Our team are all volunteers and donate their time to making SayYesMore tick. We're always looking for more sparky folk to help us do justice to the awesome community this is building around the SayYesMore message and movement, so whoever you are, wherever you're from and whatever it is that you're good at, we're open to all. For now though, here's our team. 


Dave Cornthwaite, Founder

When he's not off around the world travelling thousands of miles without a motor, he's either off around the world talking about travelling thousands of miles without a motor or he's living happily with fiancé Emms on their boat in London, eating Nutella and making sure the YesTribe doesn't actually turn into a cult. His favourite games are telling Chris that he's bought another bus to convert, and organising events with no budget or health and safety plan, in order to give Andy a heart attack.


Andy Bartlett, Mr Abacus

Andy's first contact with the YesTribe was at the second ever campout in June 2015. Since then he's split his time between taking on adventures big and small - including paddleboarding the length of the Danube, browsing fire extinguishers on Google Images and giving SayYesMore the semblance of a proper organisation. When given a time warning during his talk at Yestival he famously responded, "I've just been told I've got two minutes. That's so not going to happen, I've waited three years for this stage!" 


Chris Barnes, Bus Boss

When Chris cycled from his work as an engineer at Heathrow to a YesTribe campout in August 2015, he had no idea what was coming next. Just a few months later he found himself as the co-owner of a double decker bus, and since then he's put hundreds of hours and a considerable amount of skill into creating the YesBus. Chris dances like nobody is watching, loves to create enormous campfires and is the most industrious chap you'll ever meet.


Em Karembo Taylor, THE STRING PULLER

After years working as a charity fundraiser in Sierra Leone, Em now holds the fort at SayYesMore, organising our volunteer team, pulling tight the loose threads from events to website to bus to festival, and ensuring that everyone stays in an ever-changing loop. When not on YesDuty, Em leads youth expeditions around the world, loves feeding the coots through the boat's kitchen window, and plies her trade as an expert massage therapist.


Amanda Bond

Manda is probably the best travelled human on the SayYesMore team, and has lived abroad, mostly in Africa, for years. She's an expedition leader and dive master, eternal scarf-wearer and a new rock in the SayYesMore team. We bloody love her!


Julia Wickham

Jules has been with us from the beginning and has played an integral part in each Yestival, at the same time as endlessly adding to an extensive nomadic portfolio. She's always looking out for others before thinking about herself, is the glue behind the scenes of every event she's involved in, will lend her hand to any odd-job, and she even finds time for the occasional adventure.


Tamsyn O'Donoghue

Tam almost turned her car around when driving to the first Yestival in 2015. This was to be her first SayYesMore event and she's been an ever-present face ever since, lending a hand to organising events and brightening our loves with her huge hair, even bigger smile and an ever-blossoming comedy sismance with fellow Blonde Adventurer, Jules.


Vicky Cable

Along with her sidekick Kev, Vicky created DreamCamp, the little human part of Yestival that adds a little sparkle of future to Yestival each year. She also created the comfortable parts of the YesBus, due to the fact that she's an expert upholsterer and cushion master.


Kevin Self

Kev is the DreamCamp co-founder and all-round wise head in the SayYesMore team. Sometimes, when there's a crisis, you need a Kev around.



Steve is our first aid guru, is an ever-popular ever-present supporter of SayYesMore, always has his event paperwork ready before we ask for it, and is top of the list of the people we'd choose to have around in an emergency. Top man.


Jon Basset

Jon has been an invaluable resource on the YesBus. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of solar, battery and power systems and has ensured that we now have a double decker bus that works quite brilliantly when totally off-grid.


Sarah Lister

Sarah bosses the SayYesMore Instagram account at the same time as keeping her days full of little adventures. 


YesTribe Germany

Maria Müller has kicked off our first tribe in Germany with gusto, organising multiple YesStories and campouts. She promised to write a bio to go here, but only once she finds time to settle down with a glass of wine.

Visit YesTribe Germany

YesTribe Belgium

Filip and Inge started YesTribe Belgium in the Spring of 2017 and have grown their community to over 500 so far, the largest overseas tribe so far. 

Visit YesTribe Belgium

YesTribe Denmark

In November 2017, Pernille came across a YesStories event on Facebook and decided straight away to leave Copenhagen for a night in London. When returning home, Pernille had no doubt about starting up The YesTribe Denmark.

Visit YesTribe Denmark


Laura was an integral part of the UK's tribe, leading campouts and delivering wonderful speeches at YesStories and Yestival before she moved to Italy. It didn't take her long to start up a YesTribe down there...

Visit YesTribe Italy

YesTribe Melbourne

An expert at laughter yoga and all things funny, Emily is starting up The YesTribe Melbourne after returning from a scouting mission to the UK to find the coolest gang of cats. Also spending a lot of time on a map showing where YesTribers live.

Visit YesTribe Melbourne


The SayYesMore Team 2018

We're currently building a team of volunteers for 2018, the roles are below. If you'd like to throw your hat in the ring, visit Join Our Team and say hi!

The Cogs

SYM Team Co-ordinator

Community Manager

General admin

Venue research

Grants research and distribution



Campout Leaders

YesStories: Hosts, Admin, Powerpoint creation

Breakfast Club

Dating find someone extraordinary

New events

Overseas trips

Yestival: Everyone on the team will lend a hand




Event hosts

Partners & facilitators

Solar & Power


Kindness Team: creating engagement projects for the tribe to spread kindness - Em Karembo


Creative Team: a brain trust to turn idea seeds into reality


Social & Online

Website development and copy





Tribe Stories

Q&As section

Tribe Challenges: keeping the community motivated & active

Prioritising SEO and online audience growth


Community Development/ Tribe Liaison

Moderating social media channels

Helping central and regional tribes develop

Actively encouraging global tribe growth 





New creation

Promotion online



Sourcing prizes & partners

Creative comp ideas

Artwork design

Promote ongoing photo comps - #yesontour


Accountacy/ Magic Bean Cruncher


Adventure Liason

Bring in stories from Tribers on the road

Make sure they have SYM gear

Engage them with social and tribe stories


The Tomorrow People

Developing family adventures and groups

We're the next generation of parents


Develop youth programmes for bus


Mental Health

This is at the heart of SYM. Ensuring the community is there not just to share successes, but to lift each other when we're struggling

Anti stress meet-ups

Combatting anxiety

Online content to share tips and tools, excite & motivated




Charitable & Environmental projects

Using the power of many for good

Teddington Trust

#plasticclever - clean up + creative - clean up and create