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Jim McNeill


With over 26 years of Arctic travelling, Jim McNeill is an accomplished polar explorer, presenter and keynote speaker.
In January 2001 he conceived the idea of combining his professional rescue expertise with his polar expeditioning into a long term vision known as the Ice Warrior Project. Jim McNeill has worked in the environmental science sector, trained army personnel to use mountains safely and has 12 years of blue-chip marketing communications experience at consultancy level. In 2006 he resigned his 15 years of fire and rescue operations for the Royal Household, to engage in “professional exploring”.

Jim's guiding, survival and logistics expertise is employed by BBC film crews in extreme locations.  McNeill's reports for ITV News on the reality of climate change have been seem by audiences from around the globe.  Next year Jim plans to be the first person to walk to the Arctic Pole - the furthest point from land on the Arctic Ocean.

Throughout his career Jim McNeill has selected, trained and led teams in key business situations, where the reputation and share value of corporations is won and lost on strategic and tactical media relations; to critical life saving situations, where effective leadership and hands on teamwork are key to preserving the lives of car crash victims; through to longer term life-threatening situations in extreme climatic situations with multiple risks over long periods of time.  Jim thrives on challenge and change.  He has a passion for leadership and getting the very best performance out of individuals and teams, at any level;, perfect for the Bureau.

Jim McNeill is a modest, inspirational and experienced modern day polar explorer who exudes an inner steel for adventure and thrives in some of the harshest environments.  He is equally at home motivating a corporate team for challenges ahead as he is trekking to the poles.  His stories of near misses and the natural world will have you on the edge of your seat.

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