TYF Education Ambassadors
2012 sees us launch our Education Ambassador Programme.
We got in touch with a few people who really inspire us. People who achieve incredible things. We are delighted they’ll be joining us on our journey to inspire future generations of game changers.
Sir Chris Bonington
Mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer
Sir Chris started climbing at the age of 16 in 1951. It has been his passion ever since. He made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of The South Face of Annapurna, the biggest and most difficult climb in the Himalaya at the time. He went on to lead the successful expedition making the first ascent of the South West Face of Everest in 1975 and then reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition. He is still active in the mountains climbing with the same enthusiasm as he had at the beginning.
He has written 17 books, fronted numerous television programmes and has lectured to the public and corporate audiences all over the world. He received a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering, was president of the Council for National Parks for 8 years, is Non Executive Chairman of Berghaus and Chancellor of Lancaster University.
Here’s what the legendary British mountaineer had to say about TYF:
“TYF’s Education programmes ensure kids look at real challenges facing businesses and the environment. They encourage creativity, innovation and ensure kids are thinking about long term sustainable solutions to the problems facing planet earth.”
Executive Director, Surfers Against Sewage
Hugo took over as Director of Surfers Against Sewage at the tail end of 2008. At the time he was already on the voluntary board of directors and had been involved with the organisation since its earliest days back in the early 90s.
He’s worked for a number of charities big and small, including the Stop Climate Chaos coalition and the Wildlife Trusts. For a number of years he worked with the former Prime Ministers wife, Sarah Brown, running her charity PiggyBankKids, set up to help save the lives of premature babies and create opportunities for under privileged young people.
“The education programmes at TYF are a highly effective and powerful way of inspiring the next generation to protect the UK’s beautiful coastline. They arm kids with the tools and skills to become frontline activists in the fight for a greener future.”
TV presenter and wild life expert
At the beginning of 1985, Iolo got a job with the RSPB and spent the next 14 years working for the organisation. During this time, he became a regular on the media – on TV, radio and in newspapers – making a name for himself as a leading expert on Welsh birdlife. His big TV break came in 1997 when BBC Wales approached him to work on a new series called Visions of Snowdonia which followed the lives of six people living and working on the slopes of the country’s highest mountain. He was offered a second series – this time, Iolo was ‘Birdman’ and it’s a name that has stuck.
He has since filmed several more series with BBC Wales, including Wild Wales, Wild Winter, Iolo’s Special Reserves, Iolo’s Natural History of Wales and and his 2005 series, Iolo’s Welsh Safari. He’s also presented programmes made by independent tv company Telesgop for S4C.
“The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is home not only to the magnificent adventure sport pioneered by TYF Adventure, coasteering, but to Puffins, Choughs, Atlantic grey seals, Dolphins, Porpoise, Minke Whales and Basking Sharks. It’s a truly unique place for kids to explore and learn. TYF are expert at keeping groups safe whilst exploring some of the wildest places on Earth.”
Campaigns Director, Surfers Against Sewage
Andy started surfing back in 1992 in the North East. Back then surfing in the North Sea was similar to surfing in an open sewer. This served as great inspiration and drive to bring about change, but at 15 he never thought he could be an active part of that movement, so the most he did was join Surfers Against Sewage (SAS). Since then, travelling, experience and education has helped open his eyes to the scale of abuse our oceans and seas suffer at our hands. He has been a full-time SAS campaigner since 2003, lobbying local, national and European Governments, challenging polluting industries and galvanising our supporters behind the campaigns.
“Working in teams, communicating clearly, having the confidence to take on tough challenges, to fail, to get back up and try again, to understand risk, to make smart decisions and find sustainable solutions to problems are vital life lessons. TYF wrap these up in their education programmes and ensure pupils leave with a much better understanding of the World.”
Founder and Director, Finisterre
Finisterre is an award winning cold water surf brand who specialise in fabric innovation. They are passionate about making the best products with minimal environmental impact. Founder Tom Kay is using his business to solve real environmental problems with a great team of innovative and ethical thinkers which has seen the brand go from strength to strength. The brand has even made Richard Branson sit up and take note, writing about Finsterre in his most recent book ‘Screw Business as Usual’
“The importance for the next generation to include the environment at the heart of any business plan and activities is vital. TYF’s education programmes help pupils work on real issues that help create sustainable solutions to ensure kids are better prepared when they leave school. All of this whilst playing in (and getting inspiration) from one of the most spectacular places on earth.”