His Excellency General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
DAVID JENSEN AM
David is the Founding Chairman of Mawson’s Huts Foundation which he established in 1997. Born in New Zealand where he began his career in journalism David then worked in London’s Fleet Street and joined Australian Associated Press (AAP) in Sydney in 1970 and was head of bureau in Perth, London, and Canberra travelling extensively with Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers.
He left journalism to become General Manager of Reuters Economic Services for Australia in 1980. David was appointed an Executive Director of AAP in 1990 and retired in 1999 to head the ASX Reuters Charity Foundation for eight years. During this time, he continued as Chairman of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation, retiring from ASX in 1997 to run the Foundation full-time, focusing on raising funds for the conservation programme.
David was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999 for his work on Mawson’s Huts.
GREG MORTIMER AOM
Greg Mortimer, a geologist by profession, lives in Australia and is also one of the world’s foremost mountaineers. As a geologist, he has been involved in mineral exploration, as well as geological mapping throughout Australia and Antarctica.
From 1979 to 1984, Greg worked as a geologist, a survival training instructor, and a Scientific Affairs Adviser for the New Zealand Antarctic Division. He has been involved in Antarctic science, tourism and private expeditions since then and is a former chairman of IAATO.
His many achievements in mountaineering include: the first ever ascent of the South face of Annapurna Two in 1983; the first Australian ascent of the North face of Mount Everest, without the use of supplementary oxygen, in 1984; the first Australian ascent of Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica, in 1988; in 1990 the first Australian ascent of K2, the second highest mountain in the world: in 1994 the first ascent of Mt Chongtar which was the highest unclimbed mountain in the world: and in 2002 an ascent of Mt Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world..
In 1988 Greg organized and led the Australian Bicentennial Antarctic Expedition. These journeys have been covered in two documentaries, which have been distributed worldwide – “The Loneliest Mountain”, by Film Australia and “Everest – The Australian Assault”, by the Australian Television Channel Nine Network.
He started a business life in 1992 with the formation of Aurora Expeditions Pty Ltd. The company operated ice strengthened ships in the Antarctic and Arctic as well as more conventional ships on Australia’s Kimberley Coast and the Galapagos, and is dedicated to introducing small groups of like-minded travelers to these remote places. He has visited Antarctica more than 70 times now. In 2001 and 2002 he led small expeditions which repeated Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous crossing of the island of South Georgia.
He sold Aurora Expeditions in 2008.
Greg’s accomplishments have been recognized by the Australian government with the Order of Australia Medal for mountaineering. He is also the recipient of three Australian Geographic Society medals. He is a trustee of the Australian Geographic Society and is a vice president of the Youth Hostel Association.
Greg is the Co-founder of Chimu Adventures, one of Australia’s leading specialists to Antarctica. Sydney-born and educated, he has been involved in the planning of Antarctic voyages for over a decade and is a strong advocate for promoting the legacy of Australia’s Antarctic Pioneers.
A trained history teacher, Greg has taken an active interest in the work of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation since 2010 when Chimu Adventures became a major sponsor. He joined the Foundation board in 2016 and has a leading role in the Foundation’s effort to encourage the education of Australia’s younger generation not only on Mawson’s legacy but of the need to conserve Australia’s Antarctic heritage.
Fluent in several languages, Greg is active in the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) and through his company, Chimu Adventures, supports several children’s charities and encourages the interest of artists in promoting and capturing the magic of Antarctica.
Michael is an experienced finance executive with a successful career in professional and financial services. He holds a BEc from the University of New England and is a member of CPA Australia. Michael has over 35 years’ commercial and international experience at executive management level most recently in the professional services environment. His experience encompasses finance, strategic planning, process improvement, project management, risk management and compliance.
Greg Holland has been closely involved with the Foundation since it was established in 1996 and is one of the original directors.
With David Jensen he co-chaired the Governor General’s Round Table on the future of Antarctic building conservation and heritage restoration in June 2012. He was the visiting historian lecturer on Aurora Expeditions “Australia Mawson’s Centenary” cruise in 2011 and Chimu Adventures “In the Steps of Mawson” cruise in 2017-2018. Both these cruises visited Macquarie Island, East Antarctica, the Magnetic South Pole and the New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands crossing the Antarctic circle several times. Greg has also travelled on several chartered flights to the Antarctic, providing passengers with a commentary on the work of the Foundation and raising much needed funds for the Foundation.
In 2017, Greg was appointed the Foundation’s representative on the Tasmanian Polar Network (TPN) and elected to the Executive Committee.The TPN is a group of businesses and scientific organisations based in Tasmania that all have a common focus on serving commercial, tourist, heritage and scientific activity in the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean.
Greg was a member of the TPN Delegation attending the 2018 Polar Conference of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) in Davos, Switzerland.
Robert Easther AAM
The Foundation is seeking volunteers to assist with a range of administration duties at its head office in Crows Nest, Sydney.
Please contact David Jensen (Chairman) on 0414 333 381 or send an email to email@example.com