Leader of the Year Awards

Our annual Leader Awards recognise and celebrate inspiring Leaders from across the spectrum – from stand-out beginners to the highly experienced. Recipients are nominated and shortlisted by fellow Leaders and members of the British Exploring Society team with the final Awards being made by a judging panel, who look to honour spirit and well as skills.

The Awards

Watson Emerging Leader of the Year Award in memory of Jean Sinclair is designed to recognise and reward emerging talent, or to identify new, additional or more senior leadership actions on the part of a Leader who may have worked with us for some time.

The Les Morgan Leader of the Year Award is to identify and celebrate consistent excellence in any area of Leadership, or to recognise an individual who has supported and helped develop their fellow Leaders, providing guidance and direction for them as well as for Explorers in preparation for and throughout their expedition experiences.

We will be presenting the two awards at the end of this season. The nominees for the 2019 Awards are available below and we will announce the overall winners at our Celebration Evening in 2020.

Watson Emerging Leader of the Year Award in memory of Jean Sinclair 2019 shortlist

Jenna Pickering - Adventure & Knowledge Leader Dangoor Infinity

Eleanor Grieveson - Science Leader Peruvian Amazon

Joanna McLaughlan - Media Leader Canadian Yukon

Alasdair Halford-MacLeod - Base Camp Manager Himalaya

Jonathan Ham - Science Leader Canadian Yukon

Neil Harvey - Base Camp Manager Canadian Yukon

George Walker - Senior Medical Leader DNG

Malcom Leick - Adventure Leader DNG

Zoe Wiles - Adventure Leader Dangoor Infinity

Alexandra Taylor - Senior Medical Leader Peruvian Amazon


Tony Harpur - Adventure Leader Canadian Yukon

Belinda Dixon - Knowledge Leader Infinity Pilot

Paul Batterbury - Chief Leader Amazon

Fernando Mateos - Chief Knowledge Leader Dangoor Infinity

Chloe Moul - Senior Social Leader DNG

Mark Downey - Deputy Chief Leader UK Explorers

Sue Brown - Base Camp Manager DNG

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