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Staff & Volunteers

1 of 20Peter James
Regional Director
South Africa, Resident in Hong Kong

2 of 20Caroline Kratzing

3 of 20Alan Braithwaite
IT Manager
United Kingdom

4 of 20Peter Bunting
Self Employed

5 of 20Leah Douglas
Canada, Resident in Thailand

6 of 20Gail Mangold
United States

7 of 20Ahmed Ismail
Commercial Capabilities Leader

8 of 20Bob Leighty
Wildland Firefighter
United States

9 of 20Donald Dawkins
Company Director

10 of 20Evelyn  Gonzales
Freelance Publicist
United States

11 of 20Peter Travers
Company Director
New Zealand

12 of 20Kim James
HR Professional
South Africa, Resident in Hong Kong

13 of 20Barbara Gutiérrez Teira
Professor of Environmental Sciences

14 of 20Mark Lindsay
United Kingdom

15 of 20Simon Zeng
China, Resident in Hong Kong

16 of 20Clark Leake-Lyall
Sustainability Consultant
United Kingdom

17 of 20James Ellis
United States

18 of 20Lucy Rivers Bulkeley
United Kingdom

19 of 20Ralph Crowley
Recycling Data Analyst
United States

20 of 20Alvin Tang
Singapore, Resident in Australia

Organized. Thatâs how Peter James comes across on his volunteer application form. This is a guy who tells us heâs âextremely keenâ on planning and executing camping and boating weekends. And he also says he never gets tired of making sure everyone is looked after and comfortable. âI love getting up early and making the most of every dayâ, he adds. So, heâs precise, compassionate and doesnât mind missing out on some sleep. In other words, the Hong Kong based South African is tailor-made for the volunteering role.

Peter, who works as a regional director for Merced Systems, also has some inside knowledge on what itâs like to be a competitor in one of our events. His wife Kim completed RacingThePlanet: Namibia 2009, Australia 2010 and Nepal 2011 so sheâll have filled him in on what a competitor needs.

Peter was also a volunteer in Australia 2010, so we have no doubts Peter will be doing all he can to make sure competitors in RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 receive the attention they need.

Australia’s Caroline Kratzing will be a helpful addition to the volunteer team at RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 particularly when it comes to the realms of nutrition. She received a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, and also has a qualification in senior first aid with St. John Ambulance. Working with Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospital NHS Trust in the United Kingdom, she also spends her time in Brisbane. Caroline has been a volunteer on various sporting events over the years and is a keen camper and hiker. “I have an adventurous spirit and enjoy new challenges,” she tells us in advance of her first time volunteering with RacingThePlanet.

British competitor Alan Braithwaite is an IT engineer with the international company Geek Squad. He completed his first 4 Deserts event at the Atacama Crossing 2011. RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 is his first RacingThePlanet event as a volunteer.

Peter Bunting is a professional hard worker with a good bit of life experience. He was a great asset to the volunteer team during our “roving race” in Australia 2010 and we welcome him to Jordan 2012, his second RacingThePlanet event as a volunteer. Previous a farmer for many years, working with cattle, horses and dogs, Peter never shies from rolling up his sleeves and taking a hands-on approach to his varied business interests. As well as farming, the Australian has also worked in the hotel trade and as an investor. In the early 1990’s Peter moved to France with his family where he lived for three years. During this time he travelled extensively through Russia, Lithuania and Kyrgyzstan. Peter’s now back in Australia living in Castle Cove, New South Wales. He recently sold his business and now travels as often as possible with his wife. A lifelong participant in team sports, he knows how to work closely with others to get the job done and he relishes a challenge.

“I am a rugged outdoor Canadian girl and am not afraid of the elements,” explains Phuket-based Leah Douglas, who makes her RacingThePlanet debut as a volunteer at Jordan 2012.

Leah is a teacher and mother who grew up near the Rocky Mountains in Canada. She is a great fan of hiking and skiing, and has also taken part in numerous marathons, half marathons and 10 kilometers runs in North America and Asia. She notably ran in a ladies team that earned second place on the Wilson Trail in Hong Kong.

Leah has worked for some interesting entities over the years, including North Star Expeditions in Dubai which offers corporate and educational team building courses in Dubai and Oman. “It was a dream job where I enjoyed adventure and the outdoors, combined with my teaching, motivating and curriculum skills,” she explains. “I consider myself a bit of a gypsy, as I've always loved to travel and am fascinated by people and other cultures.” In addition to her marvellous life experience, Leah has current CPR qualifications.

