Across the Divide co-founder and Managing Director Mark Hannaford has been honoured by the prestigious Royal Society of Medicine in London by being inscribed on their Wall of Honour.
The official citation quotes
‘We would like to take this opportunity to applaud the pioneering work you in the field of the promotion of expedition & wilderness medicine in the UK’ …
‘through your work a sustainable and accredited training system has been established, with a very vibrant medical community growing up around these activities, and has led to improved protocols and medical cover in the world’s most remote corner. What an extraordinary contribution to modern medicine.’
The origins of the Royal Society of Medicine date back to the 18th century when, throughout Europe medical societies began to be founded with the object of bringing together physicians and surgeons in order to further scientific, professional and social communication.
Mark co-founded Across the Divide which since its inception has facilitated the raising of £50 (US$77) million for charitable causes with the aim of providing innovative experiences that are challenging and safe aimed at both the charitable and corporate market. The challenges are also delivered with a keen dose of humour, which is always a great motivator!
Mark’s experience, both on expeditions and in business, mean that ATD has the capability to develop bespoke programmes for brand and employee development, as well as customer development events – which will stretch and cement capabilities and relationships. ATD has an impressive range of corporate and charitable relationships ranging from Princes Trust , BBC’s Children in Need Appeal, UNICEF and Cancer Research to Ernest & Young, Centrica, NPower and Barclays Bank. Creating ATD’s Corporate Social Responsibility arm in 2007 earned Mark the prestige of being awarded BT’s Essence of the Entrepreneur Award in 2008. He was also made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts to join his election as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in the early 1990s.
Mark also is the co founder of Expedition & Wilderness Medicine which provides the highest level of medical training to medical professionals through courses accredited by the Wilderness Medical Society for Fellowship of Advanced Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) and established the ‘Extreme Medicine’ Conference series which alternates between the Royal Society of Medicine in London and Harvard Medical School in Boston.
- Extreme Medicine Conference @ Royal Society of Medicine, London
- Extreme Medicine Conference @ Harvard Medical School, Boston MASS (website goes live September 2012)