Alan Chambers MBE is a Polar Explorer and Arctic Adventurer.
A leadership skills and team motivation expert, he led the first successful British team to walk unsupported from Canada to the Geographical North Pole.
As a result, Alan has led many annual expeditions to both the South Pole and the North Pole.
“Alan’s amazing story and the remarkable focus he had around the North Pole Trip truly inspired the team in their preparation for the World Cup.”
Martin Johnson MBE – Former England Rugby Captain
Born in North Lincolnshire, he joined the Royal Marines in 1985. He spent the next 16 years as a Commando, where he operated in Jungle, Desert, Arctic and Urban Environments. He was also formally qualified as a diver, parachutist, paramedic and survival instructor.
Alan spent the winters between 1990 and 1994 in the mountains of North Norway teaching arctic survival. He has also spent time instructing in humanitarian conditions in Middle Eastern countries.
Canada to the Geographical North Pole… Unsupported:
Alan Chambers planned and led the first British unsupported team walk from Canada to the Geographical North Pole.
Following significant challenges, including the evacuation of two team members, extreme frostbite and hunger, they managed to raise their flag on top of the world just before midnight on the 16th May 2000.
The walk on the ice lasted a gruelling 70 days. Even with meticulous planning, the unpredictable quickly reminded Alan and his team of their humanity.
Alan’s team suffered near starvation and a dwindling fuel supply while trekking 500 miles against the worst weather in over a century. They had completed what some said was impossible.
The expedition demanded an extraordinarily high level of commitment, focus, leadership and teamwork.
Alan was awarded the MBE in the Queens 2000 New Years Honours list for determination and strong leadership in such adverse conditions. He also became a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Alan’s other expeditions have included:
- Cycling 1800 miles from Gibraltar to the UK across Europe for Charity.
- Being a member of the first team ever to traverse Iceland during winter.
- Led a team coast to coast across Greenland launching Feet of Green – the UK’s largest education-based expedition.
- Leading teams up Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Completing the Yukon Arctic Ultra challenge.
- Took his 9-year-old son to the North Pole becoming the youngest father & son to stand on the top of the world.
- Led the ‘Highest Classroom on Earth’ trekking to Everest base camp – BBC doc.
- Leading the ‘Coldest Classroom on Earth’ a BBC doc.
- Leading the ‘Hottest Classroom on Earth’ through Africa rift Valley – BBC doc.
- Led the ‘Fastest Classroom on Earth’ cycling around Mont Blanc – broadcast on Sky.
- Led the 2015 Head North expedition leading Rugby World Cup Winners Lewis Moody, Josh Lewsey and Danny Grewcock to the North Pole.
- Leader of the 2018 Borne Arctic Challenge to the North Pole. Team Borne featured Jason Fox and Will Greenwood MBE.
Alan Chambers – Motivational Speaker:
As a professional motivational speaker, Alan delivers teamwork, change and leadership presentations to global audiences from a broad spectrum of businesses, blue-chip organisations and educational establishments such as Harvard, London Business School, Dartmouth (USA), Ashridge and Insead.
Alan delivers high-performance motivational business lessons in a practical, down-to-earth style.
It has become clear that the values which brought success to the North Pole journey are directly applicable to the business world. Furthermore, Alan’s speeches and workshops can be adapted to suit a company or organisation’s specific themes.
Speaking and Workshop topics include:
- Team Selection
- Motivating and Leading Teams
- Doing More with Less
- Winning Belief and Winning Behaviors
- Change and Risk
- Managing Setbacks
- Leadership Lessons
England Rugby and Cricket Teams:
- Alan Chambers was invited to speak by Sir Clive Woodward to the England Rugby Team in preparation for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. England won the World Cup that year.
- Alan was then invited to motivate the England Cricket Team before the 2005 Ashes. England won the Ashes that year.
- Both teams wanted to concentrate on project focus, maintaining direction in adversity and adapting to change.
“Alan Chambers gave us an hours presentation on how he got through an unsupported walk to the North Pole – an amazing journey of endurance, skill & strength. There were parallels to be shared, and he told us there would be blips and setbacks along our route. After the first test, I remembered what he had said”
Michael Vaughan – England Ashes Captain
In 2018, Alan released his second book – Lead Yourself to Success: Ordinary People Achieving Extraordinary Results Through Self-leadership.
This new book shows you how to develop the leadership mindset to get wherever you want to go in life, trust your own judgement and come out on top of the world.