Gail Mangold is a very physically active and energetic individual “who likes to challenge myself and appreciates the challenges others undertake”. She has successfully completed two marathons, the New York City Marathon in 2002 and the Paris Marathon in 2004, both with her family. And it is her strong spirit that will be a real help to competitors during RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012. “I like to encourage individuals to set goals and reach their potential,” says Gail.

Gail lives in Oxford, Mississippi in the United States where she is currently retired. Her professional life has included four years of teaching junior and senior high and GED in Westport Connecticut. She has also spent many years volunteering in public schools in New Hampshire and spent 14 years as a co-owner of a textile manufacturing business with her husband. She was also a sales assistant for nine years at an art gallery, and has been working as an artist for the past four years, paining and selling driftwood.

Ahmed Yehia Ismail, or Dolfen as he is known by his friends, is a commercial capabilities leader for Vodafone Egypt. For the last ten years Dolfen has been part of a local Egyptian community called Sahara Safaris through which he has adventured throughout many parts of Egypt. He helps with trips for local and foreign friends, from hiking in the mountains and valleys to off roading through the famous Sahara Desert and diving in the Red and Mediterranean Seas. Dolfen is also a volunteer for CARE Egypt. While working with CARE he helps in planning a yearly adventure route, managing teams and ensuring multimedia coverage.

Dolfen is not always on the organizing side; he participated in Rally des Pyramid in 2007 where his team finished in 11th place out of 20. He also was in the management team of another 2 Rallies in Egypt in 2009. This is Dolfen's third event as a volunteer for RacongThePlanet. He was a volunteer for the Sahara Race in 2010 and 2011, we are thrilled to have him back at RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012.

Fighting a forest fire requires courage, resourcefulness and an ability to think fast. All great qualities for a RacingThePlanet volunteer too, though you don’t have to be particularly brave to work at one of our events. We’re delighted to have Bob Leighty on the support crew for RacingThePlanet: Jordan, his third event with RacingThePlanet after the Atacama Crossing 2010 and RacingThePlanet: Nepal 2011.

The 58-year-old, from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, looks after the aerial fire-fighting side of things for the US Forest Service as its air tactical group supervisor. Bob’s been with the service since 1978, working in a variety of timber and fire management posts, so he’s well used to moving through remote areas, looking after people and getting tough jobs done. In his down time, Bob enjoys trekking and has journeyed on foot through Vietnam, Laos, Peru and Switzerland.

Suffice to say Bob’s a thoroughly self-reliant individual but, crucially, he’s also a team player. We think it’s great he’s branched out into event volunteering and we’re more than happy to satisfy his burning desire to join us in Jordan.

RacingThePlanet volunteers are a sensible lot, but it is still good to have someone of maturity in the team. Not that Australian Donald Dawkins is old or anything. He is just 65, but the company director from Sydney is a real safe pair of hands. A volunteer back in the Sahara Race 2005, RacingThePlanet: Namibia 2009 and also at RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010, he has got his head firmly screwed on.

Evy Gonzales has been drawn to volunteer with RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 as a result of her association with good friend and colleague Zandy Mangold (the great photographer who has worked on numerous RacingThePlanet events, not to mention his fantastic performance as a competitor at the Atacama Crossing 2012). Says Evy, "after hearing about his adventures, and misadventures, I was hooked.

A Texan by birth, Evy is currently based in Brooklyn, New York, where she works as a freelance publicist with a great variety of clients ranging from leading vodka brands, to goats milk ice cream stores, esteemed war photographers, and New York City hotspots.

In addition to all that, she is an avid distance runner who has volunteered for races as well as crewing and pacing for her friends. I have so much energy that I do not even require coffee she warns us. Although I will brew it for those that do.

Peter retired as an international / corporate banker in 1992 to spend the next 8 years exploring the world in a Land Rover! He currently works for Icebreaker Clothing based in New Zealand.

Peter was a volunteer at the Gobi March 2007 and the Atacama Crossing 2010 when his son, Hamish, was taking part. Hamish will again be competing in RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012.

Hong Kong-based Kim James is a HR professional. The South African volunteer actually completed RacingThePlanet: Namibia 2009, Australia 2010 and Nepal 2011. However, RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 will be her first time working on the sideline in a RacingThePlanet event along with her husband Peter James.

