Camilla Nichol
Chief Executive

Camilla has worked in the museums and heritage sector for twenty 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 she was Head of Collections for Leeds Museums and Galleries, 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, serves on the Accreditation Panel for Arts Council England and is a trustee of the Burton Constable Foundation and the Cromwell Museum.

Lisa Avis
Administration Manager

Lisa's early career was within the legal environment, working as a legal PA and then venturing into PR & marketing (still within the realms of law). Her career took a change in field when she took a position with the English Beef & Lamb Executive as PA for the CEO and Chair.  Lisa first started working within the Antarctic environment at the Scott Polar Research Institute, before becoming the Administration Manager with UKAHT in June 2013.  Lisa travelled to the UKAHT's flagship operation at Port Lockroy for the first time in 2014. 

Ask Lisa about our UK-based activities. 

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 an experienced Operations and Product Manager, who has worked mostly within the adventure travel industry. Lauren started her career as an Expedition Leader, leading adventure travel tours in places such as Russia, China, Tibet and Central Asia. Upon returning to the UK, Lauren joined a busy operations team at an Adventure Travel company, she first started as Operations Manager for Asia, working her way up to managing the Operations and Product department.

Lauren has recently returned from a visit to UKAHT's flagship operation at Port Lockroy.

Ask Lauren about our Antarctic operations.

Trish Sexton
Administration Assistant

Trish’s background is in NHS Health Records and Clinical Informatics in a career spanning more than 30 years.


Beginning her working life at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge she went on to work in hospitals in the UK and Eire in both consultancy and managerial roles before joining the organisation that evolved into NHS Connecting for Health. Trish returned home to Cambridge and took some time out before accepting the post, which she still holds, of part time receptionist at the British Antarctic Survey in 2013.Trish joined UKAHT in January 2017 as part time Administration Assistant.

Danni White
Communications Officer

Danni recently completed her degree in English at the University of Cambridge as a mature student, and since then has been a freelance writer. Her two loves are heritage and writing, which lead her to an internship at the British Library sound archive. During her time there, she co-ordinated the team’s external communications, helping them build their confidence with social media at the beginning of a nationwide project.  She has an interest in unusual and challenging areas of heritage, particularly pioneering conservation projects.

She also runs a poetry night in Cambridge aiming to help new writers build their confidence and showcase their love of words.

Ask Danni about UKAHT's social media and communications.

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We are very keen to promote the important heritage work that we do, telling the story of life in Antarctica both past and present. If you are interested in running a story about us, using our images or films or want to discuss an interview or potential collaboration opportunity we would love to hear from you.  Please contact either Sarah or Lewis at Limewash to discuss your requirements sarah@limewash.co.uk or +44 (0)1223 813 557.