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RANULPH FIENNES

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  • Born UK 1944, just after his father was killed in the war.
  • Brought up in South Africa
  • Back UK, Eton College
  • Failed A Levels
  • Joined Royal Scots Greys (Tanks). Cold War
  • Joined SAS 1965/1966. Youngest Captain in the British Army
  • Fought Marxist Terrorists 1968-1970 and received the Sultans Bravery Medal from HM the Queen
  • 1984-1990 Vice President of PR and Adviser for Western Europe to Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp.
  • Married childhood sweetheart Ginnie Pepper in 1970 and together they launched a series of record breaking expeditions that kept them ahead of their international rivals for three decades.
  • Some of these huge challenges include:
    • First to reach both Poles (with Charles Burton).
    • First to cross Antarctic and Arctic Ocean (with Charles Burton).
    • First to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis (with Charles Burton). 'This 3 year, 52 000 mile odyssey took intricate planning, 1900 sponsors, a 52 person team to handle, complex communications, meticulous planning and iron determination mixed with flexibility. The circumnavigation has never been successfully repeated.
    • Led the first hovercraft expedition up the longest river in the world (the Nile) in 1968/1969.
    • Achieved world record for unsupported northerly polar travel in 1990.
    • Led the team that discovered the lost city of Ubar on the Yemeni border in 1992 (after seven previous search expeditions over a 26 year period).
    • Achieved world first in 1992/1993 by completing the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent (with Mike Stroud). This was the longest unsupported polar journey in history.
    • In 2003, only 3½ months after a massive heart attack, 3 day coma and double bypass, Ranulph Fiennes (with Mike Stroud) achieved the first 7x7x7 (Seven marathons in seven consecutive days on all seven continents).
    • March 2005, climbed Everest (Tibet-side) to within 300m of summit raising £2 million for the British Heart Foundations new research MRI scanner.
    • March 2007, Sir Ranulph climbed the North Face of the Eiger (with Kenton Cool and Ian Parnell) and raised £1.8 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care's Delivering Choice Programme
    • Winner of ITV Greatest Britons 2007 Sport Award (beating the 2 other main nominees Lewis Hamilton and Joe Calzaghe)
    • May 2008, climbed Everest (Nepal-side) to within 400m from summit raising £2.5m for Marie Curie Cancer Care Delivering Choice Programme
    • Marie Curie 2008 ‘Above and Beyond Award’ Winner
    • Successfully summitted Everest May 2009 with Thundu Sherpa making a total for Marie Curie of over £6.2m. The oldest Briton ever to summit.
    • Becomes the oldest Briton, at the time, to complete the Marathon des Sables – the ‘toughest footrace on earth’ in aid of Marie Curie.

Awards

  • French Parachute Wings 1968
  • Dhofar Campaign Medal 1968
  • Sultan of Oman's Bravery Medal 1970
  • Man of the Year 1982
  • Livingstone Gold Medal Royal Scottish Geographical Soc 1983
  • Gold Medal NY Explorers Club 1984
  • Described by Guiness Book of Records as "The World's Greatest Living Explorer" 1984
  • Fndr's Medal RGS 1984
  • The Polar Medal 1984 with Bar 1995 by HM the Queen (his wife Ginnie was first female recipient)
  • ITV Award for Event of the Decade 1990
  • Explorers Club (Br Chapter) Millennium Award for Navigation 2000
  • Oldie of the Year Award 2004
  • Hon DSc Loughborough Univ
  • Hon Dr: UCE 1995, Univ of Portsmouth 2000, Univ of Glasgow 2002, Univ of Sheffield 2005. Abertay University (Dundee) 2007, Plymouth University 2011
  • Hon. Fellowship University of Glamorgan 2012
  • Hon. Director of Science University of Chester 2014

BERTRAND MICHAUD

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Bertrand Michaud is Managing Director of Hermès in the United Kingdom and Ireland since September 2012. Prior to his current posting, from 2009 to 2012 he was Regional Managing Director, based in New Delhi, in charge of the management, operations and business development of Hermès in India, Middle East, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Africa. In Hong Kong, where he spent eleven years as Regional Managing Director of “Hermès Asia Pacific” from 1998 to 2009, Bertrand Michaud was President of the Foreign Trade Advisor of France.

Prior to joining Hermès twenty-five years ago, Bertrand Michaud was Visiting Research Fellow at the University of California in Los Angeles, the managing director of his own company and a consultant for the French Medical Research Foundation where he has been instrumental in organising fundraising projects.

Bertrand Michaud is a graduate of the University of Paris with a BA in Law, a BA in Political Sciences and a Masters in Public Law & Defense Studies. In 1996, Bertrand Michaud attended the National Defense College in Paris (Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale). Michaud is a Colonel in the French Paratroopers Reserves Forces, “Officier de la Légion d’Honneur” and “Chevalier de Ordre National du Mérite”.

MAJOR GENERAL A P N (PETER) CURRIE CB CBE

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The former chairman of the Veterans' mental health charity Combat Stress MAJOR GENERAL A P N (PETER) CURRIE CB CBE

Peter Currie was born and brought up in Tanzania. He completed his education in the UK and was commissioned from Sandhurst in the Royal Artillery. His time at Regimental duty included several tours in Northern Ireland in the Infantry role, and 4 months with his battery in the Falkland Islands. After commanding 12th Regiment Royal Artillery in Germany he was an instructor at the Army Staff College and later held command appointments as a brigadier in the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and Multinational Division Central (Airmobile) as well as a variety of staff appointments in the MOD. On promotion to Major General Peter served for 6 months in Bosnia, Herzegovina, where he was the military advisor to the High Representative and was then appointed as Deputy Adjutant General.

He left the Army in 2002 and built up a portfolio of jobs including directorships with housing and financial services companies. He also gained some experience in journalism. Peter was selected to become Lieutenant Governor (Chief Executive) of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and led it through a period of much change between 2005 and 2014. He was Chairman of Combat Stress from 2007 to 2013, is on the Council of the Forces’ Pension Society and is a trustee of St John’s Charity Winchester.

Peter is married to Angela and they have two sons. He has a degree in History, and his interests include skiing (both sorts), tennis, opera, oriental rugs and walking in wild places.