Alastair Humphreys is a British Adventurer, Author and Blogger. He spent over 4 years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and 5 continents.
More recently Alastair has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run 6 marathons through the Sahara desert, completed a crossing of Iceland, and participated in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole. He has trekked 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert and 120 miles round the M25 – one of his pioneering microadventures.
Alastair has written seven books. He was named as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the year for 2012.
Andrew Denton has been working in the outdoor trade since 1984, starting his career in outdoor education and then moving on to a series of senior management and ownership roles in businesses such as Rohan, Mountain Equipment, Sprayway, The Peaco Group, the Outdoor Sports Company and now climbing walls.
He is best known as the founder and co-owner of the modern Mountain Equipment brand where he worked for over 15 years. Today he works as the CEO of the Outdoor Industries Association, the body that represents the UK Outdoor trade to government and across the world. He sits on several steering groups/committees, both government and NGO in outdoor recreation, working with DCMS, PHE, National Trust and others. Andrew is an accomplished mountaineer, mountain biker, ski mountaineer and Ironman triathlete with first ascents in Patagonia & Antarctica with a broad background of outdoor adventures across the world.
Dr Scott Cohen is a Reader in Tourism Management at the University of Surrey (UK). Scott’s research centres on sociological and consumer behaviour issues in tourism, transport and leisure contexts, with particular interests in sustainable mobility and multiple homes. Of central importance to the International Adventure Conference is his research in lifestyle travel, escape and lifestyle-led mobility patterns. At the Conference, Scott's keynote speech will focus on 'Adventure mobilities: Lifestyles, belonging and sustainability'.
Scott has published widely since completing his PhD from the University of Otago (NZ) in 2009, including high impact outlets such as Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Transport Geography, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, and Mobilities. He is co?author of Lifestyle Mobilities: Intersections of Travel, Leisure and Migration (Ashgate, 2013) and Understanding and Governing Sustainable Tourism Mobility (Routledge, 2014). Scott has been awarded as an "Emerging Scholar of Distinction" by the International Academy for the Study of Tourism (2013). He serves as a Resource Editor in Sociology for Annals of Tourism Research, an Editorial Board member for Current Issues in Tourism and as Book Review Editor for Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research.
Beau Miles might very well be a vagrant, known in Australia as 'swaggie'. A man just as curious about the intimate natures of the roadside as the high peaks, wide seas and humanless edges of the world. Having guided and ventured around the globe for 15 years Beau now advocates for the perception of adventure in our own backyard. Returning to explore what Leopold calls the 'still unlovely human mind' of interpretation, physicality and hardship- all critical elements of self-discovery, through homespun experience.
Outdoor educator (Monash University), filmmaker, adventurer and critical thinker Beau has recently turned his attention from the 'seeking 20's' in far-flung, exotic settings to explore the land, river, sea and airspaces of his boyhood. Beau will present two abridged episodes of his current project 'The Adventurers Oil' where he commutes 90 kilometers to work via simplistic, yet demanding forms of travel as a commentary on what constitutes an adventurer's lifeblood.
Beau has produced several award winning and broadcasted films, wishes he fished more and is currently undertaking his PhD into the 'Secret life of the sea kayaker'.
Maxine is an experienced researcher who has worked for the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University since 2003. Maxine led SIRC's recent work to assess the value of Sheffield's 'Outdoor Economy' and is passionate about the development of this work at local, national and European levels including valuing the social impact of outdoor recreation. Maxine has recently established Sheffield Hallam University's Outdoor Recreation Research Group which is the UK's first cross-disciplinary group which brings together a unique depth and breadth of knowledge and skills. The group aims to apply their expertise to promote a better understanding and greater appreciation of the sector by working with local, national and international organisations.