Barbara Gutiérrez Teira is a seasoned athlete and organizer of endurance races who is based in Valladolid, Spain. Barbara also works a professor of environmental sciences with the Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes and has raced in many Ironman events. Her recent finishes include the 70.3 Ironman Sanabria, Triathlon Iberian Coup 2009 and Castilla y León Championship, 70.3 Ironman Aveiro, Portugal, Triathlon Iberian Coup, 70.3 Ironman Corrales de Buelna, Spain, Triathlon EDF Alpe D´Huez, France and Ironman Challenge Barcelona, Spain. Barbara has also organized various triathlons, races, and treks around the world and brings this extensive experience to her role as a course team member at RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012. her second RacingthePlanet / 4 Deserts event after being in the course team for the Sahara Race 2011.

Mark Lindsay’s extensive experience as a soldier with the British Army will help make him a strong member of RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Course Team, his second time being a Course Team memeber in a RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts event after the Sahara Race 2011.

With 22 years of military experience behind him, Mark has strong planning and logistical skills. He also has the ability to survive and thrive in hostile environments and has a keen eye for detail and leadership. Mark is also very familiar with the 4 Deserts series, having completed the Sahara Race 2008 and the Gobi March 2009, so he has a succinct understanding of the mindsets of competitors in the field.

Simon Zeng first appearance in the 4 Deserts event was the Atacama Crossing 2012 as a volunteer. He is an architect at Dileonardo in Hong Kong after graduated from Guangdong University of Technology. He speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.

Simon's hobbies include surfing, skiing, outrigger paddling, trail running, and hiking. He has competed in many international events, including the 2007 Guam/Paula Micro Asian Cup Canoe Race, Hong Kong Round the Island Race (64-kilometer), Queen Lili'uokalanicanoe racein Hawaii, and The Dragon Run surf ski and outrigger in 2010 and 2011. He will join the course team in RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012.

Here at RacingThePlanet we don’t gamble with any aspect of our event planning, including our volunteer selection. We scrutinise all the applications very carefully but can usually tell pretty quickly who will make the cut. Right from the outset it looked as if Clark Leake-Lyall was going to be a safe bet.

The 25-year-old sustainability consultant has an interesting and varied background, combined with an energetic and positive personality. He holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Sheffield and has worked as everything from a croupier in the gaming industry, to an office secretary. He is also a qualified pool lifeguard.

Clarke’s interest in desert endurance running was sparked by his father Colin, who took part in the Gobi March 2007. Although he is a keen sportsman himself, Clarke reckons he has more suited to a supporting role in RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 and we are not going to argue with someone so obviously dedicated to the volunteering cause. He was also a volunteer in RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010.

RacingThePlanet events attract their fare share of remarkable individuals, and America’s James Ellis is a volunteer with a terrific CV. The young man has worked as a Hamilton Fellow for the U.S. Department of the Treasury; he travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal, for a year with the U.S. Agency for International Development; and also spent time in Bolivia as an international intern with PROCOSI / Save The Children.

When he is not volunteering with remarkable organizations, James works as an analyst with PFC Energy in Washington DC. A driven, multi-cultural leader, perhaps one of James’ greatest assets as a volunteer at RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 will be his linguist skills - he speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and basic Arabic. He is also a fan of outdoor adventure, everything from surfing to trekking.

Deserts are extreme environments, and sometimes they encourage extreme adventure in the racers who cross them. British competitor Lucy Rivers Bulkeley who will be a first-time volunteer at RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 is a good example of this.

The London and Gloucestershire-based competitor simply decided to embark on the Sahara Race in 2008 “as a challenge”. Having succeeded, she thought big, and has tackled the 4 Deserts Grand Slam in 2010. The Sahara Race, the Atacama Crossing, the Gobi March and The Last Desert (Antarctica) are all under her belt.

With a training schedule of a mixture of “gym, running outside and Bikram Yoga”, Lucy says that the 4 Deserts events have had a big impact on her: “I've become tougher and pushed myself further than I have before.”

Following his participation at the Sahara Race 2010 and the Atacama Crossing 2011, Ralph comes to Jordan in 2012 for the first time as a volunteer. He obviously loves the RacingThePlanet experience, and we are thrilled that he is joining us with his rich understanding of the needs of competitors in these events.

Based in Connecticut in the United States, Ralph is in recycling data management with Nestle Waters. He rowed for the Georgetown University Lightweight Crew Team before becoming an endurance athlete, and completed the Boston Marathon four times in addition to the Ironman Louisville 2009.

Physiotherapist Alvin Tang is based in Mentone, Australia. Born and bred in Singapore, Alvin completed two and a half years of national service with the Singapore Army Forces as an officer and is therefore quite used to outdoor, rugged living.

Alvin will be a useful addition on the team of volunteers at RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 not only for his energy and enthusiasm, but also with his background in occupational and environmental health.