Who we are
Our mission is to promote a greater public engagement with Antarctica, through heritage conservation, storytelling and effective advocacy.
Through the care and conservation of six designated historic sites and monuments on the Antarctic Peninsula, we aim to engage, inform and inspire current and future generations with Antarctica’s heritage. We deliver and support a range of innovative public programmes to engage and inspire people of all ages with 250 years of British human endeavour in Antarctica.
Meet our Patrons, Trustees and Team
HRH The Princess Royal Patron
Since our foundation as a trust, we have benefitted from exceptional support from our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal. Her Royal Highness takes a keen interest in our work as well as wider Antarctic matters and has visited the region on more than one occasion, including Port Lockroy in 2007.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes Vice Patron
Undoubtedly one of our greatest living explorers. Sir Ranulph has broken countless world records and led even more expeditions to remote regions all over the world. His Antarctic achievements rival those of Scott and Shackleton and his knowledge of the Polar Regions is probably unrivalled. His biography of Captain Scott is a must-read and his support of our work as a Trust is hugely welcome.
Dr Dafila Scott Vice Patron
Dafila is one of our foremost wildlife artists. Her connection with the Antarctic stems from her grandfather, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, as indeed does her passion for wildlife. In his final letter to his wife Scott asked of his son, Peter, “Make him interested in natural history” - a trait evidently passed down to the next generation. In 2012 Dafila was Artist in Residence for the Scott Polar Research Institute, travelling to Antarctica to capture the wildlife and scenery on canvas.
The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton Vice Patron
Alexandra has been a key figure in Antarctic matters all her life. As Sir Ernest Shackleton’s granddaughter, she has worked tirelessly to share her grandfather’s story and ensure his legacy is passed to new generations. Alexandra is also the President of the James Caird Society and has been patron of several expeditions retracing Shackleton’s expeditions.
John Pye Chair
After the RAF, Air Commodore John Pye spent ten years on the British Antarctic Survey Board – responsible for operations, logistics and corporate services. He became a Trustee of UKAHT in 2009, was Hon Treasurer for three years and was appointed Chair in September 2020. John has been an Independent Member of a Police Authority and a NHS Trust Non-Executive Director. He chairs an audit & governance committee for a mayoral Combined Authority. He is member of the Royal College of Defence Studies, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a BAS Club member. Travel to far flung places is high on his list of interests.
Jane Arthur Vice Chair
Jane has worked in the museums and heritage sector for over 35 years in Birmingham, Stoke on Trent and the West Midlands. She has served on a number of national committees, the Arts Council Accreditation committee and Museums Association Ethics Committee and worked as a Heritage Lottery Fund mentor. She is a freelance museum consultant specialising in strategic development for collections management and care, governance standards and facilitating organisational change. From 2010-16 she was a trustee then Chair of the Birmingham Conservation Trust overseeing the development and opening of the award winning Newman Brothers’ Coffin Fitting Factory. She is fascinated by Antarctica, it’s history and stories of endeavour, science and discovery. She has visited twice and plans to return.
Gavin Booth MBE Trustee
Gavin has had an interest in the Antarctic/polar regions for many years, and was inspired so much by the historic journeys of Scott and Shackleton, that he completed a 700 mile unsupported expedition from Hercules inlet to the Geographic South Pole in 2008 (with fellow Trustee Adam), raising funds and awareness for the Trust in the process. Awarded an MBE in 2011 new year’s honours list. He is a chartered surveyor and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Kim Crosbie Trustee
Kim has been working in the polar regions for over 25 years including, formerly, as the Executive Director of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), one of UKAHT’s key stakeholders. Kim started in the polar regions as a post graduate researcher at the Scott Polar Research Institute where she gained an M.Phil in environmental management in the Arctic, before embarking on a PhD that focused on ecological monitoring and management in the Antarctic, spending three austral summer seasons in primitive conditions at a temporary field camp. On completing her PhD Kim remained in the field of visitor management, leading expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic, primarily onboard expedition vessels, supporting groups of students, film makers, authors, artists and other visitors. Subsequently, she worked for IAATO for 12 years working with the Antarctic tour operators to develop a strong framework of visitor management practices and as such was a regular visitor to Port Lockroy.
