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The Inflexion logo has been seen even to the North of our Manchester office, thanks to English adventurer Justin Packshaw, one member of an expedition that successfully reached the Geographical North Pole.
The expedition, which was led by Britain’s greatest living adventurer, David Hempleman-Adams, also saw his daughter, Camilla Hempleman-Adams become the youngest Britain to reach the North Pole, at the age of only fifteen. The team were accompanied by a film crew, and are set to produce footage that highlights the impact of global warming.
David Hempleman-Adams, 51, has completed numerous record-breaking expeditions, including the adventurer’s “grand slam” – conquering the poles and the highest peak on each continent. David described the expedition as one of his “hardest trips”, with the movement of the ice dramatically extending the distance that the expedition team had to cover. “Back drift is like being on an escalator,” he said, “the ice drifts all the time, so when you wake up in the morning you can be a lot farther from the North Pole”.
Justin Packshaw has made a number of polar treks and dog sledge expeditions. In 2005 he and Christina Franco took part and won a 450 mile international race to the Magnetic North Pole, probably the toughest race in the world. Later this year Justin will lead an expedition to the South Pole, which will make him one of the few people to visit both poles within a calendar year.
Simon Turner, Managing Partner of Inflexion Private Equity, said: “At Inflexion we have known Justin for a number of years, and have been consistently impressed with his drive and vision, not only in his polar expeditions, but also as a successful business entrepreneur. We continually look for drive and ambition within the management teams that we back, and we are delighted that Justin will be working with us over the coming year sharing his experiences and motivations with our principal stakeholders.”