Meet this year's judges
Our expert judges have experience in multiple outdoor industries on national and multi-national levels. They understand and embody the spirit of adventure, actively aiding and encouraging young people to get involved.
Dr Chris Bussell
Dr Chris Bussell, Dean of College of Life and Natural Sciences at the University of Derby, has had a lifelong commitment to sport and performance in the outdoors.
Chris’s research in how the body regulates temperature in response to extreme environments is driven by a curiosity and passion arising from his own personal experiences. In his youth, Chris was introduced to sailing by his father and his love of water sports developed through his involvement in the Viking Venture Scout Unit, based in Allestree, Derby, through which he started his kayaking career.
In his mid-teens, Chris began to represent Viking in canoe polo, winning six Division 1 championships and 3 national knockout titles. Chris also represented Great Britain in canoe polo at various levels, competing in numerous international competitions, winning the World Championships in Sao Paulo in 2000.
Chris also had great success coaching the U21 men's team to European Canoe Polo title in 1999 and Nottingham Trent University’s men's canoe polo team to victory in British Universities Championships in 2009.
Adam Evans is an outdoor leadership and personal development coach, lecturer, and guide.
He works nationally and internationally with people as varied as rescue teams, the British Archeological Survey, Universities, and individuals of all ages and abilities who dream of adventure and challenge; coaching them all in the many skills that will help make positive steps towards their dreams.
Multi-qualified in many outdoor arenas, he also coaches and trains peoples mindsets, with Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy to assist people in overcoming their inner obstacles to attain their outer goals.
His passion is bringing the adventure out of the person.
Mark is Chief Wild Officer of The Wild Network.
The Wild Network exists to champion, support, and grow nature connection in children and young people. It is a people-powered, networked movement of thousands of organisations and individuals who believe in a free-range, outdoor childhood and the enormous benefits of time spent outside: Wild Time.
Mark spent 15 years at Virgin where he led global group brand strategy. He is also a qualified outdoor educator and passionate advocate for re-wilding childhood as well as dad to two young wild things.
A keen fell runner, cyclist, and adventure seeker, Hayley grew up in Coventry, and was first introduced to adventures outdoors through youth club and school. At 18, she took the opportunity to spread her wings; cycling around New Zealand, sailing across the Tasman Sea, camping, and travelling. This experience set the course for the future, and adventures have been a regular part of life ever since.
Hayley, Co-Director of Derbyshire Sport, is passionate about inspiring young people to be active and seek adventure in their lives; believing that spending time outdoors and having adventures is vital to growing children. Self-esteem, a love of nature and wild places, along with amazing physical and mental health benefits, are just a few of the to encourage young people.