Ian Dunn Hon Treasurer
Ian Dunn is the Chief Executive at Plantlife and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Previously, Ian was the Chief Operating Officer at the University of Southampton and Chief Executive of the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT), the only UK charity uniquely focused on undertaking projects, raising awareness and funds to support the long term conservation and sustainable development of the Galápagos Islands. Before GCT, Ian was responsible for corporate services at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Prior to joining BAS, Ian spent nearly 25 years in the petro-chemical industry, 20 of those years with Shell. Ian was President and CEO of an industrial company in Japan, and he oversaw a portfolio of activities as a Managing Director and Executive Officer with the world’s third largest chemical company.
Selina Fellows Trustee
Selina's professional background is in the cultural and heritage sector. Prior to setting up her own consultancy in 2000 she worked variously for the Royal Academy of Arts, English Heritage, a product design company and the Millennium Dome. Since 2000 she has advised many cultural, museum and gallery clients in the UK, Russia, Europe, Middle East and Asia on their commercial and retail development and how this can be sympathetically and profitably realised to reflect the ethos of the organisation. As well as being a Trustee of UKAHT she is also a non-executive Director of Hepworth Wakefield Enterprises and St Paul's Cathedral Enterprises, and until recently, Fine Cell Work. She has a lifelong interest in explorers and feats of human endurance, particularly in polar regions.
Bob Kidby Trustee
Bob was a City solicitor for over 30 years and Head of Real Estate at Lovells (now Hogan Lovells). Since leaving the law in 2010 he has been a director (executive and non-executive) of a number of commercial and charitable organisations. He currently owns and runs a commercial recording studio in Suffolk and is an Appeal Steward of the British Boxing Board of Control. He has had a strong lifelong interest in the Antarctic and those who have explored it.
Sumit Paul-Choudhury Trustee
Sumit Paul-Choudhury is a writer and consultant specialising in science, technology and the future. Trained as a physicist at Imperial College, he subsequently turned his hand to journalism, spending fifteen years writing about finance and risk. In 2008 he joined New Scientist, becoming where he served as editor-in-chief from 2011-2017 and as the founding creative director for New Scientist Live. His creative studio, Alternity, focuses on unexplored possibilities and he is fascinated by the geographical, cultural and social uniqueness of Antarctica.
Mark Rawden Trustee
Mark has been a trustee since 2012. A lifelong fascination with the exploits of explorers like Scott and Shackleton led to his first trip to Antarctica in 2011, during which he visited Port Lockroy and the very remote island of South Georgia. He is currently a Strategy Consultant working on merger and start up projects. Mark holds an MBA, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Institute of Leadership and Management and the Chartered Management Institute and a member (cert) of the Institute of Fundraising.
Clive Sanders Trustee
Clive started out in the commercial sector working on a range of global sporting events and has since gone on to work in a range of leadership roles spanning fundraising, events, marketing, innovation, sponsorship, operational management across the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Clive was privileged to help deliver the 2012 Olympics, and at Cancer Research UK, led the largest fundraising event series outside the USA. Currently, a Director at Save the Children, Clive leads a number of fundraising, data, and operations departments throughout the UK. He has a keen interest in exploration and the history of human endeavour.
Victoria Snowden Trustee
Victoria has had an interest in Antarctica and its wildlife for several years, which following her own expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula in early 2020 was cemented into a fresh interest in the history of Antarctic exploration. Victoria is a qualified Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a Partner at Lane Clark & Peacock, a pensions consultancy, advising pension trustees and companies on their long-term pension commitments. She hopes to visit Antarctica again in the future, in particular the UKAHT’s flagship site of Port Lockroy.
