Our team are all volunteers and donate their time to making SayYesMore tick. We're always looking for more sparky folk to help us do justice to the awesome community this is building around the SayYesMore message and movement, so whoever you are, wherever you're from and whatever it is that you're good at, we're open to all. For now though, here's our team.
Dave Cornthwaite, Founder
When he's not off around the world travelling thousands of miles without a motor, he's either off around the world talking about travelling thousands of miles without a motor or he's living happily with fiancé Emms on their boat in London, eating Nutella and making sure the YesTribe doesn't actually turn into a cult. His favourite games are telling Chris that he's bought another bus to convert, and organising events with no budget or health and safety plan, in order to give Andy a heart attack.
Andy Bartlett, Mr Abacus
Andy's first contact with the YesTribe was at the second ever campout in June 2015. Since then he's split his time between taking on adventures big and small - including paddleboarding the length of the Danube, browsing fire extinguishers on Google Images and giving SayYesMore the semblance of a proper organisation. When given a time warning during his talk at Yestival he famously responded, "I've just been told I've got two minutes. That's so not going to happen, I've waited three years for this stage!"
Chris Barnes, Bus Boss
When Chris cycled from his work as an engineer at Heathrow to a YesTribe campout in August 2015, he had no idea what was coming next. Just a few months later he found himself as the co-owner of a double decker bus, and since then he's put hundreds of hours and a considerable amount of skill into creating the YesBus. Chris dances like nobody is watching, loves to create enormous campfires and is the most industrious chap you'll ever meet.
Em Karembo Taylor, THE STRING PULLER
After years working as a charity fundraiser in Sierra Leone, Em now holds the fort at SayYesMore, organising our volunteer team, pulling tight the loose threads from events to website to bus to festival, and ensuring that everyone stays in an ever-changing loop. When not on YesDuty, Em leads youth expeditions around the world, loves feeding the coots through the boat's kitchen window, and plies her trade as an expert massage therapist.
Manda is probably the best travelled human on the SayYesMore team, and has lived abroad, mostly in Africa, for years. She's an expedition leader and dive master, eternal scarf-wearer and a new rock in the SayYesMore team. We bloody love her!
Jules has been with us from the beginning and has played an integral part in each Yestival, at the same time as endlessly adding to an extensive nomadic portfolio. She's always looking out for others before thinking about herself, is the glue behind the scenes of every event she's involved in, will lend her hand to any odd-job, and she even finds time for the occasional adventure.
Tam almost turned her car around when driving to the first Yestival in 2015. This was to be her first SayYesMore event and she's been an ever-present face ever since, lending a hand to organising events and brightening our loves with her huge hair, even bigger smile and an ever-blossoming comedy sismance with fellow Blonde Adventurer, Jules.
Along with her sidekick Kev, Vicky created DreamCamp, the little human part of Yestival that adds a little sparkle of future to Yestival each year. She also created the comfortable parts of the YesBus, due to the fact that she's an expert upholsterer and cushion master.
Kev is the DreamCamp co-founder and all-round wise head in the SayYesMore team. Sometimes, when there's a crisis, you need a Kev around.
Steve is our first aid guru, is an ever-popular ever-present supporter of SayYesMore, always has his event paperwork ready before we ask for it, and is top of the list of the people we'd choose to have around in an emergency. Top man.
Jon has been an invaluable resource on the YesBus. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of solar, battery and power systems and has ensured that we now have a double decker bus that works quite brilliantly when totally off-grid.
Sarah bosses the SayYesMore Instagram account at the same time as keeping her days full of little adventures.
Maria Müller has kicked off our first tribe in Germany with gusto, organising multiple YesStories and campouts. She promised to write a bio to go here, but only once she finds time to settle down with a glass of wine.
In November 2017, Pernille came across a YesStories event on Facebook and decided straight away to leave Copenhagen for a night in London. When returning home, Pernille had no doubt about starting up The YesTribe Denmark.
Laura was an integral part of the UK's tribe, leading campouts and delivering wonderful speeches at YesStories and Yestival before she moved to Italy. It didn't take her long to start up a YesTribe down there...
An expert at laughter yoga and all things funny, Emily is starting up The YesTribe Melbourne after returning from a scouting mission to the UK to find the coolest gang of cats. Also spending a lot of time on a map showing where YesTribers live.
The SayYesMore Team 2018
We're currently building a team of volunteers for 2018, the roles are below. If you'd like to throw your hat in the ring, visit Join Our Team and say hi!
SYM Team Co-ordinator
Grants research and distribution
YesStories: Hosts, Admin, Powerpoint creation
Dating find someone extraordinary
Yestival: Everyone on the team will lend a hand
Partners & facilitators
Solar & Power
Kindness Team: creating engagement projects for the tribe to spread kindness - Em Karembo
Creative Team: a brain trust to turn idea seeds into reality
Social & Online
Website development and copy
Tribe Challenges: keeping the community motivated & active
Prioritising SEO and online audience growth
Community Development/ Tribe Liaison
Moderating social media channels
Helping central and regional tribes develop
Actively encouraging global tribe growth
Sourcing prizes & partners
Creative comp ideas
Promote ongoing photo comps - #yesontour
Accountacy/ Magic Bean Cruncher
Bring in stories from Tribers on the road
Make sure they have SYM gear
Engage them with social and tribe stories
The Tomorrow People
Developing family adventures and groups
We're the next generation of parents
Develop youth programmes for bus
This is at the heart of SYM. Ensuring the community is there not just to share successes, but to lift each other when we're struggling
Anti stress meet-ups
Online content to share tips and tools, excite & motivated
Charitable & Environmental projects
Using the power of many for good
#plasticclever - clean up + creative - clean up and create