Adrian Hayes is a record-breaking polar explorer, adventurer, motivational speaker, business coach, charity fundraiser, campaigner, author, and ambassador on economic, social and environmental sustainability.
He served as a trooper with 21 Special Air Service Regiment for two years, qualifying as a Registered Emergency Medical Technician, before attending the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy and becoming an Officer in the Gurkhas.
After leaving the Army, Adrian completed an MBA at Nottingham University Business School, culminating in a very successful business career in international sales and marketing management including Regional Sales Director for the Middle East and West Asia with Airbus.
He set up his own company as a professional adventurer, speaker and business coach in 2007 and has worked with organisations worldwide, delivering team development workshops, leadership seminars, and executive coaching.
In 2007 Adrian set a Guinness World record for reaching the Earth's "3 Poles" i.e. the North Pole, South Pole and Mount Everest. He accomplished a second Guinness World record in 2009 for the Arctic’s longest unsupported kite-skiing journey, crossing the length of the Greenland. In 2011 he led a 1600 km crossing of the Arabian Desert in the trail of British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger. A documentary was broadcast by the Discovery Channel and Adrian also published ‘Footsteps of Thesiger’, a book based on his experiences.
No stranger to tragedy, in 2013 an attempt to scale the summit of K2 was aborted when an avalanche killed two fellow climbers. However, undaunted Adrian returned a year later and successfully summitted the mountain.
Adrian is an ambassador for organisations and charities that support economic, social and environmental sustainability. He regularly speaks, writes and campaigns on issues such as population, food and water security, climate change, global economics, and conflict resolution.
He still finds time to compete in ironman triathlons, is a two-time UAE fitness challenge champion and a keen rock climber, runner, cyclist and swimmer, and occasionally plays in a rock band.
In 2014 Adrian was conferred the University's 'Alumni Laureate Special Excellence Award'.