Port Lockroy Team

Coming soon...Meet this year’s team who will be living and working at Port Lockroy until March 2018.

Hannelore Cuypers

Being a sled dog handler as well as a local guide, Hannelore’s youth was characterised by an active outdoor life style. Since graduating from the University of Bergen in 2009 with a Master in Dentistry, Hannelore has been working as a general dental practitioner. In 2014, she attended the Norwegian Trekking Association’s summer tour leader course and since then, has been leading several tours on a voluntary basis. In 2015, Hannelore took a sabbatical from her dental work to carry out a self-organised expedition where she successfully completed a 2986km trek over a five month period along remote and desolate areas of the Norwegian border. From the Arctic, she went south to the Antarctic, working for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as Port Lockroy Assistant during the 2016/17 season. Hannelore will be working in the Canadian High Arctic on board an expedition vessel as a sea kayak guide this summer before returning to Port Lockroy as Base Leader for the 2017/18 season.

Julia Benson

Julia started out as an accountant and after a long successful career as a financial controller in London, she decided that the time had come to follow her heart and embark on a new career that involved wildlife and travel. Having always been fascinated by the polar regions she embarked on four trips to the Arctic and Antarctica on small expedition ships. These trips inspired her to change career so she studied marine zoology, volunteered for a number of whale and dolphin research organisations and undertook a wildlife officer training placement which led to her working as a naturalist on whale and dolphin watching boats in the UK and Iceland. She currently works as a naturalist and zodiac driver on small passenger ships and is very much looking forward to going back to Antarctica and sharing her passion for the region and its rich history with all the visitors to Port Lockroy.

Hannah Johns

Hannah left university in 1999 with a 2:1 BSc. Hons in Physical Education and Sports Science and a PGCE in Secondary Physical Education and Science. Following a charity expedition in the Bornean jungle, she taught PE in the UK for 2 years before spending a further 2 years travelling and working around the world. Her trip included back to back winters in New Zealand and Canada and wild camping in Alaska.  She then moved to Japan where she taught English for 3 years. After this, she worked as a volunteer teacher on a cruise ship, which was when she had her first taste of Antarctica. She went back to university to gain an MA in English Language Teaching before returning to Japan for 4 more years to set up a language school and also to indulge in her passion for winter sports. Her teaching career has also taken her from Guatemala to Greece as well as to various universities in the UK. She loves the snow, and feels extremely fortunate to be able to return to Antarctica with UKAHT, and this time set foot on land there.

Sophie Jordan

Sophie graduated in 2012 with a Masters in Marketing and Corporate Communications. During and after her studies, she spent two years working as an Account Executive in a renowned advertising agency in Paris before heading out towards new horizons. From 2013 to 2015, Sophie travelled to South America, Canada and Alaska, working primarily in Argentina. She even made it all the way to Antarctica for the first time as a visitor. Following her travels and experiences with environmental charities, Sophie has spent the past year training as a wilderness guide in Finland. She has led several tours over the winter season and completed a nine day solo skiing expedition in Finnish Lapland. With her recent Arctic experiences, she is looking forward to a second and longer visit to Antarctica and Port Lockroy.

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