Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Who are they? Part 2

Hello again readers,
We hope your weekends have been as sunny and fun-filled as ours. Our first set of interviews of the Raleigh field base team went down really well with all their friends and family so, as promised, here is the second half of our team’s answers. Unfortunately logs boy Mark Skelton is out on phase trekking at the moment, so he will be added at changeover as he is, of course, an integral part of our well-oiled machine.

So, without further ado, may I present the rest of the team…


Nils Wieboldt, Finance Manager

 1) What is your role at field base?

I am the finance manager – I re-stock the fridge and count money

2) What three things could you not live without?
• 80s pop music
• My cello
• Skype

3) If you were stuck in the jungle, which person dead or alive, would you want to be with and why?Loli, because she can make the most amazing meal from nothing

4) What attracted you to working in Borneo?
The dry weather…

5) What is your favourite Raleigh ration?
Tinned sardines – I love them


Serge Neumand, Logistics Manager


1) What is your role at field base?
I make sure everyone has enough food on expedition and that they are using equipment that’s safe and does the job.

2) What three things could you not live without?
• Friends
• Family
• Loving

3) If you were stuck in the jungle, which person dead or alive, would you want to be with and why?
Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) as she would keep me safe

4) What attracted you to working in Borneo?
Because it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to such a remote place that I would never have thought of going to before

5) What is your favourite Raleigh ration?
Beef curry


Hayley Burnell, Communications Officer


  1) What is your role at field base?

I’m essentially the gossip queen - I collect gossip from the venturers and staff and share it around…

2) What three things could you not live without?
• Pyjamas
• Loli’s cooking
• Gossiping

3) If you were stuck in the jungle, which person dead or alive, would you want to be with and why?
Bear Grylis – because he’s a beautiful, yet functional, man who could build me a perfect camp to stay in.

4) What attracted you to working in Borneo?
The sun, the varied environment – beautiful beaches and islands next to dense, scary, jungle

5) What is your favourite Raleigh ration?
Sate sauce – it’s tasty


Conor Gracey, Logistics


 1) What is your role at field base?

I stack cans

2) What three things could you not live without?
• Cheesecake
• Films
• Water

3) If you were stuck in the jungle, which person dead or alive, would you want to be with and why?
Inas, my trek leader from last expedition – he’s a legend – he knows everything!

4) What attracted you to working in Borneo?
The sun, the people and the land

5) What is your favourite Raleigh ration?
Peanut brittle


Tom Norton, Deputy Programme Manager



1) What is your role at field base?
Helping Mac run the expedition and sitting with my feet up on the desk telling people what to do

2) What three things could you not live without?
• My wife
• Ipod
• Sweets – Haribo in particular

3) If you were stuck in the jungle, which person dead or alive, would you want to be with, and why?
Nelson Mandela because he’s such an extraordinary bloke. I’d like to speak to him about how he managed to survive in solitary confinement for so long and still come out of it forgiving people.

4) What attracted you to working in Borneo?
It was one of the few places I’ve not been with Raleigh and I really wanted to see the rainforests that it’s famous for

5) What is your favourite Raleigh ration?
Nutrigrain bars – you can’t beat them when you are trekking




Darren Pugh, Logistics


1) What is your role at field base?
I’m the food and equipment man

2) What three things could you not live without?
• Music
• Cheesecake and Haribo
• Friends and family

3) If you were stuck in the jungle, which person dead or alive, would you want to be with and why?
Billy Connelly, because he’s such a legend.

4) What attracted you to working in Borneo?
I’d been on the previous expedition as a venturer and absolutely loved the culture, people and the climate so had to come back!

5) What is your favourite Raleigh ration?
Condensed milk


Oonagh Hayes, roving reporter, even though Hayley is back from project…

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tom, read your comments glad to see Helen is still top of the list!& not the sweets!!thought I would come somewhere in the pecking order if only for the dreaded mother in law!!!!Hope you are both still getting lots out of this trip. Miss you both!!

love Mum & Dad

Anonymous said...

Hi Tom
Can you contact Mike on his work email as soon as possible.
mike.blundell@environment-agency.gov.uk
Karen