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2019 Speaker list below by way of example. 
2021 SPEAKERS WILL BE ADDED at the start of september 


Senior Lecturer, Institute of Coaching and Performance, University of Central Lancashire.

Session subject: Critical Incident Decision Making and Risk Behaviours; Judgement and Decision Making In Hyper - Dynamic Environments.

Loel’s earlier career was as an outdoor instructor, adventure sports coach, First Aid trainer and Rescue skills instructor. He holds a wide range of high-level UK governing body coaching and guiding qualifications, notably in canoeing/kayaking, free-heel skiing, mountaineering, rescue and emergency care, swift-water and mountain rescue, in all of which he retains a strong professional and recreational interest. He has taught in outdoor education and the National Centres in the UK for over thirty years. He is the author of books, chapters, peer reviewed papers, reviews papers and articles relating to his fields of interest. He also teaches the practical content on outdoor education, leadership and coaching degrees to under and postgraduate students for the university.

He has explored throughout the world and has pioneered remote rivers by kayak and canoe on four continents. His expeditions include journeys in Nepal, Iran, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Peru, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe and Zambia. He has kayaked extensively throughout Europe and the United States of America. He has competed at international standard in both canoe and kayak and coached members of British team in two world championships.



  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2012). 

  • University of Central Lancashire

  • Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance (2014), 

  • University of Central Lancashire

  • British Canoe Union Coach (Level 5), Inland Kayak (1989)

  • British Canoe Union Coach (Level 5), Open Canoe (1992)

  • British Canoe Union Coach (Level 5), Surf (1995)

  • British Canoe Union Coach (Level 5), Sea (2011)

  • Mountaineering Instructors Award (1993)

  • Swift-water Rescue Technician Advanced Instructor (1996)

  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, (1996-2002)

  • Wilderness First Responder (2019)

Dr Loel Collins


Mrs Shane Winser

Mrs. shane winser.

Session subject: Standards and guidelines - UK and International.

Mrs Shane Winser heads Geography Outdoors: the Royal Geographical Society’s centre supporting field research, exploration and outdoor learning which provides advice, information and training to some 1,500 plus scientific, educational, and adventurous expeditions each year. A zoology graduate with a postgraduate diploma in Information Science, she assisted in the planning and organisation of the RGS’s own research programmes to the tropical forests of Sarawak and Brunei, the mountains of the Karakoram, and the drylands of western Australia, Kenya and Oman. She chairs the BSI technical panel for British Standard BS 8848: 2014 the specification which benchmarks good practice for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom. Shane has also written and edited many books and articles on various aspects of expedition planning, and the history of exploration, and is Editor of the Expedition Handbook (Profile Books, 2004) and one of the editors of the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (OUP, 2015). Awards include the Royal Geographical Society’s Mrs Patrick Ness Award and the Mungo Park Award of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Carlo fortE

Chief instructor, Plas Y Brenin 

Provisional session subject: Embedding a safety culture within an organisation.

Carlo Forte


Leadership Consultant, outdoor practitioner and expedition leader.

Session subject: Leadership - Safety First - How to be an effective Leader. Real Stories from fieldworkers, teachers and leaders.

Bio: Samantha is a leadership consultant and has been an active outdoor practitioner and expedition leader for 18 years. She specialises in research-based leadership and personal development training, particularly in the outdoor context. Her research interests include a quantitative examination of the impact of leadership; the application of transformational leadership; and the effects of outdoor learning on outcomes such as self-esteem, leadership and teamwork. Samantha lives in Snowdonia, loves travel and adventures, and talking about leadership.


Barrister At Law, Assistant Coroner.


Session subject: When the worst happens, what to expect at a Coroner's inquest.

Bio: Peter Sigee is a Barrister and Assistant Coroner.


In his earlier life, Peter was a passionate outdoorsman and keen climber. A highly regarded Advocate who has worked with C:ORE Risk team members over more than a decade, delivering remote area-specific legal and risk management, including inquest and mock trial training to a wide range of clients from a legal perspective.


