A record-breaking polar explorer and a renowned international speaker, Ann Daniels is the first woman in history, along with expedition teammate Caroline Hamilton, to reach the North and South Poles as part of all women teams.
Since then, Ann has led all three Catlin Arctic surveys. This environmental study captured vital information relating to the decreasing ice levels in the Arctic Ocean. Experiencing temperatures as low as -50C and dealing with various Polar bear encounters, Ann has sledge-hauled over 3000 miles in some of the world’s most inhospitable environments, completing over 10 polar expeditions and surviving over 400 days on the ice.
She started out in the polar world as a mother of triplets with zero knowledge about the outdoors. Ann spent nine months teaching herself everything from navigating with a compass in whiteout conditions to cooking on a stove the size of a grapefruit in order be invited onto her first expedition, a unique relay to the North Pole. In 2009, she was asked by Pen Hadow to be his head of ice operations for the ground-breaking Catlin Arctic Survey. This project completed a unique environmental study of the rapidly disappearing frozen Arctic Ocean. Ann was responsible for leading the team on the ice and finding a safe route, making difficult decisions in the most extreme environment on Earth for 74 consecutive days. In 2010 and 2011 she also led the second and third Catlin Arctic survey, the only person to be invited to partake in all 3 expeditions.
By sharing memorable experiences from her polar expeditions, Ann takes the audience on a parallel journey through their own challenges in a tough and changing world: “The difficulties people encounter at work are similar to the problems we face on expeditions, be it impossible targets, constant pressure or morale within a team.”
Described by The Times as ‘living proof that humans really can reach new peaks’, Ann’s achievements have been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, The Pride of Britain Awards, The Foreign Office and the Women of the Year Awards. She is an inspiring and charismatic speaker, giving presentations on leadership, teamwork, motivation and environmental issues.