Director of Operations
Fay is Director of Operations and responsible for overseeing all of our journeys. Her background is in personal development expeditions, having spent many years running expeditions for school groups worldwide, with a particular responsibility establishing project partnerships and in-country operations. Prior to this she spent several years at the Royal Geographical Society’s Expedition Advisory Centre (now Geography Outdoors). She has travelled widely especially in the Middle East and Africa, as well as further afield.
Josh is responsible for co-ordinating all of our journeys. His background is in community development trips, and Wind Sand & Stars’ strong links with the Bedouin are a major reason for Josh choosing to work with us. He has a degree in Exploration and Resource Geology, spent several years in the Army Reserves, and prior to joining Wind Sand & Stars worked as a freelance outdoors instructor and expedition leader. Josh has travelled, worked, and volunteered in East Africa, West Africa, South America, the Sinai and various parts of Europe.
Sinai Ground Handler
Rabia has worked with Wind Sand & Stars since its inception and has been key to the long term and stable relationships which ensure safety as well as the capacity to journey in areas little known to the western world. He originally trained as a doctor, working in hospitals in Cairo, but fell in love with the desert and the Bedu way of life while working in the area one summer nearly 30 years ago. He lives in the Sinai as a director of his own specialist company, and agent for Wind Sand & Stars. Rabia, with his knowledge of different ways of life, is able to give key insights into the desert world and his support team are always generous natured and high quality.
Richard has many years experience in developing companies and managing teams, in both large organisations and smaller companies. He is the Director of a number of companies in the Adventure Travel, Expedition and Exploration sectors. Richard is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Zoological Society of London. He is also a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster, and has used his sea-faring skills to bring personal development opportunities to a number of organisations and companies.
In his spare time, Richard has travelled extensively – usually on sailing or mountaineering trips, which have included climbing Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua. He has skippered yachts in the Fastnet Race and Three Peaks Yacht Race. In 2005 he competed in the Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race from La Gomera to Antigua with his wife, arriving in 6th place and setting a record time for a couple! In 2009 he cycled the route of the Tour de France to raise money for a cancer charity. In 2013, he sailed solo across the Atlantic in a 21ft yacht to raise funds for Sobell House Hospice in Oxford. Richard lives in Hampshire with his wife Elizabeth and their two children.
As a director of Wind Sand & Stars, Peter brings operational experience to the team, having set up and run a number of travel and personal development companies over the last 15 years. Peter’s specialism in risk management has involved him in establishing safety standards, as Co-chair for the creation of the ISO Adventure Tourism standard, and as an active member of the technical committee for the British Standard in Overseas Expeditions (BS8848). Still devoted to having new experiences, Peter travels widely providing practical advice to teams working in remote parts of the world. He thrives on revealing new cultures and environments to individuals through safe and responsible travel.
Chris joined Provident Life in 1973 for what she believed to be a stopgap.
Little was she to know that she was going to spend the next 27 years helping the business evolve and progress. Eventually the time came to make a break and Chris joined the team in 2000 to become the finance manager. Be nice to her – she pays all our bills!
Emma is the founder of Wind Sand & Stars. She set up the company to bring trade to the Bedu tribes of the Sinai where resources are scarce. The relationship with the tribal sheikhs and families now span three generations, giving Wind Sand & Stars an in-depth understanding of the land and its peoples. Emma has a PhD in early Byzantine art and manuscripts, many of which are found at the Monastery of St Catherine in Sinai. She has been ordained in the Anglican Church for the last 10 years, working locally and for the Archbishops. Her specialist knowledge of Sinai and her work with people in remote areas is still her great love.
“So many thoughts about our wonderful trip to St Catherine; the fantastic warmth of welcome from the Egyptians, Fathers Justin and Nilus, and the unique history which we felt privileged to be given access to. In my book, how could one not enjoy and be inspired!”
Julia Palmer, St Catherine Retreat, February 2017
“A great experience altogether and I am grateful to all the organisers, to the guides and drivers, to all the staff at guesthouse and hotels, to the Bedouin we visited; all contributed to a perfect trip. “
Verena Watson, Tailor Made Desert Journey, April 2016
“Huge thanks to all at Wind, Sand & Stars for an amazing trip. John’s passion for Ethiopia fires his erudition and he gave us more insights into the country, past and present, than we could ever have gained from local guides.”
Christine Dunmow, Exploring Ethiopia’s Orthodox History with John Binns 2016
“I am hugely impressed with Wind Sand & Stars’ organisation and their relationship with the Bedouin family who looked after us. These local contacts made the experience especially rich.”
Richard Ames-Lewis, Adventure into Silence, October 2014