Martin Bell is Cumbrian, born and bred in the County. After travelling extensively he now admits that if he was never to leave the county again he would die a happy man.
Martin enjoyed 19 years working for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) both in Cambridge and in Antarctica and has clocked up over 10 years living and working on the ice. A farmer’s son, Martin trained as an agricultural engineer in Cumbria, before finding his vocation working on the ice twenty years ago. During his interview, which happened to be by traverse manager Brian Newham, he said, “I want to work on vehicles in as hostile an environment possible” and the job was his!
Martin’s role at BAS changed considerably over the years, from vehicle mechanic to winter based commander at the Halley Research Station. Most recently he was deputy project manager on the Halley 6 rebuild project, looking after all things vehicle related until he decided to make a change in April 2012.
Since leaving BAS, Martin has been running his own motorcycle shop and workshop, MHB Motorcycles, in Cumbria. He has also had an official role with The Coldest Journey as their Chief Polar Planner, with responsibilities for logistics, specification, design and acting as general dogsbody!
Martin prides himself on Ranulph Fiennes claim that Martin is the only person to always answer his calls (whilst everyone else hides!).
Nowadays, Martin can be found with his faithful pup, Kenco, usually in and around MHB Motorcycles or out in the County visiting clients and friends alike.