Meet the team

behind the scenes

Jordan Wylie is a former British soldier turned adventurer and bestselling author. Also one of the stars of the Channel 4 BAFTA nominated and award winning shows Hunted and Celebrity Hunted. Jordan will be at the forefront of the action with his paddle and board and hopes to become the first person in the world to successfully circumnavigate Great Britain by paddleboard. Most importantly though, Jordan hopes to inspire the next generation using the spirit of adventure and by building a new school on the Horn of Africa through the charitable fundraising of this incredible mission for children displaced by conflict and war in Yemen and Somalia.

Multiple World Record sailor and inspirational speaker. In 2019 Alex spent 76 days alone on his 40’ race yacht Pixel Flyer aiming to break a solo non-stop around the world record. After over 14,500 nautical miles sailing non-stop through some of the harshest oceans on the planet, he had to abandon the attempt due to rigging failure. Within 2 days of his return to the Uk he went on to co-ordinate the rebuild of the 90’ sailing yacht Champagne Hippy which he successfully raced across the Atlantic finishing 7th out of 170 yachts.
He will be supporting Jordan with daily updates on route and weather as well as managing the campaign and support team.

Paula Reid is an adventurer and Adventure Psychologist. She will be supporting the record attempt from the support boat and from onshore and she will be supporting Jordan personally with his mental toughness when the going gets challenging. Paula herself is an expedition adventurer having skied full distance from the Coast of Antarctica to the South Pole 1000km, and yacht raced around the world in the Global Challenge. She has also cycled across 12 countries and stand-up paddled the Mekong in a dugout canoe. With an MSc in Positive Psychology she has the academic and real experience to draw upon to support this record attempt.

James is a Filmmaker and Photographer who produces authentic, adventurous stories.
After 14 years service in the military, conducting various roles and operations around the world, he now focuses on creating engaging visual stories through filmmaking. James approaches projects with an open mind and an ability to think differently. Working with an ambition to inspire others through documenting the positive benefits of outdoor expeditions and adventure.
He will be documenting the record attempt, capturing the highs and lows of this epic journey supporting Jordan’s effort to inspire the next generation.

Katie’s business, Bear Behind, are another of our supporting organisations. Bear Behind have created this website and will be responsible for the running of the site throughout this record attempt, an important aspect of which will be ensuring that it can handle the high traffic levels. She will also be managing the press enquiries and updating the press and media on the progress of The Great British Paddle throughout the challenge. Katie brings a wealth of experience from working on numerous charities committees to support Jordan on this record attempt.

Freya runs her own print and design business called Mye Prints who are one of our supporting organisations. Mye Prints will be offering a collection of printed products and t-shirts for The Great British Paddle with a proportion of proceeds going to the Frontline Children Charity. Freya will also be managing the social media for Frontline Children and The Great British Paddle in addition to creating and designing all of the content. Freya will be sharing the latest updates and engaging with our followers to ensure high traffic levels and exposure for our sponsors and supporting organisations.

After 19 years in the RAF, as an Engineer Officer predominately working with fast jets, Stuart joined the Bloodhound Land Speed Record team in 2016 where he is Head of Engineering Operations. On 16 November 2019, during high speed testing in South Africa, Bloodhound reached a speed of 628mph (1010km/h). Unfortunately, the pandemic has delayed an attempt on the Land Speed Record (currently 763mph) until 2022. Stuart continues to serve as a Reservist RAF Wing Commander, is cofounder of the inaugural Falkland Islands Ultra Marathon and is operations manager for a non-profit organisation that owns a 134-foot vessel that supports shark research in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

Max Rivers


Max Rivers is a sailor and watersports professional. He has taught and sailed all over the UK and the Med. Recently returned from Greece where he was working as a sailing manager at a private members club where he is now excited to be working with the team of TGBPB. With a degree in Adventure Education he is excited to face the challenge that are ahead.

Darren Cox


Darren Cox (Skipper) is a competent and enthusiastic person who is currently on his 17 year in the military, conducting various roles & operations. His current role is the RLC (Royal Logistic Corps) Yacht Bosun. He enjoys working to meet goals and deadlines in a challenging environment, with skill, diligent and incredible determination often going above and beyond to please with his advice, professionalism and reliability.

He started sailing at a young age at a local club, then turned his hand to renovating a GP 14 dinghy what he later raced, after this he fell in love with the water and sailing, the military offered him a multitude of sailing qualifications and experiences, sailing from 32ft to 70ft yachts. He has sailed various passages over his time and racked up about 4000 nautical miles which he is looking to increase whilst skippering the support yacht (Spirit of St George II) for extreme adventurer, Jordan Wylie.

Tori Wells

Yacht Crew

Tori first met Jordan at the Army Cadet Force STEM engagement camp 2019 where he made an inspiring presentation to the cadets, discussing his time in the military, maritime security, his charitable work and the life lessons that he had learnt. Tori was incredibly impressed with his strong values and inspirational messages, and followed his work on social media.

During this time she pursued her passion for the outdoors, qualifying as a climbing instructor and realising the positive benefits of outdoor activity on mental health.

2020 was a really tough year for many people and Tori felt sad about the difficult and complicated issues happening around the world, including the plight of children affected by conflict and war. Tori appreciates that she can’t change the whole world but knows she can change the world for a handful of children out there, she has learnt this first hand as an adult instructor in the Army Cadets. Tori saw Jordan’s post requiring a first mate volunteer on the support boat and decided to take action to help and support wherever she can as she believes even the smallest things can make a difference.

Alfie Marsh

Photographer &
Film Maker

Alfie is a Film maker and Photographer who thrives from storytelling and conveying emotion through his work. His experimental and thoughtful style means that he is not afraid to operate in challenging environments to get the shot he has in mind. Which then creates powerful visuals that impacts the viewer in a positive and thought provoking way.

His work has taken him all over the world, from touring with bands in Asia too beautiful weddings and supporting adventurers in some of the worlds most extreme environments. He treasures the memories that each of these opportunities brings and shares some on his Youtube channel along with other adventures.

He is delighted and honoured to have been invited to join the team to document the highs and lows of this epic record attempt, hoping alongside Jordan to inspire the next generation.
Alfies’s YouTube