Simon Parker is a foreign correspondent and travel writer who often reports from over 40 countries a year for the BBC, The Telegraph and The Independent. He has sailed and cycled from China to London, scaled the highest peaks in the Andes, stared down charging black rhinos in Namibia and documented the impact of climate change in Svalbard. His new TV project, Earth Cycle, is currently being broadcast in over a dozen countries around the world.
Motivational speaker, panel discussion chair and event host, Simon has reported from over half the countries on Earth – and all within the first ten years of his career as a journalist.
He has been to some of the most extreme corners of the planet; from the high Andes and the centre of the North Pacific, to the driest deserts of Southern Africa and the frozen glaciers of the Arctic Circle.
In 2016 Simon sailed and cycled from China to London in 133 days – racing with and against the Round the World Yacht Race, for a BBC Radio documentary and Daily Telegraph series.
Simon has been stationed in South America for the BBC, hiked every possible route to Machu Picchu and as a fully-qualified paragliding pilot, flown solo through the Colombian Andes.
He is a former TEDx speaker and has served as a panel chair at the prestigious Front Line Club, London.
Some of Simon’s most memorable stories:
Sailing and cycling 15,000 miles from China to London - BBC World Service/The Telegraph, 2016
Driving a seven horsepower rickshaw the length of India - The Independent, 2015
Diving for urchins in French Polynesia - From Our Own Correspondent, BBC Radio 4, 2017
Climbing Bali’s three highest volcanoes in less than 24 hours - The Independent, 2015
Tracking desert-adapted rhinos and elephants in the searing deserts of Namibia - The Telegraph/The Independent, 2015/2017
Glacier decline in the high Andes, Bolivia - The World at One, BBC Radio 4, 2016
The first journalist in the world to ride the world’s longest ever zip-line in Ras Al Khaimah - The Telegraph, 2017
Investigating the effects of climate change on Svalbard, high above the Arctic Circle - Newshour, BBC World Service, 2016
What the clients say:
It was a real pleasure having Simon come to chair an event at the Frontline Club. Not only is he an excellent public speaker in his own right with fascinating experiences; he is a great interviewer – bringing the best out of the other film makers on the panel.
Laura Gane, Editorial Director, The Frontline Club, London
What an extraordinary life! Simon had the guts to live the way he wants, no regrets – and this is what appealed to us when curating our event in 2017. Even though he’s living out of a suitcase and always on the move that didn’t stop Simon from communicating with us regularly, refining his talk over several weeks to produce the kick-ass TEDx Talk that wowed our audience on event day.
Kimberley Owen, Event Director TEDxLeamingtonSpa
Simon gave an insightful and interesting talk to our sixth formers on travel journalism. It proved to be an excellent way to broaden our students’ horizons around travel and life as a hard working journalist. Inspiring stuff.
Will Speke, Deputy Head, Fitzharrys School, Abingdon.
Simon came and gave an interesting and inspiring talk to our cultural capital club on his life in travel journalism. It gave the students an insight into the world of writing, but also on the opportunities that travel can bring them. Simon was engaging and the students were able to relate to what he told them – especially that you need to follow your dreams and work hard to get there!
Tom Peterson, Assistant Community Director, The Oxford Academy
Simon is a fantastic young man who has dozens, if not hundreds, of funny and highly interesting anecdotes from a life spent living nomadically as a journalist around the world. Our students relished the chance to ask him about getting into journalism and exploring the planet. A brilliant public speaker accompanied by photos and videos.
Lisa Curtiss, Journalism Studies Course Leader, Solent University
Simon’s talk was not only fascinating and engaging, but carried an inspiring message about acknowledging who you are. Instead of conforming to “normality”, Simon has chosen a life which suits who he truly is – something we could all learn from.
Phil Sanger, Director, Vault IP Law Firm
A real highlight of TEDx Leam 2017 was speaker Simon Parker. Sharing his experiences, adventures and a clear message to change your perspective. Authentic and engaging, inspiring a fresh challenge to go beyond perceived limitations. Enjoyable and thought provoking.
Claire Brewster, Director, Coaching and Communications, Bright Living
Here is just some of Simon's outstanding broadcast work...