SIR ROBERT FRANCIS QC

Chair of the Stafford Enquiry for the UK Government (also my father in law!!)

Sir Robert specialises in medical law, including medical and mental health treatment and capacity issues, clinical negligence and professional discipline. He has appeared in a number of healthcare-related inquiries and chaired the Independent Inquiry into the care provided by the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, and subsequently the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, and the Freedom to Speak Up review.

He is the Honorary President of the Patients Association and a trustee of the Point of Care Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Research Centre. He has also been elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Surgeons (England) and the Royal College of Pathologists.

 

JASON MCKINLAY

ADVENTURER, TRAINER AND LIFE COACH

(Serial Ultramarathon competitor and 3 times finisher of the MDS, motivational speaker and life coach).

Jason’s journey to becoming an adventurer began with combining his passion for the boundaries of physical capability with an interest in understanding the restrictions the mind has over the body.

Jason’s staggering accomplishments to date include:
Marathon des Sables x 3
Amazon Jungle Ultra Marathon
13 Ironman Triathlons (World Champs Qualification 9 hr 34 mins)
20 1/2 Ironman Triathlons
102 Marathons
164 Half Marathons
38 Ultra Marathons
Atlantic Row (51 days, 50 nights)
GB Rowing Challenge 2013. WORLD RECORD (41 days 3 hours 45 minutes)
South West Coast Path 1000km. BKT (Best Known Time 10 days 11 hours 17 minutes)
English Channel Swim
Mount Everest Marathon
Mount Kilimanjaro Peak Sky Run

SARA HAYWARD

GRAPHIC DESIGNER/ART DIRECTOR

Educated in graphic design at Exeter and went on to gain an MA, over the last 20 years she has practiced in art and creative direction living and working in London and Brighton. Now based in the sunny South Hams in Devon. Sara worked as an Art Director for the Daily Mail’s special projects, responsible for the creative direction of Lifestyle. She produced digital images for the stock library Digital Vision and went on to become one of their highest sellers – now part of Getty Images. She’s worked with some large brand development agencies on projects for large corporations such as the London Stock Exchange.  A regular digital illustrator for the Wall Street Journal, illustrated some large campaigns for the Royal Palaces, packaging for Sanyo, concept illustration for Lexus to name a few. Sara designs and builds websites, flies a her drone around, enjoys fast cars and all things beautiful.  

Client list includes
Getty Images, Victoria’s Secret, Daily Mail, Lexus, Sanyo, Wall Stret Journal, London Stock Exchange, One&Only, How To Spend It magazine, Paceco, Satuday and Sunday Times magazines, Eurostar.

MICK FLYNN

Michael John Flynn, known as the Bullet Magnet, is the most decorated serving soldier in the British Army. 

Mick’s medal rack is extensive, and his roll of honour is quite extraordinary. He is the recipient of the General Service Medal (for Northern Ireland), the South Atlantic Medal (Falklands), the Iraq Medal, the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC), the NATO medal (Balkans), the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, the Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan and the Military Cross (MC).

As Andy McNab says in Bullet Magnet, “From the Falklands to Afghanistan, Mick Flynn has been looking for trouble for over 30 years – and finding it…”

Mick was awarded his Military Cross (MC) for fighting 30 Taliban rebels during an ambush in the Afghan village of Musa Qala. It was also awarded for the rescue of Household Cavalryman Martyn Compton, a soldier who was severely injured whist on operations in Iraq, 2003 with D Squadron Household Cavalry

His gallantry was held in the highest regard, as an Army officer described Mick’s actions as “an amazing act of bravery, the kind of thing you’d see in a Hollywood blockbuster”.

Mick has written a highly regarded book, “Bullet Magnet”, about his experiences that have seen him become Britain’s most decorated serving soldier.

JAMES MAYO

 CEO and founder of SOS Hydrate electrolytes, former athlete, tv presenter and army officer.

 James is a businessperson, entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of SOS Hydration.

SOS Hydration is the most advanced electrolyte drink on the market and is based off proven medical and sports science to be as effective as an IV drip. 
Prior to this James was a sports tv presenter, officer in the Army for 6 years and ran for his country.

 

SEAN TAYLOR

(ex Goldman, DB and UBS) currently CanaccordGenuity Wealth Management, Trustee of the Sandhurst Foundation and former army officer.

Sean works at Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, he works withIntermediaries, Charities and Professional Advisors. Sean has worked in the City for over 20 years with time at at UBS, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. 

Before entering financial services, he served as an Officer in the British Army and continues as a Service Charities’ Trustee and Board Member.

STEF D’ANNA

Stef works for DAZN Media as the Managing Director of Worldwide Sales. DAZN is the world’s first pure-sport live and on-demand streaming service, currently available in seven markets across three continents, with 20,000 live streaming events a year. Stef has a passion for rugby and is on the committee at Wimbledon RFC.

Tim Atkin

Commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1978, Tim served with The Blues and Royals before heading to The City. In 1985 he joined Willis Faber & Dumas, from the Army, where he became a Director of the North American Division specialising in the broking of US Casualty business. 

He moved to Zurich in 1992 and held a series of Executive and Senior Management positions for the company in the USA, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Most recently Tim was the EVP and Head of Customer & Distribution Management for Zurich in Europe, Middle East & Africawas a member of the Zurich EMEA Executivecharged with supporting the EMEA Countries in the management of Customer and Broker relationships throughout the Region. 

Tim is a passionate supporter of Harlequins FC and is currently taking time away from business in order to get fit, hike, cycleride horses and to travel, so he also has the time to support great causes, such as Rob’s MDS challenge!

Anna, George and William

Anna is married to Rob and is spinning many plates to help provide time for extensive training and fundraising. Anna also works full time at Disney heading up film publicity for EMEA.

The 2 boys (George and William) are very supportive of their Daddy’s training and regularly want to join the training runs!  They might even come out to Morocco after the event!

 Major General Paul Nanson CBE

British Army officer who serves as Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Educated at Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School, Crosby and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Nanson was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in January 1986. He became commanding officer of the 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 2006 and was deployed to Iraq. He went on to be chief of staff for 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division in Germany in 2008, commander of the 7th Armoured Brigade in March 2011 and Director (Army) at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in April 2014. After that he became Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in September 2015. He has seen active service in The Gulf War, Bosnian War, Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan.

Professor David Cunningham MD FRCP FMedSci

David Cunningham MD FRCP FMedSci is a Consultant Medical Oncologist, Head of the Gastrointestinal and Lymphoma Unit and Director of Clinical Research at The Royal Marsden in London and Surrey in addition to Director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research. David headed Del Lee’s care at the Royal Marsden in his battle with cancer. He has conducted multiple early phase and phase III randomised trials in the field of gastrointestinal oncology and lymphoma and is currently pursuing the development of targeted agents and immunotherapy for the treatment of these diseases.

Natasha Lee

“Rob and Chris, you are both truly inspirational. Without a doubt, a true fitness challenge but for an admirable cause.  Two charities, both dependent on generosity to make an impact to people’s lives. 

My husband passed away in January this year, leaving behind 3 children under the age of 9.  Their lives have been destroyed to such a cruel disease. Del was an incredible man, loved by all who knew him.  A role model to the Under 9 football team he trained and to his nieces and nephews.  I am eternally grateful to the Royal Marsden for treating my husband during his illness and I will never forget the level of outstanding care from all members of staff.  Sadly, there is no cure for Cancer and every penny raised can ensure that this care continues to all patients, as well as developing life-saving treatments.  Please give generously to make a positive difference to the lives of people with cancer.

Rob and Chris, you are both legends. You’ve got this!”