MEET THE TEAM
We might be a small team but we have a lot of experience and a huge amount of passion to share the #AdventueRevolution.
Belinda Kirk, Founder, CEO (email@example.com)
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 25,000+ open to everyone from total beginners to experienced explorers to link with adventures, team-mates and adventure industry jobs. She also set up Britain's National Day of Adventure, Wild Night Out.
Simon Pearce, COO (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 4 Star Touring Leader and Level One paddlesports coach. 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 paddling in a marathon canoe race somewhere in the country!
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. After many years of living in London she wanted to be more than just a ‘weekend explorer’, so in 2017 she moved to Bristol and is now in charge of creating EC’s unique and accessible adventure weekends and holidays. As an EC host she is often responsible for looking after groups – for her the best part of the job is seeing people outdoors having loads of fun and also 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 Guyanese jungle. After a snowboarding trip to Queenstown in New Zealand in 2009 Alex became a little obsessed with mountains – since then she has trekked across various ranges from Ben Nevis and Glencoe in Scotland to the Elk Mountains of Colorado. One of the best moments was watching a sunrise from the summit of the sacred Mount Hua in China’s Shaanxi province before dicing with death on the hair-raising Skywalk Trail. She is a member of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and is currently training for her Mountain Leader (ML) qualification so she can help more people explore more places.
James Hipkiss, Marketing Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
James is EC's in-house marketer, photographer, writer, and just about all things creative. Coming from a background in film-making and travel photography, James lived in international cities such as Barcelona and Berlin before making his way to Bristol and joining EC. Experiencing all the benefits travel brings to people's lives is what really motivates him, and capturing those memories to share with others is a true joy to be part of.
Whether it's in the mountains of Switzerland or the lakes of Snowdonia, he's always accompanied by his camera to help showcase the EC spirit of living more adventurously