Brendan is an experienced marketing, branding, communications and partnerships professional. He has a wealth of experience working in leading global agencies such as Young and Rubicam, Ogilvy and Lowe. His client-side experience as Marketing and Brand Director at EMAP Plc involved the creation and development of major media brands. He was Founder Director of digital start up ZOO Media, which was floated on AIM with a market capitalisation of £40m. He is the co-creator of MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival, the UK's biggest and most exciting festival of enterprise and entrepreneurship. He is also co-creator of the Global Manufacturing Festival, which connects UK SMEs to global supply chain opportunities. Brendan has led on brand identity and strategic marketing for the city of Sheffield during which time the city has seen record levels of investment and visitors.
Steve McClure is one of the best rock-climbers in the world. Over the last 15 years he has dominated UK sport climbing and singlehandedley taken performance to a new level. Having climbed numerous new routes at the grade of 9a and onsighted up to 8b+ Steve remains Britains top performer. Despite being better known for his sport climbing achievements Steve maintains a strong traditional climbing background, you might also find him wiggling in wires in Pembroke or sleeping in a portaledge on a 1000m wall in Greenland. He has lived in Sheffield for over 25 years, with the Peaks becoming his regular playground. The incredible diversity of rock types and styles has enabled Steve to excel in many dimensions and carve a career from the sport, aided by the proximity and links between city and countryside. Now, as both a keen climber and father he spends much of his time out in the Peaks, still exploring and finding something new in every visit.
Neil Bentley has been climbing for the past thirty years. Based in Sheffield for twenty eight of those, he made his mark on the local Peak District with ascents of some of the hardest routes on gritstone. The pinnacle of his climbing career came with a first ascent which he named 'Equilibrium', the UK's first E10 route and only five miles outside Sheffield! He has climbed extensively here and abroad on all types of rock and has starred in various films along the way such as 'Hard Grit', 'Equilibrium' and 'Blood,Sweat and Bagels' which followed an arduous climb up El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. He has also spent time involved in stunt and film safety work; stunt doubling for Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity; keeping the chocolate river safe for Jonny Depp as well as a stunt double stint on Peak Practice to name but a few.
Neil currently manages The Foundry Climbing Centre which was the UK's first major indoor centre, established in 1991. He has witnessed continual changes in the industry, having to adapt the business along the way to keep up with the fast pace of change in indoor climbing. He can also be spotted dividing his time between his sporting passions of climbing, surfing and road biking along with secret running training to try and keep up with his 10 year old son.
Peter Dodd joined Welcome to Yorkshire, the official destination marketing organisation for Yorkshire, as International Sales and Marketing Director in January 2009 after spending over 20 years as a tourism and destination marketer.
Yorkshire is the UK’s biggest county and tourism is its third biggest sector, worth more than £7bn a year.
Welcome to Yorkshire has helped grow this figure from £5.9bn back in 2009 and Peter has overseen a series of award-winning, high profile national and international campaigns.
In 2012, Peter became the agency's new Commercial Director which combines his work and expertise in marketing as well as positioning Yorkshire as a world-leading place to do business.
Peter played an instrumental part in the Welcome to Yorkshire team which won the bid to bring the Grand Depart of the Tour de France - the world's largest annual sporting event - to Yorkshire in 2014.
He plays a key role in overseeing the marketing of this event which includes key digital platforms across web and social media, all of which were critical in the success of the bid and the continued promotion of the event.
Peter said: "Yorkshire is a match for any destination worldwide. We have a county we can be proud of and one to rival the attractions of many countries. We have ambitions to take Yorkshire to key markets around the world and increase the number of national and international tourists that choose to spend time in our wonderful county."
Prior to joining Welcome to Yorkshire Peter worked for 10 years at the umbrella organisation England's North Country, a partnership of regional tourist boards and regional development agencies. As a director reporting to the Board and Chair he devised and implemented the sales and marketing strategy for the entire region designed to grow the value of international tourism.
Peter has a proven track record of successful networking worldwide and the ability to interact and influence at the highest levels. He is highly regarded in the tourism industry as a key figure who can deliver results.
Away from the office Peter is a keen sportsman, a former northern premier league hockey player and an active member of his local community.