Peter has also represented some of the best-known names in the outdoor, adventure travel and expeditions sectors at inquests and Trial. He is also an experienced Expert Witness and Courtroom skills trainer.

Dr Samantha Mcelligott
Peter Siege

joe pearson

Crisis Management, Emergency Planning and Resilience expert (including designing, testing and validating exercises).


Session subjects: Writing and testing Emergency Plans.

Bio: With an experience of the systems of some of the largest remote area operations organisations, both civilian and military, we are delighted to announce Joe Pearson as a speaker.


Joe has delivered training to some of the C:ORE Risk team and his experience and excellence as a trainer was extremely evident.


Joe served with the Military and travelled the world on Operations. He is currently responsible for delivering collective resilience/crisis management training throughout the UK.  Since 2004, he has been responsible for developing, implementing and delivering a vast range of disaster focused events to many organisations.  He has also supported many organisations in the preparation and validation of Emergency Plans.


His experience has been gained from physically writing, delivering and evaluating exercises and operations in preparation for events such as; the London Olympics, G8 Summits, NATO Summit and Commonwealth Games to name a few. He also provides subject matter expertise in the running of Operations Rooms and this experience was utilised in 2012 when he acted as an independent advisor to the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to observe and identify lessons to be implemented during the transition between the Games and Paralympics.


Joe has written exercises that he has delivered throughout the UK and overseas using scenarios that are underpinned by the National Risk Assessment (NRA).  Internationally, he has delivered training and exercises to personnel from a variety of sectors from 5 of the world’s continents where he has gained considerable experience in international risks and hazards and national operating procedures used during crises or disasters. Additionally, he designed an Emergency Control Room for a Middle East National company and recently he also worked with a Middle East National Airline carrier for 2 weeks delivering a robust and demanding training and exercising programme.  Closer to home he carried out a training needs analysis for The Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBR).


Joe prides himself on being a ‘practitioner’ in the field of Emergency Planning and Resilience as he delivers training based on the fact he has ‘hands-on’ experience which is balanced with his qualifications:



  • MSc in Emergency Planning Management,

  • Police CBRN Gold Commander Qualified,

  • Police Incident Officer Trained,

  • Qualified in Business Continuity,

  • Qualified Police Multi-Agency Advisor,

  • D32, Levels 3 and 4 Qualifications in Assessing and Assuring the Quality of Assessment,

  • Full Member of The Emergency Planning Society,

  • Security Cleared to SC Level

Louise melville

Toronto based teacher, RGS Off-Site safety Management Instructor, Undertaking PhD in Risk Management. Heavily involved in writing Canadian safety standards for visits and fieldwork.


Session subject: Standards and guidelines - UK and international. Real stories from fieldworkers, teachers and leaders.     

Bio: Originally from the UK, Louise has been a teacher for 26 years and is currently teaching Geography at St. Clement’s School (SCS), in Toronto, Canada. She is also the SCS Coordinator of Experiential Education and has responsibility for the School’s risk management policies. In addition to her degree and PGCE in geography, Louise has an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management, and is a PhD candidate at UCLAN, with a focus on the epistemology and utilization of risk in global cultural exchanges. She is a Fellow of the RGS and the co-author of “A World of Opportunity: Going Places with Geography” published by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Louise is an official trainer of the RGS Off-site Safety Management course, is the sole provider in Canada and North America and has been delivering the course for the past ten years.


Louise is the founder of Melville Risk Consulting, and a founder and member of the executive committee of the Experiential Educators Network, organizing the annual conference for experiential educators in the Ontario independent school sector. She was lead researcher and writer for the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools ‘Standard for Off-site Excursions’ which was distributed Canada-wide. Her field experience covers 5 continents and over 35 countries, she has participated in many, many international expeditions with students and staff.

Joe Pearson
Louise Melville


Session subjects: Incidents on an expedition, outdoors, travel and fieldwork: what the statistics say.


Pre-travel screening and when do you evacuate.


