Jim McNeill

One of the World's Most Experienced & Respected Explorers

Before becoming a professional explorer in 2006, Jim McNeill’s background has been in environmental science, military, commercial and fire service. Since then, Jim has had over 30 years of polar expeditioning experience; thousands of miles mostly on skis, which has given him a huge breadth and depth of experience in surviving and working in extreme environments.

In 2001, Jim founded the Ice Warrior Project that gives ordinary people the chance to become polar explorers, achieving extraordinary feats of endurance for the betterment of humankind. Jim’s aim is to develop people, discover change and deliver it to global audiences in a way that engages others; fostering a better understanding of the world we live in.

Jim is an ambassador to a number of organisations including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Hauser Bears Charity and the Wolf Conservation. In Jim’s speeches, he is able to transfer the skills he has from expeditioning to a business environment, touching on topics such as engaging your staff and leadership in pressured times.

To book Jim McNeill as the motivational speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Jim is known to cover the following topics:

  • Extreme Environment Safety
  • Leadership
  • Training & Performance
  • Team Building & Motivation
  • Expeditions
  • Survival
  • Logistics
  • Climate Change
  • Emergency Planning
  • Risk Management

See what feedback Jim received, when he appeared at corporate events as a speaker:

“We were delighted when Jim agreed to speak to our Executive Team and we were completely gripped when he shared experiences from his truly remarkable career, from funny and emotive to absolutely terrifying.  Jim has a wonderful insight into people and how to motivate them which coupled with his strong determination to succeed makes him an excellent leader.  He was an inspiration to all of the team and certainly put into perspective how minor our challenges are when compared to the challenges of surviving a polar exploration.”Emma Clancy – CEO, Certsure.

 “Jim McNeill’s presentation to the Captain Scott Society on the subject of his “Ice Warrior” endeavours was colourful and entertaining but most of all it was thought provoking. Jim gave an honest and unsentimental view of the difficulties he faced in his quest for the four North Poles and also a clear assessment of how global warming is changing the face and nature of the Arctic. The extraordinary images used to good effect during the presentation were graphic, evocative and often dramatic. The knowledge Jim has acquired of the Arctic was obvious and allowed him to speak with authority and assurance.” Julian Salisbury – Chairman, The Captain Scott Society.

 “Just to say thank you again for taking the time to meet with us yesterday and to help us to think about our team effectiveness in a new way along with inspiring us with your fantastic work and experiences.  I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions which you took us through and I know others did too.  We wish you the very best for your next expedition and the valuable scientific work which you are contributing too.  I’ll be following with interest.” – Helen Dunn – Fundraising Director, The Cricket Foundation.

 “Your thought provoking contribution has been greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all and, without question, helped make the event the success it was”.– Rhonda Bedford – Business Director, Chief Fire Officers Association.

 “What Jim McNeill and his team are doing is pioneering of the most advanced kind. What he is planning pushes man beyond the boundaries and will take him to the most inaccessible places on Earth.”Lord Robert Winston.