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"Our team is dedicated to giving young people a life-transforming opportunity to discover how capable they are by developing uniquely ambitious expeditions for them all over the World.

As you would expect, they are a pretty able bunch themselves." - Honor Wilson-Fletcher, CEO British Exploring Society

Honor Wilson-Fletcher MBE - Chief Executive Officer

Honor joined British Exploring Society as CEO in February 2016. She was previously CEO for 6 years at the Aldridge Foundation where she helped establish 12 state schools in some of the most deprived parts of England. This is when she had her first opportunity to take part in, and see the positive impact of, challenging overseas adventures with young people.

Caroline Hodges - Head of Expeditions and Strategic Operations

Caroline joined British Exploring in September 2010 as manager of the British Exploring Outreach programme – The Dangoor Next Generation Programme and is now Head of Expeditions and Strategic Operations.

Tom Blindell - Expeditions and Strategic Operations Manager

As a key member of the Expeditions Team, Tom takes a strategic lead on the planning and delivery of a number of our expeditions. He is responsible for the design and management of many of our operational processes, ensuring that our expeditions meet our organisational aims, and are delivered to the highest standard.

Kate Suart - Head of Community, Impact and Systems

Kate joined British Exploring Society as our Head of Recruitment and Engagement at the beginning of 2019. Her previous roles involved helping young people develop the key skills needed for a successful future and connecting them with opportunities in the financial services. She is passionate about working with young people from less advantaged backgrounds and ensuring they have access to opportunities that can change their lives.

Clover Heather - Project & Innovation Manager

Clover joined the team as our Project & Innovations Manager in 2019. She has 20 years of experience as a Manufacturing Systems Engineer, specifying, developing and integrating systems for companies producing a wide range of products from plasters to spacecraft. This role combines those skills with her passion for supporting young adults.

Eddie Golding - Expeditions Coordinator

Eddie joined British Exploring Society in 2018 as an Expeditions Coordinator. He brings to the role experience as a secondary school geography teacher and a firm belief in the value of outdoor education. He has previously worked as an operational manager at a major UK airline and in central government.

Beau Zilesnick - Expeditions Coordinator

Beau joined British Exploring in 2014 as Communications Assistant and is now an Expedition Coordinator. Before joining British Exploring Society he studied Geography at the University of Exeter.

Sam Drawbridge - Membership Officer

Sam joined British Exploring Society in September 2018, having previously worked in the corporate world for a number of years and most recently at an international development charity. His background is in delivering marketing and member communications.

Kelley Parfitt - Trusts Manager

Kelley joined British Exploring Society as our Trusts Manager in August 2019. She is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and has an MA in Conflict, Development and Security Studies. After completing a graduate placement with Oxfam Campaigns in 1999, she has spent the past twenty years in PR, marketing and fundraising manager roles mainly with international development charities as well as Scope and Women’s Aid.

Olivia Evans-Walcott - Executive Assistant

Liv joined British Exploring Society in November 2019 as Personal Assistant to Honor, our CEO, and Caroline, our Head of Expeditions and Strategic Operations. Having travelled to Zambia and Botswana for a month on a charity project in 2014, Liv believes everyone should have the opportunity to experience countries that are so different from the norm. Since then, Liv has gained a Law degree and been to many countries from Cuba and Croatia to Mexico and Turkey. The next on Liv’s list is travelling around South America to not only experience new cultures but also continue learning Spanish which she studied for 6 years whilst at school.

James Dyer - Expedition Training and Leadership Advisor

James joined British Exploring at Operations Manager in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Leading Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and has a long career in expedition leadership and management. James has since taken on the role of Expedition Training and leadership Advisor and is responsible for advising on appropriate leadership recruitment and skills for our trainee leaders and Leaders, as well as the development of leadership training resources.

Holly Burns - Explorer Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator

Holly joined British Exploring Society in the summer of 2019 as Explorer Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator. An Adventure Tourism Management graduate, Holly’s previous roles have included working as a Youth Worker and Youth Development Officer in the Scottish Highlands to teaching snowboarding around Europe and New Zealand. Holly is passionate about working with young people in the outdoor industry and believes that every young person should be entitled to the same opportunities no matter their background.

Katherine Maundrell - Expedition Administration Officer

Katherine had her first taste of expeditions and their developmental value in Namibia, 2005. Since that time she has consistently been on the lookout for the next adventure, be that coral reef surveying, desert trekking or canoe paddling. She is very pleased to have joined British Exploring Society in October 2018 and hopes that she can facilitate for others the kind of challenging learning opportunities she has herself been lucky enough to experience

Elisabetta Giustino - Fundraising Officer

Elisabetta joined British Exploring Society in November 2019 as Fundraising Officer. She studied law and she has a MA in Global Governance and International Development. She is passionate about social justice and working with young people ensuring that those from disadvantaged backgrounds can access to equal opportunities in society. Growing up in South Italy, Elisabetta has a deep bond with the sea and she used to spend hours contemplating it. Elisabetta loves swimming, surfing and she is passionate about the outdoor living as much as a good espresso.

Laura Kinnunen - Finance Officer

Laura absolutely believes in the transformative power of exploration and overseas experience on the development of young people, and was therefore over the moon to have been able to escape the City and the grey suits to join British Exploring in December 2015. At British Exploring Society Laura looks after the day to day finance matters.

Tony Harpur - Archivist Assistant

Tony Harpur joined British Exploring as Archivist Assistant in 2014. He worked as an oil trader and Arabist in the oil industry for Shell, BP and Vitol for 33 years. Since retiring in 2011, he has gained a Mountain Leader qualification and been a Leader on a number of expeditions.

Justin Warwick - Archivist

Justin joined British Exploring Society's office team in 2003 and was appointed Archivist in 2006. Justin was also a member of the 1954 Quebec Expedition. Justin studied Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, became a Chartered Engineer following Post Graduate Studies. Upon retirement in 2003 he began a part-time History of Science MSc at Imperial College.

Magdalina Tromans - Finance Manager

Maggie joined British Exploring Society in September 2019 after 3 years as Finance Manager at Kensington Aldridge Academy. Previous to that, she gained finance, governance and consulting experience in a variety of roles in the private sector. She volunteers in various capacities at her church and is a governor at a local secondary school, as well as a trustee of a small London charity supporting the elderly. In the summer, she enjoys the beautiful mountains and the seaside in her native Bulgaria.

Rebecca Bloomfield - Marketing and Digital Coordinator

Rebecca joined British Exploring Society in January 2020 after completing an MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College. She has a BSc in Wildlife Conservation, through which she was lucky enough to spend two weeks carrying out fieldwork in Borneo. Previously, she lived in Malawi where she worked in communications for a wildlife charity.

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