The Team

While Sarah spends most of her time travelling alone, it is by no means a solo mission. She has a support team at home, who are there to help and manage, no matter what the world throws at her. So, here’s the full L2L team:

Sarah Outen, The Engine

Sarah will be pedalling, paddling and rowing her way back to London while the folks in her team manage things from various HQs on various continents. She has chosen her team for their skill, experience, energy and drive and knows that without their support there would be no expedition.

Mel JohnsonMel Johnson — Project Manager

Mel is a qualified accountant, mum to two teenage boys and dedicated dog lover. Expert at juggling family life with numerous interests, many involving sport, she is determined to make Sarah’s journey as smooth and trouble-free as possible

Rebecca ReesRebecca Rees – Coach & Sponsorship

Rebecca’s many years of board-level business experience gained at Mars Inc, and a decade spent coaching and mentoring executives, make her well placed to support Sarah and the team in these areas. Linked-In.

Tony HumphreysTony Humphreys – Ocean Chief

A sailor himself, Tony has been involved with over 140 ocean rows. Assisting Sarah with all aspects of the oceans, Tony’s knowledge and experience is invaluable.

Justine Curgenven, Support Kayaker & Film Chief

Justine joined Sarah on the kayaking legs of the expedition and has flown out to film and support her at certain stages of the journey. A seasoned expedition sea kayaker with lots of exciting journeys under her paddle, Justine is also an award winning film maker and camerawoman, whose programmes have aired on channels worldwide. For more information on her films and paddling check out

George Outen, Accountant

Responsible for the number crunching, George’s business experience as a forensic accountant is invaluable to the smooth running of the project. Outside of this, she is often to be found looking at the world through a camera lens or helping out at her local City farm.  See some of her photos on


Digital Explorer, Education Partner

Digital Explorer is a social enterprise that works with expeditions and schools to bring ‘real world learning’ to the classroom. We are delighted to partner with the London2London Expedition to create resources and other learning opportunities based on Sarah’s exploits; and we hope that teachers and pupils enjoy learning from Sarah as much as we do.

Dr Sean Hudson and Dr Caroline Knox, Expedition Doctors

Hopefully Sean and Caroline won’t have too much to do while Sarah is away  but if remote medical advice is needed, then they are on the end of  the phone or email to support Sarah and the team. Seasoned expedition doctors, they have trained Sarah in the skills she might need to keep herself safe and healthy.

Lee Bruce, Weather Router

What Lee doesn’t know about ocean weather isn’t worth knowing.  With decades of experience in routeing all sorts of boats across oceans, there is no one better to be providing weather forecasting and strategic advice to Sarah for her ocean rows. Ocean Met website

Helen Outen, Chief of Happy Socks

Having knitted her signature ‘happy socks’ for the entire L2L team, Sarah’s Mum Helen is often to be found searching for bits of kit, packing up fruit cakes to send out to remote parts of the world or keeping an eye on progress from L2L HQ.

Briony Nicholls – Sports Psychotherapist

Briony is a qualified psychotherapist with a great deal of experience of working with sportspeople, helping them improve their performance and achieve their goals through vital mental preparation. She has worked with Sarah for a number of years, coaching her on how to overcome the mental battles she has to face during her expeditions. For more, visit her website.

Jenny Ellery – Media & Events Manager

Jenny has ten years’ experience working with the media and in 2010 went solo with her own company. Jenny is the first port of call for all journalists while Sarah is out pedalling, paddling and rowing her way back to London. She also manages Sarah’s speaking events.

Jim Shannon, Website and Graphic Design

Jim was an illustrator before moving into art direction for advertising.  In July 2010, he started his own agency, NGI. Jim has traveled and photographed in 41 countries worldwide. His images have been published widely.

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