Felicity Aston is the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone, for which she holds a Guinness World Record. The 1744km, 59-day journey completed in January 2012 also made her the first person in the world to traverse the continent purely by muscle power without the aid of kites or machines. In 2015 she was awarded the Queen’s Polar Medal for services in Antarctica – making her one of only 10 women ever to be given the honour – and was appointed MBE for services to Polar Exploration.
In 2009 she led the 38-day, 911km Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, the largest and most international women’s team ever to ski to the South Pole. The team included women from Brunei Darussalam, Cyprus, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore and New Zealand. Felicity was responsible for selecting and training this diverse, multicultural team of novice adventurers for one of the most arduous journeys on Earth. Her book about the expedition, ‘Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole’ was published in March 2011 and was a finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Competition that year. Her second book, ‘Alone in Antarctica’ was published in August 2013 with a foreword by Joanna Lumley and has been translated into three languages. Her most recent book ‘Chasing Winter: A journey to the Pole of Cold’ was released in 2014.
Previously, Felicity has led several other notable expeditions including the first British women’s crossing of Greenland, a 700km winter crossing of Lake Baikal in Siberia, an adventurous expedition in Iceland for young people with a brain injury and a 36,000km drive across Eurasia to the Pole of Cold (the coldest inhabited place in the world). She was also part of the first, ever, all-female team to complete the Polar Challenge, a 500km endurance race to the magnetic north pole and has completed the notorious Marathon Des Sables, a 150-mile foot race across the Sahara. Felicity has been elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London and is a Fellow of The Explorers Club in New York.
Trained as a Physicist and Meteorologist, Felicity’s first polar experience was as a scientist with the British Antarctic Survey. Based for three years on a remote research station on the Antarctic Peninsula, her job was to monitor climate and ozone. In 2013 Felicity co-presented a two part series for BBC Science, ‘Operation Cloud Lab: Secrets of the skies’ which was broadcast on BBC 2 in July 2014.
Previous corporate speaking clients include:
Microsoft, Google, BSkyB, Peugeot, Deloitte, Royal Bank of Scotland, Capital One, Accenture, Goldman Sachs, Hachette UK, ASDA, Boehringer Ingelheim, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Millicom International Cellular, Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, MFS Investment Management, Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Price Waterhouse Coopers, BAE Systems, EY, Swiss Re and The Open University.
“Felicity delivered perfectly and attendees loved it” – Mircrosoft
“Your messages truly resonated with our audience and their level of engagement was clearly illustrated by the number of questions asked.” – Goldman Sachs
“You told a truly remarkable story, in an incredibly personal and accessible way – a true inspiration to all of us.” – BAE Systems
‘Resilient, brave, daring, foolhardy, admirable and hugely likeable’ – Joanna Lumley
‘Your presentation was perfection; honest and thought-provoking.’ – Sir Ranulph Fiennes
‘An extraordinary journey of solitude and determination’ – Ben Fogle
‘An inspiring tale which will stir the hearts of women and men around the world’ – Benedict Allen
‘Wow!’ – Sunday Brunch, Channel 4