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As founder of Expedition & Wilderness Medicine, Across the Divide Expeditions and prestigious Extreme Medicine Conference series, Mark Hannaford is an innovative and entrepreneurial leader whose passion is to bring inspirational people together, building networks to improve standards in remote, disaster and humanitarian medicine.


Using over 25 years of expedition and remote travel experience on all to all the world’s continents to providing extreme medicine courses to medical professionals, to helping individuals and charities raise more than £74 million to date, to building effective, collegiate and happy teams for corporate partners, Mark has build businesses and delivered experiences, courses and conferences that motivate and inspire.

Across the Divide was the first commerical organisation in the UK to employ doctors, provide comprehensive CME certified training, and to standardise medical kits deployed on all of its events and expeditions - significantly lifting the standards of medical care provided by the adventure travel market and is proud to facilitate over £4 million per annum of charitable fundraising.

In 2010, Mark established the ‘Extreme Medicine’ Conference series, specifically for medical professionals. The series has been held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, Harvard Medical School in Boston and the Royal Collage of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Its aim is to challenge thinking, build networks and share new and more effective approaches to medical practice in the world’s most remote and austere locations

In a world first, Mark founded the “Extreme Medicine’ PGCert Diploma Masters programme through a unique collaboration with Exeter University - a Global Top 100 academic partner. The first intake is due for September 2016.

Mark was honoured for his ‘pioneering work in the field of the promotion of expedition and wilderness medicine’ by the Royal Society of Medicine and also awarded BT’s Essence of Entrepreneur Award in 2008 (for the creation of Across the Divide’s Corporate Social Responsibility arm). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2004; he was also elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in the early 1990s. 

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