As a holder of the Mountaineering Instructor’s Certificate and as a British Canoeing Level Five Coach since 1983, my Technical Expertise within these areas always has been, and continues to be, in great demand, not only as a Technical Advisor, but also in legal representation.
Through my knowledge in design and construction and for over six years during the early 90’s, I was a member of the BSI technical committee producing the technical standard document “Safety Standards in Canoe Design and Construction”.
Following the tragic events in Lyme Bay In March 1993, I was asked to be one of the expert witnesses for British Canoeing, advising the Dorset coroner. More recently, again representing British Canoeing, I was in court with regard to the very sad drowning of a young girl on the River Wye. I continue to represent and advise legal teams in a variety of areas.
From 1996 to 2004 I was Student Activities Safety Officer at Sheffield University then moving to Oxford University as the Area Safety Officer for Sport. In this role, I was responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring safety systems, as well as providing specific training packages to HE students who were involved in all aspects of sport and/or activities.
During this time I obtained the National Certificate in Occupational Safety & Health, as well as numerous other H&S related qualifications.
In 1997 I was instrumental in setting up the group, Student Activities Safety Association (S.A.S.A.). This body become the national voice for safe student activities, and provided support to staff involved in this area. I also negotiated significant funding through Endsleigh Insurance Brokers which then supported a number of student specific training opportunities including the Student Safety Seminars which are held at Plas-y-Brenin each year, winter skills courses and Alpine kayaking.
During this period of involvement within Higher Education, I represented student interests on the Training and Advisory Group for the British Mountaineering Council.
I continue to audit, represent and advise many prestigious HE institutions, including St Andrews in Scotland, Queens University in N Ireland, and Royal Holloway in the South of England.
Since 2006 I have been a freelance inspector for the Adventure Activities Licencing Service, and I am the Senior British Canoeing Centre Approval Officer. I also undertake Learning Outside the Classroom/Adventuremark audits for Adventure Activity Associates and British Canoeing.
I currently sit on both the Sea and the Safety Technical Interest Groups for BC, also representing them on the National Water Safety Forum, and in liaison with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
If you think your club or association would benefit from an inspection or advice then contact me for an informal chat and a quote.