Jim McNeill

Jim McNeill

Jim is one of the world’s most experienced and respected explorers and has clocked up over than 30 years of polar travelling and expeditioning; thousands of miles mostly on nothing but skis, dragging his world behind him. Few, if any, have that breadth and depth of experience in extreme environments. His guiding, safety and survival expertise is widely employed, from the BBC to Hollywood film crews, on location all over the world – hot as well as cold.

With a career spanning environmental science, the military, commerce and fire & rescue, Jim has selected, trained and led highly successful teams from top-level corporations, through high-risk polar expeditions, to critical lifesaving situations – where effective leadership and hands-on teamwork are paramount.

He has a passion for leadership and getting the very best performance out of individuals and teams, at any level. Jim’s motivational talks cover leadership, performance, inspiration, motivation, climate change, selection, things that go wrong and life on expedition.

In 2001 Jim founded the Ice Warrior Project” an organisation that gives “ordinary” people the opportunity to become polar explorers and achieve extraordinary feats of endurance and endeavour. Through Ice Warrior, he develops people, discovers global change and delivers the stories to audiences worldwide in a way we can all understand, fostering a much better understanding of the world we live in and on; ultimately helping us to survive.

In 2006 he was ITV News’ own “Ice Warrior”, reporting the reality of climate change directly from the Arctic Ocean to international audiences.

Jim’s story is due to continue in 2018 as he conducts a vital scientific transect from the edge to the centre of the Arctic Ocean, furthering our understanding of how the sea-ice breaks up and helping to predict how long it will last before potentially catastrophic and far reaching changes occur, globally.




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