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Who we are

Adventure Pyschology is the brainchild of veteran explorers and adventurers Paula Reid and Alex Alley.

Pulling together a lifetime of thriving in challenging and uncertain conditions, they apply all the methodologies, approaches and pyschology into the business arena, equipping today’s modern business leaders for what lies ahead.

Paula Reid

Combining business, adventure and positive psychology expertise - and being the world’s first Adventure Psychologist - she has created a tried-and-tested model to develop the wisdom, resilience and growth you need to thrive in these uncertain times.

She is a trainer, facilitator and coach as well as a speaker, author and adventurer. Perhaps best described as a “Performance Catalyst”, her best self at work is when she is empowering and inspiring others – from primary school children to blue-chip leadership teams. In the non-organisational world, she has been described as “a female Bear Grylls only smoother”. She has done over 115 things on her ‘Living Life to the Full’ list and counting, including sailing around the world and skiing to the South Pole. She has written four books and speaks internationally at conferences, schools and for charities.

With 20+ years’ experience as a leader, consultant and coach, she believes in humanising business; making work enjoyable, energising and engaging for all involved. Having completed a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Positive Psychology and Coaching, she understands first-hand the power of a positive approach to life.

‘We are all more capable than we think and more amazing than we realise’.

Her passion in life is surfacing this in all of us.

Alex Alley

World Record Yachtsman Alex has been sailing most of his life. From racing dinghies as a child to sailing high-performance yachts deep in the Southern Ocean on his own, chasing more world records. Some describe him as an adrenaline junkie and after representing England and setting 3 sailing world records, he now skippers superyachts and race yachts at events and regattas all over the world.

He has worked with leadership teams around the world and spoken at conferences and events globally about his experiences and how they impact on business. Working closely with Paula to develop Adventure Psychology, they now draw on their experience of excelling in challenging and uncertain environments and impart that wisdom on to others so that they may thrive.

‘The day you think you know it all is the day to stop. Despite my experience I still look to learn every day I am on the water. You never stop learning’.


"Probably the most motivated and positive person I have ever met."

James Smith, Supply Chain Integration Project Manager, Unilever UK Foods