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Television Presenter. Motivational Speaker. Bushcraft and Survival Instructor. Adventurer and Naturalist.
Andrew is an experienced and versatile television presenter and has been working on prime time Bafta Cymru Nominated ITV Wales series “Coast and Country” since 2013.
Andrew is one of the UK’s leading Bushcraft and Survival instructors, with a reputation for maintaining high standards of training and safety. He founded his survival and Bushcraft school Dryad Bushcraft in 2004, and specialises in training for individuals and groups in practical skills such as fire lighting, safe tool handling, water purification, natural navigation, wild food foraging and other wilderness survival and primitive living skills.
Andrew is also the editor of the internationally distributed publication “Bushcraft and Survival Skills Magazine”.
Additionally he has featured as a contributor and specialist expert on the following television programmes.
Holidays at Home (BBC)
Britains Favourite View (BBC)
Time Team (Channel 4)
Wales in Four Seasons (BBC)
Griff Rhys Jones Welsh adventure (ITV)
Warwick Davis Weekend Adventures (ITV)
Spartacus, (The History Channel)
Underground Britain, (BBC)
Jamie Olivers Food Tube Channel.
Commercial for Harper Adams University (2013)
Motivational entrepreneurial speaker and life coach, with extensive experience of public engagements and practical workshop sessions for Schools and further education, as well as corporate events.
Welsh Assembly Government (Big Ideas Wales) 2008- Present
Andrew’s interest in outdoor living and adventure started at a very young age while foraging for Mussels with his Grandfather, and later with his father who taught him how to catch Mackerel and Sea Bass from an ancient (and slightly leaky) canvas and wood Kayak off the South Gower Coast. These early experiences sowed the seeds of enthusiasm for a life of adventure, wilderness living skills, history, and love for the natural world.
At the age of 19 Andrew participated on a Raleigh International Expedition to Malaysia, where he had his first experience of living with the indigenous Orang Asli people of the Cameron Highlands. Learning about their rapidly disappearing lifestyles and the techniques they use to live off the land through foraging, hunting and trapping, was another significant experience that helped to guide his future life choices.
Over many years of travel Andrew has extensively in order to research the techniques and methods of indigenous people throughout the world, and it is this depth of practical knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject that shines through in his instructing and presenting work.
Andrew has written numerous articles and features for Bushcraft and Survival Skills magazine, The Ernest Journal, The Great Outdoors, and other publications.
Lowrie is one of the UK’s and S4C’s most adventurous presenters/broadcasters.
Her face is a familiar feature in adventure documentaries which follow her competing in some of the toughest endurance races in the World; we have seen her living with indigenous tribes and we have seen her diving two and half miles down to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to visit the wreck of Titanic.
As a result she has gained international success, awards and accolades such as Best Presenter and Producer (BAFTA Cymru), the Spirit of the Festival Award (Celtic Media Festival), and winner of the Media Category (National Adventure Awards).
She not only presents adventure documentaries but is also familiar to audiences of BBC Sport (TV and Radio), ITV, Channel 4 and S4C. Lowri has worked on a variety of sporting events including the Pro 12, International and Premiership Rugby, International Athletics, Marathon and Ironman races whilst also presenting two series of ‘Helimeds’.
Her journey into television was unplanned. Starting her career as children’s wraparound presenter on S4C she moved on to the channel’s youth magazine weekly show and it was on this show that she gained the reputation as the adrenalin presenter. During five years on the show, Lowri presented more 1200 hours of live TV.
A music graduate with diverse and varied interests has found herself presenting an eclectic mix of programmes. They’ve featured travel, adventure, sport and music documentaries including the once-in-a-lifetime experience of presenting two 1 hour-long documentaries following her journey to the site of the Titanic, seeing her become one of only 100 people to have dived in to the depths of the ocean to see the wreck of the vessel.
