Ann Daniels is an exceptional polar explorer, who has had a ground-breaking career in some of the harshest environments on earth. Having completed 14 expeditions in the polar regions, since her first trip there in 1997, Ann has made a name for herself as one of the greatest living female explorers. An international role model, Ann now acts as a motivational speaker credited with transforming audiences’ potential through her inspirational stories of pushing boundaries for female explorers, empowering other women to do the same in their own lives.
Responding to an advert for women to join the McVities Penguin Polar Relay in the North Pole, Ann went from an Assistant Bank Manager to a polar explorer following a two-week intensive training course and selection in Dartmoor. She secured huge success in the relay and has since gone on to become the first woman to reach the North and South Pole, attempted a solo North Pole expedition and accompanied Pen Hadow on a science focused trip for the Catlin Arctic Survey. Surviving frost bite and polar bear encounters was just the start of the challenges for Ann who strived on through the minus 45-degree temperatures to complete a total of 400 days and 3000 miles across the polar regions to date.
In recognition of her remarkable achievements for both scientific polar discovery and female explorers, Ann has been honoured with several awards. From earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records to being named in The Daily Telegraph’s Top 20 Great British Adventurers of all time, Ann’s impact is undeniable. One of her proudest achievements is winning the Pride of Britain Award, a true career highlight.
Drawing on her extensive experience, Ann is currently a popular speaker booked to discuss such topics as resilience, leadership and motivation. Equally renowned for her position as a female role model, Ann’s expeditions empower other women to pursue their goals, particularly in male dominated fields. Previously, Ann has spoken for Disney, IBM, NatWest and Sony to name a few, a testament to her relevance across industries and audiences.
Ann Daniels is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“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.”
“Thought yesterday was brilliant – you could tell everyone was captivated – you could hear a pin drop. I thought Ann was an inspiration to us all. Her messages on leadership will help us become better leaders in the future.”
“You were a magnificent speaker and a wonderful example of what can be achieved with precise planning, determination and a will to succeed.”