Kate Baker

Kate is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Water Systems, Exeter University, currently working on the ‘Safe & SuRe’ project. Alongside this, she has worked in Borneo investigating tropical streams restoration and lived in Siberia for six months, where she worked with ‘The Great Baikal Trail’.

Fearghal O’Nuallain

Geography teacher and explorer who recently won the RGS-IBG Land Rover Grant, is the architect behind ‘The Water Diaries’. It documents his journey across Jordan in November last year as he conducts investigations into the areas water issues. He is now broadcasting his discoveries to classrooms in the UK and beyond.

Hattie Fields

A student of international relations currently studying at Exeter. Hattie's interest in development and politics led to her involvement on a two month expedition out to Mongolia, as part of 'The Big Steppe' expedition. 

Paul Rose

A man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced science expedition leaders. Paul Rose helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.

James Borrell

James Borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator with travels ranging from the Peruvian Amazon to the Dhofar Mountains. In 2015, he launched an expedition in Madagascar, as he investigated the significant threat to future conservation in the area. 

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. He was the recipient of the 2016 Neville Shulman Challenge award. 

Ceri Lewis

A senior Lecturer at Exeter University in Marine Biology who studies the changing marine environment and the effects this has on the marine invertebrate population. Recently she was the receiver of the Ralph Brown Expedition Award for her work in the Galapagos, where she further investigated the effects of micro plastics to the marine ecosystem.

Tom Allen

As well as being an adventure filmmaker, author, blogger and entrepreneur, Tom is one of last year’s 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.

Oliver Beardon

Oliver is the founder of Sail Britain, an interdisciplinary arts, sailing and ocean research project. He has a particular interest in cross disciplinary working in a research and expedition environment, and the collaborative social space of a sailing vessel. 


Stephen 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.

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.

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.

Katie Willis

Professor Katie Willis is head of the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. A social and development geographer with particular expertise in gender, migration and households, Katie has conducted research in Latin America (particularly Mexico and Peru, East and South-East Asia and the UK.

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.

Martin Hartley

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

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.

Thomas Starnes

Thomas 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.

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.

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.

Harriet Fraser

Harriet has been working as a freelance writer since 1993 when she joined the team to compile the original Rough Guide to India, a country to which she returned again and again. This sparked off a career in writing and editing that began with a documentary, journalistic focus and now includes poetry and land art to explore place and our relationship to the environment.