Adam Wilton MBE Trustee
Adam has had an interest in the Antarctic and Polar Regions for many years. Having been inspired by the historic journeys of Scott and Shackleton, he completed a 700 mile unsupported expedition from Hercules inlet to the Geographic South Pole in 2008 (with fellow Trustee Gavin), raising funds and awareness for the trust in the process. Adam was awarded an MBE in 2011 new year’s honours list. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Adam was appointed Deputy Chair of UKAHT in 2017.
Camilla Nichol Chief Executive
Camilla has worked in the museums and heritage sector for 20 years. She read Geology at Edinburgh followed by Museum Studies at Leicester and went on to work with collections as diverse as geology, zoology, scientific and medical instruments, anatomy and pathology, the early oil industry and Scottish football. Previously Head of Collections for Leeds Museums and Galleries, she led the science team at York Museums Trust as Keeper of Geology and whilst at the Hunterian Museum at Glasgow University she was fortunate to curate the Antarctic rock collections including specimens collected from Elephant Island by the marooned men from Endurance and the first rocks collected from the Antarctic mainland and by Carsten Borchgrevink in 1895. Camilla holds an AMA from the Museums Association, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and is a trustee of the Burton Constable Foundation and Chair of the Cromwell Museum Trust.
Kit Adams Port Lockroy General Assistant 2021-22
Kit completed a BSc (Hons) in Geography in 2016, with a dissertation investigating Scottish Avalanching, followed by an MSc (Res) in Polar and Alpine Change, focusing on the effect of subglacial topographies on glacial ice. In the interim between these two degrees, he worked in a Swiss boarding school and became involved within the Expeditions program and the Ski department, culminating in a disabled ski touring expedition. He is a keen mountaineer and ski tourer with Scottish winter mountaineering experience and Alpine ski touring experience. This will be his second time to the Antarctic, where he was previously the Deputy Sub-Postmaster of the British Antarctic Territory, although he has previously had three Arctic trips to Svalbard, Greenland and Finnmark.
Tank Adams Conservation Carpenter 2021-22
After leaving College in 1981, Tank (a nickname from his Rugby days) went on to study Fine Craftsmanship and Design. After graduating, he worked as a Cabinetmaker and Antique restorer for a furniture designer, where he developed a particular passion for woodwork. He retrained as a carpenter and then as an oak timber framer and relocated to Somerset to combine his love of carpentry and timber-built heritage, working for a building conservation company on various historic buildings. Tank is now self-employed and works on challenging projects and historic buildings across the UK and overseas. He enjoys hill and mountain walking in his spare time and is also a keen kayaker, paddling white water in the UK, the Alps, and New Zealand. Tank's previous work in Antarctica was for the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust (NZAHT) as a conservation carpenter during the 2013-14 season, working primarily on the conservation of the Discovery Hut. While there, he undertook field training and set up the seasonal camp at Cape Evans before moving on to maintenance work both here and at Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds. As an experienced heritage professional, Tank understands the many complex conservation issues that can arise during a project. His experience with NZAHT in Antarctica means he also understands the challenges of working in an extreme environment and can't wait to take up the position as a Conservation Carpenter with UKAHT this coming season, not to mention revisiting Antarctica and experiencing it from the Peninsula this time
Lisa Avis Administration Manager
Lisa formerly a legal PA, before moving into PR & marketing (still within the realms of law), took a career change when she became PA to the Chair and CEO for the English Beef & Lamb Executive. Lisa first started working within the Antarctic environment at the Scott Polar Research Institute, before joining UKAHT in 2013 as the Administration Manager. Lisa travelled to Antarctica for the first time in 2014, where she spent 10 days at Port Lockroy. Ask Lisa about UK-based operations and activities.
Heather Barrable Administration and Development Assistant
Inspired in childhood by her great grandfather’s copy of The Great White South by Herbert Ponting, Heather studied Geology at the University of Leicester followed by Vertebrate Palaeontology at UCL. Diverse roles in both the public and private sectors have seen her organising events, editing magazines and delivering babies! Combining her passion for Antarctica and its powerful stories with her customer service skills, Heather is your point of contact for membership and shop enquiries.
