Rhiane is an outdoor activist, with a passion for human empowerment and challenging the status quo. A keen cross-country runner at school, Rhiane rediscovered her appreciation for the great outdoors relatively recently, realising the positive effect getting outside and into nature could have on herself and the wider community.
A proud Mancunian, Rhiane has worked in the Civil Service for the last four years, where she is also a trade union representative. She currently sits on the Equity Steering Committee for the British Mountain Council, focussing on creating better opportunities for people through social change.
In 2019 Rhiane founded Black Girls Hike, a charitable organisation and hiking group seeking to address the lack of representation and inclusion of people of colour in the outdoor community and to provide a safe environment for black women to enjoy the natural world. The group also run training days and skills weekends in leadership and teamwork, which also address the under-representation of black instructors in the industry. Rhiane hopes to continue the growth of BGH across the UK, including new chapters in London and the Midlands, and to work with likeminded groups internationally.
Rhiane is a popular public speaker, including events with Pave The Way, The Countryside Charity and Kendal Mountain Festival. She has also received support from a number of well-known brands, including Berghaus, Lowe Alpine and Vivobarefoot, including appearing in Vivo’s forthcoming Winter 2020 campaign encouraging inclusivity in the great outdoors.
Nominated as a Role Model at the Northern Power Women & National Diversity Awards, as a Wellness Warrior for the Boots Women of The Year Award 2019, Rhiane was also recently shortlisted for Campaigner of the Year at the Great Outdoors Awards 2020. BGH have been featured in the Sunday Times, The Voice, Women’s Health, The Telegraph, The Metro and Resurgence & Ecologist magazine.
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