Justin Packshaw is presently the Managing Director and co-founder of the award winning fashion label, "De Roemer". When he is not actively working on the label, Justin is a highly sought-after international speaker, giving talks world-wide to corporations, schools and other organisations. He is also part of Hewlett-Packard's worldwide "Influencer Advisory Board", he's a "thought leader" for Paypal's "People Economy" campaign as well as being an Ambassador for both "The Duke of Edinburgh Awards" and the UK Governments "Great Campaign".
Packshaw's background is an ode to his attention to detail, having been an Officer in the British Army throughout the Gulf War of 1990. He was trained as a Jungle Warfare Instructor; he was a member of the Royal Armoured Corp Skydiving Team; Equerry to HRH The Duchess of Kent and sailed for Britain. He is currently a reserve officer and he still trains with the British Army.
Shortly after finishing his full-time military career, Justin took a Master's Degree in Business at Edinburgh University. He then moved to New York, where he worked for Wand & Partners, a subsidiary of SG Warburg, before setting up his own business.
Justin's determination, go-getter attitude and optimism has seen him achieve some incredible feats such as; winning the Bollinger Award for outstanding crewman during the 1989/90 Whitbread Round-the-World yacht race; riding across Mongolia on horseback in search of the Tsaatan Reindeer Tribes; leading an expedition across East Africa on motorbikes; taking part and winning, a 450 mile man-hauling race to the Magnetic North Pole; helping guide the youngest British girl to ski to the Geographic North Pole as well as summiting Mount Everest along the North East ridge and co-leading an expedition taking three wounded soldiers from the British Army to the South Pole. His most recent expedition took him across the coast of Nigeria from Cameroon to Benin Republic on a jetski.
Justin is a strong advocate for raising awareness and money for important causes, from empowering people to reach their potential to looking after and protecting our environment. All his expeditions' raise money for Charity; expeditions that he has been involved in have raised over £3.5m to date. He is very involved with raising awareness for injured Service personnel and is a strong believer in educating our youth in the benefits of the outdoors and encouraging them to the virtues of pushing oneself, following ones dreams, striving to be ones best and the benefits of teamwork.
Justin was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list 2015 for services to expeditions, youth development and charity.