Coming together from around the globe this team of like-minded women is mindful of the fact that they may be some of the last people ever to be able to stand at the North Pole on frozen ocean.
It is this terrible likelihood that inspires and unites them. The sound of the ice cracking and moving below the tent at night is only one of the frightening experiences they will face. The team will each spend a few hours every night in camp on polar bear watch gazing up at the northern lights. This will be one of the most memorable experiences, a privilege to be in such an austere and beautiful place.
The B.I.G team will draw on their united effort to haul their pulks which will weigh upwards of 85kgs by the end of the expedition over the dynamic ice of the frozen ocean. Navigating around open water and manoeuvring through the pressure ridges they will burn up to 8,000 calories a day. Teamwork will be everything if they are to be successful.
Felicity Aston MBE
Felicity is an experienced Polar Explorer, author and public speaker, who has led record setting expeditions to both the North and South Poles.
In 2012 she became the first woman to ski across Antarctica alone, a 1744km journey that took her 59 days and earned her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2015 she was appointed MBE for services to polar exploration and was awarded the Polar Medal.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London and The Explorers Club in New York.
Annabel Jackson Prow
Bel works with her Sister to run her family company, providing insurance and financial advice.
After recognising the challenges that families can have working together she set up a not for profit initiative to support and promote family businesses in the UK; this has raised over £350,000 for charities that support young people.
When not working, Annabel can usually be found being active and having adventures, and has a particular interest in human powered journeys in natural and remote environments, be it cycling over mountain ranges, summiting 4000m peaks, running the long distance paths of Europe or swimming the length of UK lakes.
Sadie is an adventure travel writer and photographer who has been based in London and New York and is currently on the map somewhere.
Her storytelling exploits have led her to do everything from polar plunges on both sides of the globe, to completing the World’s Toughest Mudder: a 24-hour race in Las Vegas and attending the world’s highest dinner party on the North Col of Mount Everest at 7050m.
Published in titles including The Daily Mail, The Independent, Culture Trip, Adventure Travel Magazine, The Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard.
Sadie is a member of The Explorers Club and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
I feel privileged, excited and completely lucky to be part of something so meaningful with a remarkably capable and inspiring group of like-minded women.
I have tried to get there (The North Pole) as part of a commercial guided group for the last two years without success and I have admired and followed Felicity for several years. When I saw Felicity’s Facebook invitation to apply there was not a nano-second of hesitation before I was heard to shout – yes, Yes, YES! Pick me, pick me!
Andrea is a sales and marketing director for a house building company, an industry she has been in for 35 years.
Although she loves her job and her family she is at a stage in her life where she has the capacity to focus on her lifelong ambitions and prove to the working woman that it is never too late to achieve your dreams.
Inspired by the science of the forthcoming expedition and the impacts of climate change seen first-hand during her various arctic training trips, Andrea has embarked on a Leading Sustainable Corporations course at the Said Business School, Oxford University. Using the privilege of her position within the housebuilding industry and the unique insight into global warming her trips afford her, Andrea intends to use this once in a lifetime opportunity of skiing to the North Pole for long term, life changing good.
Andrea has Arctic experience by completing the Yukon Ultra Arctic Race in 2019 and was due to ski to the North Pole in 2020 before the Covid-19 lockdown. Andrea is never happier than when she is going a very long way for a very long time under her own steam. To be combining her childhood ambition to go to the North Pole with this vital climate research is a dream come true.
Emma is based in Bermuda and when not exploring the reef and coastline there works in reinsurance.
Emma is passionate about the outdoors, and is a very keen skier, ski tourer and mountaineer, having climbed Mont Blanc along with other peaks in the Alps.
Working in an industry focused on natural catastrophe risk Emma is aware of the impact of climate change on these events, the consequences these have on the world and why expeditions like B.I.G North Pole 2023 are crucial for improving our understanding of the influence human emissions have on our natural world.
Kalyani is a wildlife filmmaker, photographer and solo traveller based in London.
Kalyani has always had a passion for wildlife and the outdoors and is currently working at the BBC’s Natural History Unit, on a new landmark series for National Geographic.
B.I.G. North Pole is the perfect opportunity for Kalyani to use her science background and love for nature to do her part in the fight against climate change.
Outside of work, Kalyani travels the world solo. Her adventures have taken her to the hottest and most inhospitable place on the planet, scuba diving with hundreds of schooling hammerhead sharks, to the Kumbh Mela: the largest gathering of humans on Earth, through the forests of Madagascar, and across the other worldly landscapes of Iceland.