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DIRECTOR of CHALLENGES

VOLUNTEER ROLE

Overview

The Director of Challenges finds and oversees the delivery of a varied menu of physical challenges offered annually by Gulf for Good. He or she works in co-ordination with the Director of Charities to ensure both challenge and charity are suitably attractive to get the necessary traction and thereby maximizing the ability to raise funds for the in-country project.

Skills and Commitment Required

This is a Board position which requires a well-organized person, with excellent communication skills who can assess the difficulty (or otherwise) of any given challenge that is being considered and can juggle the many moving parts to make the Challenge a success. We are looking for a committed person to working along-side the Gulf for Good team on a voluntary basis to ensure that Gulf for Good achieves its mission and goals.

Specific Responsibilities of the Director of Challenges include:  

To research, identify and organize 4 (public) to 2 (private) interesting Challengers per year. Including the preparation of risk assessments, safety and evacuation plans for all Challenges.
Identify appropriate ground handlers and determine if the Challenge proposals that they submit for public and private Challenges meet the GFG standards and guidelines.
Develop or improve GFG guidelines which cover worker rights, environmental impact, and safety.
Work alongside the Director of Charity Partnerships to match Challenges to charity projects.
Present all proposals for Board Approval. Note that for high altitude trekking, low altitude trekking, cycling and multi-activity, the Board requires 2-3 quotes for each new Challenge.
Keep ground handlers informed regarding the status of their proposals.
Once proposals are agreed by the Board, obtain detailed agreements from successfully selected Ground Handlers as well as informing them of charity details and visits and logistics.
Prepare and obtain signed agreements between GFG and Ground Handlers.
Provide a summary sheet to the Operations Team with all relevant details of the Ground Handler, Challenge, itinerary and collateral images.
Provide on-going support to the Operations Team in terms of Challenge logistics.
Appoint suitable Challenge Representatives subject to them passing GFG’s criteria, in conjunction with input from the GFG Board.
Ensure successful delivery of pre-challenge briefing, alongside designated Challenge Representative and support from Operations Team.
Obtain feedback to present to the Board on all aspects of the Challenge.
Attend corporate client meetings to discuss Challenges and itineraries as required.
Assess Regional and International safety conditions and mitigate risks.
Attend public engagements and launches as required.
Be on call during Overseas and Regional challenges and activities to manage any incidents or accidents.
Manage any follow-up required with participants, and prepare incident reports for the Board as required.
Oversee hiking schedule.

Role takes approximately 10 hours per month.

Deadline: Friday 3rd June 2022

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to: [email protected]

Anne Edmondson, Chairwoman

A passionate educator, Anne has done 16 challenges, including Everest Base Camp in 2015 (when the earthquake occurred), where she saw first-hand the heart-breaking devastation caused to so many communities. When not in the classroom, stair climbing or beach hiking, Anne loves cooking, baking and feeding people – after all, she is Irish.

Brian Wilkie, Co-Founder & Honorary Chairman

Serial entrepreneur, Brian started Gulf for Good in 2001 when he and his friends recruited 49 people to trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro to buy ambulances for use in Namibia. Brian is an adventurer, born in India and traveling since, Dubai became his home in 1976. Enviroserve, Universal Express, and Ductac are some of his companies.

James Berry, Co-Founder & Legal Director

Born in East Africa, Barrister Jim runs his own practice in Dubai, where he has been living since 1989. A founder member of the Board, Jim has done several challenges in Tanzania and Morocco. In his spare time, Jim can be found working with Larchfield Children's Home, one of our main charities, of which he is the Founder.

Kat Kearsey, Strategy and Events Director

Kat began her Gulf for Good journey in 2007 with the phenomenal Everest Base Camp challenge. She was bitten by the challenge bug and has since ran a cross country Marathon in Ethiopia, raced Tuk-Tuks around Sri Lanka and summited Kilimanjaro. Originally from the UK, Kat moved to Dubai in 2005 “for six months”. over 15 years later, with a husband and two kids she’s still loving the desert and the opportunities it brings to see the rest of the world.

Lana Alrichan, Marketing Director

Passionate about combining strategy and marketing, Lana has held numerous management positions in the UAE. Her resilient history in marketing and advertising has led her interest in Gulf for Good which combines her love for both kids and fitness. Lana believes that leaders should create change beyond the four walls of an organisation, building vigorous communities that fabricate real world impact. Travelling to over 55 countries, you are most likely to find Lana watching a sunset somewhere in the world. 

