Inspired to see the world from an early age, Gary joined the UK Military at the age of 20 and spent 17 years serving in the Royal Marines and the UK Special Forces.
Throughout his time in the armed forces, Gary’s survival skills have been honed in every imaginable environment – from the Arctic, to the desert, and the jungle. As a senior survival instructor he was also responsible for bringing other Special Forces recruits up to speed.
Since he left the Marines, Gary has been working as a field producer, technical advisor and security coordinator on a series of high-profile international television and film productions including Robin Hood (2010) and BBC’s Top Gear specials across South America, Albania, Iraq to Bethelehem and the Race to the North Pole.
He has also used his security knowledge to body guard some high profile celebrities including, Matt Damon, Tyra Banks, Simon Cowell and J Lo.
He has also used his security knowledge to body guard some high profile celebrities including, Matt Damon, Tyra Banks, Simon Cowell, J-Lo and Tony Bourdain around the world.
Having spent his career in extraordinary places across the planet, Gary has no shortage of memorable moments. Gary’s day job saw him wrestle a 12-foot anaconda, learn to castrate reindeer, live by drinking water from tree vines and free dive with locals in Papua New Guinea.
Though Gary’s main expertise is in survival, he’s also had plenty of experience taking vehicles into inhospitable places. He’s driven across North Africa, taken a trip from the Amazon to Chile, snow-mobiled to the Magnetic North Pole, sailed through a hurricane, and hitchhiked from Cape Town to Nairobi.
Among his extensive qualifications, Gary is also a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) dive master, yacht master and professionally trained photographer.
Gary’s hobbies include diving, skiing and yoga. He has two children and lives in Florida on the beach.
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