Ann Daniels

Record-breaking Polar Explorer, Britain's First Female Polar Guide

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. She has led expeditions in the most hostile environments on earth, where strong leadership and teamwork are essential to achieve results.

"A wonderful example of determination and true British grit" HRH Prince Charles

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  • Overcoming the Odds at 40 Below
  • The True Cost of Leadership
  • High Positions in the Workplace
  • Facing the Environmental Challenge
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation
  • Environmental Issues


She presents in English.

How she presents

In her dynamic presentations, Ann inspires, motivates, breaks down barriers and encourages us to achieve the impossible with her stories of achieving the impossible. She never uses a script because she enjoys interacting with the audience.

In Detail

In the year 2000, she walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and in 2002 from Canada to the North Geographic Pole to become the first all women's team in the world to manhaul to both the North and South poles. A proud representative of the Special Olympics, Ann has also been a baton holder for the Commonwealth Games. Mother of four, she is a recipient of the prestigious Pride of Britain Award. Setting out in 2009, the first Catlin Arctic Survey undertook a 100 day, 1000km crossing of the ice cap in temperatures as low as minus 50ºC. The survey set off from Alaska, walking, skiing and on occasions swimming stretches of open water to reach the North Geographic Pole.


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. A Guinness world record-holding polar explorer, she tailors every speech to her audience and illustrates the importance of strong leadership, teamwork, the correct attitude, setting goals, managing change, overcoming the odds and the importance of persistence.



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