Global Adventure was founded by Dave Hearn, who after a ten-year stint in the US Air Force, entered the world of leadership development and non-profit charities. There, he mentored dozens of men and women and recognized one thread through them all: they wanted to live a life of purpose and adventure. But often they lacked the skills, the grit, and the work ethic to make that a reality. Out of these relationships, Global Adventure was born.
Dave recognized another theme: these young adults, most of them young men, lacked an initiation. They lacked a defining moment, or perhaps a childhood of defining moments, that would usher them into the realm of manhood. After years of study on the topic of initiation, Global Adventure became a way of leading boys to become men, men to become brothers, and family units to build better relationships through outdoor adventure and frankly, risk.
Meet Our Team
A former Army Engineer section commander, Tim served for over ten years, in Germany, Central America, Eastern Europe, the Falkland Islands and Northern Ireland. He has led numerous charitable and humanitarian missions teams to Albania where, he eventually settled in order to continue the work.
An experienced caver, mountaineer, climber and hill walker, Tim helps to head up these activities for Global Adventure. As a former paramedic of over ten years experience; now medical practitioner, Tim is the group medic. His garage experience is often useful give the Landrovers we drive.
Tim says ” there is no more vital task than to train our next generation of leaders; people who can step up, step forward and take the lead wherever they find themselves. Global Adventure will develop this essential, life long ability in you”
Tim is the youngest on the team but we don’t hold that against him… He is a fully qualified Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing instructor who spends as much time as he can on the crags of the Peak District, climbing, scrambling or walking with his wife Sophie. After meeting Dave at an event where they shared a passion for brotherhood and adventure they generated a close bond which resulted in Dave being Tim’s Best Man at his wedding.
Jason has always had a passion for adventure and the outdoors and he loves working with and supporting groups at GA events. His interests include mountaineering, running, cycling, kayaking, Yoga, Thai Boxing, archery and general fitness as well as great food & beer! He has led & supported individuals and groups in a range of outdoor pursuits over the years and has recently enjoyed seeing his teenage son develop new skills at GA’s recent Canadian Heritage expedition as a right of passage experience. Jason is the group cook, ensuring everyone is well fed and watered and will also run PT sessions. Jason says “There is something so powerful in seeing a group working together as a team and enjoying the processes of a big challenge. It will encourage, engage and push us further, to explore new things and help us to be the best version of ourselves.” Jason is married with two children and lives in South Yorkshire.
Dave spent ten years in the US Air Force as an intelligence officer, with tours across the US, and in Germany and Italy. In 2006 and 2008, he was deployed to Iraq as part of a task force made up of Tier 1 Special Operations Forces confronting al Qaeda across the Middle East. The brotherhood and camaraderie he experienced changed his outlook on life–he realized that there was more to life than the normal 9-to-5.
After leaving the forces, Dave committed to working with young people and opening their eyes to something bigger. A charity director and mentor, he has worked and spoken to thousands around the world. Now based in the UK with his wife and their three kids, he has earned his UK Mountain Leader and Forest School Leader qualifications and uses them to help lead people on trips and expeditions.