CONFERENCE SESSIONS/SUBJECTs...and post conference opportunities


The C:0RE Risk Conference is designed to provide further (or continuous) education in core or central areas of risk for those undertaking fieldwork, outdoor activities, exploration trips, running school trips and expeditions. Further to this, we aim to support you post conference with a network of experts to assist you to comply with your Duty of Care. All these sectors have much in common and the conference is aimed at those areas of risk that they have in common. By exchanging ideas, good practice and experience, collectively, all of us will benefit. We hope there will be a number of significant announcements at the 2020 Conference relating to higher level training opportunities as well as national guidance and we intend for each day to be a huge opportunity for interactive discussion and debate.

2019 FEEDBACK: The 2019 conference was very well attended by leaders in their field from across the UK, mainland Europe, North America and Asia. The feedback was exceptional. Delegates confirmed that they would return, that they wanted the event to be longer and wanted pre and post course certificated short courses - they enjoyed it that much! A testimonials page from 2019 will appear very soon !



The conference is supported by leading Outdoor bodies as well as highly regarded educational establishments. Those who attended the 2019 Conference will be invited to submit suggestions for subjects and sessions for the 2020 conference and to get involved in working groups. 



​The three day conference is made up of a number of lectures, panel sessions and workshops that will run in parallel streams along with hot desks (manned by experts and speakers who can be approached for one-to-one in-depth discussion), opportunities networking and relaxed down time. In the two days before the conference and the two days after the conference, we will be running a number of optional certificated courses which are intended to include:

  • Royal Geographical Society Certified Off Site safety Management course.

  • Psychological First Aid

  • Water Safety

  • Writing and Testing Emergency Plans

  • Travel Risk Management

The programme is subject to change.


By way of example, the 2019 PDF programme is available below the 2019 video:












Please see the 2019 programme for an idea of what to expect for 2020 : link to download.

2020 programme coming soon ! We already have leading subject matter experts on Travel Risk management (including two member son the UK team contributing to the new Travel Risk Management standard ISO:31030), accommodation security, legal, risk management, remote area media safety, remote area psychology, remote area psychological trauma, school trip safety and more. 


In 2020 we are aiming to have core sessions for all delegates plus sector specific sessions and networking.


2019 peakers and subjects are listed below - see the speaker bios page for more detailed biographies.


Terry Auld

Accommodation Safety


Rich Bell,  Consultant Paramedic and Safety Advisor, Remote Area Risk International

Road Traffic Collisions – what you can do as a non-medic in a remote are setting when an RTC occurs.


Blue C, Remote Area Risk international

Kidnap avoidance and Hostage Survival 


Dr. Cliff Nelson, Atlantic Crest

Water Safety considerations and Solutions


Spike Green,  Plas Y Brenin

Water Safety considerations and Solutions (and water safety practical workshop)


Matthew Davies, Remote Area Risk International

What keeps you awake at night and what SHOULD keep you awake at night – what the statistics say.

Duty of Care, Obligations, protecting participants, your organisation and yourself – legal, moral, practical considerations and solutions.

Risk Management and Risk Assessments

Liz Gray, Liz Gray Travel and Risk Management Training and Consultancy.

Risk Management and Risk Assessments

Real Stories from Fieldworkers, teachers and leaders


Dr. Hannah Evans FRGS, FAWM – Remote Area Risk international

What keeps you awake at night and what SHOULD keep you awake at night – what the statistics say.

Health considerations for remote travel, visits and ventures – screening participants and common issue you might face.

Working at Altitude – including Portable Altitude Chamber Demonstration and workshop


Shane Winser – Head of Geography Outdoors (formerly the Expedition Advisory Centre), Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Standards and Guidelines – UK and International


Louise Melville – St. Clement’s School Canada, Teacher, trip leader and PhD student in Risk Management

Standards and Guidelines – UK and International

Real Stories from Fieldworkers, teachers and leaders


Kim Cassello – Risk Manager for the Earthwatch Foundation, USA.