Bio: Hannah is a Doctor with a background in Emergency Medicine and anaesthesia - and is now a GP in Scotland. Hannah regularly provides medical cover for endurance events and expeditions around the UK and the world.

Hannah is a Faculty Member for Remote Area Risk International where she teaches Advanced Wilderness Life Support (for those medically qualified) and Wilderness First Responder (for non-medics) courses.


Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and working towards both a Masters in Global Health and Infectious Disease and a Diploma in Remote and Offshore Medicine.


Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.


PADI Master Scuba Diver qualification and studying for the PADI Divemaster qualification.

Dr Hannah Evans

Gary Laird

Safety and Duty of Care Consultant, Remote Area Risk International.

Session subject: Lessons learned in 15 years as an Outdoor Education Advisor.

Bio: Gary is a safety specialist with particular expertise in the Education sector, Outdoor Safety,  Travel risk, and Duty of Care fields. Gary spent 35 years in the fire service, with experience of operational command at all levels as well as operating as a fire safety officer and fire investigation officer. During his fire service career, he undertook a law degree as a result of the Bradford Fire Disaster. Gary undertook a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and moved to the education sector where he operated for15 years as an Outdoor Education Adviser at a Local Authority, until his recent retirement, with a brief for health and safety, fire safety and all outdoor education for students going on placements or trips overseas. 


Certified Educational Visits Coordinator instructor, Gary is also a certified Duty of Care Practitioner with a particular interest in Duty of Care for organisations deploying staff overseas. He has delivered training in this regard in the UK and overseas.

Gary is a member of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers, a registered trainer for IOSH and CIEH and a member of the Institute for Leadership and Management.

Gary Laird

phil keating

Offshore Medic and Offshore/Remote Area Medical Rescue and Rope Rescue team leader with experience in remote, austere, extreme and hostile environments, Remote Area Risk International.


Session subjects: Stretcher Workshop, Penthrox Competent Administrator course.

Bio: Off-Shore Medic and Dive Medic, Phil Keating is a highly regarded as a remote area safety operator by everyone who has worked with him or been trained by him.


Phil has worked as a hyperbaric medical technician at the Northwest Emergency Recompression Unit treating sick divers and other elective patients. During his time at the unit, Phil also taught on DMT and ALS courses. He has taught and assessed authorised firearms officers in Merseyside and North Wales on a bespoke military version of the PHTLS course. Phil part wrote the IEC course and syllabus and has delivered the course to over 15 of the countries fire and rescue services, including Manchester, Heathrow, and Gatwick Airport Fire Services.


Senior Marine Engineer / Diver Medic on various marine civil engineering projects throughout the UK. Phil has attended many incidents throughout Europe as part of a medical rescue team, including earthquakes in Greece / Macedonia and the Indonesian Tsunami. He has trained earthquake rescue teams in Greece on crush injury and rescue protocols. 


Phil then took up the role of Project Manager / Dive Engineer for a commercial diving Company, heading up the offshore emergency response team. He has also worked as team leader of the offshore emergency response team for the largest renewable energy project in Europe off the Welsh coast, responsible for all rope, confined space and swift-water rescues including medical intervention and evacuation.

For over eight years, Phil has responded for the local Ambulance Service to emergencies on a voluntary basis and was awarded a Marine medal for gallantry from the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society for a rescue of a casualty from a submerged car. Other recipients of this rarely awarded prestigious medal are the Captain of the Carpathia, the vessel that went to the aid of the Titanic.

Phil is a qualified rope rescue operator and supervisor and also teaches these courses, along with the full suite of GWO courses required for offshore wind projects, including sea survival, safe work at height and rescue. He is also an approved instructor for delivering City and Guilds confined space courses.


Phil is Trauma Lead for the UK Rescue Organisation, delivers medical training for a number of emergency and rescue services and has operated as medical and rope rescue lead for a Search and Rescue team.

Phil Keating


Safety Consultant

Session subject: involvement in multiple panels and workshops.


Bio: Liz has spent the last 24 years working in the youth development expedition industry, planning and running trips all over the world involving adventure activities, community service projects, leadership development for young people and charity challenge expeditions for adults. 


