About John Evans
👈 At State House, Kampala with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in February 2000, following John’s expedition to re-open the Rwenzori National Park.
John was born in 1978 in Hampshire to parents that had left Britain in the 1970s to work abroad. After school between working temporary jobs, John participated in adventurous expeditions.
John lives in the UK, dividing his time between South Wales and Devon - where he has family.
In early 2000 John travelled to East Africa to climb Africa's three highest mountains. In Uganda the authorities informed him the Rwenzori National Park was closed because of an ongoing terrorist insurgency perpetrated by Interahamwe in which there had been a series of massacres of British and American tourists, and that it would therefore not be possible to climb Mount Stanley - Africa's 3rd highest mountain.
Unwilling to turn back, John approached the Regional District Commissioner to request contact with the Commander of the Ugandan People's Defence Force, Brigadier General James Kazini, and proposed a venture that he argued would benefit the country and create a sense of the UPDF having regained tactical domination of the Kasese region.
John's proposal was approved. His expedition was funded by the President's office and he was escorted by a 41-strong platoon of UPDF soldiers high into the Rwenzori, from where he and a climbing friend (sadly since deceased in a climbing accident in 2003) continued alone to the mountain's summit.
John's expedition demonstrated that the Rwenzori National Park was safe to receive tourists once again, and that the tourism-dependent economy of that area could be restarted. John received recognition from the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, at State House in Kampala, for his contribution to the country.
Since February 2000 tourism in western Uganda has continued to flourish and local businesses have begun operating and employing workers again.
John addressing colleagues in East Africa. 2nd from left (crouching) is ex-Kenyan Premier League footballer James Mattu, who in spite of being invited to London to be hosted by Chelsea FC by Roman Abramovic, was denied a visitor’s visa by UK Immigration. John believes immigration policy should favour merit, not nationality 👉
In his teens, with money from temporary jobs John funded expeditions that included cycling solo from Geneva to Jerusalem (1997) and across America from Los Angeles to New York (2000), as well as various mountaineering expeditions, including an unsupported speed-climb attempt without supplemental oxygen on Everest’s North Face that failed to reach the summit.
In 2003 John transitioned from high-risk to commercial expeditions and, in a densely populated field of some 400 competing operations, created a new tourism business in 2004 - Team Kilimanjaro.
Team Kilimanjaro grew to become one of the three largest operations in the industry, providing jobs for some 700 staff at its peak, and continues to operate successfully some 18 years after being established.
In 2018, with rising government levies in Tanzania and increased competition from adventurous expedition organisers abroad, having identified a sustained five year long slow-down in the East African tourism market, John made the decision to diversify into precious mineral dealing, establishing Lewin Africa Limited in response to growing demand from within Europe and the Middle East for raw and refined gold.
Additionally, John is able to assist with acquiring high volume commodities (gold, cobalt, copper), and with bank acquisitions in developing countries and in liaising between investors and central banks and treasury departments to negotiate the creation of public-private partnerships with a view to obtaining funding for infrastructural projects (roads, ports, energy production, mineral wealth exploitation) of benefit to national populations.
John's family trace their history back many generations in Wales, on both his parents' sides.
John believes that the Welsh people know what is best for themselves and if they take control of their own futures and how public money is spent they will cut waste and make laws that create jobs and encourage investment.
One of John’s expeditions (Euro Man of Steel) – assisted by Sir Ranulph Fiennes – raised funds for the Royal British Legion and World Child Cancer. Training for the Euro Man of Steel, to raise funds for the Royal British Legion☝️
Support for Veterans
Most of John's forbears were either in the Royal Navy or British Army. He was brought up to respect the ethos of our Armed Forces and to be grateful for the sacrifices many who have served our country have been called to make.
One of John’s expeditions (Euro Man of Steel) raised funds for the Royal British Legion and World Child Cancer. As well as recruiting Sir Ranulph Fiennes to assist the project, John accompanied a 4-man team on a 108 km run from the Millenium Stadium in London to the south coast; meeting up with them in France to film their cycling journey to Switzerland, where they attempted to summit the Matterhorn.
☝️Sir Ranulph Fiennes talking to John about the work of the Royal British Legion and the importance of helping veterans in need who have done so much for Britain.
John believes that significant changes to the culture of politics in Britain are long overdue. He hopes for more honesty, openness and humility in public service.
John does not subscribe to the traditional concept of a left-right political paradigm. His personal concept of government favours minimalism: less intervention into the lives, choices and liberties of ordinary people; and cutting unnecessary regulatory legislation which he believes resists business creation and growth, saps motivation to be industrious, and suppresses our national economic development.
John believes in the innate common sense of the British people, and resents the sometimes overbearing nature of the nanny state - while standing up for those who society has a duty to protect.
John wants to see a Britain that negotiate trade relationships that benefit the Commonwealth and developing countries – and that leads the world in living standards and entrepreneurship.
John has mentored several young people over the last few years and would like to see very significant changes that increase the motivation and self-respect of long-term unemployed young people in Britain, and hopes to work closely with people in this area to show them how to realise their full potential.
👈 John speaking to Sir Ranulph Fiennes
John believes that too many youngsters graduate from the education system with unusable degrees as opposed to vocational skills that could directly be employed by industry. He wants to see greater diversity in schooling that recognises the individuality of young people and allows them to pursue their unique aspirations, learning from successful education models in other countries.
John believes that the next government should investigate ways of ensuring that the educational route of each child should be tailored towards their interests and abilities and that no child should conclude their education without a skill set, whether a trade, entrepreneurial training, or an academic discipline, that will lead them towards a fulfilling career and self sufficiency.
John's hobbies include occasional adventurous expeditions, trail run racing, cycling, mountaineering, (student) piloting a single engine plane, skydiving (for safety reasons - in the event of plane engine failure), skeet shooting, and competitive dynamic pistol shooting (when in Bulgaria & South Africa).