British Exploring Les Morgan Leader of the Year Award 2016

The British Exploring Leader of the Year Award recognises and celebrates inspiring leadership (whether still developing or hugely experienced) individual skills, and collegiate spirit before, during and after this year's expeditions.

This is a professional award, bestowed by colleagues; Leaders and members of the British Exploring team. Individuals are shortlisted on the basis of nominations, with the final Award being made by a judging panel. The judging panel will include Nick Barrett, CEO of Outward Bound, British Exploring’s CEO, Honor Wilson-Fletcher, British Exploring Council member Joanna Wolstenholme and Double Olympic Champion Alex Gregory MBE.

The Award is being supported by the Les Morgan memorial fund through a kind donation of £500 for the Award’s winner for the next three years. 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 winner of the Award will be announced at our Patron’s Evening at The Royal Geographical Society in London on the 15th of February 2017.



Alex Gregory MBE

English Rower, British Exploring Society Patron, double Olympic Champion and multiple World Champion, Alex Gregory MBE will be part of the judging panel for the Award. Read more... 

'Belinda's limitless passion for her role has been constant from the pre-expedition to post. She (helped) the participants to find their own creative voice on the expedition, enabling and engaging them to produce some incredibly creative and thoughtful Fire Diaries, and other media.'

‘James has been an exceptional and inspiring leader and a great role model for all other expedition members. He has demonstrated being a level headed and calm leader who listens to and respects other team members. James' greatest asset is to empower others to believe in themselves and learn from their own mistakes.’

‘Her enthusiasm, knowledge and drive were truly astonishing and she proved to be an inspirational tutor and mentor to the students and popular individual in the leader team and made an immense contribution to supporting the medical cover and safety of the whole team in the field.’

‘Steve is a quiet person who often hides his light under a bushel. Stoic and unflappable he takes difficult situations in his stride never complaining. As a leader he is confident and brings a wealth of knowledge about the flora and fauna in addition to his mountain skills.’

'... any situation the expedition faced, he handled professionally, effectively, efficiently and with a positive, morale boosting attitude. His capability for managing stressful situations or potentially mundane welfare issues was magnificent and always executed with a pun or joke. A wonderful DCL, who I most certainly hope to have future dealings with...'

'Rich was an inspiration to work with. He managed his first time leading the Stellar Programme with great dignity and calmness of mind. He reacted thoughtfully and appropriately to a number of challenging situations...and when everyone's morale was low!'

‘…Georgie was a favourite among leaders and Young Explorers alike. Her boundless energy and enthusiasm, coupled with extensive knowledge of both the Amazonian environment we were in and the animal kingdom in general, she was a key player.'

‘…he has a great balance of skill, attitude and good humour that ensured that he was respected by the leaders (and) young people…he worked hard to ensure that there was a professional approach to all aspects of the expedition, he has strong training and appreciation of tasks…all delivered with great passion and confidence.’

'Sarah has the ability to go slightly unnoticed in her other skill sets besides the medical, however, when asked to step up to any situation she exceeds with ease. She has a wonderful manner with both leaders and explorers, and is capable of (getting) the best out of both groups.'