MEET THE TEAM
We might be a small team but we have a lot of experience and a huge passion to share the #AdventureRevolution. You'll often see us out and about on EC adventures, holidays and courses and we always love to chat. If you'd like talk to us any other time, you can find our contact details here.
Belinda Kirk, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
(please note Belinda is currently on maternity leave until early 2019)
Belinda has walked across Nicaragua, searched for camels in China's Desert of Death, discovered ancient rock paintings in Lesotho, pioneered inclusive expeditions for people with disabilities, lead dozens of youth development expeditions around the world and gained a Guinness World Record for rowing unsupported around Britain. An expert expedition leader, Belinda has managed remote trips for, amongst others Ray Mears, Chris Ryan & Bear Grylls.
Today, she is a motivational speaker and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She is the leading voice promoting the psychological benefits of adventure and our need for an #AdventureRevolution. Belinda launched Explorers Connect in 2009. It's now a community of 27,000+ open to everyone from total beginners to experienced explorers to link with adventures, team-mates and adventure industry jobs.
What adventures does 2018 hold for Belinda? "This year I'll be taking on a very different adventure following the birth of our son, Jackson who arrived just before Christmas 2017. It's a challenge Jim and I are both hugely excited about. You'll still see me hosting our Bristol socials and I'll be delivering our popular Expedition Leadership Course and hosting our Christmas Party Weekend with the rest of the EC team."
Simon Pearce, Chief Operating Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Simon joined the team in 2017 from OutdoorLads, a hugely successful charity with very similar aims and ethos to Explorers Connect. He will be taking on the day-to-day operation of EC and will be hoping to share his previous knowledge and experience in the industry to make EC bigger and better.
Simon is a keen mountaineer and paddler and holds numerous outdoor qualifications including Mountain Leader (ML), Single Pitch Award (SPA), Climbing Wall Award (CWA & CWAA), Gold NNAS Award and is a Level Two paddlesports coach and 4 Star canoe/kayak Touring Leader. He is a Member of the British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Training Association and British Canoeing. At weekends you’ll typically find Simon competing in a triathlon or training for his next epic adventure!
What adventures does 2018 hold for Simon? "As well as my usual quota of sprint and olympic distance triathlons, this year I'll be competing in my first Ironman! I'm also taking part in three major cycling events; London Revolution (300km 360° loop around the capital), RideLondon (100 miles through London and Surrey) and in September I'll be cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats. For EC I'll be canoeing across Scotland, woodland wild camping and leading our beginner navigation course."
Alex Cameron-Smith, Adventure Coordinator (email@example.com)
Alex loves helping people get inspired to go on more adventures, whether macro or micro, and with any level of ability and experience. Growing up and living in London, she wanted to be more than just a ‘weekend explorer’, so in 2017 she moved to Bristol to help create and run EC’s unique and accessible adventures. As an EC host she is often responsible for looking after everyone – for her the best part of the job is seeing people outdoors having loads of fun, overcoming fears and tackling challenges together.
Alex has lived and worked abroad in Australia and South Africa and led a two-month expedition into the jungle of British Guyana. After a snowboarding trip to New Zealand Alex became a little obsessed with mountains – since then she has trekked across various ranges from Ben Nevis and Glencoe in Scotland to the Maroon Bells in Colorado. One of her favourite trips was to China - breakdancing on the Great Wall, watching a sunrise from the summit of Mount Hua and traversing the hair-raising Plank Trail. She is currently training for her Mountain Leader (ML) qualification and learning to lead traditional climbing routes so she can help more people explore more places.
What adventures does 2018 hold for Alex? "It’s the year of high-altitude pleasure and pain for me. I’m going to be focussed on consolidating my Mountain Leader training with trips to North Wales, Scotland and the Lake District. I’ll be getting back on the grind with my climbing and Olympic weightlifting too – I need serious leg power for all those hills! For EC I’ll be tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, wild camping, rock climbing in the Peak district as well as getting people up Ben Nevis and enjoying our Welsh Fireworks Fiesta. So not much really…"