Adventurer, Royal Navy Reserve, author, Countrywise presenter and NBC news correspondent Ben Fogle will open the day's sessions. With a waxwork in Madame Tussauds, a front row seat at the Royal Wedding, Ben is a popular and excellent communicator and speaker.
His achievements include rowing the Atlantic in forty-nine days and crossing Antarctica in a 500 mile footrace to the South Pole, as well as winning a three-round celebrity charity boxing match for BBC Sport Relief and completing the Marathon Des Sables – a 160mile race across the Sahara Desert, not to mention presenting on Crufts!
His experiences often challenge what we think of as possible, and his tests of endurance are truly an inspiration.
As well as newspaper and magazine columns, Ben has written four books. The Teatime Islands investigates the last outposts of the British Empire, like Tristan da Cunha. In Offshore he travels to some of the remotest but most fascinating parts of the British Isles.