Aidan successfully completed his 121st Kokoda Trek in July 2019 . Through historical benchmarks, extreme corporate events and personal development initiatives, he promotes a way of thinking that removes limitations and unearths a basic instinct inspired by the passion and spirit he believes is inherent in all Australians.

A passionate philanthropist and war historian with an unsurpassed reputation for his encyclopaedic knowledge of Kokoda and other battlesites, Aidan has been recognised publicly by Stan Bisset 2/14th Battalion, Keith Norrish 2/16th Battalion, Greg Ivey, PIB Battalion in support of this.

Aidan inspires participants as they encounter the mental and physical challenges on the treks. The local Papuan’s have honoured Aidan with the nickname “Uda Baroma” - meaning wild boar as a sign of respect for the incredible strength and leadership he has demonstrated over the past 24 years crossing the Kokoda Track and other military and culturally significant tracks.

Aidan has spent nearly 24 years studying primitive tribal culture in PNG and has unearthed the secrets to these tribe’s survival through the development of their culture. It is this culture that determines the successful lifespan of the tribe. Aidan, uses this vast understanding, along with sports science and military understanding to be able to offer high performance initiatives.

Aidan is a man of integrity with a strong belief that his actions will always speak louder than words. Over the past 23 years, Aidan’s contribution to various charities exceeds $3.5 million dollars. Aidan has achieved and celebrated a range of personal accolades. In 2000 Aidan was named ‘NSW Community Father of the Year’, while developing and managing the Vodafone Extreme Corporate Challenge, which raised over $1 million dollars for the “Life's a Ball” youth suicide prevention program. He has also been recognized with the RSL National Anzac Award 2012 with the following citation

“exceptional service to the Australian Community demonstrating compassion, endurance and dedication to the Kokoda campaign and other community services”

In April 2019 Aidan became the first Australian to be awarded a medal for the Kokoda track by the PNG Government when he received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal (QDJM), presented by the Governor General for “services to Kokoda and PNG in general”.

Our Spirit directed by Aidan, continues to develop, introduce and support Medical, Educational and Sporting initiatives that continue to foster relationships with many remote communities around the world.

Aidan has over 30 years corporate wellbeing and team building experience as well as successfully coaching sports at various International and State levels He has worked with many large Corporations including Microsoft, Computer Associates, Ericsson, Intel, Apple, Nine MSN and Vodafone to name a few. He has worked with Educational institutions, Monash, Federation Universities. He has also worked extensively with Youth at risk, both here in Australia with the NSW Police. NT Police, and NSW and NT Police Legacy, overseas with various reputable agencies including the British SAS and ADF.. he has or is working with the following sports organisations, the Brisbane Broncos, Australian Cricket, Hawthorn AFL, AIS Olympic Kayak team, QLD Cycling.

He has a life long passion for developing success factors with particular interest in team culture, Leadership, performance and sports psychology, wellbeing and extreme events. Aidan is a tertiary qualified sports scientist majoring in coaching psychology, with postgraduate studies in nutrition and is currently completing a Phd .

Aidan continues to donate his “spare” time to further the cause of youth development offering his services as a highly sought-after public speaker to schools and Corporates in QLD and interstate continually delivering messages of wisdom to support individuals reaching their true potential.

Aidan has developed many Leadership initiative and courses for many participants including the annual NSW Police Legacy Anzac Kokoda trek, now in its 15th year. Recently Aidan presented a keynote presentation at the “future of Leadership” Conference in Support of the “hands across the water” charity. He has also presented at the annual NSW, Federal Police and NT Legacy Balls. In November 2017 Aidan was the guest of honour and keynote speaker at the Port Moresby RSL.

Most recently, Aidan was voted in (by the majority of Kokoda trek operators) as the Chairman of the Kokoda Ethics Committee with the purpose of setting transparent and accountable standards and practices so that the “sacred” Legacy of Kokoda can be protected for all generations, with a direct report to the Federal Government. In 2015 Aidan was also the founder of the Kokoda Operators Association. He is also an honorary member of the 2/14th, 2/16th, 2/33rd, Australian Commando Association and PIB Battalion Associations respectively, acknowledgement that underpins his deepest respect for the Australian Military whom provide us with the freedom and independence we enjoy as a nation today.

Aidan is an accomplished Coach and through his unique understanding of history has helped many change their perception of the past, equip them to live in the present, empowering them to design the future they wish to have. He is currently working and presenting closely with the “soldier recovery centres” in Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide and uses the “legacy” of Kokoda to help wounded and injured Diggers re discover their true value.

He has a keen interest in what makes the best get better. Clients who work with Aidan are those that want to constantly improve, get the best from their people and expand the range of possibilities. His passionate, engaging and energetic focus empowers the people he works with to become the type of leaders they want to be, creating sustainable leadership for teams and organisations.

Upcoming Events

2020 Kokoda Trek (11 Day Trip)2020 Kokoda Trek (11 Day Trip)15 Aug 2020 - 25 Aug 2020Join us on this incredible 9 day adventure walk in the footsteps of the Aussie Diggers. Limited group size. Guided by an experienced Australian leader with comprehensive local knowledge and customs and an unwavering passion for the Kokoda history, hidden battle sites, treasures and most importantly its legacy, you will experience the highs and lows of the treacherous Kokoda Track with a sense of courage, endurance and mateship without the ultimate sacrifice that our digger's made before us.More... Book Now... Add to Calendar
2020 Camino de Santiago (12 Day Trip)2020 Camino de Santiago (12 Day Trip)6 Sep 2020 - 17 Sep 2020Come and be a part of this magical experience that will challenge you through this pilgrimage in time as we walk the traditional path of the Camino. The crown jewel of Spanish walking trails, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela began as an act of faith as Europeans crossed Spain to visit the sacred tomb of Saint James. One thousand years later, the Camino of the green rolling hills and small hamlets of northwestern Spain's Galicia.More... Book Now... Add to Calendar
2020 Kokoda Trek (11 Day Trip)2020 Kokoda Trek (11 Day Trip)26 Sep 2020 - 6 Oct 2020Join us on this incredible 9 day adventure walk in the footsteps of the Aussie Diggers. Limited group size. Guided by an experienced Australian leader with comprehensive local knowledge and customs and an unwavering passion for the Kokoda history, hidden battle sites, treasures and most importantly its legacy, you will experience the highs and lows of the treacherous Kokoda Track with a sense of courage, endurance and mateship without the ultimate sacrifice that our digger's made before us.More... Book Now... Add to Calendar

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