Ken Hames started his personal odyssey as a 16-year- old army recruit. He left the army some two decades later as a Major, in command of 600 men. He is one of the very few British officers to have worn the red beret of the Parachute Brigade, the green beret of the Royal Marines and the sand beret of the Special Air Service. His military experience includes nine tours ofNorthern Ireland, the liberation of Port Stanley in the Falklands war, the first Gulf War and commandingBritain’s anti- terrorist team.
Ken describes himself as “passionate about giving people the opportunity to do extraordinary things” — a wish that has led to his own journey from the military to the world of learning and development. Now Operations Director of Farscape Development, a company specialising in behavioural training, Ken is an expert in equipping business people with the skills to perform at their best in any environment.
His first TV show was The Trek, back in 1994. With the help of Princess Diana, he took 12 disadvantaged youngsters to the heart of Africaon a 500-mile journey over desert and mountainous terrain. Diana described Hames as “the master practitioner in the field of training and development”. Since then Ken has created and fronted adventure programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, CBBC, Sky and the Discovery Channel.
It is Ken’s series Beyond Boundaries that has become his most famous achievement and the programmes have spanned over three series to date. Each one has seen Ken lead various groups of people with disability through some of the world’s most challenging wildernesses, on seemingly impossible expeditions. In Beyond Boundaries 1 Ken led a group on a bold pan- Nicaraguan trek — from The Atlantic toPacific Ocean— via jungle, desert, river and mountain. This trek had never before been completed, thanks to its arduous terrain, soaring temperatures, drug-running bandits and dangerous wild animals.
Ken uses his vast and diverse experience to inspire vision in others through motivational speaking, coaching and leadership training. He is driven by the desire to help people to unlock their innate potential and is an expert in cultivating the positive behavioural practices which enable people to reach their goals.