Rehabilitation Through Adventure

Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the Charity.

They meet regularly during the year to consider, determine and review the charity’s strategies and policies.

All Trustees work for 65 Degrees North in an unpaid, voluntary capacity. 


Tyrone Rees

Tyrone Rees joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in 1975. He served for twelve years as an armoured recovery mechanic serving in the UK and BAOR. He carried out several tours of NI as an infantry section leader.

Joining the South Wales Police in 1988 Tyrone served in many areas and roles in the South Wales area retiring from the force in 2008. Following his departure from the police he worked in counter terrorism security until his retirement from full time employment in 2020. He is currently the general manager of a multi-surgery Private / NHS dental practice.

Tyrone is a former rugby player and a keen Wales rugby supporter. He sings in a Welsh Male Voice Choir where he also carries out the duties of Director of Concerts. He is a regular organiser of REME Rugby reunion tours and chair of the REME Riders motorcycle club that he started in 2014 and now has 1500c members.

Tyrone has been actively involved with several military and other charities. In 2019 he joined 65 Degrees North’s Board of Trustees and was elected as Chairman. 019.

Gail de'Claire

Gail is a Chartered Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and an Investment Manager at the Charles Stanley Cardiff office. She was appointed Treasurer of 65 Degrees North in 2020.

Leaving college with A Levels in Economics and Law and a business diploma Gail had the opportunity to join Eversheds Solicitors as a legal clerk. In 1992 she then joined Allied Provincial Securities as a secretary to the office head. Hungry to become a stockbroker, she went on to complete the full Securities Industry Diploma.

Gail has 28 years experience of working in the financial sector and has built up a portfolio of private clients, specialising in discretionary portfolio management including pensions, trusts, offshore bonds and corporates. Keen for clients to gain a better understanding of the industry, she constructed evening courses for the private client entitled – “A beginners guide to the stock market”.

Gail has featured in the Cardiff Life publication and was a judge for the Cardiff Life Business awards. She is married and a mum, has a black belt in karate and enjoys cycling, swimming and walking her rescue dog with a keen passion to help her local dog shelter. 

Jonathan Ball

Jonathan was born and brought up in Walsall. He was a soldier in the Staffordshire Regiment from 1981 until 1984, then went on to study Modern History at Oxford University, and Theology at Leeds University.  He became a minister in the Church of England in 1988, serving in his home county for eight years before re-joining the Army as a chaplain in 1996. He was based across England and in Germany, serving on operational tours in Africa, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2003 his regiment, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, was embedded in 3 Commando Brigade for the invasion of Iraq. From 2005-8 he served as Military Assistant to the Chaplain-General.

On leaving the Army in 2008 Jonathan served as Chaplain and Chief of Staff to the Bishop of Salisbury before joining the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund in October 2012 as Operations Manager, and became Chief Executive in May 2013. 

He is married to Jane, a Vicar in Hampshire, and has two children Michael, a teacher in Macau, and Rebecca, working in a management change consultancy in London. Jonathan enjoys mad endurance challenges, learning foreign languages, long distance walking and cross country running with his two Irish Setters.

Professor Liam Kilduff

Liam is a Professor of Performance Science and head of the A-STEM research centre at Swansea University ( ). His research interests focus on elite athlete preparation and recovery. He has published over 125 papers in peer reviewed international journals and has secured over £2million in research funding as principle investigator.  

Liam 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) ( 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.  

Brendan Davies

Brendan joined the Royal Marines at the age of 19. After successfully completing 30 weeks training he then served at 40 Commando where he was deployed on operational duties in Northern Ireland and The Adriatic. Other deployments included desert training in Oman and arctic warfare training in Norway.

Whilst serving in the Royal Marines Brendan suffered serious spinal injuries which resulted in hospitalisation and a lengthy period of rehabilitation. Following his discharge he suffered with depression and anxiety having left a job he loved. These were his dark times and this was to shape his next few years where he was forced to seek help and treatment.

Brendan has a passion for the outdoors and spends much of his spare time on the Brecon Beacons. Since leaving the Royal Marines he has worked for the local authority and is a proud dad of two sons.

Brendan successfully summited Mt Aconcagua, Mt Denali and Mt Everest with the team of 65 Degrees North. These brutal and demanding endeavours removed him completely from his comfort zone and pushed him to his absolute limits, increasing his confidence and self-belief that he can achieve whatever he sets his mind to. Brendan hopes to inspire others to take on their own challenges big or small which will hopefully help them in having a better quality life. 

Miss Anne Markey

Anne is an ENT Surgeon currently working at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust in Merseyside. 

She qualified in 2005 and has progressed through her surgical training with an interest in expedition medicine. She is currently enrolled on the Diploma of Mountain Medicine and had completed a  4 month season working at high altitude in the Everest region of Nepal for the Himalayan Rescue Association. 
Anne has a keen interest in mountaineering, adventure racing and triathlon. These adventures have had to take a backseat due to the arrival of two children in close succession in recent years although she looks forward to Coryn and Euan joining her and her husband, a Royal Marines Captain and mountaineer, on future adventures.
She provides medical advice throughout all phases of the planning and running of the adventures of 65 Degrees North alongside her duties as a trustee.