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.
PAMELA LE NOURY
SENIOR POLAR GUIDE
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 20 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 represents them at AECO & IAATO where she participates in several committees and working groups, and she leads Noble Caledonia’s sustainability initiatives. She is excited about the direction the PTGA is taking and believes new people in the industry need to have a basic standard of competency and something clear to aim for.
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.
DR 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. More recently he was 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 was also the Chief Executive of an adventure safety business named Qualworx that offers safety auditing systems to ISO standards to adventure tourism businesses, schools outdoor programs and adventure businesses in NZ and around the world.
Grant is now the Chief Executive of the Rural GP Network, working with medical professionals in remote parts of New Zealand to ensure health and emergency care outcomes are to a high standard. Grant lives in NZ’s capital, Wellington, and is out in the hills with his wife with their mountainbikes whenever possible.
DR RUPERT KRAPP
SENIOR POLAR GUIDE
Rupert works as wildilfe biologist and research engineer at the Norwegian Polar Institute. His passion for the Polar Regions started during his undergraduate studies in marine biology and polar ecology, and he has been living and working in the High Arctic for about 20 years by now. During his graduate studies in sea ice ecology, he has been participating in several scientific expeditions to ice-covered waters in the Weddell Sea in the South, and the Barents Sea in the North, and holds certifications as a research diver and research dive supervisor, with a speciality in polar and under-ice operations.
He developed a strong interest in public outreach and science communication early on in his professional development, working as national park ranger, dive guide and scuba instructor. He continued to pursue this interest parallel to his studies, and started working on expedition cruise vessels in 2000, exploring both Polar Regions above and below the surface for 12 years with clients from all over the world. Rupert is now living in Longyearbyen year-round with his family and dog, working on a range of environmental monitoring programs directed at key predator species, including polar bears, walrus, seals and whales. In his free time, he is a volunteer with the local Red Cross auxiliary corps, providing support in search-and-rescue, avalanche rescue, and emergency first aid scenarios.
DR PHIL WICKENS
SENIOR POLAR GUIDE, PROVISIONAL ASSESSOR
Phil studied biology at Imperial College in London, England. After completing his PhD in plant pathology, he worked for two winters and three summers as a field guide for the British Antarctic Survey, combining his passion for natural science with that of mountain exploration and photography.
As a keen climber and ski mountaineer, he has led numerous climbing and skiing expeditions to Antarctica, Tibet, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Peru, East Greenland, the Caucasus and Canada, and was recently Vice President of the Alpine Club.
He had led numerous highly successful private mountaineering and ski mountaineering expeditions to Antarctica, having made the first ascents of over 30 thirty unclimbed Antarctic mountains. This is his 19th year operating in the polar regions.
Phil had been with the PTGA on its Board of Directors since its inception and has taken a step sideways to continue to advise as necessary.
Carolyn is a seasoned HR professional with extensive experience in training, assessments, work health and safety and corporate governance. Born and bred on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, her love of the ocean led to a decade-long stint at Surf Life Saving where she contributed to the development of a framework for training and assessing volunteer lifesavers. Being responsible for the development of a training program designed to assist surf clubs in managing their work health and safety needs led her to providing specialist advice in this area to various Associations and Boards.
Now the Expedition Team Senior Manager at Aurora Expeditions, Carolyn recently returned from Antarctica where she saw first-hand the skills and professionalism of the polar guiding community. An avid supporter of training and professional standards, Carolyn looks forward to sharing her expertise and experience with the PTGA.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, post graduate qualifications in Management and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Foundation Course. When she’s not working, you’ll find Carolyn participating in the surf club community at her local beach.