Felicity Aston appointed Ambassador
The British Antarctic Monument Trust is delighted to announce that Felicity Aston, the polar explorer and adventurer, has agreed to act as an Ambassador for the British Antarctic Monument Trust. Her role will be to assist in the promotion of the Trust and its work in commemorating the work of explorers in the British Antarctic Territory.
Currently she is preparing to lead the Commonwealth Womens' South Pole Expedition in which eight women from different countries of the Commonwealth will walk unaided from the coast to the South Pole.
With a degree in Physics and Astronomy from University College London and a Masters in Meteorology from Reading as well as some undergraduate expeditions to Canada and Greenland, she spent two winters working for BAS at Rothera as a meteorologist monitoring ozone depletion and climate before launching herself on a career organising and leading expeditions to polar regions.
After travelling through South America on her return from the Antarctic she became the Expeditions Officer for the oldest youth development charity in the UK, BSES Expeditions, before launching herself as a writer, broadcaster and expedition leader.
In the last four years she has been awarded the Captain Scott Society Spirit of Adventure Award, a Wilderness Award and a Timberland Make it Better Scholarship as well as earning support from the National Geographic Expeditions Council in the US. In the UK, she has been made a 2008 Churchill Fellow by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Felicity believes in the value of the expedition experience to personal development and is keen to encourage others to go in search of their own adventures. She currently sits on the Council of the Young Explorers' Trust, the UK's national association of youth exploration societies - a national charity dedicated to promoting safe and responsible expeditions for young people.
Felicity says, "I am delighted to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the many scientists and explorers that have carried out research in the Antarctic and particularly to those that did not return."