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GEORDIE MACKAY-LEWIS

Managing Director
geordie@pelorusx.com

Geordie served as a Captain in a British Army reconnaissance regiment, deploying twice to Afghanistan before running a series of businesses across Europe. Prior to founding PELORUS he spent a number of years as MD of a high-end adventure travel company. Geordie is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, a winter mountain leader, advanced diver, paragliding pilot and skydiver. He has planned and led numerous adventures and yacht expeditions around the world and has a passion for unearthing the lesser-known regions of the planet.

Jimmy

JIMMY CARROLL

Business Development Director
jimmy@pelorusx.com

Jimmy served as a Captain in a British Army reconnaissance regiment, with tours to Iraq in 2006 and twice to Afghanistan. He served for eight years and on leaving was appointed expedition manager for Xtreme Everest 2, the largest ever medical-research expedition conducted on Mount Everest. Prior to co-founding PELORUS, Jimmy worked as head of marketing and communications for the design studio Winch Design, a world-leader in superyachts, private aviation and architecture. Jimmy is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, mountain leader and advanced diver with a passion for adventure.

Elise

ELISE CIAPPARA

Head of Yacht Expeditions
elise@pelorusx.com

Elise grew up on the coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales. She has been in the yachting industry for 10 years, working as chief and purser on world travelling yachts from 30 – 90 meters, both private and charter. During this time, she has sailed across the equator in the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic, over the Arctic circle, and crossed the Atlantic numerous times. Holding qualifications in Scottish Whisky, International Bartending and a WSET Diploma she has turned her attention to the past and is currently studying for a diploma in Arctic Mythology. At PELORUS, Elise is Head of Yacht Expeditions, working with guests, captains and brokers to provide innovative and unique experiences around the world, always with conservation at the forefront.

Ali

ALEXANDRA KINMAN

Head of Agency
alexandra@pelorusx.com

Alexandra has managed events and experiences internationally for over eight years. From large trailblazing automotive rallies across archipelagos to a one-off pop-up ice table picnic on an Alpine peak, no experience is too big or too small. Previously Head of Experiences for Quintessentially, Alexandra launched this new department globally with a new emphasis on access-led and elevated experiences: a retirement from the classic corporate event or activation. Prior to this Alexandra managed smaller events for luxury fashion brands and media agencies, with coverage in British Vogue and the Evening Standard.

Hannah Cornforth, Marketing Manager

HANNAH CORNFORTH

Head of Marketing
hannah@pelorusx.com

Hannah’s love of travel and adventure has taken her all over the world, including visiting her family in India and Japan; these passions followed her to Canada for a gap year spent teaching skiing and onto university to study Geography. Since graduating, she’s spent a decade working predominately for tailor-made, luxury travel brands, as well as spending time with a branding agency. Her travel experience started in the marketing team leading on the CRM strategy for luxury tour operator Black Tomato. Following this she managed all marketing and campaign activity for several activity holiday brands. At PELORUS, Hannah is responsible for all marketing and PR.

ALANNA HOLLINGS

Marketing Executive
alanna@pelorusx.com

Sport and adventure have always played an important role in Alanna’s life; from competing nationally in Athletics events to action-packed family holidays. Originally from Durham, Alanna has a degree in ‘PR, Marketing and Media’ from Canterbury Christ Church University. During this time, she undertook a year in industry, where she worked in international communications for Nike. After completing her degree and working at a digital marketing agency, her life long passion for winter sports finally led her to the French Alps, where she hosted in boutique chalets and experimented with skiing and snowboarding. She has since moved to London and began her career at PELORUS.

CHARLIE DRINKWATER

Foundation Manager and Project Executive
charlie@pelorusx.com

After studying History and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, Charlie transitioned to life in the City working as an insurance broker with a focus on Private Equity markets. During this time, Charlie travelled widely with trips to Australia and Morocco among others, including multi-day adventures in the Alps, the Himalayas and the Sahara. Leaving the insurance industry behind Charlie set out to pursue projects that he was passionate about and supported PELORUS in the build-up to our launch in November 2017. He now works as a Project Executive in our Private Adventures team.

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MONIQUE AUGIAS

Executive Assistant
monique@pelorusx.com

Born in Canada and raised in Sardinia, travelling has always played a big part in Monique’s life. After studying Hospitality, Events and Tourism, she worked as a Yacht Assistant and Event Manager for eight years. She was then lucky to travel to some of the most exclusive locations in the world, working as a land-based assistant for a number of superyachts. Monique also has extensive experience in managing regattas, weddings and private events. Now London based and still a passionate traveller, Monique is thrilled to join the PELORUS team.

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KELSEY COBBAN

Yacht Marketing Consultant
kelsey@pelorusx.com

Hailing from Dublin, Kelsey moved to London at 18 to study Musical Theatre. This led to an 8-year career on the stage, taking her all over the UK and Ireland, Germany, Turkey, Denmark and East Asia. Igniting a love for travel, personal trips have seen her on safari in South Africa, doing yoga in Thailand and swimming with stingrays in the Caribbean. A career move saw Kelsey transition into the yachting industry where she honed her marketing skills working for a leading yacht brokerage company in Monaco. Five years on, a move back to London has found Kelsey joining the PELORUS team.

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EMMA HIGGINS

Project Executive
emma@pelorusx.com

After graduating from Durham University with a degree in Psychology, Emma set out to follow her passion for a career in travel. Having been fortunate to travel from a young age, Emma has dived with sharks in the Galapagos, trekked through the Peruvian Amazon and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. With a love of all things outdoors, Emma is keen skier, swimmer and scuba diver.

 

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