Long days, arduous conditions and difficult terrain. Sound like fun? Traveling across the dynamic polar pack ice requires patience and agility, not to mention a flexible attitude to deal with the formidable conditions, with countless challenges that await even the most experienced explorers. From temperatures that barely register on the thermometer, -60 is possible, to the constant struggle of moving across ice that is precarious at best with its open water "leads" to huge twisted pressure ridges. These constant hurdles makes reaching the North Pole all the more satisfying. Few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south.




Team members


Kms to pole


Kms flown

Why we're doing it

The team comprises twelve successful entrepreneurs from a variety of fields who want to test themselves, individually and as a team as they tackle the hardships that the arctic represents. But they also want to raise awareness and money for The Princes Trust.

They all share a resonance with the great work that the Prince's Trust undertakes and are great admirers of the support, training and start-up funding model that it uses so effectively to change the lives of many young people. There is great excitement and focus in the eyes of many of the young people who have made progress with the Prince's Trust,

The Prince's Trust

For the young people that we work with, The Prince’s Trust is often the last resort. When young people first come to us their confidence is usually at rock bottom. They may have struggled at school, been in care, been long-term unemployed or in trouble with the law. Often they think that their future is already mapped out with little or no prospect of personal or professional success. It’s amazing how quickly our staff and volunteers can help them to change their outlook.

We believe that every young person should have the chance to succeed. The Prince’s Trust runs nine different programmes aimed at young people aged from 13-30 to help them to identify their strengths, take responsibility for themselves and work towards a career and future they can be proud of. The issues are many and severe: Homelessness, mental health problems, trouble with the law - the list is long and the risks are high...

The team

Justin Packshaw

Founder & CEO, De Roemer

Justin is the co-founder of the award winning luxury fashion label, De Roemer. He is a former Captain in the British Army and holds an MBA from Edinburgh University. He has represented Britain at sailing as well as led expeditions all over the world including to the North and South Pole’s and summiting Mount Everest.

David Hempleman-Adams

Managing Director, Cold Climates

David is one of the world’s most experienced explorers, and has led 20 expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic. He was the first person to complete the Explorers Grand Slam. He is also a record breaking and race-winning balloonist, and also an important scientific advocate for the future of the Polar regions.

Ed Boyce

Managing Director, Nomura

Ed Boyce works for Nomura. Ed has invested in a number of UK based start-up businesses. At Nomura he has often worked with and advised entrepreneurs who have built highly successful enterprises. This has revealed to Ed what is possible, sometimes with very limited start-up funding. He is one of the younger expedition members at a spritely 39 but is certainly not the fittest. He has three children with his wife Ingeborg.

Hugh Robertson


Hugh secured a bank loan of £5,000 and founded independent marketing agency RPM in Jan’93 aged 26. Hugh is passionate about helping young people realise their dreams, whether mentoring for Start Up Britain or investing in fledgling business through RPM Ventures. Arriving at the Pole will mark a significant landmark for Hugh, having suffered paralysis through a rugby injury, but three operations and countless procedures later, Hugh’s 24 months of training & treatment will see him realize his goal.

David Cooke

CIO, Saltus Investment Managers

David Cooke is the CIO of Saltus Investment Managers, a private wealth management company. He has an MA in Engineering, Economics and Management Science from Lincoln College, Oxford University. David is married to Jenny and they live in central Scotland with their two children Rory (16) and Sara (14). When not watching Irish rugby teams play, David enjoys skiing, climbing and providing general taxi services for his children and their friends.

Ian Axe

Founder, Axe Capital

Ian Axe is the founder of Axe Capital, which is focused on financial technology advisory and investment. He is the former Group CEO of LCH.Clearnet and has over 20 years in financial services having worked and lived across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the US. Ian is married with two children Bea (8) and Samuel (6) and a keen Paddle Boarder who splits his time with wife Fiona between Devon & London.

Justin Abbott

Chair, The Mudchute Association and Strategic Adviser, UCI

After studying history Justin had a city career at Rothschild and then Marshall Wace. He then jointly established an African private equity firm, Satya Capital. Justin is Chair of the Mudchute Association, a charity in East London employing 50 local people in 35 acres of urban countryside. He is part of the leadership team at the UCI, which is the worldwide governing body of cycling, and in his spare time is a TV chef in Italy.

Simon Turner

Managing Partner, Inflexion

Simon co-founded mid-market private equity firm Inflexion in 1999, and is a member of the Investment Committee. Inflexion manages £2bn, focused on fast growing entrepreneurial mid-sized companies. The firms’ consistently high returns place Inflexion in the world’s top 10 private equity investors. Simon makes good olive oil and average wine, enjoys tennis, skiing and golf. He is a long standing supporter of the Princes Trust.

Stefan Glaenzer

Founding Partner, Passion Capital

Stefan Glänzer is an entrepreneur turned investor in London. He was named the best angel investor in Europe 2010/2011 by readers and editors of TechCrunch Europe, and was the first investor and executive chairman of, seeing that company through to its sale to CBS in 2007. In 2009 he founded Passion Capital, an early stage Venture Capital firm. Stefan is born and raised in Hamburg, and was a professional DJ for more than a decade. He enjoys living in London with his wife and three kids.

Tom Black

Chairman, Digital Barriers

Tom co-founded the AIM-listed company Digital Barriers which specialises in video surveillance and is aiming to be the world’s leading wireless video provider. Tom grew up in Greenock, Scotland and now lives with his family, assorted dogs and other animals in Hampshire. Outside of family and business his main loves are racing GT3 and GT4 Aston Martins, skiing, running and managing his family’s Charitable Trust which supports educational causes.

Pascal Noth

Partner, Palamon Capital Partners

Pascal grew up in Zurich, Switzerland, where he studied Neuroscience and Economics. Pascal joined Palamon in 2009 from the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs & Co. When not in the office, Pascal is passionate about Aviation, piloting since 15 years of age, Running and Skiing.



17 April 2015

Eggs & Bacon By Ian Axe

At 3.00am in Longyearbyen I say goodbye to an extraordinary group of people - most of the team still up laughing, talking and still in the moment. Everyone is still processing what we have achieved but it’s only really occupying part of them because talk has changed rapidly

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13 April 2015

Back to Barneo By Simon Turner

Imagine a cross between a Scifi movie space station and the back drop to the film ice station zebra and you will have an inkling of the oddness of Barneo. It exists for barely three weeks of the year but while at here it’s a very welcome shelter from

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13 April 2015

Tara - The Prince’s Trust

Well, the team have reached the North Pole!  Here at The Prince’s Trust we’ve been following their progress with great excitement. I am so impressed with how they’ve held up.  Justin A’s last blog post really showed how much the team have

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Donors and Supporters


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