Ricky's story

Ricky is a Chartered Accountant, humanitarian aid worker, award-winning social entrepreuner and Mountain Leader who grew up on a council estate near Glasgow.

From 2014-2018 he served as the youngest ever member of the executive team at the UK's national polar research organisation, where he led the key professional service teams in both Antarctica and Cambridge.

He overcame redundancy in 2003 by completing the toughest footrace on earth; the Marathon des Sables, a 150-mile ultramarathon in the Sahara desert. This transformed his mindset and gave him the courage to follow his dreams.

After qualifying as a CA, a four-month secondment to an orphanage in Kenya in 2008 inspired him to spend the next six years deployed in the aftermath of natural disasters leading support functions for the Red Cross and other aid organisations in Sudan, Bangladesh, Pakistan & Haiti.

Over the last decade, he has planned, led & completed over thirty mountaineering expeditions above 4,000 metres to six continents, in his ongoing quest to become the first Brit - and second person in history - to climb the three highest peaks on every continent; the Triple 7 Summits.

He attempted to climb Everest – the highest mountain on earth - in 2017, but turned back below 8,000m due to low energy levels.

He returned the following year for a second attempt, and on 18th May 2018 he reached the summit of Everest from the north side, before founding Inspire Alpine as a social enterprise to help close the attainment gap faced by disadvantaged young people.

Ricky has since spoken at over 250 schools to more than 35,000 young people to help raise their aspirations.

Ricky is a licensed Mental Tougness coach, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a Churchill Fellow.

He's an accredited expedition assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, a course Director for Hill & Mountain Skills courses and a tutor for the National Navigation Award Scheme.

Ricky is an ambassador for Sungod & Tentbox.