expeditions to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Tanzania and India with other organisations in a variety of roles including project manager, trek leader and assistant leader. He has a passion for the great outdoors and in particular how the expedition environment can encourage personal development.

Caroline Jane Green

– Fire Leader (Adventure)

Caroline has extensive experience of leading teams around the world

Caroline has led projects and programmes in both the UK and around the world. Attempting to show that adventure can be a full-time career, she has worked in countries across Europe, Africa, South and South-East Asia, North America, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Her roles have included Expedition Leader, Rescue Scuba Diver, and Deputy Programme Leader for a development charity. When not jetting away, Caroline spends her time dreaming up new adventures, as an Expedition Planning Manager for worldwide travel company. She is excited to learn more about other cultures and how we can work in harmony with nature.

She hopes to help empower young people on expeditions to learn about safeguarding both people and planet for generations to come. Caroline can’t wait to work with a diverse and talented team on this year’s expedition. She is particularly looking forward to assisting Fires in moving above the rock band, and supporting the Explorers to achieve their goals, and make the most of an incredible experience in the Amazon.

Jack Woolfenden

– Fire Leader (Adventure)

Jack’s background is in Outdoor education whilst also being a keen surfer

Jack enjoys adventures outdoors wherever they may be. He grew up in London and now lives in Devon where he delivers Outdoor Learning in a primary school. Jack has previously worked for several organisations throughout the UK where he has had the pleasure of working outdoors with young people from a range of backgrounds.

In his spare time, he enjoys a variety of activities particularly walking in the mountains and surfing! Jack has been fortunate enough to have opportunities to explore both in the UK and abroad and led for British Exploring in Iceland last summer. He is really looking forward to meeting this year’s explorer team and to getting out there in the Amazon!

Tom Wilson

– Fire Leader (Adventure)

Tom is an Arborist by trade and adventurer in his spare time

Originally from the UK and now based in Sweden, Tom has worked as a professional arborist for more than a decade and is passionate about trees, forests and the environment. Primarily educated and experienced in temperate forest regions, Tom could not pass up on the opportunity to join the BES Peruvian Amazon team for 2016.

In the past Tom has taken part in an expedition to Cusuco National Park in Honduras as a group leader and forest structure surveyor as well as helping with collecting data on purple faced leaf monkeys in Sri Lanka and taking part in a diving expedition monitoring coral reefs in Tobago. With the unique challenges that the Peruvian Amazon will present he is looking forward to facing them head on alongside the explorers and the rest of the team for the 2016 expedition.

Marcus Du Preez

– Fire Leader (Adventure)

Marcus is a passionate climber both professionally and for fun.

Marcus is enthusiastic about all things climbing, be it challenging crag climbs, a picturesque mountain pass or huge trees! He first got a real head for heights after taking part in a rock climbing expedition to the Dolomites, Italy in 2010 with 3/29 Battery, 4th Regt. Royal Artillery. Two years later, he chose a very different career path as an Arborist. In 2015 he completed the Certificate in Arboriculture awarded by the Royal Forestry Society, which offers a far greater understanding of trees ranging from their nomenclature to their physiology. He now works full-time as a Lead Climber/ Operations Manager based in ‘Leafy Surrey’.

When he isn’t thinking about trees, he spends most of his time planning his next adventure, be it an exciting drive or mountainous climb. He is extremely excited about leading for British Exploring, and is looking forward to creating some incredible and unique opportunities for the young explorers, involving some very big trees deep in the Amazon!.

Dr Derek Liston

– Expedition Medic

Derek is an Emergency Medicine practitioner and keen traveller

Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, Dr. Liston earned his medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He then completed medical residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was named a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP) in 2007, thus achieving the highest honour for an American Emergency Physician.

For a decade, he served on active military duty as a physician in the U.S. Army, most recently as Command Surgeon for the U.S. Army’s 8th Theatre Sustainment Command, where he was Chief Medical Officer for many force expeditions around the world. In 2006, Dr. Liston earned the U.S. Army’s Bronze Star for meritorious combat service in Iraq.

Since 2009, Dr. Liston has lived a civilian doctor’s life with his wife and three world-travelling children in Boulder, Colorado. He and his family take every opportunity to travel the world and are constantly dreaming of the next adventure. Their travels take them out their back door and straight into the Rocky Mountain wilderness, as well as far afield to destinations such as Namibia, Thailand, Japan, Peru, and Costa Rica. Dr. Liston is excited to be a part of the leadership team for the 2016 BES Amazon Expedition.

Dr Richard Mount

– Expedition Medic

Richard is a GP with trauma care experience and a passion for travel

Richard is a 36-year-old Doctor, trained in Sheffield and working most of his career in and around South Yorkshire when based in the UK. Prior to commencing his career in General Practice, he underwent six years of surgical training (primarily in trauma) and has accreditation with both the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

He has some military experience, having served a number of years as a reservist in the Royal Army Medical Core and achieving the rank of Captain. He is also registered on active service to the UK trauma register for rapid deployment in the event of international humanitarian crisis’.

Interested in travel of any kind, he has spent years circumnavigating and working around the globe and he has also undertaken numerous adventurous trips. From trekking along the Great Wall in China to the Inca trail in Peru, he has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; Mount Kinabalu, Borneo and trekked extensively in the Nepalese Himalaya, culminating in an ascent beyond Everest base camp and summiting Island Peak.

Dr Victoria Lowden

– Expedition Medic

Vicky is a medic with lots of jungle experience

Vicky is an accident and emergency doctor from Sheffield with an interest in pre-hospital and extreme medicine. She has a passion for jungles and has been lucky enough to spend an extended amount of time working in the jungle of Malaysian Borneo. In her free time she enjoys taking advantage of living so close to the National Peak District and having personal adventures around the world. She is very excited to join the 2016 Amazon team and cannot wait to get back to the jungle.

Georgie Sweet

– Assistant Leader

Georgie is a graduate of our Trainee Leader programme and a keen adventurer

Georgie is a keen sports woman, who competes in both football and cricket for her local leagues. Living in Cornwall she loves to explore the coast via rock climbing and hiking. Her travels have led her to summit some of Africa’s and Asia’s highest peaks as well as working to earn her keep in remote areas of Fiji and Borneo. Alongside expeditions and adventuring Georgie works day to day teaching children with behavioural and learning difficulties, helping them integrate into society and reach their full potential. Her background is in exotic animals which is why she was drawn to the Amazon. She joined BE as a Trainee Leader in 2015 to the Peruvian Amazon and is excited about sharing her passion and enthusiasm for this challenging and diverse environment

Holly Winser

– Assistant Leader

Holly works in the British Exploring office whilst organising inspirational talks

Holly joined British Exploring in January 2016 as Marketing Assistant. After studying Anthropology and Sociology at Exeter University, Holly embarked on a BE expedition to Oman. Following a year teaching in Kenya, Holly has returned to London to pursue a career in the expedition/youth development sector. In her spare time, she organises events with inspirational speakers, as well as taking part in various ultra-endurance races around the world – the next of which is coincidentally in the Peruvian Amazon this June! Holly can’t wait to work alongside such a diverse team of capable individuals this summer; whilst at the same time getting to know, and helping develop the Explorers over the course of the expedition.