Development Board

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British Exploring Society's Development Board consists of a group of accomplished individuals who collectively make a significant difference to the long-term success of the charity. The Development Board’s purpose is to take a lead role in actively contributing to the fundraising of British Exploring Society. They also provide advice and support in key areas of activity like Communications and Marketing.

Rahul Moodgal - Chair

Rahul works independently helping firms build out their businesses. He was previously the Partner who headed Investor Relations and Business Development for the TCI Platform where he worked and built The Children's Investment Fund, Parvus, TCI New Horizon, KDA Capital and Algebris Investments (2005-2009). Prior to TCI, Rahul worked as the Head of International Institutional Clients at UBP London (2004-2005) and as the Head of Client Service at TT International (1998-2004). Prior to working in finance, Rahul was an academic and studied in the UK, USA, Russia and Japan.

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As well as serving on the Development Board of British Exploring Society, in the UK Rahul is a Trustee of Whizz-Kidz, a Patron of The Mulberry Bush Organisation, The Triangle Playground and The British Olympic Association as well as an being an iDiscover Ambassador; In California he is Chair of the Board of Scientific Adventures for Girls in California.

Carlotta Newbury

Carlotta’s commercial background is in sports marketing and sponsorship. She has worked in senior positions on several sides of the industry; rights holder (LTA, Commercial Director), brand (O2, Head of Sports Sponsorship) and agency (IMG, Commercial Manager). This multi-faceted aspect of her career gives her a unique perspective of the sports and sponsorship industry. During her time in sponsorship, Carlotta has led the negotiations on over £30 million of sponsorship and media deals; including with Arsenal, The Times and the RFU. She has also developed successful commercial strategies for rights holders such as the Irish FA and the LTA and has led award-winning campaigns at O2.

Hugh Crossley

Hugh is a founding Director of Equitix and serves as the Group’s Chief Investment Officer and Chair of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Equitix, Hugh was Commercial Manager at John Laing where he managed Laing’s investments into the Social Housing and Hospital sectors including Bart’s and the Royal London Hospital as well as the acquisition of two Canadian Hospitals. Prior to John Laing, he worked for Bechtel Corporation both in London and the USA, working in Power, Airport Development and Civils. Hugh graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Environmental & Ecological Engineering from the University of Newcastle. He is also a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA).

Arabella Connell

Arabella Connell grew up in the Andalusia region of Spain where her parents ran their own walking tours company. She worked in the travel industry in London, has been on Expeditions to the poles and now lives in Perthshire with her husband and two children.

Caspar Craven

Caspar believes in challenging conventional thinking on how leaders and teams become truly effective and create extraordinary results. He has 30 years’ experience in building teams to make things happen. Starting as an entrepreneur at the age of 14, Caspar has built and led teams in global corporations, start-up businesses, struggling businesses and high growth businesses. He’s built a team on a trophy-winning world racing yacht. But his toughest challenge by far was building his family team to sail around the world: with his wife and three children aged 9, 7 and 2. Along the way Caspar has built multiple successful ventures from scratch and sold one for a 7 figure sum whilst sailing the Pacific Ocean!

Tim Passingham

Tim is the Founder and Chairman of Cambridge Management Consulting. Tim is also a Non-Executive Director of Irish subsea telecommunications company Aqua Comms and a Non-Executive Director of cyber security business C2 Cyber. Tim acts as a strategy adviser to numerous organisations and has extensive senior executive experience in the information and communications technology industry. Tim is passionate about youth work, adventure, travel and the outdoors having travelled to over 80 countries and climbed or hiked in many of them. Tim has previously helped run youth clubs, summer camps and worked as an outdoor instructor.

Stuart Denard

Stuart works for the British Olympic Association, fundraising from private individuals to support Team GB compete at the Olympic and Olympic Winter Games. He has worked in fundraising for over 13 years for Whizz-Kidz and Breast Cancer Care across a range of fundraising practices including Corporate Engagement, Regional and Major Gifts. He is a passionate believer in equal opportunity for all young people and a huge advocate of British Exploring Society’s work in providing these life altering experiences that can broaden horizons and raise aspirations.

Ben Saunders

Ben Saunders is one of the world’s leading polar explorers, and a record-breaking long-distance skier. Ben is a well-informed positive advocate for British exploring Society. He has made a positive contribution to our work and is a strong and serious advocate for us. His own exceptional professional achievements as an explorer and endurance athlete contribute positively to our reputation. He has regularly spoken at British Exploring Society events, and uses the opportunities he has to invite us to events where we can network and try and secure support for our work.

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