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
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."
Becky has always sought out adventure in all its forms, and joins EC with varied experience, from the worlds of corporate marketing (for the BBC, Google, and Coca-Cola amongst others) and rocket-fuelled start-ups (including a luxury surf-coaching resort in Costa Rica and an environmentally-focused publishing company in Bristol).
Becky loves both the mountains and the coast. On her return from two years in Costa Rica (see above), she set up a successful London surf club providing monthly trips to the coast for city-dwellers. She has also spent nine months in Patagonia, which involved three months on a conservation project in the remote Andes, a summit of icy Tronador, and a month working on an organic farm up high in the hills. Having recently had a baby, Becky didn't hang around long before setting up 'Baby Strollers' - a platform for new parents to join weekly walks in and around Bristol, for a good chat in the fresh air. Just for fun, Becky will spend her spare time pootling up local hills or hotfooting it to the coast.
What adventures does 2019 hold for Becky? "Joining EC at the start of my journey as a mum represents what I see as my biggest adventure yet. I'll be doing what I love most in the world: getting into the outdoors to enjoy all that the world has to offer, and helping others do the same. You'll see me soon at the EC Christmas Party, hiking the Dorset Coast in the new year, and hopefully on plenty of other EC adventures throughout 2019."
Rowan Blewett, Adventure Coordinator (email@example.com)
Rowan will be starting 2019 with the new adventure of city life. Having just moved to Bristol from Cornwall, she's excited to have so many more hills and national parks within a stone's throw to continue exploring with her dog, Maisie. Having spent much of her time at Uni in the Brecon Beacons, she plans to explore much more of beautiful Wales, especially after attending the Skills for the Hills course with EC to further her navigational skills.
Coming from a charity background, Rowan is proud to have completed a 24hr hike in aid of Mind this year, when it was handy to have the beautiful Cornish coastline on her doorstep as the perfect training ground. As the saying goes, it 'aint training if it 'aint raining'! Having raised over £1200, Rowan is looking for something new to get her teeth into for 2019, so watch this space...
What adventures does 2019 hold for Rowan? "My personal challenge for 2019 is to try bivvying for the first time. That, and to encourage others to take whatever small step to create their own adventures. I'm really looking forward to supporting EC grants and outreach work. Having my dog and getting outside more has had a hugely positive impact on me, and I can't wait to see first hand others get the adventure bug and feel the benefits too."