Jock Wishart has an international reputation as a leading adventurer and sportsman. He is one of those rare people who relishes a challenge. In maritime and polar adventure, as well as in business, he has earned a reputation as someone who ‘makes the impossible, possible’.
If Jock has nothing else, it is a thirst for adventure. His wealth of experiences includes a clutch of notable achievements, with a few ‘firsts’ and some world records amongst them. Never one to be pigeon-holed as having one passion, Jock’s adventures range from the America’s Cup, to rowing the Atlantic and polar exploration in the northern and southern hemisphere. Most importantly, on every occasion, Jock has delivered many times the value and return to his sponsors.
His biggest year for challenges came in 1999 when, in a single year, he rowed the Atlantic before leading the Cable and Wireless Adventurer team on a record-breaking circumnavigation of the globe. He was declared one of Britain’s “People of the Year” for his efforts.
In polar exploration, Jock accompanied David Hempleman-Adams on an expedition which was able to record and certify the Magnetic North Pole at its 1996 position. He has returned to the Arctic many times since.
Arguably his greatest achievement is his 2011 Old Pulteney Row To The Pole in which he and 5 other oarsmen took a specially designed boat to the Magnetic North Pole in an epic voyage through the perilous ice floes and extreme weather of the Arctic.
Throughout his career, Jock Wishart has maintained his business interests. He has worked in sponsorship and public relations and was Head of PR for the first Rugby World Cup.
Today Jock continues to pursue adventures, balancing his Corinthian life advising and supporting entrepreneurs, taking his mantra ‘Make the impossible, possible’ into the world of commerce.
He lives in Kingston upon Thames with his wife Debbie. They have two children.