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Explore Speakers 2017

Explore features a first class line up of speakers with a wealth of expertise and experience in various fields. Below are a selection of those presenting at Explore 2017. The full list of Explore 2017 Speakers profiles are here (PDF Document).

Paul Rose

As one of the world's most experienced science support experts and polar travellers, Paul is currently Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas expeditions exploring unique marine environments.

Shara Dillon

Shara is a teacher with a love for remote African wilderness, and a growing interest in conservation. She has paddled Lake Tanganyika, the longest lake in the world and spent six months driving rural back roads from Kenya to Cape Town.

Steve Jones

Steve is manager for the Antarctic base for Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions LLC, which flies nearly all polar expeditions and mountaineers into Antarctica, and is responsible for safety and logistical support for field parties.

Nathan Smith

Dr Nathan Smith's research focuses on human performance and heath in extreme environmental conditions, and has conducted research in polar, desert and mountaineering environments.

Emma Barrett

Research fellow in Psychology at Lancaster University,
Emma is co-author of 'Extreme: why some people thrive at the limits. With Nathan Smith researching experiences of expedition life.

Stephen Fabes

A doctor by trade, Stephen recently returned having spent 6 years cycling across 75 countries and 6 continents, covering
86 209 km. En route Stephen visited remote medical projects serving marginalised communities. Find out more.


Laura Moss

Organiser of the UK's Cycle Touring Festival, her own adventures include a 16 month, 13,000 mile bike ride through 27 countries. She is also a solicitor for charities and social enterprises.


Luce Choules

Luce is a visual artist who works mainly in still and moving image, and between sculpture and performance. She is founder of the artist network - Temporal School of Experimental Geography (TSOEG).


Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Jamie is director of Digital Explorer, an organization that creates education programmes based on expeditions and fieldwork. Having been on expeditions to Pakistan, Tibet, Morocco, Antarctica and Oman. 


James Borrell

James is a conservation biologist currently studying for a PhD. He has been involved in expeditions to Lapland, Madagascar, the Peruvian Amazon and South Africa. Find out more


Lloyd Figgins

A former expedition leader, police officer and soldier Lloyd has worked in over 80 countries. Lloyd specialises in travel risk management.. Find out more


Adrian Parker

Professor Adrian Parker is a Geographer and Archaeologist who specialises in geomorphology, geoarchaeology and climate change in the sub-tropics. 
Find out more


Simon Carr

Senior lecturer in Physical Geography at Queen Mary, University of London, Simon focuses on the interactions between climate, glaciers and landscape on different timescales, conducting extensive field research in Iceland


Martin Hartley

As one of the world's leading expedition and adventure travel photographers, Martin specialises in documenting the most inaccessible places on earth. Find out more


Andrew Ranville

Andrew Ranville is a visual artist and explorer with interests in the environment, architecture, fieldwork, cartography and community. Find out more


Will Close-Ash

Will runs Mountain Energy. He has led groups on some of the classic Alpine long distance treks including the Tour of Mont Blanc and the walkers Haute Route, and travelled through Peru, Bolivia, Lesotho, South Africa and Morocco.


Kate Baker

Kate is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Water Systems, Exeter University. Kate is ecologist in residence for Sail Britain. She has worked in Borneo investigating tropical streams restoration and lived in Siberia for six months helping to conserve Lake Baikal.


James Dyer

James is an expedition leader, safety advisor and outdoor education practitioner. Until last year, he was the Operations Manager at the British Exploring Society and Chief Leader on two  youth development expeditions for BES to the Peruvian Amazon.

Craig Pollard

Craig is a global fundraising consultant. He has a MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, and with his wife Loretta set up the charity Cycle Africa and led the team on a year-long, unsupported, 17,000 km cycle ride from London to Cape Town.

Jess Fisher

Jess has led and participated in multidisciplinary research expeditions to northeast Madagascar, the US Virgin Islands, and the Mongolian Steppe. She is now working in Georgetown, Guyana to understand how people perceive and interact with wildlife in the city.

Ben Sherlock

Ben Sherlock shot his first feature film chronicling the cultural destruction across Iraq, from there he has gone on to film in over fifty countries including many hostile environments and war zones. and on projects with National Geographic and renowned alpinist Conrad Anker.

Duncan Milligan

Duncan runs Tour de Force, an adventure logistics company, specialising in overland travel. He has driven across the Sahara,  Nairobi to Cape Town, Kathmandu to the UK via China, Tibet and Central Asia and managed The Africa Rally, The Mototaxi Junket and The Icarus Trophy for The Adventurists.

Roseann Hanson

Roseann Hanson has worked around the globe as a guide, journalist, and conservation program director. She is also a watercolour artist, lapidary and metalsmith. Her diverse work has involved tens of thousands of miles of overland driving experience.

Jonathan Hanson

Jonathan has taught tracking, natural history writing, 4WD techniques, and other subjects for many conservation and government organizations. In 2015 he became co-author of the Fourth Edition of the widely acclaimed Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide, with Tom Sheppard.


Sam Jones

Sam is currently undertaking his PhD at Royal Holloway. He has worked extensively throughout the tropics studying the basic ecology of little-known and threatened bird species. Sam was the recipient of last years Neville Shulman Challenge award.


Lucy Woodall

Dr Lucy Woodall is Marine Biologist who works in coastal and deep-sea habitats. She is an expert in seahorses and marine litter. Lucy is now Principle Scientist with Nekton, and managed their first mission this summer, involving two ships and a range of scientific equipment from submersibles to an ROV.


Mark Mulligan

A lecturer in Geography at King's College London, Mark considers field research to be fundamental to understanding and managing environments and ecosystems. He currently leads research on the issues around the ecosystem services provided by the world's protected areas. Find out more


Phoebe Smith

Phoebe Smith is an adventurer, author, editor, presenter, speaker and filmmaker. By day she is editor of Wanderlust Magazine, by night she’s an extreme sleeping outdoors adventurer who thrives on heading off to the wildest locations.


Peter Kohler

Peter founded The Plastic Tide, a project that is collaborating with a team of scientists to develop a revolutionary way to detect, monitoring and help clean-up marine litter and plastics on coastlines using drones and machine learning.


Oliver Beardon

Oliver is the founder of Sail Britain, an interdisciplinary arts, sailing and ocean research project. With Sail Britain, he has undertaken trips ranging from ocean microplastics research to exploring the cultural heritage and identity of remote islands.


Rob Fraser

A professional photographer for 35 years, Rob lead more than 75 treks. In 2012 he formed the collaborative practice somewhere nowhere with his wife, Harriet, a writer, with the aim to use creativity as a tool to focus on people that work closely with the land.


Nicholas Crane

President of RGS-IBG, Nicholas is a much revered writer and broadcaster. He has written 11 books and presented over 80 BBC radio documentaries and films, including Coast and Map Man.


Thom Starnes

Thom is a GIS  Systems Analyst working in the RSPB Conservation Data Management Unit. He the Chairperson of the Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs and a member of the Cave Surveying Group.


Nigel Winser

Since founding the first RGS-IBG Explore weekend in 1976, Nigel has directed interdisciplinary research programmes that support conservation and sustainable development across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.


Tom Allen

An adventure filmmaker, author, blogger and entrepreneur, Tom is one of this years recipients of the Society's Land Rover Bursary, working with regional organisations and experts to map a hiking trail in the Lesser Caucasus mountain range.


Mac Mackenney

Mac is Director of Max Adventure Ltd, a company specialising in expedition consultancy and logistics since 1994. Consultant to Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Mac was right-hand man on his last North Pole expedition.

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