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...the jungle of Borneo and the Jungle Janes.


Ken Hames served in the British Forces for almost 30 years, and is one of the few elite British Officers to have worn the red beret of the Parachute Brigade, the green beret of the Royal Marines and the sand beret of the Special Air Service.

Current work
In his talks, Ken's comparison between leading hardened army platoons into the jungle - and leading the women - provides a fascinating insight into pressure, survival, teamwork and motivation. Ken is an 'action man - he has played rugby for the Combined Services, and is an expedition and adventure training expert. He is an instructor in mountaineering, rock climbing, ski, survival and rescue disciplines and has represented England in the sport of cross-country marathon skiing. His presentations bring strong anecdotal evidence of best practice in difficult and demanding circumstances. His main effort is to promote development, provide motivation and give inspiration to leaders and managers.

Previous experience
His military experiences include being one of the last British soldiers to guard Rudolf Hess in the infamous stronghold of Spandau in Berlin, the liberation of Port Stanley and serving in the Gulf War. Ken has co-produced four television series for Channel 4 which demonstrates his expedition leadership skills.

In 1994 with the help of Diana, Princess of Wales, he took 12 disadvantaged young people to the heart of Africa for a 500 mile trek over desert and mountainous terrain.

But - perhaps ironically - he only became famous when he lead a team of women into the jungle of Borneo for the TV Show Jungle Janes. The whole expedition started at a dinner party when four Herefordshire women decided they wanted to do an arduous and exciting trip into a remote part of the world. Ken's challenge was to turn a group of British women - none of whom had faced anything like this before - into a cohesive team fit enough to take on the jungle. Millions of viewers found the journey an inspiration.



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