Jim McNeill: Biography highlights

Jim McNeill has 38 years of creating expeditions, including 33 years of Polar expeditions. As a professional explorer he has worked with and advised many organisations including the UK Ministry of Defense and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

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Adventurers and Explorers

Full biography of Jim McNeill

About Jim McNeill

Jim has clocked up over 30 years of polar expeditioning; thousands of miles mostly on skis and dragging his world behind him, which has given him a huge breadth and depth of experience in surviving and working in extreme environments.

In 2001, Jim founded the “Ice Warrior Project” that gives “ordinary” people the chance to become polar explorers, achieving extraordinary feats of endurance for the betterment of humankind. His aim is to develop people, discover change and deliver it to global audiences in a way that engages others; fostering a better understanding of the world we live in.

Expert Areas

  • Extreme Environment Safety
  • Leadership
  • Training and Performance
  • Team building and motivation
  • Team Training
  • Expeditions
  • Survival
  • Logistics
  • Climate and other changes in the Polar Regions
  • Emergency Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Sponsorship from the property side of things

Organisations Jim has worked with

  • Consultant and Mentor to UK Ministry Of Defence
  • Elected as Fellow Royal Geographical Society, FRGS – 1992
  • Former Chair of the British & Western Europe Chapter of The
  • Explorers Club
  • Member of the American Polar Society
  • Member of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society
  • Ambassador for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme since 2000
  • Member of the Society for Human Performance in Extreme
  • Environments
  • VP Arctic Expeditions for the Sea Research Society
  • Director of Arctic Expeditions for the Frozen Isthmuses
  • Protection Campaign
  • Member of the Captain Scott Society
  • Friend of the Scott Polar Research Institute
  • Ambassador for Hauser Bears charity
  • Ambassador for Wolf Conservation
  • Role Model for Inspired Life Organisation


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After Dinner Engagement
Awards Hosting

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Ice Warrior #Lastpole with Subtitles
Ice Warrior #Lastpole with Subtitles
Jim McNeill, Explorer
Jim McNeill, Explorer
What Ice Warrior does for you!
What Ice Warrior does for you!
The National Police Training College

By reducing the time for real syndicate formation by at least four days (according to the instructors), Jim McNeill and Ice Warrior made a profoundly positive impact on the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill. So much so that even seven weeks after the event the participants are still talking about it. We will be booking Jim and his team in the future.'

Dr Mark Kilgallon

'We were delighted when Jim agreed to speak to our Executive Team and we were completely gripped when he shared experiences from his truly-remarkable career, from funny and emotive to absolutely terrifying. Jim has a wonderful insight into people and how to motivate them which coupled with his strong determination to succeed makes him an excellent leader. He was an inspiration to all of the team and certainly put into perspective how minor our challenges are when compared to the challenges of surviving a polar exploration.'

Emma Clancy
Arts and Literature Society

'Can you pass on our thanks to Jim for giving us such an entertaining and fascinating account of his remarkable adventures. He is an excellent speaker and engaged with our audience throughout the whole of his talk. He was very friendly and amenable to work with and I really appreciated his patience in meeting our sponsors, committee and members. It was a pleasure to have him with us and I hope he enjoyed his time with us too. Over 750 of our members were in the audience and I think they all thoroughly enjoyed the evening.'

Price Water house Coopers LLP

'Nothing less than inspirational... an authoritative blend of raw experience with practical coaching... energised an already highly motivated group of senior executives.'

Grant Thornton International Limited

'I cannot recommend involvement with Ice Warrior highly enough. This is an extremely professional, committed and driven organisation which has much to teach people about how to achieve their personal and business goals'

Jonathan Geldart
Global Director Marketing Communications

'Excellent - very engaging, very relaxed style, with a good level of humor. Jim talked about overcoming adversity by working a as a team, but also respecting each other as individuals and working with their strengths to help them and the team achieve why this was important. The audience were very captivated and energized - lots of questions at the end and I'm sure the questions would have kept coming if we had the time. Jim was very happy to stay and chat to people at the end, a very approachable person who is obviously very passionate about what he does which very much came across in his presentation. I think a few people were even tempted to find out how to be part of one of his expeditions.'

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