Meet the Team
Sam McConnell FRGS, BES, TEC, EGS, EDA
Tim Davies BES, EGS
Since 1996 Sam has led over a hundred teams in deserts across Africa, from the Namib & Kalahari to the Sinai in the Eastern Sahara. In 2002 he walked solo and unsupported across the Dune Sea of the Namib Desert for which he was given a fellowship at the Royal Geographical Society.
In 2011 he found himself back in Namibia and the coast of wrecks and bones, leading a group of nine people 500km on foot and unsupported up the Skeleton Coast to the Kunene River and across the dune sea to Serra Kafema - a world first!
Sam is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the British Exploring Society, the Explorers Club and the Egyptian Desert Association.
Tim’s passion for expeditions began in 2013 while enrolled with the British Exploring Society on the Trainee Leader Programme in Namibia. It was here that he met Sam and got his first taste of deserts. Since then he has spent his time broadening his experience in places such as Svalbard, Norway, the French Alps and the Sierra Nevada in Spain, where he is qualifying as a mountain guide.
In 2014 he was selected for the Land Rover Next Generation Explorer Challenge, and teamed up with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ben Saunders, Kenton Cool, Hannah White and Eric Loizeau to complete various winter survival challenges in a snowy mountainous environment.
Since 2015 he has focused on developing the Gorafe programme, now a fully operational expedition location. Tim is a member of the British Exploring Society.
Lost in an Ocean of Sand
"You have undoubtedly enriched the lives of more than 180 young explorers and raised the profile of BES"
Flt Lt Nigel Painter - The British Exploring Society
The Ulysses Trust Award
World Travel Awards, nominated for the fifth year
The Shackleton Trophy for the Best Cadet Expedition 2014
National Adventure Awards, Nominated 2015