Chris Orrell, Finance Director

Passionate about the interplay between corporate strategy, operations and finance to achieve goals, Chris sits on the Gulf for Good Board as Finance Director. Chris grew up in Zambia, South Africa and the UK before moving to the UAE in 2006.  He has a love of adventure travel which spans over 50 countries. He has trekked to the base camp of K2, raced tuk-tuks across Ski Lanka and Cambodia, sea kayaked in northern Madagascar, cycled the Cape Epic for Médecins Sans Frontières and cycled the entire Tour de France for the William Wates Memorial Trust.

Jennifer Sault, Director - Thrift for Good

Founder of Thrift for Good and on the Board of Directors of Gulf for Good. Seriously addicted to mountains and fundraising for children's charities are Jen's two favourite pastimes. She previously worked in the Operations Manager role and left it to start Thrift for Good, Gulf for Good's sister social enterprise reselling preloved items. Profits are then donated towards Gulf for Good charity projects. Check out thriftforgood.org

Nick Haston - Corporate Partnerships Director

Nick grew up in West Africa and has lived throughout the Middle East and in Hong Kong. He first came to the UAE in 2009 and has raised three children here. Having spent 16 years in the British Army, Nick enjoys both adventure and a challenge. He has a broad corporate reach and a kaleidoscope of experience to bring to the Board. He has witnessed first hand the plight of children in a number of countries and has an enduring passion to try and leverage his network and life lessons to empower more people to do more good for the lives of children.

Tazmin Walker, Corporate Relations

Walker by name and Walker by nature, Taz loves to get those hiking boots on! With Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp and Machu Picchu all under her belt she looks forward to plotting her next challenge. She is also no stranger to long distance trails having trekked 309 kms from East to West completing England's Coast-to-Coast. Taz is passionate about travel; she has done seven Gulf for Good challenges and aspires to travel to over 100 countries (currently at 85).

Milly Larmer, Partnerships, Charities and Operations Manager

Milly loves just about any activity that will get her outdoors and pushing her limits. Having trekked across the Indian Himalayas, travelled to many parts of the world, and taken on the role of Trek Leader for the Women’s Heritage Walk, a 125 km hike across the UAE desert, Milly is super excited to channel her competitive spirit to help others around the world as part of the Gulf for Good team!

Sue Razak, PR & Communications Manager

Sue is a family oriented, passionate advocate of giving and of creating environments where people can do more to help others less fortunate. Her career has moved from corporate environments into more charitable organisations where she has played crucial roles in helping bring relatable stories to broader audiences.

Born in Malaysia and having lived and worked in the UK for the last 17 years, Sue arrived in Dubai in 2021 in the pursuit of a healthier and more holistic lifestyle for her family. You will find Sue near the sea, dragon-boating, or in a local gym, boxing. She is a helicopter pilot-in-training and is consistently looking for activities off the beaten track.  She is also a big foodie and loves trying different cuisines and is particularly fond of street food.

Ironically, Sue discovered Gulf for Good within the first few days of arriving in Dubai and somehow the dots connected - she is now thrilled to be part of the mission.

Naveed Siddique, Administrative Assistant

Naveed comes from Pakistan and has been in Dubai since 1991. She has seen Dubai develop into the cosmopolitan metropolis it is now. She is an avid animal lover and lives with her rescued kittens. She is an entrepreneur who loves to dive into work challenges. She can also hold a conversation in American sign language! She loves to workout and practice Muay Thai a few times a week! She is a problem solver and is hoping to support the amazing team at Gulf for Good and be a part of their success helping more and more children around the world and spreading joy as they go along. 

Ambassadors

Elaine Kelly - Ambassador for Charity

Elaine is Canadian although she lived in Dubai for twenty five years and recently moved to New Zealand. A chance meeting with one of the co-founders in 2001, led to her signing up for Everest Base Camp in 2002.  Since then she has completed 12 challenges, one as a rep. She was the Charity Director from 2018-2021.  With a degree in international development she spent 15 years in corporate real estate and now runs her own wellness business including health retreats around the world.

Martin Hope

Motor racing expert Martin has spent much of his life in the Middle East. As well as running his own motor sports company in Dubai, Martin is also a keen mountain biker. Martin did his first challenge with Gulf for Good to Mongolia in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. Formally a Board member, a dad of two and is still managing to find the time to be one of our Ambassadors and lend us his expertise.

