Mick has a distinguished military background having served multiple decades in the Australian Regular Army and Army Reserve as well as service in the British Army. During his career Mick passed both the British SAS and Australian SAS selection courses. He saw operational service in a number of theatres during his time with the SAS to include the Sydney Olympic Games, East Timor, Solomon Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan and has been awarded commendations for leadership in combat and gallantry. The majority of his career was spent in command and leadership roles to include SAS Patrol Commander and Team Leader.
Mick continues to serve in Special Operations Command in a reserve capacity. He holds a Bachelor of Science, post graduate studies in counter-terrorism and is currently undertaking an MBA. For the past decade Mick has achieved considerable success in the corporate and commercial arena to include Regional Security Director, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, for a large US telecommunications company with responsibility for 68 countries including Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also advised CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera and the ABC on security, life safety and risk management in particular in hostile and post conflict environments.
During 2005 Mick assisted in the successful conduct of both the Iraqi and Afghan general elections and spent time with the United Nations as the Regional Security Officer, Central Region, Afghanistan. Mick successfully led kidnap and ransom negotiations in Iraq resulting in the safe release of the hostage. He was also responsible for establishing several highly successful bespoke overseas start-up projects in challenging and resource constrained environments. Mick personally led several country evacuations in the Middle East during the early stages of the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’ regional upheavals.
Mick is an avid outdoor enthusiast and adventurer who regularly participates in, organises and runs ultra-marathons and endurance events to include a 1,602km and a 1,300km charity walk and two ascents of Mount Kilimanjaro with his two teenage children. He is also the voluntary Chief Operating Officer for the Wandering Warriors charity which provides assistance to wounded service personnel, veterans and Defence families in need.
Mick is the co-founder and Chief Adventure Officer of The Adventure Group.
Nicole brings a (strong) woman’s touch to The Adventure Group.
An international solo traveller from an early age, Nicole has visited some 25 countries in her extensive journeys including the mountainous Madeira Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
Nicole faced the challenges of being the first female soldier in a British Army Infantry Battalion. She was also the first female Officer Cadet assigned to the British Army Infantry Corps, going on to serve with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers as part of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) thus paving the way for other women.
In addition to her military service Nicole trained as a nurse and teacher and has taught and tutored in some interesting and diverse locations from Mauritius to the Middle East.
Marrying and moving from her native UK to Australia she raised two children almost singlehandedly while her husband was away on deployment with the SAS, for nine months each year, not knowing when (or if) the family would see him again. She carried on life as normally as possible while studying and keeping the family on an even keel while awaiting (and at times dreading) news from those overseas in harm’s way.
Her professional and personal life have taught Nicole the depth of her courage, resilience and inner strength.
Today she helps business professionals and entrepreneurs build their resilience and realise their personal potential. She helps those she works with to find emotional and mental stability when life and business is tumultuous by optimising their mindset and finding the gifts in challenges.
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Education and is a Dean’s Scholar. She is a Trained Demartini Method© Facilitator and Trained Demartini Values© Facilitator, a qualified NLP practitioner, and also an Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner.
Nicole is active in the charity space and has walked hundreds of kilometres in support of veteran welfare and defence families in need. Nicole has been known to climb both urban and natural structures when least expected. She is also an avid qualified abseiler.
She is the co-founder and Chief Exploration Officer of The Adventure Group.
The founders have always enjoyed an adventure and embracing challenge – from a solo expedition in the cane fields of remote Queensland as five year olds to the mountains of Madeira and the deserts of Western Iraq, there have been no shortage of adventures over the years.
Helping people to achieve personal and professional excellence is a core component of the experiences at The Adventure Group. We don’t do mediocre.
Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend away with you and your team. Had a great time learning skills not always found or taught in the office… especially learning to navigate by the stars!! Looking forward to more and challenging missions in the future.
I didn’t come with any expectations and was blown away by the whole experience. Something for everyone and the challenges assisted my growth. Fitness levels increased and the environment was perfect for the weekend.
I had high expectations for the weekend and Mick and the team delivered. The sharing of professional and personal experiences and skills by the team is something that few ‘civvies’ rarely have access to. Priceless!
A truly unique experience! Where else do you learn to track, read the terrain, move swiftly through the night (when you’re not caught in a barbed wire fence!) and pack more into a day than many do in a week?!