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

Ian has been a Trustee and Hon Treasurer of UKAHT since 2009.  He was appointed Chair of UKAHT in 2017. 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.

Adam Wilton MBE
Deputy Chair

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.  Adam was appointed Deputy Chair of UKAHT in 2017.

Jane Arthur

Jane has worked in the museums and heritage sector for over 35 years in Birmingham, Stoke on Trent and the West Midlands where she developed specialisms in collections management and sector standards. She has served on a number of national committees, the Arts Council Accreditation committee and Museums Association Ethics Committee and worked as a Heritage Lottery Fund mentor.  Since 2007 she has been a freelance museum consultant specialising in strategic development for collections management and care, governance standards and facilitating organisational change. From 2010-16 she was a trustee then Chair of the Birmingham Conservation Trust overseeing the development and opening of the award winning Newman Brothers’ Coffin Fitting Factory.

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.

Kim Crosbie

Kim has been working in the polar regions for over 25 years including, formerly, as the Executive Director of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), one of UKAHT’s key stakeholders. Kim started in the polar regions as a post graduate researcher at the Scott Polar Research Institute where she gained an M.Phil in environmental management in the Arctic, before embarking on a PhD that focused on ecological monitoring and management in the Antarctic, spending three austral summer seasons in primitive conditions at a temporary field camp. On completing her PhD Kim remained in the field of visitor management, leading expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic, primarily onboard expedition vessels, supporting groups of students, film makers, authors, artists and other visitors. Subsequently, she worked for IAATO for 12 years working with the Antarctic tour operators to develop a strong framework of visitor management practices and as such was a regular visitor to Port Lockroy.

Ian Dunn

Ian Dunn is the  Chief Operating Officer at the University of Southampton (UoS). Previously, Ian was the Chief Executive of the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT), the only UK charity uniquely focused on undertaking projects, raising awareness and funds to support the longterm conservation and sustainable development of the Galápagos Islands.  Before GCT, Ian was responsible for corporate services at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Prior to joining BAS, Ian spent nearly 25 years in the petro-chemical industry, 20 of those years with Shell. Ian was President and CEO of an industrial company in Japan, and he oversaw a portfolio of activities as a Managing Director and Executive Officer with the world’s third largest chemical company.

Selina Fellows

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.

Bob Kidby

Bob was a City solicitor for over 30 years and Head of Real Estate at Lovells (now Hogan Lovells). Since leaving the law in 2010 he has been a director (executive and non-executive) of a number of commercial and charitable organisations. He currently owns and runs a commercial recording studio in Suffolk and is an Appeal Steward of the British Boxing Board of Control. He has had a strong lifelong interest in the Antarctic and those who have explored it.

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.

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