Liz started as expedition artist for four years with Raleigh International in Uganda, Zimbabwe, Belize and Chile, going on to train as an outdoor instructor (she is a qualified Mountain Leader) and wilderness first responder. She has to lead a multitude of trips all over the world for UK-based expedition companies (Ghana, Malaysia, Peru, South Africa, Nepal, India, Mongolia, China, Thailand, Namibia), living and working in a variety of environments from mountain to jungle to desert. Liz has worked for many years as an Expedition Manager, involved in developing new trips and responsible for risk management, policy writing, training, leader selection, incident management and selection of overseas providers. Liz has a passion for making travel risk management simple, effective and even enjoyable and particularly enjoys engaging with schools, students, parents and leaders to embed risk management principles in such a way as to make it second nature, and not a burden. Having worked for eight years with the globally based schools of Round Square, Liz is extremely experienced at engaging with a diversity of cultures, adapting her approach to provide an inclusive and reassuring risk management process to all service programmes and expeditions.


Liz has developed and runs training workshops for teachers from schools all over the world, with a particular focus on risk and incident management procedures. Liz is a BS8848 compliance auditor, ISO9001 Lead Auditor and a qualified Off-Site Safety Management Trainer. She works as a Risk Management Advisor for an international fieldwork conservation organisation as well as working delivering safety training for  UK university clients; as an events manager; speaker and workshop presenter at international school conferences on trip safety and providing consultancy to schools and organisations globally. 

Liz Gray

Matthew davies frgs.

Remote Area, Travel Risk Management and Duty of Care Specialist, Consultant and Legal Counsel. Director at Remote Area Risk International.

Session subject: . Involvement in multiple panels and workshops.

Bio: Director of a specialist, full service Remote Area Risk, medical and Travel Risk Management training company, Matthew is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Duty of Care specialist and Legal Counsel specialising in the travel and remote area field. He sits on a number of safety standard drafting panels - including BS:8848 (see below) and ISO 31030 the international standard for Travel Risk Management for work-related travel). Matt has worked as a consultant to blue-chip/government organisations assisting them to incept or audit their Travel Risk Management systems - providing specialist training to their Travel Risk Managers.


Whilst in Private practice as a lawyer (Partner in a £100,000,000 turnover international law firm) he was rated as a 'Leader in the Field' in his chosen area or travel and duty of care law , by the relevant industry guides. He has been involved in safety training for those travelling overseas for over 25 years, including delivering training both in the UK and overseas – as far away as Canada and China. He has trained adventure travellers, exploration geologists, NGO's, Universities, teachers and field workers in subjects including travel safety, personal safety, risk management, travel risk management, remote area first aid, medical and survival related subjects.

Matthew was one of the authors of BS:8848, the British Standard for safety on overseas activities, visits, expeditions and fieldwork and has been involved in the standard from the outset.


An instructor for the Royal Geographical Society’s Off-Site Safety Management course since 2005, he holds various instructor qualifications including water safety, first aid, risk management, Safeguarding and Lost Person Behaviour amongst others. He has travelled widely, led expeditions to desert and arctic environments, has attended Travel Health and Expedition Medicine training at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (and has subsequently lectured on the course for many years), has worked as training officer for a Search and Rescue team, has been Swiftwater rescue trained and has trained in and taught wilderness first aid for many years. Search Technician, Search Manager and Search Operations qualified.

A specialist in travel related security and travel risk management and certified Duty of Care Practitioner holding specialist IOSH qualifications, he also holds GCHQ certifications in cyber and mobile device security. Security and Risk Management Consultant trained and certified at the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning Office in York.

Matt is an IOSH  certified Duty of Care Practitioner for organisations sending staff overseas:​

  • Travel safety, health and security for the mobile worker: Travel risks; travel-related risk assessment; and traveller’s briefing.

  • Travel safety, health and security for the mobile worker: Building an organisation’s travel directives, incident management.


