Tim is an environmental scientist, author, adventurer and public speaker with Masters degrees in environmental science and environmental law. He is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss. He uses his public speaking engagements, films and books about his expeditions/work to promote progress thinking in these areas and emphasises solving problems by action not advocacy. Tim also works as a sustainability adviser on multilateral aid projects in developing countries for organisations including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank & AusAID, and is also Global Ambassador for WWF-Australia.
He has undertaken unsupported expeditions to some of the world’s most remote regions, and has a long history of working with sponsors and the media. Expeditions include to the South and North Poles, across Australia’s largest desert, the Great Victoria Desert and in retracing the polar journey of Sir Douglas Mawson using 100 year old gear and equipment and starvation rations as Mawson did in 1913. The documentary made – ‘Mawson Life and Death in Antarctica’ was flagship of the Film Australia ‘Making History’ series, and fronted Channel 4’s highly acclaimed ‘Edge of Endurance’ series in the UK in 2007. Expedition patrons were then Australian Prime Minister the Hon John Howard and the Hon Alexandra Shackleton (granddaughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton).
Tim’s most recent expedition in early 2013 was a first authentic retracing of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s “double”, the Shackleton Epic expedition. Sailing a replica James Caird boat 1500kms across the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island, Antarctica to South Georgia and climbing over South Georgia’s mountainous interior done using the same rudimentary equipment, period clothing and technology as Shackleton. Regarded by many as the greatest survival journey of all time this is the first time since Shackleton that anybody has been able to authentically recreate it. A Discovery Channel/PBS documentary film and Harper Collins Book ‘Shackleton’s Epic (USA ‘Chasing Shackleton’) – Recreating the World’s Greatest Journey of Survival’ has been made about the expedition.
After almost two decades of polar travel, and over twenty years working as an environmental scientist Tim is a well-known public speaker, applying the lessons he has learned throughout his various expeditions to talk about leadership, problem solving, teamwork, change management and goal setting in an organisational context. Tim also has a passion for the environment and uses his talks to talk about how organisations and individuals can improve their sustainability.
In addition to Shackleton’s Epic Tim is author of the books ‘The Unforgiving Minute’ (publ. Random House) about his 3 polar expeditions, ‘Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica’ the book released in conjunction with his international documentary film of the same name – officially endorsed by UNEP (the United Nations Environment Programme) in 2009 and co-author of the academic book The Frozen Planet (Open University, UK) jointly released with Sir David Attenborough’s BBC TV series.
Tim is a board member of ZoosSA, and Patron of Nature Play SA – an organisation established to increase the time children spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature to improve their fitness, problem solving ability, emotional resilience and mental wellbeing.