Tom is the managing director of all expeditions out of the UK and heads up our UK team. As a Google veterans business hero, Tom is known for innovative solutions in extreme environments. He has pioneered tourism into South Sudan, where he safely led a TV team including Hollywood’s very own George Clooney, into the Imatong Mountains. Tom also led ground-breaking expeditions into Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, leading the first ever mountain bike expedition through the high mountains. He has explored southern DRC and pioneered a route through Upemba National Park. He has led jungle trekking trips through Panama’s Darien Gap and Madagascar, mountain biking in Ethiopia and ski touring expeditions in Lebanon.
Tom has extensive experience in providing innovative and creative risk and location management solutions to TV and Film in remote and hostile environments for the BBC, Ch4, Discovery and Nat Geo. He has worked in locations as diverse as Afghanistan, Norway and Nicaragua. He spent six years as an Officer in the Parachute Regiment, working in Africa and the humid rain forests of Brunei. He is a qualified Jungle Warfare Instructor and commanded on operations in Afghanistan in 2008 and 2010, where he worked alongside Afghan security forces.
Tom’s qualifications include Security Risk Management (Level V), Mountain Leader, MTB Leader, Swift Water Rescue, Medicine in Remote Areas and Wilderness First Responder. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and is passionate about ski-touring, snowboarding, kite-surfing, mountain biking as well as travelling through the world’s wildest places. Tom has street cred for days.
Tom McShane is our expert for global logistics and operations. He is an award winning and published photographer, specialising in expedition travel photography. After serving in the British Army he was selected for Media Operations where he provided support and assistance to the British Army and Armed Forces. In this role, he led Combat Camera Teams on location in Iraq and Afghanistan providing a real-time media output to the international, national, local and internal press, including PR, media escorting and media training.
Tom has worked behind the scenes of major film and television projects with clients from Nat Geo and Ch4 to the BBC, and Discovery. He has worked on brand projects in the world’s wildest places with iconic brands including Sony, Mitsubishi, Jagermeister, Nespresso, Xbox and Giro.
Tom was the expedition and location manager of Levison Wood’s Walking the Nile TV series, produced by October Films for Channel 4 (UK, 2015). He also led the team in tandem with Tom Bodkin into South Sudan coffee territory to facilitate the expedition with George Clooney in tow.
He was awarded a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and his photos on location in Uzbekistan with National Geographic won the prestigious Wanderlust Travel Photographer of the Year 2013. In 2014, he was shortlisted as Travel Photographer of the Year. Tom has travelled to over 70 countries and is responsible for producing the first and coldest gig on an iceberg. Tom is the expedition elixir you've been looking for.
Lizabeth Meuse heads up the Soulcatcher Team in San Francisco focused on Trip Design & Brand Partnerships. Before sailing off seeking turquoise waters and foreign shores, Lizabeth was a commercial producer managing international creative teams. In the role of Executive Producer she managed million dollar budgets, editorial houses, production partners, and suppliers on shoots for major American brands including adidas, Pac Bell, Charles Schwab, Miller Genuine Draft, iHop, Mother’s Cookies, Wine.com, Xbox, MSNBC, and Partnership for Drug Free America.
Lizabeth brings extensive travel knowledge to Soulcatcher after working for sailing centers and two global adventure travel companies based in San Francisco. Creating branding and strategy for some of the best agencies in the world, she has a pulse on the alchemy of curating an expedition with safety, logistics, and creativity from the heart. Her experience as a producer channels through her carefully crafted trips that dive deep into purpose and meaning. Lizabeth has a keen eye for global goods and has facilitated economic initiatives with USAID farmers to package spices, coffee, chocolate, and skincare products via transparent production and sourcing practices. She has consulted on developing sustainable packaging and supply chains for products headed to the global marketplace, supports the fair trade process via products that elevate tradition, and aspires to preserve artisan design-led craft in local communities.
Lizabeth believes global goods aren’t just products, but also people, ideas, stories, and action. Born out of a medium format camera and a suitcase of photos from a war veteran, she was compelled to bring global stories to life via creative projects in collaboration with major European photo brands - landing her photo shoots on the pages of Snapixel Magazine and Lens Culture - New York Times. Her humanitarian photo projects have brought cameras to kids in Haiti, New York City, and Morocco. You can find her in and on the ocean with her two sons, obsessing about islands, or riding her horse Zoomm, in the hills of Northern California.