Lawrence Becko Creative Producer
Lawrence is a creative programmer working across the arts, culture and heritage sectors in the UK and internationally for over 15 years. He is a specialist in inclusion and diversity, youth participation and community engagement. He has worked with British Library, British Council, English Heritage, Arts Council Wales and Roundhouse, and run creative projects with artists in Australia, Canada, Poland, South Africa, Tunisia and the US. Lawrence has a background as a composer and music producer, writing and releasing music about environmental issues and the natural world. He is a keen vegan cook and gardener, with an interest in sustainable practices. Get in touch with Lawrence if you are looking for creative ways to engage new audiences with Antarctica.
Sarah Blythe Communications and Engagement
Sarah is a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant with a background in the not-for-profit sector. She has led on a variety of projects – both here in the UK and internationally – spanning digital, communications strategy development and implementation, branding, creative campaign production, editorial, social media and press management. Sarah has a keen interest in the environment, conservation and the protection of wildlife.
Geoff Cooper Lead Carpenter
Having spent the first half of his career managing Marine Biology surveys for an environmental consultancy and subsequently project managing the roll out of Information Systems in Japan and Europe for a large pharmaceutical company, Geoff retrained as a traditional oak frame carpenter. His interest in conservation carpentry led him to work across Suffolk specialising in restoring historic buildings and ancient monuments, dating from as early as the fourteenth century. A lifelong interest in Antarctic exploration combined with his craft skills was rewarded by employment as a Conservation Carpenter with New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, spending two seasons working on the conservation of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition Hut A at Scott Base and the Heroic Era huts in the Ross Sea Region. Geoff has conducted three field seasons for UKAHT on the Antarctic Peninsula.
Lucy Dorman Base Leader 2021-2022
Lucy first became involved with UKAHT in 2016 when she was selected as part of the 2016/17 Port Lockroy team. She returned to Antarctica for the 2017/18 season, working as an expedition team member for one of the ship-based tour operators. Lucy has subsequently worked for the Trust in the Antarctic Operations Manager role, covering maternity leave for a year and returned to Port Lockroy in the 2019/20 season as Base Leader. Lucy has also lived and worked in remote places in Scotland, New Zealand and Canada whilst monitoring seabird populations, guiding dog sled expeditions, and researching human performance in environmental extremes.
Al Fastier Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand), Programme Manager
Al has worked as the New Zealand Trust’s Programme Manager since 2006. His role is to oversee the building and artefact conservation programmes for each of the expedition bases under NZAHT’s care as part of the Trust’s long-term cold-climate conservation project; the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project. Before working for the Trust, Al had a career working for the Department of Conservation where he got the opportunity to work on remote sites such as Raoul Island (located in the South Pacific Ocean, off the coast of New Zealand) and Stephens Island (located in the Cook Strait, New Zealand). Al first visited Antarctica in 1987, and during his twenty visits to the Ice, has worked for Antarctica New Zealand, the US Program and as a NZ government representative. Al worked has worked with UKAHT as part of their Conservation Team at Horseshoe Island, Stonington Island and Port Lockroy. Al is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys extended journeys by foot or bicycle in remote parts of the world.
Camilla Johns Head of Development
Camilla is a fundraiser with a background in the arts, heritage and environmental sector. She has worked in development for over a decade, raising funds to support wide-reaching education projects, conservation work and capital appeals across the UK and for organisations including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Holburne Museum and Campaign for National Parks. She has lifelong interest in the world’s remote and wild places. Ask Camilla about how you can become involved in supporting UKAHT.
Lesley Johnston Narrative Designer
After almost a decade working in the engineering and renewables sector Lesley pivoted back to her interests in history and heritage by undertaking a postgraduate degree in Heritage Visualisation with the Glasgow School of Art. Here she developed the skills to digitally document sites and artefacts and develop innovative methods for interacting with both tangible and intangible aspects of heritage culture. More recently, Lesley has been working as a freelance Heritage Visualisation and Photogrammetry Consultant and is excited to have the opportunity to work with the UKAHT team. In her role she will be developing ways to bring aspects of UKAHT’s historical archive into the public sphere and bring its stories to life through immersive and interactive technologies.
