Craig Mathieson (polar explorer)

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Craig Mathieson is a polar explorer who is ‘Explorer-in-Residence’ with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.


Born in Johstone and raised in Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire, Mathieson was educated at Balfron High School.[citation needed] He began his working life overseas in the military, before moving into HM Customs & Excise as an inspector and anti-fraud officer. He spent seven years with Ernst & Young, before joining Johnston Carmichael in 2007. In January 2014, Craig Mathieson joined accountancy firm French Duncan to head a new VAT department.[1]


In 2001 Mathieson participated in an expedition to the summit of unclimbed peaks in Greenland,[1] naming one Mount Mathieson.[citation needed]

He successfully led the first dedicated Scottish Expedition to the South Pole in 2004, man-hauling his sledge 730 miles over the Antarctic Continent,[2] and two years later led an expedition to the Geographical North Pole, taking a 16 year old boy as part of his team.[3]

In 2009 he was Leader of the ‘Northern Lights’ sea kayaking expedition on the east coast of Greenland[4]


He was appointed special advisor to HM Forces regarding Polar training and guiding in 2012.[citation needed]

In 2013 he was appointed ‘Explorer-in-Residence’ by Royal Scottish Geographical Society.[5][6]

Charity work[edit]

Mathieson established the Polar Academy charity in 2013, taking young adults from challenging backgrounds and inspiring them through participation in Arctic expeditions.


  1. ^ a b Reid, Scott (4 January 2014). "Polar pioneer Craig Mathieson explores new VAT role". The Scotsman. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ BBC News (29 December 2004). "South Pole success for Scots team". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Booth, Samantha (2 Nov 2007). "The Teenager Who Skied To The North Pole". The Daily Record (Glasgow). Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Kokatat. "Northern Lights Expedition Prepares For Phase Two". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  5. ^ The Royal Scottish Geographical Society. "Craig Mathieson appointed as first Ambassador for Exploration". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Explorer Craig Mathieson appointed first ever explorer in residence at RSGS". Celebrate Scotland. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2014.