Co-founder and Trainer
I've been teaching various outdoor sports almost 20 years now and have been extremely lucky with this career taking me all over the world; living and working in various places in Europe as well as Canada.
Since returning to Scotland full time in 2007, and becoming a first aid trainer, I have trained 1000's of candidates and helped several organisations with their emergency action plan protocols by running scenario days for their staff. I specialise in delivering specifically tailored Outdoor First Aid courses, and also training up new trainers to join us in the Co-operative.
I am the person at the other end of the telephone or email, helping you arrange your First Aid Course.
For the last decade I have been working as Operations Manager for a large international training company and I hope to bring some of that experience into the Co-operative. Prior to that I spent time living and working in the Italian Alps, a place I still spend a lot of time in.
When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, especially if a good meal is involved! I really enjoy cycling and skiing and being out in the fresh air, as well as flower arranging which I've done for several friend's weddings.
Co-founder and Trainer
I've worked in the outdoor industry for over 20 years, and started running first aid training courses with the Red Cross in 2001.
Since 2005 I've been an accredited ITC First Aid Provider delivering both HSE approved first aid courses and SQA accredited outdoor first aid training.
In 2012 I passed my Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician course and now run courses from Kenya to Kirkwall! As part of the Co-operative I run the company Outdoor First Aid Limited.
James is based just north of Manchester in the Rossendale Valley. He is a qualified Primary School Teacher and has experience working for the NHS, The British Red Cross, and was previously in the Royal Navy.
James has a passion for Paediatric First Aid and working directly with young people. He enjoys volunteering with the Scout Association and is a keen Roleplaying game enthusiast. James plays the clarinet, has 2 small dogs and also enjoys spending time with his daughter.
Rhona's career has included a range of work within the hospitality, retail and telecommunication industries. For the past 20 years she has also been a body worker in complementary therapies across Central Scotland and has worked with dancers, musicians, football and rugby teams as well as training new therapists.
2008 saw relocation to Aberdeen and a career move into Oil & Gas, working within Learning & Development as an Assessor, Verifier and Lead Auditor. Rhona currently uses these Competence Management skills onshore, offshore, overseas and within the UK via her company https://www.rbalimited.co.uk and this leads to a variety of travel, particularly in helicopters!
In her down time Rhona enjoys travelling with her partner Colin in their motorhome; learning to climb; getting to grips with an inflatable canoe, and chilling out with a good book.
Ann has been working in the Scottish countryside for almost 30 years and has an extensive knowledge of the world of rangering, volunteering and conservation sectors. She has particular skills in planning training events and conferences, event management, environmental education, agriculture and forestry operations.
Ann is returning to first aid training and is keen to deliver courses relevant to the varied sectors she has worked in.
Outside work, she keeps active doing surveys, playing percussion in a band or doing a variety of crafts, and so her lifestyle ranges from quiet pursuits to very very loud!
Aline is based near Edinburgh and has been facilitating creative outdoor learning, including Forest Schools for ten years, and helps to run the Forest Schools Training Co-operative.
Aline is our Forest Schools Specialist, delivering Forest School and Outdoor Woodland Learning First Aid courses as well as our 2 day Outdoor First Aid course and Emergency First Aid at Work courses.
Aline is a keen kayaker too, and mother of a young son who keeps her on her toes!
Chris has worked in the outdoor education/activity sector for 20 years now. Mainly leading hill walking groups, and multi activity sessions at outdoor education centres, so he has a firm grounding in the outdoors, across all age groups.
Originally from the south of England, but based in various parts of Scotland for the last two decades, Chris also has experience of the clothing manufacturing industry, HGV driving, and much more, and appreciates the ethical nature of a Co-operative business, having been a member of two others previously to joining the First Aid Training Co-operative.
On a day off, Chris loves to be in the remote parts of Scotland, the islands are a particular favourite. Failing that a good book in front of the wood burner is most acceptable!
Alan Dobie comes to first aid training after a career in conservation with Scottish Natural Heritage - supplemented by 30 years of outdoor activity, up and down hills and on water.
Alan was drawn to first aid training by its practical focus and core message "Saving lives is about doing simple things well", and he is inspired by the ability of good first aid training to make a real difference to communities. He mainly delivers first aid courses in the Highlands and is particularly interested in delivering first aid training to young people.
Sam Hillcox has been working in the outdoor industry for over twenty years. A trained science teacher and ecologist, Sam spends most of her time working in field studies, and has practiced outdoor first aid with groups in the UK, and overseas on expedition from the High Atlas Mountains to the jungles of Borneo. She is a skilled and enthusiastic teacher with plenty of hands-on experience dealing with first aid incident management.
This background places her ideally as our school's expedition and specialist and she'll be delivering courses for us across the world!
Steve Welsh is our pre-hospital care expert and works full time as a paramedic on the Scottish Ambulance Service's Special Operations Response Team, following a career in the Army. As well as first aid training, he is also a swift water & flood rescue trainer and is responsible for setting up this training for the emergency services nationally.
When he's not saving lives or training others to do so, he's a keen kayaker and skier, so is invariably to be found somewhere wet or cold!
Stef Lauer brings an extensive background in hospitality, tourism and the adventure travel industry to the Co-operative. She has lived and worked in six different countries over the years but now proudly calls Scotland her home. Her focus is currently on the delivery of First Aid at Work courses tailored to the tourism industry. Her base is in the Cairngorms National Park where she works part-time at Glenmore Lodge and runs her own consulting & training venture, Hands On Consulting. Check out her website: www.handsonconsulting.co.uk
In her spare time you are most likely to find her with her walking boots on out somewhere in the Scottish hills or ticking off yet another Stevenson lighthouse.
Ali Cameron was the first trainer to complete our Trainee Induction Programme. As well as delivering first aid courses for the First Aid Training Co-operative, he is the founder and senior instructor at Cameron’s school of Martial Arts teaching Kempo Ju Jitsu & Tang Soo Do, running classes across northern Scotland.
Ali also does freelance work as an outdoor pursuits/activity leader and in the past has worked in the manufacturing industry, forestry industry, and as a self employed wood cutter!
If not working, you'll find him hill walking or cycling most commonly.
Kevin Maule started snowboarding and rock climbing at the end of the 1990s, and after traveling and a career in environmental science, became an outdoor pursuits instructor and guide in 2006.
As well as teaching first aid with the First Aid Training Co-operative, Kevin runs Snowboard Aviemore and teaches snowboarding on and off piste plus winter walking skills. He can also be found teaching river canoeing and mountain biking, rafting and canyoning trips around Scotland in the summer.
The variety of places, people and challenges in the outdoors is what makes him tick.
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