Ben Major

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Ben Major

An adventurer, explorer and survival expert who is the long standing presenter of Serious Explorers for BBC1

An adventurer, explorer and survival expert who is the long standing presenter of Serious Explorers for BBC1..


Ben Major is an adventurer, explorer and survival expert who has led numerous expeditions and projects throughout the world in all environments – jungle, desert, arctic, mountain and ocean.

For the past 8 years Ben has been presenting the multi-BAFTA winning series Serious Explorers for BBC1, leading groups of teenagers on the expedition of a lifetime to remote and far flung corners of the globe achieving four world firsts. As well as leading the group and presenting the programme, Ben was responsible for all the planning, recceing and safety of each new series. Ben has also appeared on The One Show, BBC Breakfast, Sports Relief and Blue Peter.

Having travelled extensively in remote and often hostile environments Ben consults on security and travel issues in between expeditions and TV work and has built up an impressive list of clients including the BBC and CNN advising on security issues while in countries such as Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ben joined Sandhurst after finishing school and served in the army for 8 years where he spent time in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. An accomplished mountaineer, Ben led expeditions to the Himalayas, Rockies and Andes including ascents of two 8000m peaks. Upon leaving the army he planned and led security operations to protect wildlife against professional poachers in East Africa; and led remote jungle conservation projects where he honed his survival skills amongst the native peoples of Asia, Central and South America.

He is an experienced yachtsman, with several Fastnet races and trans-Atlantic crossings under his belt; a keen windsurfer and kitesurfer, skier, scuba diver and kayak instructor – basically, Ben is the real deal.

In between ‘adventures’ he can be found on the Northumberland coast doing up his beloved cliff-top barn known affectionately as ‘the bit pokin oot’, and trying to prevent it falling into the sea.


TAGS: Adventure / TV Presenter / Survival / Military / After Dinner Speakers / Motivational Speakers

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