World’s first unsupported crossing of the Greenland ice cap by an amputee

Our Patrons

Major General Andy Keeling CB CBE RM

Major-General-Andy-KeelingMajor General Andy Keeling CB CBE joined the Royal Marines in September 1961 and retired in April 1995. In the intervening 34 years he won Navy caps for Hockey and Squash, ran a London marathon, sailed the Atlantic, commanded four troops, one company, 45 Commando and 3 Commando Brigade. He was Representative Colonel Commandant from 1998-2002.

Since retiring he has been closely involved with several military charities. In August 2014 he completed a South Downs Yomp walking the 100 miles of The South Downs Way for The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund raising £5,500. 

Jonathan Thomson

JJTJonathan Thomson joined the Royal Marines in September 1963 and retired in April 1998. During his Royal Marines years he competed in two World Orienteering Championships, ran the first London Marathon and commanded a number of organisations.  

On retiring  he spent 16 years in business, from which he finally retired in May 2014.

Jonathan is a keen supporter of activities that give opportunities to people of all ages.


Professor Liam Kilduff

LiamProfessor Liam Kilduff is a Professor of Performance Science at Swansea University and leads the Elite and Professional Sport research group based within A-STEM. His research interests focus on elite athlete preparation and recovery. Liam has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed international journals and has secured over £1million in research funding as principle investigator.  

He currently works with a number of summer and winter Olympic sports, professional rugby and football clubs and also sits on the editorial board of 2 Sports Science journals. He has recently worked with Sport Wales to develop the Welsh Institute of Performance Science (WIPS) which aims to conduce performance solution driven research to aid Welsh athletes perform at both commonwealth and Olympic games. Liam chairs both the strategic management board and research steering group of WIPS. His role is to oversee the physical development of the team and to help facilitate collaborations between various academic disciplines and 65 Degrees North.