Matthew has also been trained in desktop exercise design and testing/validation at the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning Office.


Matthew spent nearly 20 years as a lawyer in private practice, where he successfully defended remote area operators, adventure travel companies and educators in leading international "Duty of Care" cases. He was the lead Partner at an international law firm heading up the outdoor activity, adventure travel and expedition sectors team, acting for those who suffered disasters in remote areas. Matthew acted for many of the leading remote area operators and expedition companies, as well as advising and consulting for exploration companies internationally. He has significant experience in dealing with disasters, from training clients, responding as part of a crisis response team, dealing with the media in the aftermath of incidents, advising clients and handling cases through high profile remote area related coroners inquests to the litigation that ensues. Matthew was recognised by peers, clients and legal directories as a leader in his field.


He has delivered training for many of the Travel sector and outdoor governing bodies from MLTA, BMC, ABTA to name a few. He has also lectured to the mineral exploration sector and had articles published in outdoor, exploration and travel risk management sector publications. Matthew also has many years training clients in legal procedure and courtroom skills.


Matthew has completed and is a very long standing instructor for the Royal Geographical Society Off Site Safety Management qualification.


Matt established Remote Area Risk International - an organisation dedicated to 'Education, Implementation and Support for Remote Area Safety and Duty of Care Practices Globally.' Their clients include NGO's, higher education establishments, outdoor activity companies, exploration sector,  schools, blue chip companies sending staff around the globe, elements of the military, charities and Search and Rescue organisations.

toni murch

Instructor for Celox Academy 

Session subject: Certificated 2-hour bleeding control courses including the use of tourniquets and haemostatic agents (CELOX). 

Matt Davies
Toni Murch


Independent, Longstanding Safety Consultant to the travel industry.


Session subject: Accommodation safety


Bio: Terry Auld is an Independent consultant to the travel industry on matters involving Health and Safety.

Following his retirement, as a senior officer with Suffolk Fire Service in 1998, he set up his own Fire and Safety Consultancy.

He became an associate with Ron Wheal Associates and worked in assessing accommodation for UK tour operators and became Operators Director of Ron Wheal Associates in 1999.

Terry worked with the Federation of Tour Operators to draft their Health and Safety Preferred Codes of Practice (now renamed as the ABTA Tourism Accommodation Health and Safety Technical Guide) and is still a member of the Review Panel of the Guide.

In 2003 Terry worked with School Travel Operators in the formation of the School Travel Forum (STF), preparing technical guidance and establishing audit protocols for accommodation used by school groups travelling overseas. Internal audit protocols for STF member companies were also developed by him. He was also part of a team which established the Learning Outside the Classroom process for the forum.

Terry joined Argent Health and Safety as Development Director and continued to work alongside ABTA, FTO, IAGTO BETA and the STF. Terry is a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and attended the EU Committee for experts in fire safety.

Following ‘retirement’ in 2013, he continues to act as a consultant advising on tour operators on H&S issues whilst also doing some training, mentoring and monitoring of auditors.

Terry is currently retained by Preverisk a leading provider of safety-related services as an advisor to the board and consultant.

Terry Auld

dr. Nathan Smith

One key aspect of Off Site Visits, Expeditions and Fieldwork is the Psychological aspects.


Session subject: Health and well-being in remote environments: considerations in the pre, during and post return phases.


Bio: Nathan is a Research Associate in Psychology, Security and Trust at the University of Manchester. In this role, he conducts theoretical and applied research on topics related to individual differences and selection, performance and health monitoring, and post-return adjustment and reintegration from extreme settings. He has worked with many different extreme environment populations and collaborated with colleagues at the European Space Agency and NASA, World Extreme Medicine and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). 


He previously worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Nathan helped establish the psychological module on the Extreme Medicine MSc programme at the University of Exeter and co-designed the programme for the World Extreme Medicine WEMSKI course in Livigno, Italy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Associate of the Alpine Club and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Exeter’s Medical School.

