Tim Jarvis

Travels from: South Australia

Environmental scientist, author, adventurer and public speaker

Categories: Change Management, Leadership, Sustainability and Environmentalists

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Combing his childhood love of the outdoors with his adventurous nature, Tim Jarvis is an environmental scientist and has led several expeditions to some of the world’s most remote places. He shares with audiences the characteristics needed to lead teams to perform at the highest level. 

With pragmatic optimism, Tim’s beliefs revolve around understanding the size of the task ahead and succeeding through a combination of goal setting, adaptability, resilience and good teamwork.

Tim’s previous roles including partnering with organisations to advise on technological and social solutions, overseeing the climate change and sustainability advice to Australia’s largest insurance broker Steadfast, as well as acting as Global Brand Ambassador for leading outdoor apparel manufacturer Kathmandu.

Holding a Masters degrees in both environmental science and environmental law, Tim has also been inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to environment, community and exploration in 2010.

As a highly sought-after public speaker, Tim speaks on the topics of leadership, resilience, problem solving, teamwork, change management and goal setting. He uses anecdotes and personal experiences to provide an engaging and entertaining presentation. 

Speaker Topics

Anecdotes and lessons from Tim's polar adventures and more. Fascinating, thrilling and often amusing tales of endeavor and endurance.
Applying lessons from a lifetime of expeditioning to a life in a time of Covid-19, whether one is stuck in a boat on the Southern Ocean or in a studio flat in Melbourne, the challenged and solutions are surprisingly similar!
Leadership and Team Motivation
How to recognise the individual skillsets of disparate team members and draw the best out of them; how to inspire and motivate individual team members with varying outlooks and bring the team together, in challenging times as well as smooth times.
Organisational Goal Setting, Teamwork and Motivation
Lessons for corporates and not-for-profits alike on how to recruit and manage effective teams, inspire and lead while empowering team members to take ownership, and achieve one's goals.
Personal Goal Setting
Lessons on setting goals for oneself and following through to completion taken from Tim's expeditions and applied to any set of circumstances
Leadership in a modern world beset by the challenges of climate change; what we can do to help, whether we are leaders of organisations or individuals wanting to contribute independently


Tim Jarvis held a full house audience of 170 adults and children spellbound with a riveting account of his polar expeditions, how the lessons learned from these experiences can be applied to everyday life, and his work as an environmental scientist with the consulting engineering firm Arup … Tim’s talk was eye-opening, fascinating and inspiring for everyone in the room.

Royal Geographical Society

Tim Jarvis was the guest speaker at the Anniversary Dinner. Tim’s inspirational tales of his polar expeditions had the audience mesmerised – there were 240 guests and you could have heard a pin drop.

RANZCO Eye Foundation

Tim was the perfect opening speaker to our workshop. He inspired our group with his personal Polar projects and experiences, showing them that big ideas can be made into reality. His key message stayed with the participants throughout the workshop, enabling them to channel the “thinking is good, doing is better” philosophy into innovative thinking in sustainability.

WWF Australia

There are not many people who can speak on leadership in challenging times, as Tim can. It was refreshing to have someone speak on this topic that is outside of the public sector and non-political.. Tim Jarvis is not only a proven inspirational leader of our day who has an interesting mix of academia and adventurous spirit, he is a wonderful, caring, and engaging individual who although has walked on roads less travelled, has achieved the unachievable and consults with authoritative bodies, it is obvious he has not lost the ‘common touch’.

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