Port Lockroy Team

Meet this year's Port Lockroy team. Each year we hire a team to go south and run Port Lockroy together. The team is there for the 19/20 austral summer season, returning March 2020. Don't forget to follow their blog.

Lucy Dorman
Base Leader

Lucy is returning to Port Lockroy for her second season (she was a member of the 2016/17 Port Lockroy team). Prior to her first Antarctic season, Lucy had had a varied career including five seasons guiding dog sled trips, four years working with the Canadian military and three summers as a Royal Mail ‘postie’ while at university. She returned south following the 16/17 season working on the expedition team of one of the leading Antarctic tour operators. Lucy enjoyed seeing more of Antarctica but missed island life so volunteered to spend a summer on a remote Scottish island monitoring Great and Arctic skuas. For the last 12 months, Lucy has been providing maternity leave cover for the Antarctic Operations Manager in Cambridge. Having spent a year in an office, she is excited to get back to island life!


Kit Adams

Kit completed a BSc (Hons) in Geography in 2016, with a dissertation investigating Scottish Avalanching, which was followed by an MSc (Res) in Polar and Alpine Change, focusing on the effect of subglacial topographies on glacial ice. In the interim between these two degrees, he worked in a Swiss boarding school and became involved within the Expeditions programme and the Ski department, culminating in a disabled ski touring expedition. He is a keen mountaineer and ski tourer with Scottish winter mountaineering experience and Alpine ski touring experience. He has previously had three Arctic trips to Svalbard, Greenland and Finnmark. 

Lauren Elliott

Lauren graduated from university in 2017 with a 2.1 in Philosophy, Politics and Ethics. Whilst at university she worked for a stationary brand which enabled her to cultivate skills in areas such as customer service and visual merchandising.  Lauren continued to work for the brand after graduating and went on to open several stores in the UK and Ireland and eventually became a manager. In the summer months between university years, Lauren used this time to travel to different countries to explore different cultures and wildlife. In 2014, prior to university, Lauren moved to the French Alps for a winter season where she worked in a flagship hotel for a ski company and learnt how to ski.

Vicky Inglis

Vicky graduated in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology from the University of Stirling and went on to complete an MSc in Ecotourism and Environmental Management at Napier University, Edinburgh.  Interest the way people interact with their surroundings, and how education can influence behaviour, led her to work for wildlife conservation charities in the UK and freelance for several years, delivering environmental education, field studies, Forest School, and Duke of Edinburgh Award programmes to groups from early years children to adult learners.  In 2016 she was a crew member on the Viking longship Draken Harald Harfagre for an expedition to sail across the North Atlantic from Norway to Canada.  For the past three years, she has worked seasonally as a countryside ranger, specialising in public engagement, while gaining experience in sail training, leading to work as a deckhand and wildlife guide on a traditional sailing vessel this summer.

Heidi Ahvenainen

Heidi graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Lapland. During and after her studies, Heidi worked as a winter safari guide in Finnish Lapland leading husky, reindeer and snowmobile safaris. She also did two semesters abroad, first in Indonesia completing a course in South-East Asian studies and then in Italy at the University Carla Cattaneo studying international project management. She moved to Scotland in 2013 and has since studied for an MSc degree in International Marketing and worked for Scottish and Irish tour operators. Heidi was employed by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust in 2018/19 as Base Leader at Port Lockroy. She is very excited to be returning to Port Lockroy this season and sharing the little island with the gentoo penguins once again.


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