Other credits include presenter of Ralïo+ (translation: Rallying+) which followed the World Rally Championship and British Rally Championship along with the notable Ras yn Erbyn Amser’ (Race Against Time), presented, researched and produced by Lowri – a four part series following preparation and racing for one of the toughest and most extreme Ultra endurance challenges in the World in the heat and humidity of the Amazon jungle. This production gained the prestigious ‘Spirit of the Festival’ Award (Celtic Media Festival) for its outstanding quality.
The cameras continued their journey with Lowri as she pushed her boundaries in preparation for the 6633 ultra marathon – one of the toughest challenges on the planet. In the freezing Arctic setting, competitors are pushed to their physical and mental limits as they strive to complete the 350-mile endurance in only eight days. After 174 hours and 8 minutes and having spent the last 3 days of the race competing against the elements and freezing conditions alone, Lowri was the sole finisher of the 2011 6633 Ultra Marathon and became only a handful of athletes to cross the finish line. The second series, again produced by Lowri, based on her adventure in the Arctic Circle in Canada received international recognition and was nominated for 4 BAFTA Cymru awards, eventually winning Best Presenter and Best Documentary.
Over the last 6 years, Lowri has travelled the world with tribes and indigenous people in Morocco, Namibia, China, Mexico, Peru for S4C, National Geographic and international broadcasters, as well as joining the Wales Air Ambulance for 2 years for ITV. However, Wales was the location for her most recent adventure for TV in a 4 part series called the 333. The challenge coincided with Wales’ Year of Adventure during which Lowri proudly played her role as ambassador. During this adventure Lowri succeeded to complete three ultra-marathons – 150 miles in three days – taking her from the foot of Snowdon and down along the country’s highest peaks. It was a World First and in so doing set a Fastest Known Time.
LOWRI _ MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
Lowri Morgan is a sought-after and acclaimed motivational speaker. The BAFTA-winning broadcaster, intrepid adventurer and world-class extreme endurance athlete is someone who is keenly aware of the attitude and application that is needed to achieve success.
Lowri, the broadcaster, best known for her adventure documentaries and for her coverage of S4C’s World Rally Championship is also a world-class ultra-runner. She has a coveted 6633 Ultra finish to her name, a top 10 overall finish in the Amazon’s 140 mile Jungle Marathon, part of the first ever female crew to complete and take line honours in the Three Peaks Yacht Race and also completed the 333, an unique running challenge in Snowdonia, which saw her run from North to South Wales via the country’s highest peaks in 60 hours.
Lowri has been featured in the 100 bedtime stories for Rebel Girls featured in both The Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller list.
After suffering a debilitating injury that threatened her sporting career, Lowri, in her presentations, talks about what motivates her to keep going despite hurdles and adversity. She vividly talks about the perils of running ultra marathons and the mind over matter mentality needed to succeed.
Using her keynote speech to motivate and inspire businesses, Lowri instills a positive mentality sharing some of her own experiences leaving audiences with the tools and strategies to unlock and unleash their best, most authentic selves.
She speaks with honesty, humility and passion about motivation, goal setting, teamwork, success, failure, risk-taking, overcoming adversity, dealing with change, and achieving what we set out to achieve, no matter how steep the odds might be.
The world of endurance and the world of business have similar attributes. Success in both fields require a high degree of single-mindedness, focus and application. Lowri’s audience hear first-hand stories from a highly influential athlete, who gives an insight into the passion that has led to her success. With her humble and self-effacing way, the audience start to believe that anything and everything is possible as long as they put their mind to it.
Lowri is a truly inspirational speaker who often finishes to a standing ovation.
LOWRI _ THE ‘MAM’
Having a baby clearly wasn’t going to stop Lowri and her high level of activity
After running 30 miles a week until the day before her son was born, Lowri resumed training and preparation for a return to racing very soon after giving birth. Within three weeks she was back running.
However, it wasn’t all easy. There were days when she’d struggle to complete even a mile run and the frustration of struggling to put one foot in front of another was overwhelming. She’d walk back home with a very heavy heart but would then remind myself that she was stronger, faster and better than the day before.
