From soldier to adventurer to TV presenter, Ken Hames, motivational and inspirational after dinner speaker, made the leap from an impressive military career to showcasing his adventuring skills in front of the camera. Ken’s unique experiences and skills enable him to bring teams together and impart valuable lessons on leadership, team-work and overcoming barriers.
Following a 25 year military career, Ken Hames has written and presented many adventure-based TV documentaries. For Mission Africa he took a group of young apprentice builders from the UK to Kenya to build the first eco lodge and game reserve to protect the endangered species that live there working closely with the Born Free Foundation. The project was handed over to the local Samburu tribe as a sustainable business that also protects the wildlife.
Ken created and is the expedition leader on the groundbreaking BBC series Beyond Boundaries. He led an expedition of 12 disabled people across Nicaragua, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean in a record breaking, 300 km trek starting in the Mosquito Coast. The team trekked through jungles in over 40 degree heat, through a dangerous route overrun with drug running bandits and climbed the most difficult live volcano in Central America.
Taking couples across the Namib desert to test their relationships for Channel 4’s Desert Darlings, led to Ken’s first award winning series for the channel, Jungle Janes, where he took a group of inexperienced women on an expedition through Borneo’s hostile jungle environment. His challenge was to ensure that they were fit enough and cohesive as a team before they set off.
Working on documentaries as well as entertainment programmes, Ken made The Trek in 1994 with the help of Diana, Princess of Wales. He led twelve disadvantaged African children on a 500-mile trek over desert and mountainous terrain. The process, which transformed the lives of the kids, was not over after recording. Ken was committed to following their progress through life forever.
With his after dinner speeches he motivates and inspires. Ken’s unique experiences and skills enable him to bring teams together and impart valuable lessons on leadership, teamwork and overcoming barriers. His passion for empowering people to transform their lives is truly affecting.
Amongst other TV programmes he presented Future Fighting Machines; Hero Factor; Battle Stripes and Greatest SAS Missions. He was also directly involved in the planning of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.