Three new trustees appointed to 65 Degrees North

Published Monday, 10th June 2024

We are delighted to welcome three new trustees to 65 Degrees North.

Dave Pearce proudly served in the Royal Marines Commandos for over 26 years, seeing operations across the globe including a number in Afghanistan, former Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland. As a Commando, Dave was embedded in many operations during the Cold War. He has also trained Commandos in tactics and specialist warfare, as well as combat survival and evasion. Towards the end of his military career Dave was Sergeant Major to a squadron of Commandos in Afghanistan, working with Special Forces, for 9 months in 2001/2. He left in 2005 as a senior Warrant Officer.

Dave has worked extensively in the security industry, including providing security for many A list celebrities. His current profession as a television and film producer, and safety consultant has taken him to many extreme, dynamic and hostile locations. He has worked on approximately 90% of shows presented by Bear Grylls and further productions with other celebrities, as well as commercial campaigns. He has an interest in global politics and world affairs and has worked alongside many high profile figures including Barack Obama, his administration and secret service agents.

In 2003 Dave summited Everest, returning again in 2006 and was a member of the first successful British ascent of Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. He made an early British ascent of El Capitan, joined a team of 5 navigating a RIB through the North West Passage, and has experience of many other extreme expeditions.

Rob Wake is a Royal Marines veteran and a senior project manager at property consultancy Capital and Provincial, part of the Bellrock Group.

Serving from 2007 to 2017, Rob deployed numerous times around the globe, including two tours of Afghanistan and counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. After serving, he worked on a $37 billion energy project in Kazakhstan, and from 2022 to 2023 was Head of Operations for a charity helping current and former military service people with life-altering physical and mental injuries reconnect with fitness.

As a veteran, Rob understands the rewards of overcoming new challenges and is passionate about growing and serving the community 65 Degrees North supports by reintroducing adventure to their lives.

Angela Kennedy is the Business Manager at Oxygen Asset Management in the City of London and has worked in various property companies over the last 27 years.

Angela joined the Royal Air Force in 1989 and served at RAF Leuchars, then at the Joint Planning Staff at HQ Land Command (which became the PJHQ at Northwood) and was part of the team who organised the British-US combined deployment of Exercise Purple Star in 1996.

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