A WORLD renowned explorer dropped into a Chester business to speak to staff about his latest expedition.
Veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes returned to MBNA’s offices to speak about his recent trek, an attempt to cross Antarctica in winter, dubbed ‘the coldest journey on Earth’.
During his visit Sir Ranulph took time to celebrate the success of MBNA’s ‘eXplore’ programme, recently crowned the UK’s Best Employee Engagement Strategy at the Personnel Today Awards 2013.
Sir Ranulph, hailed as the world’s greatest living explorer, has endorsed the programme and took time to meet with MBNA’s Human Resources team and a range of ‘eXplorers’ who have delivered the programme into the heart of the Chester-based business.
Gill Taylor, HR executive for MBNA, said: “Sir Ranulph has been an inspiration to many of us. He is a man that is prepared to stretch himself – often to unbelievable extremes – to achieve his vision. That takes real guts and determination, and his story is such a compelling one.
“Sir Ranulph has been a backer of our award-winning eXplore programme for some time and we were delighted to hear about his latest challenge, the obstacles he has had to overcome and also to share some tales from his new book. It was an absolute privilege to have him here at MBNA again.”
It was the second time Sir Ranulph has visited the Chester Business Park-based company, after meeting staff in 2012, just before embarking on the trans-Antarctic winter expedition. During that visit, he spoke to a packed auditorium of MBNA staff about the trek and shared stories from his new book ‘Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth’.