Alistair Cole FRGS MEPS TECH IOSH
Chief Executive Officer
Having served for a number of years with the Parachute Regiment and Medical Corps, Alistair specialised in working in remote areas overseas before returning to the UK and founding the Lifesigns Group. As a qualified Mountain Leader, Alistair has led over 38 overseas expeditions, holds numerous NEBOSH and CIEH safety qualifications, is an instructor in Off-Site Safety Management and is a qualified Trauma Medic. Alistair advised the BBC and ITN on overseas safety and is a member of the Emergency Planning Society and regularly advises travel organisations on strategy and safety. Alistair is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Vice Chairman of the Expedition Providers Association and is a guest lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management.
Ian Forbes FRGS
Ian served for over 25 years with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers before joining the Lifesigns Group. He is an experienced and highly qualified Mountain Leader, having led over 50 overseas expeditions to date and is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Ian is an overseas safety advisor to the BBC and has coordinated logistics and security on programmes such as SAS are you tough enough and Human planet. He is an Off-Site Safety Management instructor, RLSS National Water Safety Management Instructor, 4x4 instructor, qualified Wilderness Medical Technician and holds numerous safety and auditing qualifications.
Kerrieanne joined Adventure Lifesigns in 2006. She has travelled extensively, and spent her gap year travelling South East Asia, India and Nepal. More recently she has lived with the Massai in Tanzania and became an Open Water Diver in Vietnam. As a Mountain Leader Kerrieanne has led expeditions to Kenya, Borneo and India. Kerrieanne is a first aid at work instructor and has attended the off-site safety management course. She is also a qualfied Emergency Medical Technician qualification.
Mathew Davies FRGS
In-House Counsel & Business Development
Matt joined the Lifesigns Group from career as a Solicitor-Advocate in private practice specialising in defending Travel and Leisure clients. During this time he was the President of the European Young Bar Association and a Director of the Liverpool Law Society. As a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he has lectured to ABTA and RGS Members, Tour Operators, University Groups and mountaineering companies on issues from Crisis response, legal training, incident investigation, Disaster litigation and risk assessment. Matt was a member of the committee that created British Standard 8848 and is a long standing lecturer in Off Site Safety Management and remote area medical and first aid instructor. Matt Lectures on the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine THEM (Travel Health and Expedition Medicine) covering legal and risk related issues. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management.
Sherry has a love of the outdoor world and in particular scuba diving. Since qualifiying as a diver, she has dived throughout the Caribbean, Egypt & Maldives. She enjoys skiing, running and photography. Her background is in Export Sales/Marketing for Blue Chip companies and has recently spent 6 years in the education sector as the PA to a Headteacher. Sherry enjoys travel and learning new languages.
Ian served with the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Combat Medical Technician and Remote Area Medic before managing the Health & Safety for NGO’s operating in hostile environments overseas. He has a BA (Hons) in Adventure Education and is currently working towards his International Mountain Leader Award. He is a qualified First Aid and Sea Survival instructor and has previously worked for both a major ambulance service and the Maritime Coastguard Agency.
Dr Jackie Gibb
Having qualified as a Doctor and completed a variety of hospital jobs, including a four year stint in Accident and Emergency, Jackie decided that she preferred working in the outdoors. She has travelled or worked in over 50 different countries worldwide and regularly leads groups on overseas expeditions. She has successfully completed numerous high altitude treks and is a qualified diver.
After leaving Exeter University with a degree in Biological Sciences, Rowena went on to do a PGCE at Reading. She spent three years in the maintained sector and during this time took on the role of Duke of Edinburgh Award co-ordinator, widening its appeal to incorporate a much greater range of students. She went on to become a school co-ordinator, facilitating an expedition to Tanzania, before moving into the independent sector. Having worked on both sides of the education system she is aware of the unique pressures that now exist when organising any activity for young people.
Sherry has been in the accounting field all her working life and has gained vast experience in all aspects of the financial world. Updating her computing knowledge by doing an HND in Business Information Technology, which she passed with Distinctions. Sherry enjoys travelling, having backpacked around Europe before having her two children, she then travelled with her son and daughter through France and Portugal, finally settling in Spain for two years.
Medical Development Officer
Andy has been involved in pre-hospital care for over twenty years at various levels. After completed a professional diploma in pre-hospital care with Staffordshire University, he spent ten years with Dorset Fire and Rescue Service as their Trauma Care Trainer before becoming the Resuscitation Services Manager for the Dorset Primary Care Trust. Andy is an ALS instructor, and PHTLS, BTLS, PILS provider and extrication technician. Andy is also a bank commercial trainer and staff responder for SWAST, using the latter to maintain skills and knowledge.
Special Projects Coordinator
After an education culminating in a degree in Marine Biology and experience in outdoor education, Dave went into the world of expeditions. Over a decade later he has organised and guided over 30 expeditions resulting in over 53 months of experience in over 60 countries. These expeditions have included overland journeys along the lengths of Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and Central America. Dave is also a qualified EMT and first aid instructor. Recently, the combination of his guiding experience and first aid knowledge has entitled him to work within the mountains of the Sinai Desert of Egypt. There he lived for 18 months with the Bedouin, training them in mountain skills and first aid.
UK Operations Coordinator
Pauline has spent over two decades working in the Middle East and Africa for a variety of government and non-government aid organisations including the United Nations and British Embassy. She is an experienced administrator and currently heads up the administration team at the Lifesigns Group. Pauline has attended courses in Off-Site Safety Management and holds a City & Guilds teaching qualification.