Growing up in rural Shropshire saw Evans develop a passion for the outdoors. In 1979, at the age of 17 he was selected to take part in a six-week scientific research and mountaineering expedition to the Lyngen Alps in Arctic Norway, organised by The British Exploring Society, for whom he went on to lead three extended research expeditions to Svalbard for young people, totalling 20 months in the field between 1992 and 2002.
Some twenty years spent living and travelling extensively in the Gulf region, including 80-day camel expeditions, a 55-day 1,700 km solo kayak journey from UAE to Yemen, and extended, remote 4×4 journeys throughout Saudi Arabia and Oman, give Evans an unrivalled knowledge of the region. He is also a Fellow of both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographical Society in London.
Evans was awarded the MBE in 2011 for his work using outdoor journeys to connect cultures and promote intercultural dialogue between future leaders from the Arab and western world. He is currently Executive Director of Outward Bound Oman.