Alan Chambers MBE is a polar adventurer and motivational speaker who, after spending five years researching, planning and training, led the first successful British unsupported expedition from Canada to the Geographic North Pole.
Walking 672 miles in temperatures as low as -65°C and dragging a sledge the weight of a baby elephant, after a gruelling seventy days on the ice, Alan and team mate Charlie Paton, raised the Union Jack on top of the world at 23:16 on 16th May 2000.
In 2006, Alan led a team and completed the gruelling Yukon Arctic Ultra Challenge. Then in 2008, he led a team across Greenland to engage 10,000 school children and highlight climate change. In 2009, he lead a team of senior executives and high achievers to the South Pole.
Alan has subsequently led more than a dozen successful North Pole expeditions with top business leaders & chief executives, in order to help them explore and reflect on their own leadership capabilities.
A former Royal Marine Commando with 16 years service, Alan Chambers was a member of the first winter expedition to traverse Iceland by ski in 1995, he has sledged across Greenland, Canada North West Territories, Norway and Iceland.
In 2018, Alan wrote his second book, Lead Yourself to Success: Ordinary People Achieving Extraordinary Results Through Self-leadership. Published by Whiley & Sons, he explains and demonstrates a powerful set of practical skills for achieving success through courage, determination, unselfishness and humour in the face of adversity.
Whilst Alan has led many expeditions to the North and South poles, you don't have to lead a national team or a multinational corporation to be successful, as long as you can lead yourself. The desire to learn is human nature, and lessons from those who have been where you want to go are extraordinary opportunities. You gain the insight and guidance you need to get there, and learn how to lead your own expedition down the path to success.
Like any adventure, good preparation is key. You don't take off for the North pole on a whim, and you don't just leap into leadership without understanding the responsibilities it entails. Alan 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.
Alan was invited to speak by Sir Clive Woodward to the England rugby football senior squad in preparation for the rugby world cup 2003, concentrating on project focus, maintaining direction in adversity and the change that will have to be adapted to. Martin Johnson, Captain England winning rugby World Cup team said "Alan's amazing story highlighting the remarkable focus & leadership he had around the north pole trip truly inspired the team in their preparation for the Rugby World Cup 2003."
He was then invited to speak to the England cricket ashes team. Focusing on the mental endurance and winning belief needed to achieve regaining the ashes, Duncan Fletcher, England ashes Head Coach commented "Alan Chambers was with us all the way through the ashes, if only from a distance. At every turn he recognised a situation from his journey and related it to that which we were encountering. That was great to know and provided excellent motivation, as well as a frequent good talking point..."
In 2000, Alan Chambers was awarded an MBE by HM The Queen for ‘determination and leadership in constant adversity'. He is also a qualified diver, parachutist, paramedic and ski survival instructor.