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8 -14 April 2019

Just Challenge is delighted to present Mind over Mountains - supported by Barclays. Mind over Mountains is a 4 day trekking challenge with Barclays employees in the Himalayas to raise funds and awareness for mental health illness.

A once in a lifetime opportunity for Barclays colleagues from Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, Shanghai and Beijing to come together in Northern India to trek through the greatest mountain range in the world, The Himalayas, on a mission to end the stigma around mental health.

In partnering with Just Challenge to bring you this inaugural Mind over Mountains programme, we’re aiming to challenge the stigma around mental health and break the culture of silence. The challenge provides an incredible opportunity for Barclays colleagues to meet new people from across the organisation, experience the culture and beauty of the mountains and push themselves out their comfort zone
— Jaideep Khanna, Head of Barclays Asia Pacific

Online registration to take part in Mind Over Mountains is now closed.


 The Himalayas, Northern India

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We have engaged some of the world’s most inspirational ambassadors to lead Mind over Mountains. Kenton Cool, thirteen time Everest Summiteer, and Geoff McDonald, Former Global Head of HR at Unilever and Mental Health Campaigner, will inspire and educate our participants on the importance of mental wellbeing in both sport and the work place. Read more about these two incredibly inspiring individuals below.

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Kenton Cool, Thirteen Time Mount Everest Summiteer

Kenton Cool is one of the world’s leading high-altitude climbers, he has climbed Everest 13 times to date, along with many other epic and challenging mountains around the world.

Kenton is an engaging motivational speaker, who talks passionately about all aspects of his many accomplishments in the outdoors. He relates with great vividness and emotion the experience of summiting of some of the world’s highest mountains and the mental strength and resilience required to do so.

Kenton has built a motivational team leadership programme, suitable for variable sizes, designed to get employers, employees, apprentices and alike out of their usual working environment and into the outdoor. Kenton aims to create innovative, pioneering, challenging and inspirational experiences which participants can learn from and apply within the work place.

Kenton is energetic, entertaining, inspiring and humorous, and often focuses on driving themes such as team-building and leadership. Round the campfire, Kenton will recall with great intimacy some of the most adverse situations he’s encountered and the personal fears he’s had to overcome across many successful summits of Everest and further afield.


Geoff McDonald, Former Global Head of HR at Unilever, Co-Founder of Minds@Work and Mental Health Campaigner

Geoff is a very active campaigner for breaking the stigma associated with mental health in the corporate world and has participated in a number of campaigns around this subject. In 2016 he convened a meeting withCEOs from FTSE 100 companies to address their role and agree actions to break the stigma in work environments, and has supported The Royal Foundation (Prince William, Harry and Kate) in their mental health campaign. He's recently had the opportunity to engage with Pope Francis on how we create a more sustainable and inclusive economy through his work with the Global Foundation.

Geoff's background includes 25 years with Unilever, his experience spanning leadership (VP HR), talent development, organisation change, capability development, with particular reference to marketing, and purpose-centric business transformation. Today Geoff campaigns and speaks about inspiring and provoking organisations to put purpose, wellbeing and mental health at the heart of everything they do. He's also an Executive Director of Open Minds Health - an organisation providing businesses with practical strategies to address workplace mental wellbeing culture for achievable, measurable and sustainable improvement of employee wellbeing.


In participating in this event, you acknowledge and agree that this challenge is solely organized and executed by Challenges Unlimited. Barclays Bank PLC or any of its affiliates (“Barclays”) is neither responsible nor liable for any aspect of this challenge, or for any risks that you may be exposed to by participating in the challenge, and the consequences of those risks. Your participation in the challenge is wholly voluntary and at your own risk and responsibility, and does not fall within the scope of your employment with Barclays, and you acknowledge that any injury, illness, death, loss, damage or expense, cost or other claim of any description suffered by you in connection with this challenge does not arise out of and/or in the course of your employment with Barclays. Barclays shall have the right and benefit to enforce this provision.