I started African Adventures in 2009 with a laptop, a few hundred pounds and a burning desire to make a difference. I wanted to combine my passion for people and business to create an organisation that provides real opportunity and change for people in a region to which I owe so much.
Having spent several years travelling back and forth to sub-Saharan Africa – during what I now regard as something of an apprenticeship – and meeting some incredible people, I was sure it would be possible to create an innovative company that stood out from the rest.
A lot of work and 10 years later, I could not be prouder to lead an organisation that now employs over 50 people across four countries, works with 25 community projects and has organised trips for well over 5000 volunteers. Having won Best Volunteer Organisation at the British Youth Travel Awards in 2018, we are committed to living up to the name and carry on improving.
From a personal point of view, 2017 was a particular highlight when some friends and I teamed up to complete a huge fundraising project by cycling 700 miles across Kenya and Tanzania.
Away from work, you’ll probably find me on a bike/football pitch, at a music festival, or watching Southampton FC go from the sublime to the ridiculous – usually the latter, unfortunately!