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Jack Russell

“Finding your purpose, passion and plans"


In Jack's last year in Downside School with only five days training he stepped into kayak the 125 miles Devizes to Westminster canoe race. A mile and a half before Westminster he and his partner capsized under four Thames barges. Whilst trapped underwater and having a near death experience he promised himself if he survived he would live life to the full. He and his partner were awarded the Sir Louis and Lady Gluckstien trophy for fortitude and courage. 

The day he left school he cycled a 1000 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats with a budget of £50. During the journey he made a personal commitment to positively influence and motivate others to achieve great things.

Jack's father was in the army and having traveled round the world as a child his passion grew for adventure and travel.


He worked in three schools as head of the geography department and taught Prince Harry and William on courses.

Jack's passion for people grew and he decided to pursue a degree in Psychology and Recreation in Plymouth and Purdue University in America. 

In 1992 Jack set up the Adventure Centre at Kelly College. This was a new business venture working with education and corporate organisations specifically focused on personal development, leadership and team development. Clients included the all women's polar relay, Olympic athletes and Dartmouth Naval College.


In 2000 Jack started Personal Development Coaching, the drive was to help people develop confidence, self belief, motivation, positive thinking, communication and ultimately better relationships with others. 

During this time Jack practiced what he preached and achieved many mental and physical goals:


  • BA Honors in Psychology and Recreation

  • Master Practitioner of NLP

  • Level 5 BCU Kayak Coach 

  • Motivational speaker for audiences up to 3000 people

  • Insights Practitioner

  • Motivational Maps Practitioner

  • Author of two books (Don't Tell the Bumblebee & Positive Buzz)

  • Runner up of a Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Two Paul Harris Fellow Awards from Rotary

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


  • Skied to the North Pole 

  • Kayaked the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster 10 times (gaining a place on the 1000 mile club)

  • Cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats and London to Athens

  • Cycled, ran and kayaked from Shetland to the Isles of Scilly 

  • Cycled from the top to bottom of New Zealand, California and Malaysia 

  • Ran four London Marathons

  • Snow kiting in Norway

  • Numerous outdoor professional qualifications.


Jack's purpose continues to be focused on the coaching of others and the growth of his young family to achieve great things in life. 


Family, people, adventure, camping, kayaking and kite surfing. 


To maintain a positive work life balance and to continue coaching, leadership and personal development way in to the future.

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