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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.

Dave

DAVE LORCH

Head of Private Adventures
dave@pelorusx.com

Having graduated in modern languages, Dave spent five years working for Bloomberg in European Sales. Thereafter, a much-delayed gap year took him all over Latin America, India, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. His passion for all things food then led him to undertaking a professional chef diploma and to cooking in a 3 Michelin-starred restaurant via some of the best private chalets in the Alps. Revisiting his passion for travel, Dave then started out at a villa agency, specialising in Europe. A further five years spent at a top luxury travel company saw him make his way to PELORUS.

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. She holds her certificate of expertise in Scottish Whisky and she is currently studying for a Masters of Wine. 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 nine years’ working predominately for tailor-made, luxury travel brands. She spent several years in the marketing team leading on the CRM strategy for luxury tour operator Black Tomato. Following this she led on all marketing and campaign activity for several brands within the Active Travel Group. 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.

Malvina Agency Account Manager

MALVINA SKENDO

Agency Account Manager
malvina@pelorusx.com

Malvina has executed projects and experiences across some of the most remote islands around the world. Having spent four years living and working on yachts, she has curated experiences for luxury brands and private celebrations for friends and families, globally. Initially specialising in the management of international events and sailing flotillas, Malvina is passionate about creating authentic, highly detailed experiences to the lesser explored places on the planet. Key to the heart of each of her projects is a philanthropy and conservation awareness, which is now a vital part of all responsible luxury travel experiences.

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BOBBY BIGIO

Project Executive
bobby@pelorusx.com

Bobby grew up on/under the water in Southeast Asia where he developed a deep-seated passion for the ocean and all its inhabitants. After completing his BSc and Masters in the UK, he retreated to warmer waters working on exclusive private islands and world cruising vessels leading dive operations and shore expeditions, rising through the ranks to Mate. His travels brought him all over the world, cruising off the beaten track in places like Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Myanmar and more. He then moved to London and worked as a yacht charter broker prior to joining us here at PELORUS.

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KELSEY COBBAN

Yacht Marketing Specialist
yachts@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. As a qualified Personal Trainer, she also ran the company’s fitness initiative. Five years on, a move back to London has found Kelsey joining the PELORUS team.

CHANCE EATON

Project Manager
chance@pelorusx.com

Chance served as an officer in the British Army for 8 years. Working in sensitive environments, he led teams on complex operations. His love for unique experiences has taken him around the world and he recently completed a solo motorbike tour of Southern and Eastern Africa. Chance has worked with wildlife protection and counter-poaching teams. He has also guided horseback safaris and kayaking expeditions. Chance is an advanced diver, skydiver, international disaster responder and maintains a passion for nature and conservation.

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