Gerry Gabriel

Architect, photographer, explorer and Gulf for Good challenger, Gerry has been living in Dubai with his family for the past 12 years.  As the GM of a successful survey consultancy in the UAE, Gerry is passionate about working with charity organisations as well as exploring new countries and learning about their cultures.

Gerry did his first challenge with Gulf for Good to Tanzania where he summited Kilimanjaro in 2012 and has done a few since, including Bhutan in 2016 with Marco, his 16-year-old son.  Gerry is looking forward to his new challenge as a Gulf for Good Ambassador.

Patrick van Ijzendoorn

Patrick, originally from Holland, has lived in Dubai for over 25 years and runs his own interior design firm. He has two teenage daughters and you can find him in Showka or Hatta most Fridays with his mountain bike team 'MTB Fridays'. Given his passion for two wheels unsurprisingly Patrick completed two cycling challenges with Gulf for Good: “Revolutionary Road” and “The Road to Mandalay”. 

Yasmeen Bhat

Yas, originally from Kashmir, came to the UAE over 15 years ago, with a background in Marketing, PR, Comms and Media, eventually setting up her own Advertising Agency company YAS Media Group in 2010. Yas prides herself on customer service and always has a winning smile! When not busy running her business Yas enjoys nature and the outdoors, having climbed several mountains with many more still on her to do list. 

Martin Bond

Martin is an outdoors enthusiast and a self-confessed challenge freak. Originally from the UK, Martin has lived in the Middle East since 1998 and has been involved with Gulf for Good since participating in the very first Gulf for Good ascent of Kilimanjaro in 2001. Martin has completed and led six Gulf for Good challenges, and has spent several years on the charity's Board of Directors. Martin is an all-round sports enthusiast but devotes much of his time to endurance cycling and swimming activities, including numerous Ironman and long-distance triathlon events around the globe. In 2021, Martin completed an ‘indoor English Channel’ event, a continuous swim of 33 km in a pool in Dubai in aid of the Lebanese Red Cross. Martin is a devoted father to his six-year old daughter Amelia, who will soon be out-running, out-swimming and out-biking him!

Andy Jackson - Ambassador for Hiking for Good

Andy moved to Dubai from the UK with his family in 2002. As an Audio and Communications expert, he has worked on some of the largest events in the region & successfully ran his own business for over 15 years. Having participated in 2 overseas challenges in Uganda & Vietnam/Cambodia, he manages to balance his hi tech and adventurous lifestyles perfectly. Andy is regularly spotted Mountain Biking and Hiking during the winter months with Gulf for Good.

Dawn Franklin - Ambassador for Corporate Partnerships

Dawn moved from the UK to Dubai 12 years ago and spent 9 of those years as a Senior Financial Planner. Loving a challenge on every level Dawn then decided to set up under her own consultancy licence to broaden her opportunities. Dawn supports the Gulf for Good family as an Ambassador for Corporate Partnerships. An outdoor enthusiast who you would usually find on horseback Dawn has been taking part in Gulf for Goods local training and challenges including hiking the Ski Dubai slopes and is ready and eager to book her first life changing international challenge.

Derek Bellis - Ambassador for Sponsorship

Derek arrived and settled in Dubai in late 1985; working in various IT fields, until his retirement in mid 2018. Having been raised in Alexandria, Egypt, in his early years, he is an Arabic speaker. In fact Derek has spent more than half of his life in the middle east, which has helped him build a wide network of contacts, in many walks of life.

He has undertaken several challenges with Gulf for Good, over the years, starting with Kilimanjaro in 2003, and more recently volunteering in Malawi, at the Sparkle Foundation. In addition, Derek has trekked in Bhutan, Vietnam, Patagonia, Cambodia, Kazakhstan and India. Like many Gulf for Goodies, he is an avid traveller, having visited 67 countries and lived in 8 of them. His current bucket list includes Iceland, Namibia, Cuba, and Tajikistan.

Sam McCone - Ambassador for Corporate Relations

Sam's first trip with Gulf for Good was their volunteer challenge at the Sparkle Foundation in Malawi. After spending just a week with the Gulf for Good team and all the wonderful children and staff at the Sparkle Foundation he decided he needs to dedicate more of his time and effort to helping Gulf for Good raise awareness in Dubai. Sam has pretty much lived his whole life in Dubai and runs a real estate business called McCone Properties.