PTGA ADVISORY BOARD

Our Advisory Board is a group of polar veterans with a vast amount of experience, all of whom believe in the value of professional standards of operation and conduct. They represent the broad scope of polar tourism from north to south, ships and land, practical to cerebral and community and commerce. Their job is to advise and assist. They do not have voting rights on our Board.

BRANDON HARVEY

Brandon has worked in the Polar Regions as an expedition leader, educator and adventure guide for over 12 years. He has travelled extensively in the Southern Ocean participating in over 100 expeditions including the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Antarctic Peninsula and all stops in between. Brandon has explored the Arctic extensively with expeditions to Russia’s Chukotka/Wrangel Island, the Northwest Passage, High Arctic Canada, Greenland and Northern Norway and Svalbard. Brandon has also spent over 15 seasons working the remote coast of British Columbia and SE Alaska. He is as a certified 60-ton captain/vessel engineer, a certified sea kayak guide and professional photographer and videographer. Brandon is also a passionate marine ecologist specializing in marine mammals and climate science, with a Masters of Environment and Management.

For more than a decade Brandon has demonstrated his proficiency in developing the impeccable safety-standards, exceptional guest experiences and engaging education programming that have been the focus of his career – most recently, as Operations Manager for Maple Leaf Adventures, an award‐winning ecotourism company operating small-ship cruises in British Columbia and Alaska. As Polar Latitudes’ Director of Expedition Operations, Brandon spends most of the year as a member of the home team; planning, organizing and staffing Polar Latitudes voyages each season. He is excited about the PTGA and the potential it has for the polar tourism industry.

PAMELA LE NOURY

Pam is a marine scientist, PADI dive instructor, zodiac skipper and sailor, and has worked in and on the ocean just about every day for the past 17 years. Hailing from South Africa she worked in the expansive dive industry while gaining a BSc in zoology and physiology. She progressed to managing the dive school before starting up her own whale watching charter and boat business.

Pam has participated in several marine research cruises, has published three smartphone apps on sharks & rays, whales & dolphins and Antarctic Wildlife and her passion for teaching people about the oceans and conservation is legendary in the industry. Pam started expedition cruising in 2008 and has been almost everywhere a small cruise ship can take you. She is now Head of Expedition Operations at Noble Caledonia and still spends most of her time at sea. She is excited about the direction the PTGA wants to take and believes new people to the industry need to have a basic standard of competency and something clear to aim for.

PAT LURCOCK

Pat Lurcock is well known to anyone who has worked in the south and been to Sth Georgia and after 25 years working for the South Georgia government, he has a real grasp of the issues that arise when operating in, and managing activities within, remote wilderness areas and is keen to observe and advise the PTGA in its infancy.

After graduating with a degree in electrical and electronic engineering, Pat joined the British Antarctic Survey as a geophysics technician and spent a double winter at Halley base studying the earth’s magnetic field and learning about computers. He then joined the Falkland Islands Government after a short stint programming in the UK, and lived in Stanley for three years, providing IT support for all departments with the fishery administration. This led to a four-month tour on South Georgia doing basic harbour administration, which eventually extended to 25 years, during which he played a part in developing the fishery administration, tourism administration, biosecurity procedures. He also developed a keen interest in all aspects of South Georgia – biology, geology, history, environmental management and industry.

Pat enjoys Nordic ski touring, with multi-week tours in the USA, New Zealand and longer expeditions as a leader with BSES Expeditions in Chile, the Falklands, South Georgia and Svalbard. He also took part in the first end-to-end traverse of South Georgia in 1999.

GRANT DAVIDSON

Grant has over 35 years experience working professionally in outdoor instruction, guiding and education. While not directly involved in polar guiding, his work in mountain, rock, kayak, sea kayak, bush and caving environments, on several continents provide a wealth of transferable skills. Grant was instrumental in establishing the NZ Outdoor Instructors Association in 1987 and wrote all of the initial syllabi and assessment documents for the implementation of these new standards. He went on to hold executive positions in the association for many years including being President and Chair of the Association.
He has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Auckland in Terrestrial physics, a Masters degree in Outdoor Education from the University of Minnesota where he specialized in safety auditing systems to improve safety outcomes. He has a PhD from the University of Waikato where he investigated the root causes of outdoor accidents. He has lectured extensively on safety systems, incident analysis and causal factors.
Grant was the Chief Executive of the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre of NZ for twenty years. This is NZ’s largest provider of adventure education for high school students in NZ and runs tertiary education programs to train and qualify outdoor instructors/guides. He is now the Chief Executive of Skills Active Aotearoa Ltd. which is the Government mandated organization tasked with setting skills standards and qualifications for NZ industries in the fields of outdoor recreation, community recreation, exercise, diving, snowsports, sport and performing arts. Skills Active manages the on-job delivery of these to over 5,000 trainees/apprentices each year.
He also overseas a second business called Qualworx that offers safety auditing systems to NZ adventure tourism businesses, schools outdoor programs and adventure businesses. Grant lives in Wellington NZ with his wife, three children and border collie.