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Trustees, Officers and Council

YET Board of Trustees

The YET is overseen by the Board of Trustees who ensure that the Trust is administered and run in line with its constitution and in keeping with the articles of the Charity Commission. Without exception the YET Trustees each have extensive influence and experience in the world of outdoor education and expedition work with young people. Current Trustees are:

Chris Blessington

Chris has extensive experience of working with young people. He is a member of Brathay Exploration Group and BSES Expeditions, having led expeditions for both organizations as well as a series of Wilderness Challenge expeditions in South Africa. He has a background of adventure activities through the army and is a champion of youth development, especially for the disadvantaged, through youth expeditions.

Mike Cross

Mike’s professional career was in the RAF holding a range of junior to senior officer operational, command and staff posts and attaining the rank of Group Captain. In 1993 he was appointed Chief of Staff (CEO) of the Air Cadet Organisation, a national youth organisation of some 45,000 young people aged 13 to 19 and circa 10,000 adult volunteer supervisors. In this role he had oversight of policy development and implementation of ten specialist administrative and activity fields, including adventurous activity, overseas expeditions and two adventure Training Centres. He has extensive experience as manager of a Trust Fund and Governor of two Secondary schools.
Mike has organised and led expeditions in North Borneo (Sabah) jungle plus an ascent of Mt. Kinabalu (1964); some 15 expeditions in the Great Thar, Arabian and Saharan Deserts (1974 to 1991, and 2009); 8 expeditions to the Indian Himalayas (1982/85); Everest(4 times), Makalu and Kanchenjunga Base Camps, Mustang and Upper Dolpo in Nepal (post 2004….and still going!); UK coordinator and Deputy Leader – Trek to South Pole (2002/03); and a Participant on expeditions to Peru, Nicaragua and Norway.
Mike became part of the YET Evaluation Service team in 2010 and undertook and passed the BSI ISO 9001 Lead Auditor course in 2011. He has been a Council member of YET and is currently a Trustee with oversight for Awards & Grants.

Roger Miller

Roger is the company secretary (since 1996) as well as a Trustee and recently received “The Stephenson Lifetime Achievement Award”. He keeps the Trust up to date with policy matters and related legislative impact associated with the Charity Commission and other relevant bodies.
Roger began expeditioning with the Scouts and Brathay Exploration Group (BEG) whilst a schoolboy, graduating to leading in the UK mountains and then on overseas expedition, the first of which was to the Jotunheim in Norway in 1961. His first tropical expedition was to Uganda in 1962 and subsequently over the years he has led expeditions for BEG in Ghana, China and Belize as well as in the UK.
Roger lived in Ghana in the mid 60s and Tanzania in the early 70s, travelling and exploring widely at that time, and there have been many subsequent personal forays to remote locations as opportunities have offered.
Roger has for many years been heavily involved in management and governance of the Brathay Exploration Group: he chaired the management committee for three separate periods; been treasurer; and represented BEG on the former YET council.

Bob Schroter

Bob is Emeritus Professor of Bioengineering at Imperial College (notionally retired) and has a vast experience of expeditions and fieldwork abroad. As well as being a current Trustee of YET he has over the years supported the Mount Everest Foundation, BS8848 initiative, Imperial College Exploration Board and Gino Watkins Memorial Fund. He is a member of both the Antarctic and Arctic Clubs and a Fellow of the RGS.

Haydyn “H” Tanner

Vice Chair, FRGS, ML(S), AJSMEL(S), Level 2 SRA White Water Raft Guide, BSAC Dive Leader, involved with the Air Training Corps from youth up and expedition leader for the ATC, Coral Cay Conservation and World Challenge. A qualified ISO 9001 lead auditor and Police Inspector in London, he is also a previous leader of the Princes Trust volunteer programme in Barnet. Co-owner of Pants Rafting, he has rafted in many countries.

Dick Griffiths

A retired Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Churchill Fellow 2004, and a member of the Arctic Club. he has spent his life developing young people through the Scout Movement using adventurous activities in remote areas. Early years were in Mountain Rescue, becoming a Searchdog Handler and Team Leader of Derby MRT, of which he is now a life Member, and with two colleagues running a Search & Rescue Management Project in Jordan in 2004.
A member of the Scout Movement almost all his life, Dick is currently Deputy County Commissioner for West Lancashire County Scouts and holds a national appointment as the APR Global Adviser. Over the years he developed an adventure programme for West Lancs and along with taking young people’s expeditions to NE Greenland he has encouraged a culture of overseas travel within the County. In recognition of his services he holds the highest adult award in Scouting: the Silver Wolf.
For over 40 years Dick has organized and led many expeditions in the Arctic to Greenland, Svalbard and Norway and continues to work with a logistics support organization in NE Greenland. Having taken early retirement, Dick became a freelance expedition leader and led expeditions to many other countries as well as enjoying personal overseas travel.

YET Council & Officers

The Council of YET is the “working arm” of the Trust and the powerhouse of activity. Trustees attend Council along with a number of elected members to fulfil a representative role for a sector of youth organisations and/or have specific responsibility for at least one area of Trust business.

Members of Council

Mike Blakey representing Air Cadets
Lorraine Craig representing Higher Education
Oliver Blomfield representing Outward Bound
Peter Drake representing Regional Exploration Societies
David Henson representing Disability Inclusion
Jess Kelly representing Scouts
Rob Lucas representing Fieldwork
Richard Walton representing Army Cadets
Gemma Wardle representing Young members
Honor Wilson-Fletcher representing National Exploration Societies

Officers

Ted Grey (YET Awards & Grants)
Haydyn “H” Tanner (YET Evaluations Co-ordinator / YET Membership)
Tony Land (YET Publications)
Dave Watkinson (Training & Qualifications)
Dick Griffiths (YET Treasurer)
Paul Rignall (YET Web Editor)
Roger Miller FRGS (Hon. Company Secretary)
David Williams (YET Hon. Legal Adviser)
Shaun Mockett (YET Hon. Insurance Adviser)