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Tim Jarvis

Tim Jarvis

Internationally Certified Environmental Auditor and Order of Australia Member, Tim Jarvis, has achieved an enormous amount as an environmental scientist, author and adventurer, to name just a few of his accomplishments. Specialising in environmental auditing/site assessment, Tim is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss.

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Testimonials for Tim Jarvis

“Tim was the perfect opening speaker to our workshop. He inspired our group with his personal Polar projects and experiences, showing them that big ideas can be made into reality. His key message stayed with the participants throughout the workshop, enabling them to channel the "thinking is good, doing is better" philosophy into innovative thinking in sustainability."
Dermot O'Gorman, CEO - WWF

 “Tim did a fabulous job of motivating over 100 Ernst & Young partners and staff, with a vivid and passionate account of his Shackleton expedition. Tim eloquently told his story, and was able to draw clear and relevant linkages between his harrowing exploration and the business world. His presentation was relevant, engaging and very memorable for all who were fortunate enough to be there. We will be looking for opportunities to work with Tim again in the future and we wish him every success with his next venture. A truly inspiring story which our team will not easily forget. Thanks again!"
Stephen Koss, Partner - Ernst & Young

“Tim Jarvis held a full house audience of 170 adults and children spellbound at the Royal Geographical Society's Singapore brand with a riveting account of his polar expeditions, how the lessons learned from these experiences can be applied to everyday life, and his work as an environmental scientist with the consulting engineering firm Arup. Ranging from his plans to re-enact Shackleton's epic rescue mission across the Southern Ocean in a small boat in 1916, through practical tips on how to scare off an inquisitive polar bear, to his personal life philosophy. Tim's talk was eye-opening, fascinating and inspiring for everyone in the room."
Pete Read, Treasurer - Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Singapore Branch


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Tim Jarvis's Biography

Tim holds Masters degrees in environmental science and environmental law. In 2009 he was made a Fellow of the Yale World Fellows Program, and in 2010 he made the Australian honours list and was conferred a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to environment, community and exploration. This was followed in 2013 when he was named Adventurer of the Year by the Australian Geographic Society for his re-enactment of Shackleton's 1916 Antarctic journey. 

Tim is author of three books and leads innovation in the area of sustainability for international engineering and environmental services firm Arup. He is also sustainability adviser on multilateral aid projects for the World Bank and AusAID, and is Director of an outcome-focused environmental initiative Do-Tank where the emphasis is on solving problems by action rather than advocacy.

In 1999, Tim became joint record holder with fellow Australian explorer Peter Treseder for the unsupported journey to the geographic South Pole and the longest unsupported Antarctic journey in history.

In January 2013 Tim led a team in retracing Sir Ernest Shackleton's legendary 1916 journey from Elephant Island off the Antarctic Peninsula, to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia in a replica of his boat The James Caird. This followed with a climb over the mountains of South Georgia, all at the patronage of the Hon Alexandra Shackleton (grand daughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton). Dubbed "The Shackleton Epic", the crew used only 1916 technology, food and equipment. In November 2013, a Discovery Channel 3-part documentary aired on SBS and accompanying this was the launch of a book within Australia and the United Kingdom. 

Tim's previous high profile expedition was the retracing of explorer Sir Douglas Mawson's polar journey of 1912/12. The modern expedition used the same clothing, equipment and starvation rations as Mawson on a journey where both of his colleagues died. A documentary was made of this expedition, the flagship of the Film Australia Making History series, and fronted Channel 4's highly acclaimed Edge of Endurance series in the UK in 2007. Patrons for this expedition included then Australian Prime Minister the Hon John Howard and the Hon Alexandra Shackleton.

In the past year alone, Tim has delivered dozens of talks, including those to the World Wildlife Fund, Ernst & Young, Australian Geographic Society, General Electric, Burberry, TEDxAdelaide, the Royal Geographical Society and the Commonwealth Bank, to name just a few.

As a guest speaker, Tim is motivated by his desire to help people achieve key milestones, drawing on parallels from his expeditions and environmental work. His insights apply both to highly motivated individuals working to achieve personal goals, as well as organisations embarking on change towards business or sustainability outcomes. The first-hand information Tim offers on the fascinating regions in which he has travelled and worked, provides very real parallels that exist with the business world.