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 and is a trustee of the Burton Constable Foundation and the Cromwell Museum Trust.

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 UKAHT's flagship operation at Port Lockroy for the first time in 2014. 

Ask Lisa about our UK-based activities. 

Sud Basu
Antarctica 2020 Creative Producer

Sud is a Creative Producer and has worked in the arts and heritage sector for over 15 years - supporting artists, developing artworks and creating nationally significant cultural programmes. His career has spanned local Government, funding bodies, commercial agencies as well as artist led companies – with roles at organisations such as the Greater London Authority, Arts Council England, London Legacy Development Corporation and The Place. Sud joins UKAHT from 14-18 NOW – where he produced a widely celebrated major national cultural programme marking the centenary of the First World War.

Speak to Sud about our plans to mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica in 2020.

Ask Sud about the 2020 Antarctic Programme.

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. In recent years Penny has stuck with the cold theme and led teams and operations overseas within the Ski Industry. After a volunteer placement with Oceanswell, and seeing the power of commitment in realising a dream, Penny gained the courage to commit to 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
Conservation Project 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 restoring buildings and ancient monuments, dating from as early as the fourteenth century.

A lifelong interest in Antarctic exploration has been rewarded by employment as a Conservation Carpenter by the NZ Antarctic Heritage Trust spending two seasons working on the conservation of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition Hut A at Scott Base in the Ross Sea Region.

Ask Geoff about our conservation programme.


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 working her way up to Operations and Product Manager.

Lauren joined the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust in May 2016 as the Antarctic Operations Manager.

Ask Lauren about our Antarctic operations.

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 or +44 (0)1223 813 557.