Meet The Team
Pascal - Expedition Leader
I joined the Royal Navy as an Aircrew Officer after completing a degree in Physics at university in London. After years of intensive flying training towards gaining 'Wings', much of which I undertook alongside Dan, I qualified for the frontline. I then served tours in Afghanistan, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Persian Gulf, Caribbean, South Atlantic and the Far East - the Royal Navy has literally taken me all over! For me, one of the major appeals of a career in the Royal Navy is that it really pushes you to your limits, both physically and mentally, you find out a lot about yourself!
Outside of work, I'm really into being active in the outdoors, it's such a stunning environment to explore. At weekends or during periods of annual leave, I can generally be found running, biking, swimming, hiking, scrambling, climbing or skiing about, you get the picture! I've completed a number of endurance challenges to to date, multiple marathons and ultramarathons, triathlons up to ironman distance and numerous multi-day hikes/rides in various remote parts of the world. However, I've never ridden a bike across a continent before, looking forward to the challenge!
I see this challenge as an opportunity to give back to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, organisations that have given me so much over the years. In particular, mental health is incredibly important for our personnel, it is vital that we collectively provide the necessary support to those who have been through so much. Hopefully the scale of our challenge will generate much needed awareness and funds for our charity.
Anthony - Fundraising Campaign Manager
I joined the Royal Navy in 2005 with Pascal, and after initial training, we went through initial flying training together. Unfortunately, I but didn’t quite make the grade to be Aircrew, but having studied Aeronautical Engineering at University, I decided to transfer to the be an Air Engineer in the Royal Navy to make the most of what the Royal Navy could offer.
I’ve had a hugely varied career so far, and have been lucky enough to deploy to the Middle East, USA, Caribbean, and embarked aircraft in a number of different Ships and environments. I also spent 3 years in Texas on an exchange post, was part of the first crew of Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, and have enjoyed the varied and complex challenges the Royal Navy and military life has thrown at me. Away from my desk, I am a keen skier and snowboarder, and have represented the RN in downhill skiing. I love a good Adventurous Training challenge and have taken part in various small expeditions including mountain biking, sailing, kayaking, gorge walking, and via ferrata.
I’m really proud to be supporting my good friend Pascal in his incredible undertaking, in the small way that I can. I’m really grateful that his incredibly hard effort will be able to give back to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC), who do a fantastic job of supporting Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families, particularly in the field of Mental Health.