The Committee



President – Will Hartz

Will Hartz- President

Hi! I’m Will, I’m a 4th year Chemist and have enjoyed climbing, mountaineering and ski touring from the Cairngorms to Pyrenees. Some of his most memorable time outside has been spent on the Hardangervidda and Mont Blanc massif. This summer I was very fortunate to be part of an Oxford University expedition to Svalbard that retraced the footsteps of a previous 1923 university expedition. I look forward to welcoming a variety of speakers to the OUEC this year and the RGS explore weekend.




Secretary – Marie-Laure Parsy Szikola

Hi Explorers! I’m Marie, your devoted secretary for OUEC! Based in Iceland and working towards my commercial pilot license, I have a lifelong passion for exploration and convey my love of adventure through the organization of independent trekking expeditions. From the fjords of eastern Greenland to the high mountains of Tajikistan, with equal detours across the Sahara , Polar Regions or the Himalayas, my walking boots never step far away from a camera and a notebook! A published travel writer and photographer, I will be on a regular commute from Reykjavik to catch you at the pub after our weekly talks :) In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions regarding the club, or simply when you fancy a chat!




Treasurer – Adrian White

Frances Hamblin - Treasurer

Hi! I am an 3rd year Earth Sciences at St Hugh’s. I have loved the natural world from a young age from walking in the countryside to driving to northern Norway to complete a 6-week fieldwork project last summer. I got involved in the club after being inspired by the talks and getting to meet like-minded people in the pub afterwards. I particularly enjoy hiking, photography and a bit of cycling. I always enjoy new challenges, taking up climbing for the first time with OUMC last year, it is never too late to start something new.




Expeditions Officer – Eloise Chambers

Hi – I’m Eloise the Expeditions Officer. I really love being in the mountains. Before I became an Earth Scientist I worked as a Mountain Leader, and a climbing and paddlesports instructor. I’ve been lucky enough to be part of, and to lead, expeditions in the Lake District, Scotland, the Himalaya, the Alps and northern Spain. I love exploring wild places and having adventures. It’s always brilliant to hear about other people’s adventures. The Explorers’ tales at our weekly talks really inspire me and I’m always looking for ideas for future adventures.





Webmaster – James Sandy

Gemma Quinn

Greetings explorers! I’m James, the webmaster for this year, so if anything is wrong on the website don’t fail to get in touch with me. Alongside website maintainer, I’m a third year Physics student and outdoors fan. Like Will, I have served on the OUMC (Oxford University Mountaineering Club) in the role of ‘Gear Sectary’, which involved storing 40 climbing shoes in my room and lugging them up to Brookes Climbing wall via Headington Hill every week; I’m much happier with a more indoor role now. This summer I spent 3 weeks cycle touring in France, and although it didn’t all go to plan (cycling injuries, lack of personal hygiene etc) I had a really fun time and looking forward to doing something similar next summer vacation.