Swimming Achievements

British & World Record Holder: First person to swim from Principality of Sealand to UK mainland

- Knighted by Prince Michael of Sealand in honour of the achievement 

- The 12km swim in the North Sea was the subject of a short documentary film 'Escape from Sealand'. 

- Verified by the World Open Water Swimming Association and the British Long Distance Swimming Association

- Over £350 raised for spinal injury charity Aspire

World Record Holder: Fastest person to swim across the River Humber

- Recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records & verified by the World Open Water Swimming Association 

- Raised over £1,000 for Humber Rescue

 

World Record Holder: First person to complete a two-way swim across the River Humber and back 

- Recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records & verified by the World Open Water Swimming Association 

- Raised over £1,000 for Humber Rescue

 

Represented Great Britain Masters

- Competed at World Masters Swimming Championships, Budapest 2017

- Competed at European Masters Championships, Slovenia 2018 & London 2016 

Captained English Channel Relay Team

- Led a team of six swimmers which swam from Dover to Calais in 14 hours & 42 minutes

- Raised over £12,000 for spinal injury charity Aspire

Swam from Alcatraz

- Braved the cold shark infested waters to swim from Alcatraz island to the San Francisco mainland

- Raised over £1,500 for children & young person's mental health charity Young Minds

Active member & organiser at local swimming clubs

- Captained West London Penguins masters swimming team

- Represented Hull, West London Penguins and Ealing at national level  

- Committee Member of Humberside Water Polo Team

- Secured £1,500 sponsorship for Hull Masters 'City of Culture' gala 

- Raised over £650 for World Wildlife Fund on World Penguin Day via sponsored swim for West London Penguins 

Other interests and achievements

Westminster Russia Forum

- Founder and Chairman 2011-2014

- 300+ membership organisation for those interested in Russian, former Soviet & Eastern European history, politics & culture

- Successfully campaigned for British World War Two veterans to receive an Arctic Convoy medal

- Hosted events on issues such as human & civil rights; the treatment of political dissidents; Syrian intervention; US-Russia relations; Eastern bloc and the EU; WW2 arctic convoys & immigration/visa issues

- Guest speakers included gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell; former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw; Roman Abramovich's PR advisor John Mann; former British Diplomat Sir Jeremy Greenstock; journalist Andrew Pierce; paralympian Claire Harvey; Charles Tannock MEP; former Labour MP Fabian Hamilton; former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale; academics Richard Mole, Stephen White & Richard Sakwa; and authors Mark Hollingworth (author of 'Londongrad') and John Mole (author of Potato Oligarch')

- Raised over £1,000 for charity iOrphan 

Charity & community work

- Founding organiser of local residents association & neighbourhood watch

- Former Trustee Director of Mind, Kensington & Chelsea

- Former press & PR officer (voluntary) for Berkshire Autism Society 

- Former qualified RLSS lifesaver & swimming teacher

   

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