Ann Daniels

Ann Daniels

  • Leadership & Teamwork Speaker
  • Britain's Leading Female Polar Explorer
  • Sustainability & Environmental Speaker

Polar Explorer Ann Daniels is a world record holder and one of Britain’s leading female explorers.

Starting out as a mother of young triplets and without any outdoor experience whatsoever, pure hard work and belief led her to being selected from over 200 more experienced women to take part in her first North Pole expedition.

From these humble beginnings, in the year 2000, she sledge hauled across Antarctica to the South Pole and in 2002, returned to the Arctic for a full North Pole expedition from land and became the first woman in history to ski to the North and South Poles as part of all women teams. A world record that has never been repeated. Experiencing temperatures as low as -50C and dealing with various encounters with Polar bears, she has sledge-hauled over 2000 miles, in the most inhospitable environments in the world, completing over 10 polar expeditions and surviving over 400 days on the ice. 

Ann understands the importance of good planning, hard work and a positive attitude in the most difficult circumstances.  As a Polar guide and the only leader of all 3 of the long range scientific Catlin Arctic surveys she is living proof that good leadership, teamwork and believing in yourself does make a difference. 

Her expeditions in 2017 and 2018 saw Ann working with NASA and the European Space Agency to help scientists understand what is happening in the fragile Polar regions.

She is planning to return to the Arctic in 2023 as the navigator for Martin Hartley’s Ice Sentinals expedition to examine and document the last of the multi year ice remaining on the Artic Ocean before it is gone forever.

Ann tailors every presentation to ensure she hits the key messages needed for each event. She takes time to ensure the skills and lessons she has learnt to achieve in the most extreme environments in the world are transferrable and match those of her audience. She has been speaking for over 20 years and has a natural manner and cares deeply about the needs of each and every audience.

To book Ann for your next event, please contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent on 020 3500 3331 or email

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Ann’s presentation on leadership was fantastic. Our office is still talking about how to deal with their own ‘Polar Bears’ three weeks after the presentation.
Ann was the best speaker we’ve had in the ten year’s I’ve been booking speakers. She was motivational and relevant to the current challenges we face in the workplace today. She inspired us all to strive to achieve so much more, individually and together as a team.
Your presentation touched us all and was an extraordinary reminder of the power of the team, the importance of bravery and to do things our own way, on our own terms. What can be achieved with hard work and belief.