Our Trustees 

The Trust is governed by a board of up to twelve trustees elected for terms of four years and who may serve up to three terms. They are individuals drawn from all sections of society who bring their skills, experience and passion for Antarctica for the benefit of UKAHT.

Ian Rushby
Interim Chair and Honorary Treasurer

Ian has been a Trustee and Hon Treasurer of UKAHT since 2009. He worked for BPplc for more than 30 years in the UK, USA, Netherlands, Indonesia and Russia retiring in 2008. He was a Non-Executive Director at the Ministry of Defence and chair of the UK Government Accounts Assurance Committee. He is a member of IFAC’s Professional Accountants in Business Committee and holds a number of directorships in the corporate and charity sectors. Ian has a degree in Geology and is a Fellow of ICAEW.

Gavin Booth MBE

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.

Selina Fellowes

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. She is currently also a non-executive Director of Whitechapel Ventures, Hepworth Wakefield Enterprises and St Paul's Cathedral Enterprises, and until recently, Fine Cell Work. She has had a lifelong interest in explorers and feats of human endurance.

Meredith Hooper

Meredith was born and brought up in Adelaide, South Australia, graduated from the University of Adelaide with a First Class Honours degree in History and then completed her B. Phil. at Nuffield College, Oxford.  Over the last 20 years she has focused on writing and lecturing about the Polar Regions, in particular Antarctica: the exploration of the continent, its wildlife, and status. 

Meredith has researched and worked in Antarctica during four seasons; and been funded by the Australian Antarctic Division and the US National Science Foundation on Humanities Programmes.  In 2000 she was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the US Congress. 

Meredith has published prolifically, both fiction and non-fiction, on Antarctica and beyond for younger and older readers. Meredith is currently a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

John Pye

After a career with the RAF, retiring as an Air Commodore, John's interest in polar affairs sprang from his ten years with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). As the board member responsible for administration, logistics and operations, he visited the Arctic and Antarctic, and he facilitated the transfer of the management of Port Lockroy from BAS to the UKAHT. John is a non-executive director of an NHS Trust, a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies, a school governor and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Mark Rawden

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 Chief Executive Officer of the Medicalert Foundation, holds an MBA, and is a Fellow of both the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Chartered Management Institute.

Adam Wilton MBE

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.

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