Hannah Prior is the Young Blake Expeditions Programme Director at the Sir Peter Blake Trust and is responsible for all the logistics for the Young Blake Expedition to the Southern Ocean and Sub-Antarctic. She also held this position in the inaugural Young Blake Expedition to the Kermadecs in 2012 and to the Auckland Islands in 2014.
Hannah has worked for the Sir Peter Blake Trust for 6 years and is responsible for a number of programmes including the Sir Peter Blake Youth EnviroLeaders' Forum, the Blake Ambassador Programme and Young Blake Expeditions.
In 2010, Hannah was instrumental in reawakening red socks around New Zealand by starting the first national Red Socks Day. Today, tens of thousands of New Zealanders put on their red socks for kiwi pride and remembrance of a great kiwi hero. As part of Red Socks Day in 2011, she lead to victory the Guinness World Record attempt for the longest clothesline of socks - over 33,000 pairs pegged up and taken down all in one day!!
Hannah has a passion for travel, adventure and exploration, and her adventures have taken her to all corners of the earth. Except Antarctica - but she's working on that! The Young Blake Expedition to the Southern Ocean and Sub-Antarctic will be her fourth trip to sea with the Royal New Zealand Navy, and earlier this year she was an Educator at Sea on board the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, a 64-meter research vessel operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust, in the Caribbean. In 2014, Hannah was awarded a Lead STEAM Communications Fellowship by the Ocean Exploration Trust.
Prior to the Trust, Hannah worked as a lawyer in Auckland, having attained Law and Arts (Political Studies, Geography and History) degrees from the University of Auckland.