Guides & Staffing

Tangent Expeditions employs several year-round staff together with a seasonal team of snowmobile guides, boat drivers and mountain guides. These are some of the people who will be looking after you in Greenland.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

Founder & Operations Director

Paul heads up the Tangent operation and has been guiding expeditions in arctic Greenland, Canada and Svalbard for 30 years. He led the first and only winter ascent of the arctic’s highest mountain, Gunnbjørnsfjeld, and made the first high level ski traverse of Svalbard in winter. He has organised more than 250 expeditions and made over 100 first ascents of previously unclimbed mountains in Greenland.

Lizzie Hall

Lizzie Hall

Managing Director

Lizzie is responsible for establishing Tangent’s business strategy and developing plans that deliver it. She supports the team to run operations and loves snowmobiling, ski-touring and wild camping in Greenland’s frozen landscapes. Back home, she enjoys open water swimming, wildlife watching and days out in the Northumbrian hills.

Phil Poole

Phil Poole

Head Snowmobile Guide

Phil is a IFMGA Mountain Guide and is Tangent's Safety Officer, as well as managing all our spring snowmobile operations. He's been leading Greenland expeditions since 2003, as well as guiding all over the world. When not in the mountains, he works for a multinational management training company, advising on safety and training staff.

Maria Parkes

Maria Parkes

Base Camp Manager

Maria is in her fourth season working for Tangent and takes care of the base operations and logistics. She also manages the company website and organises all the staff and expedition food - a pretty big undertaking! When not dreaming about stacks of malt loaf, she enjoys climbing on the granite around her home in Squamish, BC and ski touring in the Whistler powder.

Stuart Halford

Stuart Halford

Lead Snowmobile Guide

Stu is a mountaineering instructor from the English Lake District, who holds the MIC - the highest qualification in the UK system. This is his third season working as a snowmobile guide for Tangent, during which he has also guided the Iceman Challenge Event. Stu’s love of climbing in all its forms has taken him to six continents but he’s always happy to return to his rural home where climbing and skiing is also on the doorstep.

Pete Cheung

Pete Cheung

Snowmobile Guide

Pete is a climber and runner. This is his third season as a snowmobile guide for Tangent. He has spent most of his working life as a teacher, working extensively with groups of young people in the outdoors. He's now trying to be semi-retired but still works part-time as a lecturer and educational consultant and instructing rock climbing. He admits that he hasn't quite got the hang of the retirement thing yet!

Adrian Pedley

Adrian Pedley

Snowmobile Guide

Adrian has taken part in six expeditions to Greenland; this is his second season as a snowmobile guide. He loves the wilderness feeling and getting away from the chores of living in society. When not in the arctic, Adrian enjoys climbing, mountaineering and ski touring and is a passionate caver.

Neil Chelton

Neil Chelton

Snowmobile Guide

Neil is a passionate climber and skier who is now utilising his extensive mountaineering knowledge as a snowmobile guide for Tangent. He has climbed big walls all over the world, including remote first ascents. Neil also runs the instructional climbing website VDiffClimbing.com. He wins the award for the hairiest Tangent staff member, keeping him warm on those chilly skidoo rides.

Carly Raines

Carly Raines

Snowmobile Guide

Carly is joining the Tangent team for her first season in 2018. Her work as Ranger for the Lake District National Park means she has lots of experience of driving vehicles from quads to land rovers - to diggers! She loves the outdoors, climbing and exploring, and has been lucky enough to work in some of the most beautiful parts of the UK in environmental conservation.

Lauren Gault

Lauren Gault

Snowmobile Guide

Lauren is a senior medical student with interests in trauma and pre-hospital medicine. She has a BSc(Hons) in Pre-Hospital Medicine and has experience in teaching and examining initial trauma assessment skills. In her spare time, she is a keen cyclist and enjoys skiing and running.

Karl Flynn

Karl Flynn

Mechanic

Karl is the one responsible for keeping our snowmobiles in great condition and ready for long journeys. He has extensive experience as a mechanic all over the world, including through an Antarctic winter. When not fixing engines, he enjoys climbing and mountaineering.