About the Organisers

The founders of Gane and Marshall School Challenges are Alan Chambers FRGS, MBE and Jeremy Gane FRGS. Steve Cliffen, founding member of the engage in their future network, is the Patron of School Challenges.

Alan Chambers is an acclaimed polar explorer, adventurer, motivational speaker and special schools mentor. He has led many groups of students and adults on expeditions to extreme environments, and organised the first unsupported walk to the North Pole from Canada in 2000.

Jeremy Gane is a founding director of both Gane and Marshall and Charity Challenge. He has worked in adventure travel for over 20 years, and was the operations manager for the celebrity Comic Relief climb of Kilimanjaro in 2009. He has extensive experience of both organising and leading treks, safaris, and adventure holidays.

Steve was a founder member of the engage in their future organisation and is now a Honorary Life Member and Trustee. He has a great deal of expertise and experience in the field of special educational needs and was a teacher and Headteacher in the sector for over 30 years. Steve was selected as an Olympic torch bearer in 2012 in recognition of his charity work. Steve is the Chairman of the Cicely Foundation, a children’s charity that supports vulnerable children.

About the organisation
School Challenges are administered  under the ATOL licence of Gane and Marshall International Ltd., a company with 23 years of experience in organising both tailor-made and small group travel. Jeremy Gane, CEO of Gane and Marshall, is also a founding director of the highly successful and awarded company Charity Challenge, which specialises in organising fundraising expeditions for the UK charity sector.

Gane and Marshall are the official travel organisers for the Extreme Classroom project for special needs schools.

Gane and Marshall are members of ETOG, the Ethical Tour Operators Group established by Tourism Concern. Gane and Marshall are fully insured tour operators with Travel and General and Cork Bays Fisher.

Family adventure in Tanzania

We are safely back from our wonderful fortnight in Africa, and we all want to say a big thank you.

David and Patsy