Chair – Cameron McNeish
Cameron McNeish is a Scottish wilderness hiker, backpacker and mountain walker who is an authority on outdoor pursuits. In this field he is best known as an author and broadcaster although he is also a magazine editor, lecturer and after dinner speaker as well as being an adviser to various outdoor organisations.
As well as expeditions such as cycling round the world, walking across India and rowing the Atlantic, Alastair was named as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his pioneering work on the concept of microadventures, trying to encourage people to get outside, get out of their comfort zone, go somewhere they’ve never been. A microadventure is an adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.
Karen is a British paralympic cyclist, paratriathlete, adventurer and author. She competed at the 2012 London Paralympics winning a silver medal in the Women’s road time trial. She was paralysed from the chest down following an accident, aged 21, whilst sea cliff climbing. In 2006 Karen took part in an expedition which crossed Greenland’s ice cap whilst sitting on skis using her arms and poles to cover the 372 mile crossing. She has also climbed Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and El Capitan and hand-cycled the length of Japan. In 2009 she was a bronze medal winner in the Para-Cycling World Cup after which, in 2010, she became a member of the British Para-Cycling team. She won two silver medals in the women’s H2 road race and time trial events at the 2011 Para-Cycling World cup.
John is the founder and chief editor of the adventure travel journal Sidetracked Magazine, our official media partner.
Professor Neal Juster BSc PhD CEng FIMechE FRSA
As Senior Vice Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Glasgow, Neal brings a different perspective from the other judges to the panel. At the Scottish Adventure Awards 2014 Neal won the Academic trophy for taking the work of the University into a variety of wilderness locations.
Head of Communications – Shona Thomson
Shona is not averse to a bit of adventure. In September 2013, she became the first Scottish woman to join the Seven Continents Marathon Club, and in April 2014, she ran the North Pole marathon. She also was shortlisted for the Scottish Adventure Awards in 2014. Shona is currently toying with the Seven Summits, the highest summit on each continent. She climbed Kilimanjaro in 2010 and Elbrus in August 2014. Shona used to work in investment banking but is taking some time out to focus on supporting others reach their goals through mentoring, talks and work with various charities such as 5×50.