John is an ex-Royal Marine Captain and former Commanding officer of the Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre.
David is a Professor in Sport Psychology at the University of South Wales and a HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. He consults extensively as an applied sport psychologist in a wide range of elite sports both in the UK and abroad.
For 65 Degrees North, David advises team members how to maximise their performance while undergoing extreme challenge, and how their experiences can translate to everyday live.
David has published extensively on a range of topics in sport science and psychology, and specialises in elite performance research on team dynamics, psychological/physical factors related to recovery, and psychological factors underpinning extreme sport.
Kelly is a senior lecturer at Swansea University. Much of her work focuses on the promotion of physical activity and exercise in clinical and hard to reach populations. Whilst much of this stems from their principle motivation, she is mainly interested in the associated energy expenditure and indeed health benefits or implications.
Recent work has strengthened on-going collaborations with Sport Wales, with annual testing for several sports, such as Hockey Wales and Rowing Wales. Kelly’s passion lies in the integration of technology to track exercise behaviours, or performance, and allow real-time feedback for the athlete, coach, or researcher. Her role for 65 Degrees North is to assist in the physiological testing, particularly those surrounding fitness.
Melitta is a senior lecturer at Swansea University where she researches the influence of physical activity and exercise training on the cardiometabolic health of paediatric and clinical populations.
With a key focus on the cardiorespiratory response to exercise and its interaction with growth, maturation and disease, Melitta works with national sports teams and governing bodies to develop appropriate training recommendations for performance and long-term health.
Her role for 65 Degrees North is to conduct physiological testing to inform training preparations for upcoming challenges.
Peter was 15 years old and still in school when he successfully applied to join the British Army and the Queens Dragoon Guards. Peters’ ambition and leadership was recognised early and he became the youngest non-commissioned officer at his unit. He deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. At the age of 21, Peter was injured whilst on patrol in Afghanistan by an IED (road side bomb), and sustained devastating life changing injuries, multiple complex fractures to his right foot, ankle, heel and a fractured femur in seven places, resulting in his femur being shortened by 7 cm which saw him needing complex and pioneering surgery following the amputation of his lower right leg.
In 2012 the reality set in, Peter was discharged from the Army and has since used his time to help others. His focus is to inspire those around him to never look back and display courage and humility in the challenges that lie ahead. 2013 saw Peter achieve a new British record with Heroes Challenge UK (HCUK), work with the Prince’s Trust and become a PADI diving instructor.
He successfully became the first amputee to cross the Greenland Ice cap, unsupported with the team of 65 Degrees North.
Leesa was provided with the opportunity to become 65DN’s Media Officer, and take up the very privileged position of documenting and sharing every step of the epic World First Record attempt across the Greenland Ice Cap by Peter Bowker and the team, after a chance meeting with expedition lead Rich in December 2013.
She experienced her first expedition when she joined the team for the ‘Conquering Kili’ challenge and documented the emotional journey live from Mount Kilimanjaro. More recently Leesa travelled to Mont Blanc to photograph and record the team during their training package for Antarctica.
These incredible experiences have given her an appetite for adventure and an even greater desire to support 65DN and help them achieve their objective to inspire and motivate others.
Jon is currently working as an Accident and Emergency Doctor in South Wales. He has a keen interest in acute emergency medicine and pre hospital care. In his spare time Jon volunteers with the Wales air ambulance, St Johns and the Police Service as a Special Constable. A keen walker, Jon is often found on top of Pen y Fan with his two dogs.
He has an experienced background in martial arts and was the team doctor for HCUK and the UK doctor for the successful Greenland crossing by Pete and the team! Jon successfully summited Kilimanjaro as part of the ‘Conquering Kili’ team in February 2016.