Claudine Maya Head of Finance
Claudine is a qualified accountant (CIMA) with 19 years experience working in the Pharmaceutical Industry. She has a successful track record for leading and motivating teams, as well as delivering key financial projects to plan, including statutory reports, budgets and management accounts. Claudine has a keen interest in the environment.
Lizzie Meek Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand), Artefact Conservation Programme Manager
Lizzie is currently the Programme Manager-Artefacts for the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. For the last eleven years, Lizzie has led and worked with teams conserving the heroic era expedition bases in Antarctica, including a winter at Scott Base and many summers in the field. In her spare time she is Vice-President of Lyttelton Museum, and is attempting to learn to ski. She completed a Diploma in Craft Design in 2008, then moved to the UK for six years, where she achieved her Post-graduate Diploma in Conservation of Library and Archival Materials. Prior heritage conservation posts include Senior Book Conservator, National Library of New Zealand, and Book Conservator, British Library. In 2018 Lizzie worked for UKAHT at Stonington and then at Port Lockroy in 2019 alongside Sophie Rowe.
Ruth Mullett Building and Conservation Manager
Ruth is interested in understanding the historic environment through the stories of those who have lived and worked in it. In her role Ruth seeks to ensure that the heritage sites and buildings in our care are conserved according to their significance and special interest. Ruth has previously worked as a heritage consultant on projects ranging from medieval hall houses to WWII air bases, and from country houses to historic ships. Before entering the historic environment profession, Ruth trained as a medievalist and taught manuscript studies and cultural history at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and Cornell University (USA).
Sally Owen Falkland Islands Co-ordinator
Sally qualified as a Dental Surgeon in 1987. A short service commission with the Royal Army Dental Corps allowed her to develop her passion for mountaineering and travel. This started with two years attached to the Royal Navy, including an expedition to Nepal, followed by two years with the British Antarctic Survey, based on RRS Bransfield. During her BAS days, she visited all the British bases, including the HSM's UKAHT cares for today. During this time, Sally fell in love with the Falkland Islands and decided to relocate, finding a dental officer job. However, Antarctica beckoned again, so she set off for Antarctica as the Postmistress at Port Lockroy for the 2007-08 season. Since then, Sally has acted as our local agent in the Falkland Islands and often returns to support the Port Lockroy team as a General Assistant as she did in 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2020/21.
Sophie Rowe Collections Management and Conservation Advisor
Sophie is an object conservator with over 20 years of experience working in National and University Museums. She first became excited about Antarctic heritage while working at the Polar Museum in Cambridge, which is home to an amazing collection from Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova expedition, as well as many fascinating objects from more recent Antarctic explorations. Sophie was conservator at the Polar Museum and worked on these collections from 2012-19, in a post sponsored by UKAHT. In 2017 she went to Antarctica for the first time to carry out a full inventory and condition survey of the artefacts at Base Y, on Horseshoe Island, and hugely enjoyed the chance to spend so much time getting to know the hut and it's contents. Sophie returned in 2019-20, visiting Port Lockroy alongside Lizzie Meek.
Jonathan Selby Advisor, ICT and Communications
Jonathan, whose company, Xaxero is listed on our sponsors’ page, provides the know-how and advice, as well as hands on installation, for all our vital communications equipment and software at Port Lockroy. He visits each season to help the team with the satellite communications and ICT on base.
Work for us Join the UKAHT team
We have small dedicated teams in Antarctica and the UK who work hard to keep our operation going, preserving our Antarctic heritage and sharing it with the world. Each year we recruit a team to run and manage Port Lockroy in Antarctica and occasionally also have vacancies for other specialist roles in the UK. Job vacancies are advertised on this website and on social media. Check out our latest news page for up to date vacancies. We politely ask that you keep an eye on these pages for any updates rather than contact us directly.
We work very closely with our three main stakeholders British Antarctic Survey, International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, to ensure our strategies will ensure the best possible future for the historic sites in our care.