”65 Degrees North is an amazing project that aims to complete the first unsupported crossing of the Greenland ice cap by an amputee.”
Major 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 100 miles of The South Downs Way for The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund raising £5,500
Richard Constant MBE was an officer in the Royal Green Jackets for 13 years. Today he is Vice Chairman of Reputation.com Inc, the world’s foremost online reputation management company; a Non-Executive Director of Living PlanIT SA; and Chairman of Bara Kali Limited, an entrepreneurial East African mining company. Until 2012, he was CEO of Kreab Gavin Anderson a leading Global Communications Consulting Firm advising companies, governments and other organisations internationally. Richard is a Trustee of Help for Heroes.
Ross Kemp is an actor, author and BAFTA winning documentary maker. He rose to prominence in the role of Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders. Since 2006, Kemp has received international recognition for his investigative documentaries, specialising in the area of gang culture. His latest endeavours have seen him on the front line with British Troops during OP HERRICKS 6, 7 and 9.
Huw Rees is a barrister specialising in Criminal law. He has many years of experience in serious crime. He is continually instructed in complex, sensitive and high profile cases. He is a Recorder of the Crown Court. He is also authorised to sit in Public and Private Family law cases in the civil courts. He is a legal member of the Restricted Patients Panel of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales. Huw is a Welsh speaker and often defends and prosecutes cases in the Welsh language.
Lieutenant Colonel Ewen Southby-Tailyour OBE served for 32 years in the Royal Marines including 13 winters in the Norwegian arctic developing the use of raiding craft for commando operations. He served as a company commander in the Dhofar war for which he was awarded the Sultan’s Bravery Medal prior to which he had been attached to the French Commando Hubert. He commanded the Falkland Islands detachment in the late 1970s, while charting many of the 15,000 miles coastline for which he was voted Yachtsman of the Year. In 1982 he was the navigation adviser to the command while commanding the Task Force Landing Craft Squadron. On retirement, among many other exploring voyages, he supported three climbing expeditions to Greenland using his yacht that he had had specially built for such purposes. During these voyages he surveyed the last five uncharted fjords in north-west Iceland. Currently he is working on his 15th book, most of which have an amphibious theme.
Peter and the team of 65 Degrees North strive to promote the positive aspects of Healthy Living and effective 'Team Spirit', the key ingredients needed for the successful completion of a demanding endeavour.
We anticipate the record attempt will draw interest from various corners of the community, thus promoting and allowing the team to spend time at schools, colleges and universities, engaging with students, staff and families on the benefit of a healthy lifestyle combined with effective team spirit, whilst overcoming disability promoting the ‘spirit of adventure’
This will allow them to speak with the participants and support element on the motivation and practicalities of undertaking such an onerous and arduous challenge.
The support element is built on a logistics unit to include people from various backgrounds that include skilled technicians, scientists, barristers and medical staff, all have committed their time to support the record attempt and undertaking that is 65 Degrees North.