Tim is an environmental scientist, author, polar explorer and WWF-Australia Global Ambassador. He has undertaken unsupported expeditions to some of the world’s most remote regions, including to both the South and North Poles and across Australia’s largest desert. He also retraced the polar journey of Sir Douglas Mawson using 100 year old equipment and starvation rations as Mawson did in 1913.
Tim’s most recent expedition in 2013 was the first retracing of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic journey – across the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island, Antarctica to South Georgia and climbing the mountainous interior, using the same rudimentary equipment, clothing and technology. Regarded as the greatest survival journey ever, this was the first time that anybody had been able to authentically recreate it. A Discovery Channel/PBS documentary film and book SHACKLETON’S EPIC (HarperCollins) has been made about the expedition.
After almost two decades of polar travel, and over twenty years working as an environmental scientist Tim is a well-known public speaker, applying the lessons he has learned throughout his various expeditions to talk about leadership, problem solving, teamwork, change management and goal setting in an organisational context.
Tim is also the author of THE UNFORGIVING MINUTE (2004), about his 3 polar expeditions, and MAWSON: LIFE AND DEATH IN ANTARCTICA (2008), the book released in conjunction with his international documentary film of the same name - officially endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme in 2009; and co-author of the academic book THE FROZEN PLANET (Open University, UK) jointly released with Sir David Attenborough’s BBC TV series.
Tim holds the record for the fastest unsupported journey to the South Pole and was awarded the Australian Geographic Society’s ‘Spirit of Adventure’ medal for his kayak journey across Australia’s largest salt lake, Lake Eyre in 2004. He was conferred a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to environment, community and exploration in the 2010 Australian honours list and was made a Fellow of the Yale World Fellows Program, 2009 based on his international leadership in the field of environmental sustainability. He received the Sydney Institute of Marine Science Emerald award for 2013 for services to the environment, is the Australian Adventurer of the Year for 2013 (Australian Geographic Society) and received the prestigious Royal Institute of Navigation’s Certificate of Achievement as Expedition Leader of the Shackleton Epic Expedition.
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