Dr Nathan Smith


Is a Major Incident Manager and Senior Program Manager at Earthwatch In the U.S

Session subject: Real stories from fieldworkers, teachers and leaders.


Bio: Caroline manages international research expeditions, project logistics, risk management, emergency response, and maintains the operational no-go list. She is on the International Incident Management team and helps Earthwatch manage its most critical incidents as a Major Incident Manager. She has been certified in Wilderness First Aid for the past 10 years. Caroline has an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College. She is a former expedition leader, teacher, and counsellor in Peru, Ecuador, and Costa Rica.

Caroline Dunn

Cliff Nelson

One of two speakers on water safety (the other being Spike Green from Plas Y Brenin). None other than Cliff Nelson

Session subject: Water Safety.


Bio: Cliff worked as Head of Water Safety for the Royal Life Saving Society UK for over 10 years, writing the National Water Safety Management Programme, a programme designed for those working near water - including fieldwork, outdoor instructors and expedition leaders 


Cliff Nelson is the Managing Director of Atlantic Crest which specialise in high-end occupational water safety consultancy and training.  Atlantic Crest support organisations and employers to meet their statutory water safety obligations, through bespoke consultancy and training packages.  Current key clients include the Health and Safety Executive, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (NI), EDF Energy, Welsh Water and The Wave (Bristol).


Cliff has an academic background, holding a Ph.D. in coastal research and is currently working with the RNLI on a new beach risk management model.  Prior to setting up Atlantic Crest, Cliff worked as Head of Water Safety for the RLSS UK for over 10 years, writing the National Water Safety Management Programme, and project managing development of the National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification and being on the development team for the Open Water Lifeguard Programme.  In addition, he held the position of Vice-Chair for both the National Beach Advisory Group and International Life Saving Federation Europe Rescue Commission.


We are delighted that Katie Beck, International Medical Lead at Raleigh International, will be speaking at the Conference on the Subject of Safeguarding - with an expedition/ fieldwork/ outdoor context in keeping with the Conference theme.

Cliff Nelson


Swift-water Rescue and Flood Rescue Instructor at Plas Y Brenin. Spike will be delivering water safety lectures alongside Cliff Nelson, as well as practical workshops.

Session subject: Water Safety.



  • Mountaineering Instructor Certificate 

  • British Canoeing Level 5 Inland Kayak

  • Rescue 3 Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician - Instructor & Teacher


Highlights: Making the first descent of a river in a super remote area of the eastern Peruvian jungle. After a day or so (of a 12-day trip), I said to the head of the National Park in which we were travelling (who was also with us) that I felt it be a real privilege to be the first Westerner to have ever visited this area of the jungle. She said, “No you misunderstand, WE are the first humans to have EVER been to this area!”


The local tribes have a detailed oral tradition which records where they have been. None of them had any collective memory of visiting the area we were in. Our footprints were the first, the wildlife had never seen humans before. That was a truly remarkable experience.

Spike Green

Charlotte Copeland 


Session subject: Psychological Trauma Support.


Bio: Charlotte is the managing director of SafeHaven CISM, who provide a global crisis and disaster mental health care training and response service, and SafeHaven Trauma Centre, a specialist treatment centre for psychological trauma based in Greater Manchester. Charlotte is a psychotherapist who has specialised in psychological trauma and psycho-physiological health throughout her career. Her research includes psychotherapy for haemato-oncology patients at Manchester Royal Infirmary, the poster presentation for this won an award at the 2015 British Haematology Medical Conference; and emo-somatic therapy (psychotherapy with craniosacral therapy) for Military Veterans with PTSD, which was a world-first for research in this area, undertaken as part of her MSc and taken to the ISTSS 2017 International Trauma Conference.


Charlotte has provided crisis mental health care to both individuals and organisations in the aftermath of a wide range of incidents, from serious accidents to suicide to terrorism, such as the Manchester Bombing. Her experience includes working with a wide spectrum of sectors including K&R/Crisis Management specialists, OEM Manufacturing, TV & Media Production, Retail, UK Government, NGO’s and the emergency services. Her work also includes developing crisis mental health care policies and protocols, providing training and support to personnel and developing workplace peer-support networks.

