Richard Parks

Richard is a world-leading extreme environment athlete, award-winning author and Sport Wales board member. Richard’s pioneering expeditions and projects push the boundaries of human performance whilst adding value to our world – through science, education or charitable objectives.

Richard is one of Britain’s most promising leaders in his selection for the inaugural Franco-British Young Leaders Programme. His current focus is on translating the leadership lessons he has learnt into educational programmes for senior business executives and organisations.

As a former Welsh rugby international, turned extreme environment athlete, Richard first made history in 2011, becoming the first ever person to climb the highest mountain on each of the world's 7 continents and stand on all 3 poles (North and South Poles and the summit of Everest) in less than 7 months. The 737 Challenge was recognised by the Guinness World Records.

In 2014, Richard became the fastest Briton in history to ski solo and unsupported the 1240km from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole, taking 9 days off the previous British record and becoming the first Welshman to complete this iconic feat.

2016 saw Richard’s Project Everest Cynllun - a collaborative British research expedition aiming to showcase the effects of extreme altitude on the body and mind successfully filmed for BBC2.

Activating his ambassadorial role for Wales’ Year of Adventure and working with One Tribe Productions Richard filmed a 3-part adventure series showcasing Wales’ natural resources.