Antarctic Heritage Trust’s alumni programme has more than 100 members with a growing network of Inspiring Explorers™ among them.
The programme aims to connect, support and inspire the incredible people that have contributed to, and advocate for, the Trust’s mission of conserving, sharing and encouraging the spirit of exploration.

Alumni are ambassadors for the Trust, providing ongoing value in the form of sharing expertise, forging partnerships, spreading brand awareness, and engaging communities around the world who share the Trust’s mission.

The Trust has a number of high profile Inspiring Explorer™ alumni who have extensive reach with media and digital channels.

If you have worked for the Trust and haven’t heard from us please do get in contact as we are in the process of updating our records. We have a dedicated private Facebook group and a LinkedIn page and welcome you to join us online there and to receive regular communication updates from the Trust.

Alumni News

My Explorer Journal Recognised as a Finalist

Inspiring Explorer (2020) Anzac, the creative visionary of the Trust’s augmented reality activated My Explorer Journal, has been recognised as a finalist in the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Alumni Awards. YES aims to inspiring young people to discover their potential in business and in life and the awards celebrate the achievements and impact of YES alumni.

Memories of the Ice

Recently the Trust had an unexpected but very welcome visit from Graeme Wilson, one of the earliest historic hut caretakers (before the Trust was formed). Graeme and his daughter Ainslie were in town for the Antarctic Society mid-winter dinner, and following that, took the opportunity to catch up with Programme Manager Lizzie Meek. Graeme was part of Leslie B Quartermain’s hut restoration party in Antarctica 1960-61 summer season. Joining the team as an Antarctic Society Volunteer, he took part in early hut restoration efforts at Scott’s Terra Nova Hut (Cape Evans) and Shackleton’s Nimrod hut (Cape Royds). We greatly enjoyed Graeme’s detailed and entertaining accounts of his time on Ice, and the way his impressions of the place 60 years ago remain as indelibly sharp and meaningful as they did back then. Antarctica is like that!

New Research

Dr Fred Davey Emeritus Scientist, GNS Science, Former Trustee and Member, Fred Davey has recently published a research paper in the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics on Cenozoic continental rifting in the north-western Ross Sea. In layman’s terms Fred’s paper is looking at the geological development of the western Ross Sea during the past 60 million years.

On the Move

We love hearing from our alumni about the development of their career and new jobs undertaken.

Diana McCormack. Diana was the Trust Conservation Ambassador in 2017. After taking maternity leave last year, Diana has returned to work at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, UK, in a new role as Head of Conservation. Diana also had a short article about her Conservation Ambassador role published in Icon News, the Institute of Conservation’s magazine for members.

Inspiring Explorers™ Continue to Inspire

Ihlara McIndoe. In her role as NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer in-residence, 2020 Inspiring Explorer™ Ihlara’s Antarctic inspired composition Ephemeral Bounds has been performed by the NZSO National Youth Orchestra in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand in July. Ihlara has also been interviewed by Radio New Zealand, and SOUNZ, the Centre for New Zealand Music.

Mike Dawson. Mike’s film Kwanza: The Drowning Diamond of Angola featured as part of an adventure film evening with screenings around New Zealand. The film showcases Mike’s journey to kayak the Kwanza River – Africa’s fourth largest river and one of the world’s last un-run rivers! Mike was an Inspiring Explorers™ mentor (2019, 2020) and is a Trust Governance Intern.