Charlotte Copeland


from Remote Area Risk International.


Session subject:  It Will never happen to me; Kidnap Awareness and Survival.


Bio: A former army officer with 34 years service in both the British and Norwegian military; B.C.  is an internationally recognised subject matter expert and training provider in the field of 'Hostage avoidance, survival and reintegration’. He has worked with Specialist military units, Government organisations, Media, Oil and Gas as well as Shipping companies to name but a few.


His experience & training methods are seen as best practice and provide individuals and organisations with the skills and mind-set required to increase their chances of surviving any detention situation.


Blue remains committed to ensuring that his training will offer individuals an increased chance of survival and a safe return should they be unfortunate enough to experience a hostage situation. The training also benefits any organisation with the confidence they are providing the necessary ‘duty of care’ for any employee deploying worldwide. Blue also has significant expertise working with outdoor, adventure travel, expedition, reality TV and media sectors ( BBC). Blue was also a SERE (Survival, Escape, Resist, Evasion) instructor in the military, with experience of all environments.

Blue C

Lachlan Nisbet  

is a Partner at Brabners Solicitors. He heads the Regulatory, Health, Safety and Environmental team and handles cases concerning health and safety, public and administrative, criminal and disciplinary law, along with regulatory compliance, white-collar crime and trading standards matters.


Session subject: What to do when the Health and Safety Executive come calling - Corporate Manslaughter and more.


Bio: He acts for regulated professionals, sports personalities and other prominent individuals as well as private companies and public bodies.

Lachlan is acknowledged as the UK’s leading firearms and field sports lawyer advising individuals and a range of businesses and organisations in this area. He is the Legal Advisor to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

Lachlan served as the Solicitor to the Anthony Grainger Public Inquiry and was instructed in the Baha Mousa and Al-Sweady Public Inquiries. He continues to represent senior individuals designated as Core Participants to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Lachlan is a solicitor-advocate and is security cleared for government work. He also has extensive experience in prosecuting for public bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive, the Care Quality Commission and other private prosecutors.

He is classed as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ by The Legal 500 which describes Lachlan as an “excellent communicator” who “leaves no stone unturned, possesses a strong tactical awareness and prepares extensively for each case”.

Lachlan is described as "excellent" in Chambers & Partners and ranked in Band 1 for Crime and Band 3 for licensing.

Lachlan Nisbet

rich bell  

Consultant Paramedic and Safety Specialist;


Session subject: Road Traffic Collisions in remote areas - what you can do as a non-medic, with minimal kit. Scene safety and improvised extrication when faced with an RTC.


Rich Bell is a member of the elite instructional Faculty at Remote Area Risk International. He is also the founder and CEO of Extreme Medics- covering extreme events around the globe.

Bio: With a remarkable current and historical CV (a fraction of which is below), with highly relevant medical/vehicle-related expertise. Previously also a certified 4x4 driving instructor, he has worked with leading brands and been given access to their vehicles to (destructively) test them to aid vehicle extrication techniques in a remote area RTC.


  • MSc Advancing Clinical Practice

  • Diploma Health Emergency Planning

  • Diploma in Security and Risk Management

  • Diploma Remote & Offshore Medicine -Royal college of surgeons


Experienced in a wide variety of demanding operations around the world including work with the United Nations, Oil & Gas Production companies, Vehicle manufacturers, Security and Television, Theatres of employment have included, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Africa, Mongolia, Cambodia, Gaza strip, Ice of the Arctic Circle and the jungles of South America & Congo.


Rich has been involved in vehicle-based expeditions for the past 30 years.

He has been an Observer (Instructor) for the Institute of Advanced Motorists, both cars and

bikes and holds a First qualification. Rich Holds ROSPA Gold cars and bikes.

He has been a Lantra award 4x4 and ATV instructor holds qualifications in winching and recovery. He holds an Emergency services Class one driving qualification.