Getting out to run during those first few weeks and months helped her regain a sense of “normality” and when her son was strong enough to be able to hold his head Lowri ordered a running buggy.
By now some of her favourite runs included her son and Nel the dog.
When her little boy was a year old Lowri started racing again, gaining podiums and top 5 places overall in endurance races. It is at this point that she raced The Three Peaks Yacht Race with a group of 5 female athletes and became the first all female crew to complete and take line honours.
Juggling her responsibilities with her training is a delicate balance. Lowri’s “free” time is limited. Fitting in the training around her son was her priority. She no longer has the luxury of running whenever and however far she likes. Now each mile has to count. She has been forced to get smarter with the training and is no longer able to waste time running “empty” miles. Now, every run has a purpose. When she leaves the house, that run matters to Lowri and her goals.
Mornings start at 4.30am and she has to make it happen. Yes, there are many sleepless nights but she has learnt to appreciate the early morning runs even on just 5 hours of sleep. Lowri gets up early in the morning to run a marathon before many people get out of bed.
If she’s not working away, or working from home, she’s often seen running with the dog and pushing the pram and her son around the parks, which always makes her smile!
Training each day/week/month is so unpredictable when you’re juggling a busy lifestyle but this is what keeps Lowri on her toes, keeping at it and never giving up.
Lowri welcomes the opportunity, one day, to be able to tell her little boy that she was training for the best race of her life while also embracing parenthood.
At the age of 15 Matt picked up a skateboard and never looked back.
He spent his younger years travelling to skateboard competitions all over the UK and Europe and eventually picked up sponsorship and turned pro. Then in his mid-20s he got a call from MTV…
In 2001 he began filming the first series of MTV’s Dirty Sanchez – the British equivalent of Jackass. It quickly became MTV’s highest rating show and made a star out of Matt and his friends. Three series of Dirty Sanchez and Dirty Sanchez: The Movie followed, as well as Balls of Steel for Channel 4.
Since 2011 he has run half and full marathons, a single, double and triple Ironman distance events along with many other self-set challenges. In 2015 he became Vegan after watching the documentary Cowspiracy. Veganism, re-ignited his passion for cooking (he trained at catering college) and saw him start his own YouTube cooking show Pritchard’s Proper Vegan Cooking.
He is currently filming a documentary and a four-part series for BBC1 Wales.
He owns the tattoo and barbershop Sleep When You’re Dead in Cardiff.
Dr Edson Burton is a writer, academic, curator, and compere. His academic specialisms include: Black religiosity, Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Black History in the USA, cultural continuities between Africa & the New World, Race and Representation, sexuality . He has been a consultant and coordinator for a range of history projects in Bristol including most recently a study of Bristol’s Old Market ward Vice & Virtue (2014) and Black South West Network’s Race Through the Generations
Edson has maintained a parallel career as a poet (Seasoned 2008) and writer for theatre, radio & screen. Among his radio dramas the afternoon plays Armour of Immanuel (2007), the Chosen One (2009), Deacon (2017) have been selected variously, as Radio 4 listening highlights. His most recent collaboration with Bristol Old Vic & Bristol’s Colston Hall involved curating existing & writing new speeches by the 19th century African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass which were performed on the streets of Bristol by a cast which included Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei- Armah, chaplain to the House of Commons Rose Hudson Wilkins, & theatre film actor Danny Sapani.
Edson is a regular commentator on local and national radio and television. His academic appearances include Countryfile (2006) Hairy Bikers series Pubs that Made Britain (2015) Books that Made Britain Bristol Sin City (2016), There is Black in the Union Jack (2017) Lost Civilizations Series 1: The Remains of Slavery (2017) the Antiques Road Show, (broadcast pending).
