Peter Lauritzen

Historian, author and lecturer, Peter Lauritzen, has lived in Italy since leaving Princeton University with a Fulbright Grant for study in Florence in 1962.  A resident of Venice for many years, he has written Venice: A Thousand Years of Culture & Civilization, Palaces of Venice, Villas of the Veneto and Venice Preserved as well as the official UNESCO report.  He has lectured in Europe and the USA and led tours specialising in Flemish and Dutch art, Imperial Russia, the Iberian peninsula the Holy Roman Empire and classical antiquity.

Douglas Skeggs

Douglas Skeggs read Fine Art at Magdalene College, Cambridge and since 1980 has been a lecturer on the history and techniques of painting.  He has made several art documentaries and written and advised on many more.  An accomplished painter in his own right, three one-man exhibitions of his paintings have been held.  His biography of Monet, River of Light: Monet’s Impressions of the Seine, sold 65,000 copies, and he has also written several novels.  Over the years he has accompanied numerous tours across Europe.

Nigel & Shane Winser

Shane and Nigel Winser, both trained in Life Sciences, met during the Royal Geographical Society survey of the Gunung (Mt) Mulu National Park, Sarawak 1977/78. Both continue to work in the world of geography, Shane leading the RGS team supporting young geographers planning field research expeditions and purposeful travel while Nigel, after heading the expedition and fieldwork office for 30 years and leading the Europe office of the Earthwatch Institute for ten years, is today working on a number of projects, including a Maasai led ecotourism project in North Kenya and field science programmes in the Sultanate of Oman. Nigel and Shane joined Nick and Iris on their 2019 Antarctic expedition and were a very popular.

Alastair Fothergill

Alastair Fothergill joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983 and worked on a wide range of the department’s programmes, including the BAFTA awardwinning The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One, The Natural World and the innovative Reefwatch before working on the BBC1 series The Trials of Life with Sir David Attenborough.

From here he went on to produce Life in the Freezer, The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet before leaving the BBC in 2012 to set up his own production company Silverback Films. In 2015, Silverback Films completed a new landmark series for BBC 1, The Hunt before producing the first landmarknatural history original series for Netflix, Our Planet. Alastair is also fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, who awarded him their gold medal in 2012, and currently resides in Bristol with his wife Melinda, two sons and three Jack Russells.