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.
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.
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.
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.
Sud Basu Antarctica 2020 Creative Producer
Sud has worked in arts and heritage for over 15 years supporting artists, developing artworks and creating nationally significant cultural programmes. His career spans local government, funding bodies, commercial agencies and artist led organisations, such as the Greater London Authority, Arts Council England, London Legacy Development Corporation, The Place and 14-18 NOW where he produced a major cultural programme to mark the centenary of the First World War.
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.
Penny Clarke Administration Assistant
Penny completed a degree in Geography at the University of Aberystwyth, with a 4-month placement taken at the University Centre in Svalbard, it was here where her passion for Polar Regions grew. Penny has led teams and operations overseas within the Ski Industry and, after a volunteer placement with Oceanswell, Penny pursued her dream to utilise her skills in administration, operations and logistics, in an organisation passionate about our Polar Regions. Ask Penny about UK based activities.
Geoff Cooper Heritage Programme Manager
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, initially as a Conservation Carpenter and has now worked as the Heritage Programme Manager for the Trust since August 2018.
Majeeda Goodall Project Producer
Majeeda supports the production of Antarctica In Sight events. She brings experience of delivering creative and commemorative projects to audiences of all ages throughout the UK, from working on national First World War memorial projects Pages of The Sea and They Shall Not Grow Old with 14-18 NOW, to marking 70 years since the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights with the international Fly The Flag project in 2019.
Declan Kelly Antarctic Operations Assistant
Originally from Ireland, Declan started his early career as an archaeologist. After several years he decided a change of pace was in order and joined the Royal Marines Commando. He has supported operations around the globe and worked in numerous roles, most recently as a communications specialist. It was whilst deployed to Antarctica onboard HMS Protector that he was first introduced to the work of the UKAHT after visiting Port Lockroy and Horseshoe Island. Ask Declan about our Antarctic operations.
Lauren Luscombe Antarctic Operations Manager
Lauren is a proficient Operations Manager with extensive experience in managing complex operations in remote locations. Lauren originally studied Chinese (Modern) BA at the University of Leeds before becoming an Expedition Leader over a three-year period in China, Tibet, Mongolia, Russia, and Central Asia. Lauren found that if she wasn’t out on an expedition, the next best thing was planning them for others, so upon returning to the UK she joined a busy operations team at an adventure travel company working her way up to Operations and Product Manager with a special interest in planning unique trips in wild, remote and ‘undiscovered’ places. Expeditions Lauren planned include the first commercial overland trip between China and Myanmar in 2013 and a last-minute Kathmandu to Kashgar trip via Pakistan’s Karakorum highway due to border closures elsewhere. Looking for a new challenge, Lauren joined the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust in 2016 as the Antarctic Operations Manager and is currently responsible for the field operations and health and safety side of things at UKAHT - taking responsibility for planning and delivering a smooth and safe season at Port Lockroy each year. The Operations team also supports the Conservation Project Manager in planning and implementing UKAHT’s conservation field seasons in order for vital conservation work at each historic site along the Antarctic Peninsula to take place. Lauren often represents UKAHT at national and international conferences and currently sits on the IAATO Field Operations Committee on behalf of UKAHT.
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.
Sally Owen Volunteer
Sally worked at Port Lockroy in 2007 and has remained a keen supporter of UKAHT. She lives in Stanley and supports our work from the Falkland Islands, particularly with our cargo and the handling of special items to and from Port Lockroy via Stanley.
Nathan Fenney Conservation Geomatics Specialist
Based in Cambridge, UK, Nathan is a Geomatics Specialist with the Mapping and Geographic Information Centre (MAGIC) at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). With a background in geology, in 2015 he moved to the UK from New Zealand and undertook an MSc in Geographical Information Science at the University of Edinburgh, looking at how best to capture complex topography using unmanned aerial vehicles and oblique photogrammetry. Now at BAS, Nathan provides geomatics support for both science and operational teams working in the Polar Regions. In 2018, as part of the UKAHT conservation team, Nathan was deployed to Stonington Island to undertake the 3D data capture of the site. In 2019 Nathan was able to complete a comprehensive 3D scan, using the latest scanning technology, of Port Lockroy both inside and out which has produced some incredible imagery. This data is going to be utilised in several different medias for UKAHT.
Lizzie Meek Artefacts Expert
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 is looking forward to working again at Port Lockroy alongside Sophie.
Sophie Rowe Artefacts expert
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.
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.