Joe was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 2002 and has deployed, and commanded, on multiple operations and deployments. He gained two Masters degrees, an academic fellowship from Kings College London, was selected to be a First Sea Lords Fellow, and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2017.
With a successful career and a young family, Joe felt he had achieved everything he had ever wanted, yet within just a few months his world catastrophically fell apart as he was struck down by acute Complex PTSD – a consequence of many and repeated traumas experienced over a decade. From commanding over a 100 Royal Marines on operations and administering a multi-million pound activity budget, Joe suddenly found himself unable to get out of bed, make it through breakfast, or live independently. Currently, he is in the care of the Naval Service Recovery Centre Hasler, and together with the support of his family he is very gradually battling back against his symptoms.
Joe is determined to use his recovery pathway to both improve awareness of Complex PTSD, and the support given to those with mental health injuries.
Brendan joined the Royal Marines at the age of 19. After successfully completing 30 weeks training he then served at 40 Commando where he was deployed on operational duties in Northern Ireland and The Adriatic. Other deployments included desert training in Oman and arctic warfare training in Norway.
Whilst serving in the Royal Marines Brendan suffered serious spinal injuries which resulted in hospitalisation and a lengthy period of rehabilitation. Following his discharge he suffered with periods of depression and anxiety having left a job he loved. These were his dark times and this was to shape his next few years where he was forced to seek help and treatment
Brendan has a passion for the outdoors and spends much of his spare time on the Brecon Beacons. Since leaving the Royal Marines he has worked for the local authority and is a proud dad of two sons.
Brendan successfully summited Mt. Aconcagua in January 2018 with the team of 65 Degrees North. This brutal and demanding endeavour removed Brendan completely from his comfort zone and pushed him to his absolute limits, increasing his confidence and self-belief that he can achieve whatever he sets his mind to.
Scott, from West Yorkshire, joined the Royal Marines in 2008. After passing out he then went to 42 Commando where he deployed on several training packages such as mountain training and an America training package.
Scott also completed a LRR course whilst he was at 42 Commando.
In 2011 Scott deployed to Afghanistan with Lima Company 42 on Operation Herrick 14.
Whilst on tour Scott was involved in an IED blast which left him blind in his right eye. He was medically discharged in 2013.
In 2015 Scott successfully completed the Walk of Britain with Walking With The Wounded (WWTW), a 1000 mile walk through Scotland, England and Wales in 72 days. He successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, the World’s highest freestanding mountain, in February 2016 with the team of 65 Degrees North. Scott continues to challenge himself and wants to show others that despite injuries, physical or psychological, it is possible to achieve great things.
Jonnie joined the Royal Marines in 2008 and worked as a Reconnaissance Operator with 42 Commando. He deployed to Afghanistan on Herrick 14 and on exercises to the US, through the Med to the Middle East and Bahrain. He completed his CWWC in Norway and then went on to complete training as a RM Combat Intelligence Analyst.
During his deployment to Afghanistan Jonnie witnessed a number of IED strikes and treated friends in multiple incidents. It wasn’t until 5 years later that he realised he was struggling with some aspects of his life which had a significant impact on relationships, self-esteem, concentration, his ability to focus on his job and emotional stability. After accepting he needed support Jonnie was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety having been exposed to multiple traumatic incidents whilst in Afghanistan. A period of treatment regained some stability, not without significant changes, and he continues to see a counsellor once a fortnight to help him normalise and transition into civilian life.
Jonnie enjoys a variety of sports and outdoor activities and now works as a freelance outdoor activities instructor and expedition leader. He is looking forward to being part of a team again, and highlighting the impact invisible disability can have, and how he has overcome challenges since diagnosis.
Rich is a former Royal Marine Commando, who served at 40 Commando amongst other units, he deployed and was trained in Arctic and desert warfare and survival. He led Heroes Challenge UK; a UK endurance record that set a British first; an endurance record completed over 10 days. He went on to lead the five-week expedition that saw Peter Bowker become the ‘First Amputee’ to cross the Greenland ice cap unsupported!
He has since led an expedition to summit Mount Kilimanjaro which achieved a full team summit success and, in January 2017, he stood on the summit of the ‘Top of the Bottom of the World’ when he led an unsupported team to climb Mt Vinson, Antarctica’s highest peak. He has led training packages on the Mont Blanc Massif in preparation for Antarctica and Aconcagua with the 65DN support team.
Rich successfully summited Mt. Aconcagua in January 2018 and more recently he was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his charitable services to veterans.