Levison Wood spent a number of years as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, where he served in Afghanistan in 2008.
His passion for adventure and discovering more about indigenous ways of life has led him mountain climbing in Iraq, horse riding the river Oxus on the Afghan-Tajik border and conducting scientific research in Central Africa for the Natural History Museum.
Levison is an ambassador for a number of charities including The Soldiers’ Charity.
“Antarctica is well known for inspiring passion in adventurous hearts. For many the South Pole is the ultimate prize. I’m delighted to be a patron of what is sure to be an extraordinary journey, and a gruelling challenge. Summit to South Pole is also raising money for The Soldiers’ Charity, an organisation close to my heart.”
Major General Patrick Cordingley DSO DSc FRGS
With a military career spanning four decades, Patrick Cordingley is best known for commanding the 7th Armoured Brigade - the Desert Rats - during the first Gulf War.
In 1984 he went to Antarctica as a member of a small expedition and has written and lectured on the subject ever since. This included writing a biography of Captain Oates and conducting a study into the dynamics of small teams working together in extreme conditions.
Brigadier Robin bacon
After 30+ years in the British Army serving worldwide, including Africa, the Balkans and South East Asia, Robin Bacon has been the Chief of Staff of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for the last seven years. He is a leading proponent for its wide range of challenge events, encouraging participation by people from all walks of life to achieve their best and support this very special Charity. Whilst the mountains he has ascended in the UK have been relatively modest – the Black Cuillins of Skye and the Three Peaks – he has travelled extensively, including leading the Operation Drake diving team on a round the world expedition in the 1980s, and most recently hiking the National Coast to Coast trail.