David Chalstey

I have been a Trustee for Dorset Youth Association since 2009. I was born in Scotland but was brought up in Cheshire and North Wales and educated at Repton School in Derbyshire. At School I was a keen Cross Country runner and loved to be Outdoors, climbing the Peaks and Snowdonia.

After School I worked in the City of London for a Stockbroker before moving into the insurance market, and then became a Reinsurance Broker for Lloyds of London. After this time I became an Army Reservist as a Special Observer in the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC). Following selection for the HAC I realised how much you can push yourself and became obsessed with endurance sport, amongst many things I have run a triple marathon in one go (78 miles), attempted to cross the channel the long way for Dorset Youth Association (42 miles), competed in triathlons, run in the mountains (the Three peaks in 19 hrs, 24 peaks in 24hrs Snowdonia) and Ice Climbed in the Alps

In recent years I have gained a Higher National Diploma in Surveying and I am a Volunteer Army Cadet Force Leader, which has allowed me to use my outward bound skills to benefit young people. My passion is making people realise they are capable of amazing things and expanding their horizons. Achievement is relative to where we are now it’s just having the motivation to say ‘yes, I can do that’ and take the first step towards it. Failure is irrelevant by simply attempting something you have gone further than most people already.