Conservation Team

Meet our conservation team who will be working on Port Lockroy (Base A) and Damoy Hut. They will be carrying out important survey and sampling work which will allow us to care and conserve this unique piece of our Antarctic heritage. 

Geoff Cooper
Conservation Team

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 New Zealand 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. In addition to this Geoff worked with the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust earlier this year; he was one of the Conservation Carpenters who spent 10 weeks on Stonington island conducting surveys and emergency repairs to both Base E as well as East Base. This season he will manage the conservation project at Port Lockroy and Damoy in addition to carrying out the building conservation surveys and conducting any necessary emergency repairs.


Al Fastier
Conservation Team


Al has worked as the NZ Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Programme Manager since 2006. His role is to oversee the building and artefact conservation programmes for each of the expedition bases under the Trust’s care as part of the Trust’s long-term cold-climate conservation project; the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project. Before working for the Trust, Al had a career working for the Department of Conservation where he got the opportunity to work on remote sites such as Raoul and Stephens Islands. Al first visited Antarctica in 1987, and during his eighteen visits to the Ice, has worked for Antarctica New Zealand, the US Program and as a NZ government representative. Al is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys extended journeys by foot or bicycle in remote parts of the world.

Adele Jackson

Adele’s professional background is in arts and culture. She spent 10 years working in local government cultural services and arts management after graduating with a first class BA (Hons) in Arts Education and an MA in Educational Research.

Adele has worked in Antarctica since 2014, first as an expedition photographer in the polar tourism industry and most recently for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as Base Leader and operations support at Port Lockroy.

Last year Adele moved to New Zealand to begin a PhD in Antarctic Studies at the University of Canterbury. Alongside this she is developing an arts-based international Antarctic project in collaboration with National Antarctic Programmes and Antarctic researchers.

Lizzie Meek
Conservation Team

Lizzie is currently the Programme Manager-Artefacts for the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. For the last ten 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. 

Michael Powell
Conservation Team

Having left south Wales for the whales down south, few people can claim as much specialized experience in Antarctica than Conservation Carpenter Michael David Powell. Having worked “on the ice” since 1986, he has spent four winters (two as Rothera Base Commander), and numerous summers in the south, ranging in locale from the sub Antarctic Islands (Bird Island) to the Peninsula (Rothera Station, over 40 field camps, six Historic Sites and Monuments, and expedition ships), to the Ross Sea Heroic-Age Huts, and the South Pole. To him, the Antarctic is not a place to work, but a passion.

Since 2010 he has worked for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and brings invaluable knowledge and continuity to their team with his skills background and on-site familiarity. For example, he worked at Damoy Hut when it was an operational site and has since done periodic maintenance at the now-historic location. Similarly, at Port Lockroy, he visited the area before it was designated an HSM, and since working for the Trust, has helped conserve the site over multiple seasons. Michael has also been involved in major projects at Wordie House as well as Detaille, Horseshoe, and Stonington Islands. When not in Antarctica, Michael lives with his wife, Liesl Schernthanner, southern-sojourner, in a tiny cabin in the central Idaho Sawtooth Mountains, USA.

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