Will Millard is a writer, BBC presenter, public speaker, and expedition leader.
Born and brought up in the Fens, he is the BAFTA Cymru winning presenter of the BBC Two series Hunters of the South Seas, BBC Wales/BBC Four’s The River Taff with Will Millard, and BBC Wales Hidden Cardiff. His first book The Old Man and the Sand Eel for Penguin (Viking) follows his wild journey across Britain in pursuit of a fishing record and will be out next spring, and his next BBC Two series, charting a year in the life of the extraordinary Korawai tribe in West Papua, will be on your screens later in 2017. He is currently somewhere up the River Wye, following this outstanding river from source-to-sea for his latest series for BBC Wales and BBC Four.
Will has been leading expeditions in remote places for the past decade and has written and submitted images for numerous national and international magazines and newspapers, including BBC News, The Daily Telegraph, Vice, The Guardian, Geographical and Outer Edge.
Will specialises in lightweight expeditions and immersive anthropology for television, radio and the written press. In West Papua, with the 2009 Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Neville Shulman Challenge Award, Will’s team recorded the last survivors of the indigenous trade in natural salt and uncovered an ancient inter-tribal trade route known as the ‘Great Road’. In 2012 he returned to Papua with support from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Transglobe Expedition Trust to attempt a six-month project aiming to make the first unbroken crossing of the province via its remotest tribal trade routes. In 2013 he received the RGS Journey of a Lifetime award for his maiden solo packraft descent of Sierra Leone’s River Mano, with the adventure being broadcast in a critically acclaimed two-part series on BBC Radio 4.
Will has lectured on his expeditions at the Royal Geographical Society, including twice at the prestigious Monday Night Lectures, and twice on their Regional lecture theatre tours across England, Wales, and Scotland. He has spoken independently throughout the UK including the National Geographic Store in London, the Wilderness Lectures in Bristol, and Adventure Travel Live. If you would like to see a talk in your area then please keep across Will’s work on Facebook and Twitter, or, if you would like to book Will, for your event, school, or university, use the ‘Contact’ tab to get in touch.
Will is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. When he isn’t exploring, he’s writing at the kitchen table or out fishing the rivers and lakes around his South Wales home.
“A wonderful talk that reflected perfectly the reasons why we love Geography”
– Michael Palin
“Millard is a natural presenter…Even when faced with aggression from tribes people who have no idea who this sunburnt stranger is he wins them – and us – over with his warmth. This man is one to watch”
– Radio Times
“Millard came across as a man of boundless heart and decency. The foregoing film, full, of light and laughter and uncomfortable truths, established him as a prize catch for the BBC.”
– Daily Express
“Will Millard’s Hunters of the South Seas was un-improvable. One advantage is that although Millard is a bona fide explorer he looks like a book worm not Bear Grylls.”
– The Times
“Five stars! An utterly compelling programme”
– The Daily Mail
“Will becomes passionately involved with his hosts. He clearly adores them and they adore him, and trust him… A lovely, touching, very human little film.”
– The Guardian