Meet the HEADEAST Team


Alan Chambers MBE FRGS (Expedition Leader)

Experienced Explorer Alan Chambers MBE FRGS has been to the North Pole 12 times. He spent 16 years as a Royal Marine Commando, trained as a Parachutist, Diver and Paramedic and operated in Jungle, Desert, Arctic and Urban environments. In 2000 he led the first British Team unsupported to the Geographical North Pole from Canada, over 1,000km in 70 days. An ambassador for the Lewis Moody Foundation, Alan was pleased to accept Lewis's kind invitation to help raise awareness and funds for this important cause.

He has led 11 further teams to the Geographic North Pole, and has also led expeditions to the South Pole across Antarctica, and Coast to Coast across Greenland. He spent 5 years training and living with the Inuit Eskimos in the North West Territories of Canada, and launched the UK's largest education based expedition in 2008.

Alan has raised £5 million for charities. He is currently brand ambassador for the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign and also works as a motivational speaker. Alan was awarded the MBE in 2000 for effective leadership in constant adversity.

Lewis Moody MBE

Lewis Moody MBE is a former England rugby captain, winning 71 caps during an international career spanning over a decade. Lewis has won every piece of silverware on the international stage, including the Rugby World Cup in 2003. With his club side Leicester, Lewis also won every domestic trophy including 7 Premiership titles and 2 European Cups.

Since retiring through injury in 2012, Lewis has launched his own charitable foundation, which supports young families facing life-threatening or serious illnesses, as well as funding research via The Brain Tumour Charity. Lewis also coaches the next generation of rugby talent with his Maddog sports coaching company.

Simon Cross

Two years ago, Simon Cross tragically lost his younger brother to a severe brain injury following a fall. Spurred on to raise much-needed money for children with brain tumours, Simon is taking on the headeast Extreme Cycle Challenge this December.

"He was in a coma for 16 days and turning off his life support machine and watching him fade away was the most difficult thing I have ever witnessed," says Simon. "I vowed then to do something special one day to remember his spirit and courage. As a result I have decided to take on the headeast challenge."

Tim Hutchings

"I was checking my e-mail one morning from my home in Hong Kong, and was intrigued to receive one from my brother in law Simon Cross," says Tim Hutchings. "It was a bit mysterious, but just said 'may have a challenge and need a wing-man...more soon'. That was that, before I knew it, I had signed up and the wheels were in motion – literally!

"As soon as I read about The Lewis Moody Foundation and its incredible work, there was really no hesitation, especially given the fact that Simon was taking on the challenge in memory of his brother, Julian, who tragically passed away from a head injury. Simon and I will be pushing each other on to complete this challenge and hopefully make our family proud whilst raising as much money as possible for Lewis’ brilliant charity."

James Morris

James Morris has been working in the yachting industry for over 15 years and is currently the captain of a Private Motor Yacht in the south of France managed by Y.CO.  James also holds a private fixed wing and helicopter license.

Having worked with Y.CO during the early days of his yachting career, they continue to be a real inspiration in his professional development. Always eager to meet a challenge, James has been inspired to take on headeast 2016. “ I feel very privileged to be joining the team and to participate in this incredible challenge in aid of The Lewis Moody Foundation,” he says. James will be dedicating his part in the challenge to the memory of a schoolfriend who lost his life through cancer at an early age and also to the father of a childhood friend who died before his time as a result of a brain tumour.

David Winterflood

Approaching 'mid-life crisis' territory, David was looking for a challenge beyond the norm. Having previously fundraised for a trio of London Marathons and completed the London Triathlon, his next event had to be a bit different.  Over a pint or three of cider, Lewis convinced him to join the headeast team and the rest is history.

With a background in business operations management, David now lives in Wiltshire where he runs a professional events business providing glamping to festivals and private events.  He also claims to be the first person to have ridden a Boris Bike around Cornwall's Watergate Bay!

Brendan O’Shannassy

Brendan is a career mariner who has worked as a Captain and Marine Pilot both in yachting and in commercial shipping.  A seagoing career has enabled Brendan to travel widely. Through this he has developed a sense of social responsibility and he looks for opportunities to do something,  anything whenever there is opportunity to contribute. 

The headeast Challenge represents the meeting of a great cause and a great adventure.  It also takes place in a region that has had its share of challenges.  The Lewis Moody Foundation is providing a fantastic platform for such a worthy cause. "I am proud to have the  opportunity to join such a group and will try my best to carry weight both during the challenge and in raising awareness and sponsorship for the cause,” says Brendan.

James Nightingale

James Nightingale has served 19 years in the Royal Marines. He was injured by a gunshot wound on operations in Afghanistan. James has worked hard on his rehabilitation and will be medically discharged this year. He has found inspiration in adventure and being part of a team again. James was a member of the successful headnorth Expedition to the North Pole in 2015, he conquered Kilimanjaro in 2016 and is heading to Antarctica in 2017 in a bid to summit Mount Vinson.

James is excited about the upcoming challenge in the East and to be supporting The Lewis Moody Foundation.

Lee Hallam

Serving his country as a Royal Marine Commando before moving on to become a member of the South Yorkshire Police Force, Lee Hallam is no stranger to hard work. As a co-founder and current CEO of Linbrooke Services Ltd, he has grown the company from its initial conception to what it is today, employing circa 350 members of staff. Working alongside the Royal Marines Charity and local schools to provide resettlement and apprenticeship programmes for service leavers and disadvantaged pupils, Lee is a firm advocate of a number of charitable endeavours.

Spending his free time keeping fit and encouraging Linbrooke staff to do the same, Lee has completed the London to Paris cycle ride for a children’s medical research charity and he is both proud and excited to be taking part in Lewis Moody’s worthwhile headeast challenge!

Craig Winter

Serving in the Army for over 25 years, working towards the position of Sergeant Major, Craig Winter has forged his life on the values of dedication, focus and hard work. Providing patriotic services, training and effective HSEQ supervision for civilians and military members alike, he currently works as the HSEQ manager for Linbrooke Services Ltd.

With a passion for sport and a determination to push himself to his limits, Craig is a former cross-country biathlon skier and a cycling enthusiast. As a 2-year entrant in the Tour de Yorkshire Sportive, he has also previously participated in the Mountain Mayhem 24-hour Mountain Biking and other endurance events. A true charitable aficionado, Craig is excited to expand his cycling prowess while raising awareness and money for such a valuable cause.

Julie Stephen

Spending over 20 years as a Quantity Surveyor in Construction and Rail before becoming Linbrooke’s Commercial Manager for Power, Julie Stephen is a dedicated and conscientious worker with the ability to push herself to her limits.

As a keen road cyclist with a passion for mountain biking, Julie has travelled extensively and participated in durability mountain biking events such as ‘Mountain Mayhem’ and ‘Sleepless in the Saddle’. As a qualified scuba diving instructor with a series of tandem and solo paragliding flights under her belt, she also enjoys kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and power kiting.  Embracing the opportunity to help others, Julie is excited to expand her physical prowess and make a difference through the raising of money and awareness for brain tumours in young people.