Can you tell us about your background and how you came to your current position?
I studied history and politics before accepting a position within the private equity division of a multinational insurance firm for three years. It was during a trip to Nepal, standing at Everest Base Camp one Monday morning, that I realised I was in the wrong profession. This singular experience of Nepal’s dramatic peaks and glaciers was the beginning of the change, putting into context the monotony of city life when set against the life enhancing effect of purposeful travel. I joined Pelorus as an intern on the Travel team, leaving for a period to work for a not-for-profit, before returning on the premise that I would be able to achieve more professionally, whilst having a greater impact through providing the gift of experiential travel.
Why do you have a passion for supporting the Pelorus Foundation?
Having had the opportunity to travel to some remarkable places that only a small proportion visit, it became abundantly clear if nothing is done to defend and preserve the world, its character will cease to exist, as carbon emissions and over exposure dissolve the fibres that make up our unique planet. With regions such as Nepal’s glaciers turning into a distant memory due to changes in climate, the time for abstraction is long past and it would be naïve to bury our heads in the sand as though the balance wasn’t tipping before our very eyes. Pelorus wants to be at the forefront of change, championing a level of constant evaluation and evolution. The Foundation is based on the principle that, through our network of clients, Pelorus has the ability to maximise opportunity and form a greater impact by developing ambassadors who have the ability to enact change. Amidst the remarkable experiences we create, we want to invoke emotions within our clients that will give them the urge to protect the environment and its future. The team at Pelorus has extensive knowledge and expertise, allowing us to create unique experiences and exciting adventures found nowhere else. This spoke to me.