Graeme Joy B. Ed. Aust, Grad Dip O.E. UK. First and only Australian to ski to the North Pole & Magnetic North Pole
Client feedback to his agent recognises Graeme as one of the highest rated corporate speakers in Australasia, relevant to business, motivating and dynamic.
He is the first Australian to ski to both the North Pole and solo to the Magnetic North Pole – the first and only Australian to ski to both the North Pole and the Magnetic North Pole.
Leadership, team success, goal setting, selecting and building the right team, individual and team motivation, planning and preparation are the main thrusts of Graeme’s corporate lectures. Most of all he illustrates the importance of commitment to excellence by each person involved. In the Arctic, if you get it wrong you die!
In May 1998 he reached the Magnetic North Pole alone, except for travelling the last 1.5 days of the 19 day expedition with Paul Landry of Canada, due to lack of radio communications. He became the first Australian to go unguided and alone to the Magnetic North Pole. Graeme hauled his own sled and ski sailed.
Graeme became the first, and only, Australian to ski to the North Pole as a member of “Icewalk-The International North Pole Expedition”. His roles during the expedition included joint leader and navigator with Russian, Misha Malakov, Canadian Inuit, Angus Cockney and radio operator. His other major role during “Icewalk” was to develop its internationally renowned student expedition and education programmes which were recognised and awarded by the United Nations Environment Programme.
Graeme has led, conducted and participated in some 88,000 participant days in Outdoor Development Training, adventure expeditions and scientific expeditions for adults and students. These have ranged from Australia to the Arctic, Antarctica, Greenland, Africa, Canada, the USA, the British Isles, Europe and New Zealand.
During September 1993, he organised and led a team of business people on a traverse climb of the highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, from Kenya to Tanzania. During May and June, 1993, Graeme led an Australian expedition which climbed Mt. McKinley in Alaska, the highest mountain in North America.
In December 1991, he co-led a team of business people to climb Mr. Vinson, the highest mountain in Antarctica, stopping 300m below the summit to guide down a client with a knee injury. His clients (including James Strong, CEO Qantas; Brian Singer, MD RipCurl; Geoff Knight, dentist), described this as “the most committed and selfless act they had seen in a team – you gave up the summit for the well-being of a team member”
Graeme has sea kayaked the South East Coast of Greenland, he was deputy leader on this expedition and played a major role in its funding and development. As part of the training for this expedition, he, and his team completed the first unassisted sea kayak crossing of Bass Strait – Tasmania to Victoria.
Applying his first hand knowledge of teams, and how to develop top level performance, Graeme conducts corporate leadership, teamwork and experiential training. This has included the first trip by water of the Cooper Creek, from Innaminka to Lake Eyre, for a top performing management team.
Corporate Management Training and Facilitation Qualifications include: Wilson Learning: Social Styles, Negotiation Skills, Authentic Leader Margerison-McCann: Team Management Systems Pacific Institute: Investment in Excellence
Graeme was the Master in Charge of Outdoor Education at Geelong Grammar School, Timbertop. While at Timbertop he substantially changed Timbertop’s educational programme in the outdoors, environmental science, it’s academic staffing policy re the outdoors and designed and implemented it’s ground breaking, mid-week weekend programme.
Before attending university in England, Graeme won and held class records in most major Australian marathon kayak championships. Some records were to stand for up to nine years.