Rich has supported expeditions including the Landrover G4 Challenge, vehicle launches including the all-new range rover, delivered motorcycle expeditions for National Geographic and Honda.


Rich has delivered vehicle-mounted operations across the world including Iraq and Afghanistan using soft skin and armoured vehicles.


 • Providing specialist medical, rescue, safety & Security including close protection services to clients including Extreme & Adventure sports athletes across the globe.


• Managing a team of over 100 registered Health care professionals ranging from Paramedics to Doctors covering a number of challenging events in all corners of the world. 

• Often working in arduous conditions and difficult situations ensuring best clinical practice and customer-focused approach.

• Developing and maintaining a robust Management system.

• Ensuring a “can do “ attitude.

• Develop a clear Health and safety direction.


He has been able to cover hundreds of extreme and adventure sporting events across the globe including being trusted to provide safety support the some of the world’s most famous VVIP’s -  and witnessed many human endeavours that continue to inspire to this day.


Rich has been trusted to represent corporate clients on events such as vehicle launches in Morocco or Iceland, for example, being responsible for their medical & rescue Plans, major incident and critical incident planning.


An outdoor practical on day 1 - addressing what you can do - with minimal or no kit, for a (possibly entrapped) casualty after a remote area RTC - an important subject as RTC’s are the number 1 trauma related cause of deaths in overseas travel for UK citizens.

Rich Bell


Katie is a Medical Lead and Deputy for Safeguarding at Raleigh International.

Session subject: Safeguarding


Bio: Katie is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in Emergency and Intensive Care Nursing. She is also a qualified Mountain Leader and has significant experience of overseas expeditions and healthcare delivery in remote/austere environments. Katie now works as the Medical Lead at Raleigh International, overseeing the quality and safety of the medical cover provided to young volunteers in Nepal, Tanzania and Costa Rica. Katie has a Diploma of Tropical Nursing and is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer for Exeter University’s Extreme Medicine MSc. She retains her love youth expeditions and spends spare time organising and supervising Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions.


In the last few years, the focus of Katie’s work at Raleigh has been increasing on Safeguarding. Leading on safeguarding training, incident management and policy development at Raleigh, she has been well placed to be part of the beginning of a generation change within the development sector. Increasing it is being recognised that safeguarding, and the rights and voices of victims, should be put at the centre of everything development organisations do. Raleigh is uniquely placed, being both a highly regarded expedition provider and an impactful sustainable development charity. Katie is keen to share safeguarding lessons learnt by Raleigh and the wider development sector in order to help expedition organisers recognise their responsibility, and be prepared and equipped to protect not just their participants, but all of the people their programmes come into contact with.

Katie Beck

Chris Bradshaw QGM 

SAR Winchman Paramedic/technical crew instructor and base clinical lead at HM Coastguard Caernarfon SAR base. 

Session subject: Working Safely with Helicopters.


Bio: Royal Marine Commando 1993-1998, signaller at 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron, MAOT and Comms troop in what is now known as 30 Commando. Operational tour of Bosnia 1996. Left the Corps in April 1998 and worked in IT for 2 years before joining the RAF in 2000 as Non commissioned aircrew Air Electronics Operator. Flew on Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft before transferring to rotary crewman branch in 2006. Operational tour of Iraq with the Nimrod in 2004. 


Posted to SAR Sea Kings in June 2007 and began operational SAR at RAF Lossiemouth in Nov 2007. Operational tor of Afghanistan as a medical emergency response team paramedic (MERT) on Herrick 14 in 2011. Stayed at Lossiemouth until October 2012. Awarded Queens Gallantry Medal (QGM) for a SAROp in July 2012, mid-air collision of 2 Tornado Fast Jet aircraft. 


Posted to RAF Boulmer in October 2012 as Winchman trainer and stayed there until transferred to civilian SAR at Caernarfon in April 2015 when SAR was privatised. Has almost 4000 hours flying time and 550 search and rescue operations undertaken. 


Interested in Crew resource management and human factors.

Chris Bradshaw


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Lesley Buckmaster
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