His television presenter roles include the video nation feature on Bristol’s multicultural high street Stapleton Road (2010)
He is a board member of highly respected public art producer Situations Ltd, of programming and curatorial collective Come the Revolution & African film festival Afrikaeye respectively and founder member of LGBT group kiki Bristol.
Edson combines work at the Trinity art centre with a portfolio career in the arts, & educational sectors.
historian, programme-curator and performer based in Bristol. His academic specialisms include: Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Black History in the USA, Cultural continuities between Africa & the New World & Race and Representation. He has been a consultant and coordinator for a range of history projects in Bristol including most recently a study of Bristol’s Old Market ward
Frances Donovan is a journalist and presenter who’s anchored television and radio programmes across major events for both the BBC and ITV, including the Rugby World Cup, Euro 2016, the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, Children in Need and the BAFTAS.
Donovan was born in Cardiff and is one of four siblings, the rest of whom are brothers. She went to school in Chepstow and at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls. She read English and History at University College, Cardiff and later obtained a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism in Bristol.
She’s married to Andrew Cottey, a freelance Director of Photography and Lighting Director. She has two rescue dogs and is an active supporter of a number of animal welfare charities.
Donovan began her career as a radio reporter and presenter at 210FM in Reading before moving to Severn Sound Radio in Gloucester.
Her first television role was a reporter at HTV West in Bristol, from where she went on to work for ITN, Sky, Channel 5 and Meridian Television. She was also a regular sports presenter on what was then News 24 for the BBC.
She returned to Wales to become one of BBC Wales Sport’s main anchors, where she hosted Wales on Saturday – the weekend results show – for four years, as well as Sports Personality of the Year, Wales Open Golf, ‘Welsh Open Snooker’, International Bowls and Welsh Amateur Boxing. She was the first female presenter of BBC Wales’ iconic rugby programme, Scrum Five.
She’s reported for Match of the Day and Football Focus as well as The Open Championship, for the BBC and has also fronted the sports news on BBC Breakfast.
Donovan hosted ITV Sport’s LV Cup programming for the first time in 2015 and was part of the ITV network team covering the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
She anchored ITV Wales’ coverage of the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups and will reprise that role for the 2019 tournament.
She is also the host of ITV Wales’ sport chat show In Touch, where her easy, conversational style has drawn major sports figures like Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, Chris Coleman, Gareth Edwards, Craig Bellamy, Matthew Maynard, Gary Monk and Malky Mackay into the guest’s chair.
Donovan is also a regular reporter for Premier League Productions, the television arm of the Premier League.
Away from sport, Donovan is an authoritative news presenter, having co-anchored both Wales Tonight and The West Tonight for ITV.
She is currently co-presenting ‘Rescue Me’, BBC Wales’ new series looking to find homes for rescue dogs with families who need them. The series has come from an original idea Donovan took o the BBC
She tackled the business world for ITV Wales in The Secrets of My Success and indulged her love of history and the outdoors fronting History Hunters for the BBC.
She was one of the main presenters of Children in Need for BBC Wales for seven years and also hosted a seven hour long Outside Broadcast from Cardiff Castle to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.
Donovan presented ITV’s popular arts and entertainment programme The Wales Show for several years, interviewing Ricky Gervais, Catherine Zeta Jones and Rhys Ifans amongst others.
She climbed a 100ft telegraph pole and took part in the Pony Club mounted games during her time as one of the faces of the BBC’s coverage of the Royal Welsh Show.
She is also the host of the lively sports quiz ‘Extra Time’ for BBC Radio Wales and is a regular guest anchor for the mid-morning phone-in show.
Donovan is a passionate advocate for animal rights and works with a number of charities to promote this. She is a volunteer at her local dog shelter.
In March 2013, she took on the gruelling First Nation Home challenge for Sport Relief as the only female competing member of Team Wales. Captained by Gethin Jones, they raced teams from Ireland, Scotland and England around the UK, cycling, running, sailing and rowing in the quest to be the First Nation Home.
She is also an ambassador for the Welsh Football Trust and St John Cymru