2017 South Pole




Wind 16kph

Raised for The Princes Trust and Roundhouse



£683,219 raised so far for The Princes Trust and Roundhouse


£468,100 raised for The Princes Trust

The expedition

In 2015 Team Enterprise trekked to the Geographic North Pole. This time their objective is the Geographic South Pole, becoming among the very few to have skied to both top and bottom of the planet. The expedition begins in December, 2017, setting out for Antarctica from Punta Arenas, the bottom tip of Chile. Hauling their equipment and supplies the team plan to reach the South Pole just before Christmas.

While North and South Poles share the hostility of extreme cold and unpredictable weather, the terrain and challenges are different. The team have made it across the frozen sea of the Arctic Ocean; this expedition will take them close to 10,000 ft above sea level, dragging sledges across rock solid sastrugi with the constant threat of high winds.

2015 North Pole

In 2015 Arctic Enterprise successfully completed an expedition to the Geographic North Pole in difficult weather conditions. Frequent open water and several equipment failures tested the team’s resourcefulness.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters the expedition raised approximately £500,000 for the Prince’s Trust

Prince's Trust

For the young people that we work with, The Prince’s Trust is often the last resort. When young people first come to us their confidence is usually at rock bottom. They may have struggled at school, been in care, been long-term unemployed or in trouble with the law. Often they think that their future is already mapped out with little or no prospect of personal or professional success.

It’s amazing how quickly our staff and volunteers can help them to change their outlook. We believe that every young person should have the chance to succeed. The Prince’s Trust runs nine different programmes aimed at young people aged from 13-30 to help them to identify their strengths, take responsibility for themselves and work towards a career and future they can be proud of.


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Each year the Roundhouse gives over 3,000 young people the chance to develop skills and confidence through creativity. By giving young people the chance to engage with the arts through our music, media and performance projects, we inspire them to dream bigger and achieve more, with over 55% of the young people reached by the Roundhouse impacted by some form of disadvantage.


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@Antarctic_Ent17 RT @ashurst: Well done to @Antarctic_Ent17 for successfully completing an expedition to the #SouthPole and raising over £700,000 for @Princ
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The Team

Justin Packshaw | Expedition Leader

Founder & CEO, De Roemer

Justin is the co-founder of the award winning luxury fashion label, De Roemer. He is a former Captain in the British Army and holds an MBA from Edinburgh University. He has represented Britain at sailing and has led expeditions all over the world including to the North and South Poles and has summitted Mount Everest. All his expeditions raise money and awareness for important environmental and social issues.

Simon Turner

Managing Partner, Inflexion

Simon co-founded mid-market private equity firm Inflexion in 1999, and is a member of the Investment Committee. Inflexion manages £2bn, focused on fast growing entrepreneurial mid-sized companies. The firm’s consistently high returns place Inflexion in the world’s top 10 private equity investors. Simon makes good olive oil and average wine, enjoys tennis, skiing and golf. As well as being a long-standing supporter of The Prince’s Trust, and a trustee of Impetus, the Private Equity Foundation, Simon is the Chair of the Roundhouse.

David Cooke

CIO, Saltus Investment Managers

David Cooke is the CIO of Saltus Investment Managers, a private wealth management company. He has an MA in Engineering, Economics and Management Science from Lincoln College, Oxford University. David is married to Jenny and they live in central Scotland with their two children Rory and Sara. When not watching Irish rugby teams play and win, David enjoys skiing, climbing and providing general support services for his children and their friends.

Hugh Robertson


After Hugh was forcibly ejected from school with minimal qualifications, he eventually secured a bank loan of £5,000 and founded independent marketing agency RPM in 1993 aged 26. Hugh is passionate about helping young people realise their dreams and ambitions, whether through mentoring start-ups or investing in fledgling business through RPM Ventures. Hugh is a Business Leader with the Marketing Society, Director of Wild Beer Co, a council member of the Advertising Association, a Trustee for Simon King Wildlife Project and a board member of the Marketing Agencies Association.

Lopo Champalimaud

CEO, Treatwell

Lopo was born in Lisbon and raised in Montreal where he studied at McGill University. After a mercifully brief career in banking and private equity, he moved into technology. Eight years ago Lopo started a journey to bring the internet to the hair and beauty industry through creating the business then known as Wahanda. Today, Treatwell is the largest hair and beauty booking service in the world. Each month it connects over one million customers with one of 20,000 spa and salon partners across ten European countries. Lopo lives in London with his wife, Sandrine and daughter, Manon.

Pascal Noth

Managing Director, Partners Group

Pascal spent eight and half years as partner at London-based private equity firm, Palamon Capital Partners which he joined in 2009 from the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. After his return from the South Pole he will embark on yet another adventure by joining Swiss private equity house Partners Group as Managing Director. He grew up in Zurich, Switzerland, where he studied neuroscience and spent some time in brain research and the development of a treatment for spinal cord regeneration. Next to the occasional adventure trip, Pascal is a passionate pilot and devoted father of (soon to be) 3.

Ed Boyce

Managing Director, Royal Bank of Canada

Ed has invested in a number of UK based start-up businesses. He has often worked with and advised entrepreneurs who have built highly successful enterprises. This has revealed to Ed what is possible with the right infrastructure and often limited start-up funding. He is one of the younger expedition members but certainly remains not the fittest, despite completing the London Marathon again in 2016. He has three children with his wife Ingeborg.

Justin Abbott

After studying history Justin had a city career before jointly establishing an African private equity firm. A keen sportsman, Justin spent a term of office as part of the leadership of the Union Cycliste Internationale. For a number of years Justin was Chair of the Mudchute Association, a charity in East London providing 35 acres of urban countryside. He has a range of business interests and serves on the investment committee of the CAF Venturesome social investment fund. In his spare time Justin is a TV chef in Italy, specialising in cakes.


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