Tori James, at the age of 25, became the youngest British women (at that time) and the first Welsh woman to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. Tori stars in the BBC documentary ‘On Top of the World’ which was produced using video footage which she shot and directed whilst climbing Everest. She is also the author of ‘Peak Performance’ which describes her record-breaking climb to the summit.
Tori is a multi-talented individual with a passion for extreme adventure in sub zero temperatures. She grew up on a farm in Pembrokeshire (West Wales) where she claims to have gathered much of her toughness for venturing outside in all weather. After gaining a degree in Geography from Royal Holloway University, Tori spent three years working for the British Exploring which is based at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) in London. It was during her time working in the attic of the RGS that she became part of a team that was determined to make the record books.
In May 2005 The Pink Lady PoleCats became the first ever all-female team to complete The Polar Challenge, a grueling 360 mile race to the Magnetic North Pole. Not only did The Pink Lady PoleCats finish the race in 6th position out of 16 teams, beating all-male teams along the way, but they also raced through polar bear territory, across constantly- shifting sea ice and battled against temperatures of -40°C.
In 2010 Tori cycled the length of New Zealand, a total of 2400km, unsupported from north to south.
In June 2014 Tori was part of the Beeline Britain team who became the first to travel in a straight line from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of BLESMA (the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association). Their 1,100km journey involved sea kayaking, road cycling, mountain biking and hiking and is documented in the award-winning film “As The Crow Flies”. The team set a record for the longest open sea kayak crossing in UK waters kayaking non-stop for 200km from Land’s End to Pembrokeshire. www.beelinebritain.com
In November 2014 Tori was awarded a ‘Points of Light’ Award by the Prime Minister in recognition of outstanding volunteering over the last 10 years.
Tori lives in Cardiff and works across Wales and internationally. She is a motivational speaker and consultant delivering leadership training, team and youth development projects. Tori has led teams in both corporate and charitable organisations in sectors including aviation, entrepreneurship and sport. Tori is an ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Wales, Girl Guiding UK and the Visit Wales Year of Adventure 2016.
Tori is an ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Wales. Tori completed the Bronze, Silver and Gold level of the Award. She represented the UK at an international leadership conference in Canada in 2001. She has been honored to attend the Gold Award Presentations at St James’ Palace in London as a guest speaker on several occasions.
Tori is an ambassador for Girl Guiding UK. Tori was a Brownie, Guide & Ranger in Haverfordwest and is currently the Honorary President for GirlGuiding in Pembrokeshire. Tori’s first alpine experience was in Switzerland as a Girl Guide.
Tori supports British Exploring. At the age of 18 she spent 4 weeks on the Vatnajokull Glacier in Iceland with British Exploring and began work for the charity after university. British Exploring was founded by Surgeon Commander Murray Levick, a member of Scott’s Antarctic Expedition (1910-13).
Tori is the Honorary Patron for the Search and Rescue Dog Association in south Wales. SARDA specializes in searching for lost, injured or missing people in hostile terrain and extreme weather conditions.
Tori believes that first aid is an incredibly valuable life skill. By training young people in first aid it will not only enable them to save a life but give them skills, confidence and qualities to help them develop their own lives. Tori launched the St John Cymru Wales ‘Skills 4 Life’ initiative which aims to address employability issues amongst under 25s in Wales.