Meet The Team

The Experts

Gregg Hughes

Safari Adventure Tour Operator, South Africa

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • Comrades Marathon, Two Oceans Marathon, Majorca Half Iron Man, Namibia 600, Wild Coast 3000, In-Nam 17, Durban Half Iron Man, Austrian Ironman

Graduate Message:

Train hard and enjoy more

Sporting lowlights

None, love it all

Qualifications/experience

20 years in the Safari & Adventure Guiding Business

Key likes

True wilderness, Africa, interesting, well traveled and like minded people

Phill Steffny

Safari adventure tour guide, Cape Town, South Africa

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • Majorca half ironman, Two Oceans, Namibia 600, and doing 4 marathons, 1 ultra and one trail marathon in one year...

Graduate Message:

HTFU!

Sporting lowlights?

A DNF on my second trail ultra- that really wasn't fun... And injuring my Achilles put me out for a while.

Qualifications and experience

20 years of safari guiding

Key likes

Looking for life's adventures, succeeding at challenges that first seemed impossible, beer and coffee.

John Mayock

Director GO Run For Fun Projects, British

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • 3 x Olympic Games finalist – 1500m/5km (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004)
  • 5 x European medalist at 3,000m (Gold, 2 silver, 2 Bronze)
  • 2 x Commonwealth Games medalist at 1,500m (2 Silver)
  • World Student Games Champion at 5,000m
  • Represented Great Britain 59 times over 20 year period
  • British Record Holder at 2000m

Graduate Message:

What a fantastic opportunity to be part of such a unique challenge. I am delighted to be part of the team that helps you, the graduates, every step of the way to reach the finish line in Namibia.

Rise to the challenges ahead, whether it’s the long run in the dark after work, the strength of the headwind whilst on the bike or the anticipation of completing your first marathon. Think positive, enjoy the training and look forward to the flight to Namibia.

Qualifications

  • Computer Studies Degree & Marketing Diploma (Chartered Institute of Marketing)
  • 10 years as Director of Special Projects at the Great Run Company (Sports Marketing)

Sporting Lowlights

  • Mo Farah breaking four of my British Records…
  • Dropping out of the New York Marathon at 19 miles due to injury. On track to finish in 10th place and complete a 2hr 11 min performance…

Key Likes

Being outside in the countryside cycling and running. Enjoying socialising with friends and family.

Gerard Hartmann

Personal friend of John Mayock and colleague of Jim Ratcliffe, Hans Crescent, Ireland

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • Gerard has treated 61 Olympic medal winners, 47 World Champions including World Record holders in 100m, 110m hurdles, 1,500m, 1 mile, 3,000m, 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m, 10,000m, 10 mile road, half marathon, marathon.

Graduate Message:

I am a native of Limerick City, Ireland who, over the past twenty two years, have developed a reputation for treating many of the the world's elite sport stars.

Gordon Milne

Operations Director, Grangemouth,

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • Completing Isle Of Man TT circuit in 28 minutes with roads open to the public and obviously on a motorbike !

Graduate Message:

We are all in this together, whatever it is ! Preparation is going to be essential and critical, so let’s get it on.

Sporting Lowlights

Broken ribs on New Years Day skiing in Aspen ….. sore !

Qualifications/Experiences

Absolutely nothing of relevance for IN NAM 19 !

Key Likes

My family, my work and succeeding in any challenge.

Hans Casier

CEO INEOS Phenol, Switzerland

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • The Original Marathon, Marathon of Valencia, Twice half marathon of Lausanne and Cyclo tour du Léman

Graduate Message:

I’m looking forward to meet you all in the deserts of Namibia, good luck with the preparation !

Todd Hinz

43, Financial Controller in O&P USA, Marina View, USA

Graduate Message:

I hope that there is a personal sense of accomplishment to complete the challenge all the way through Africa, but more importantly, to do it as a team with the graduates and create a sense of spirit de corps and watch them discover their own confidence and abilities.

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Like everyone at INEOS, I wear many hats! As a Business Controller I have responsibility for:
• Consolidating and reporting Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly & Annual business results to Management & the Ineos Group
• Directly working with the O&P USA Board on all internal financial, management and bonus reporting
• The financial operations and support of the Chocolate Bayou Facility (including Hobbs and Pipelines)
• Credit function, Accounts Receivable, Collections, and Securitization reporting
• The Trading and Control function for our in-house Trading organization

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
First, spending time with my family, including my wife and two daughters (13 & 10)
Outdoor pursuits – camping, hunting and fishing. But the last 14 months have been monopolised with running, biking and triathlons! Love all that now as well!

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Watching the graduates accomplish something amazing and overcoming their own self-imposed barriers and limits.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Doing everything possible to facilitate the training of all the US graduates to give them the best chance of success and avoiding injury leading up to the challenge.

Qualifications/Experience

Chemical Engineer undergrad, Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Accounting, Licensed CPA (Certified Public Accountant)