Standards and Guidelines – UK and International


Dr. Katie Beck – Medical Co – Ordinator, Raleigh International

Safeguarding Considerations


Dr. Nathan Smith – Research Associate, Psychology, Security and Trust, University of Manchester.

Health and Wellbeing in remote environments: considerations in the pre, during and post return phases.


Dr. Samantha McElligott – Leadership Consultant, Outdoor practitioner and expedition leader.

Safety first – how to be an effective leader.

Real Stories from Fieldworkers, teachers and leaders


Joe Pearson, Risk Crisis and Disaster Management, Emergency Planning and Resilience expert, Remote Area Risk International

How to put together a suitable emergency plan and what to include; good practice

Testing emergency plans; The importance of testing your emergency plan and strategies for doing this effectively; good practice

Chris Bradshaw QGM (Queen’s Gallantry Medal), Search and Rescue Helicopter Technical Instructor, Crew, Paramedic and Winchman.

Working safely around helicopters


Carlo Forte, Chief Instructor, Plas Y Brenin

Embedding a Safety Culture in your organisation – a practical guide


Caroline Dunn, Incident Manager, Earthwatch Institute, USA

Real Stories from Fieldworkers, teachers and leaders


Lesley Buckmaster, School Expedition Manager, Appleby College, Canada

Real Stories from Fieldworkers, teachers and leaders


Dr. Loel Collins, Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire

Critical incident decision making and risk behaviours; Judgement and decision making in hyper dynamic environments


Peter Sigee, Barrister at Law and Assistant Coroner.

The Inquest – what happens; What to expect if you find yourself part of an inquest after an  incident.


Charlotte Copeland, Safehaven Trauma Centre

Psychological Trauma – pre and post incident considerations.


Lachlan Nisbett, Solicitor and Partner, Brabners Solicitors.

Corporate Manslaughter and what to expect in an HSE (Health and safety Executive) investigation/prosecution


Gary Laird, Risk Management Specialist and Duty of Care Consultant, Remote Area Risk International.

Lessons learned from 15 years as an Outdoor Education Adviser – near misses and more.


Toni Murch, Paramedic – Celox Academy

Catastrophic Haemorrhage Control workshop for non-medics


Phil Keating, Remote Area Medic, Offshore Medic, Rope Rescue expert, Remote Area Risk International

Stretcher Systems Demonstrations

Penthrox Competent Administrator course


James Boyd, TSG Associates Ltd

Stretcher systems – demonstration of the XTRACT SR, comprehensive, backpack friendly stretcher system.

Subjects we aim to cover via lectures, workshops, practicals - or one to one hot desk sessions with experts.

Operations and Planning:

- Embedding a Safety Culture within an Organisation

- Relevant Safety Standards and Guidance (including some international perspectives)

- Accommodation, Water, RTC issues 

- Emergency Planning

- Designing, running and evaluating desk top exercises

- Pre departure medical considerations

- Communications/tracking

- What incidents actually happen - what does the data say?

- Developing a Travel Risk Management program - where can you go for information?


- Duty of Care

- Protecting yourself and your business

- Safeguarding issues

First Aid and Medical: 

There will be sessions for regular delegates, expedition leaders as well as for Wilderness First Responders, some of which (*) are certificated CPD sessions:

- Pre Departure Medical Considerations/ Screening (including allergies and administering medications)

- Mental Health during travel

- Management of Catastrophic bleeding - Tourniquets and Haemostatic Agents* (delivered and certified by Celox Academy, 2 hour sessions)**

- Penthrox Competent Administrator* certification (certificated by ATACC/Galen, 2 hour session, delivered by Remote Area Risk International Medics)

​** - There are limited spaces on this session - provided on a first come, first served basis.

Leadership and Management: 

- Making difficult calls as a Leader

- Risk Management behaviours

- Decision making including critical decision making in the field

Incident response: 

- Psychological trauma response/support

- The role of the Police, FCO and Embassy

Post Incident: 

- Coroner's Inquests

- The role of insurers

- Reviewing and lessons learned - feeding back in to the "Plan, Do, Check, Act" cycle.

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