Meet our growing team and associate members.
Co-founder and Director
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.
Having spent over a decade in Scotland full time since 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’m now lucky enough to call the Alps home and continue to work behind the scenes, and with clients in the UK and Europe.
I am the person at the other end of the telephone or email, helping you arrange your First Aid Course.
I bring over a decade’s experience as Operations Manager for a large international training company 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 Director
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.
When not teaching first aid I run Gairloch Kayak Centre and Torridon Munro Guides.
Marianne provides invaluable office support and works closely with Lorna on course management and certification.
She is a qualified and experienced Maths teacher and also runs her own maths tutoring business, all whilst raising 4 children!
She is a keen runner and is generally happiest outside, as long as the sun is shining!
Peter joined us in 2017 as our Marketing Officer and helps grow the First Aid Training Cooperative and keep our website on top form.
He is an experienced developer and digital marketer and runs his own software development and marketing consultancy.
In his spare time, he enjoys learning Norwegian.
Training & IQA Manager
Steve Welsh is our pre-hospital care expert and as well as his responsibilities for the Co-operative, is a full time as a paramedic on the Scottish Ambulance Service’s Special Operations Response Team. 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!
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.
A trained science teacher and ecologist, Sam has plenty of hands-on experience dealing with outdoor first aid incident management in the UK, and overseas on remote expeditions from Namibia to the jungles of Borneo.
Sam is a skilled and enthusiastic teacher, and occasional rider, having spent her teens grooming for two Prix St George Hanoverian horses in a small yard, then later volunteering with Riding for the Disabled.
Sam is our school’s expedition specialist as well as one of our trainers for the equestrian sector.
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!
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.
Stef Lauer brings an extensive background in hospitality, tourism and the adventure travel industry to the Co-operative and specialises in First Aid at Work for Hospitality courses. She has lived and worked in six different countries over the years but now proudly calls Scotland her home. Now based in Edinburgh where she runs her own consulting & training business 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.
Will Manners is a highly qualified outdoors instructor and until recently was in charge of outdoor education for Highlife Highland. Previously he has worked variously as an expedition leader and operations manager at the highest level.
As well as First Aid Training, Will now runs his own outdoor instruction company: freewilloutdoors.co.uk, taking clients walking, mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking and skiing. He is also an active triathlon coach and competitive triathlete and spends much of his spare time training!
Paul is a real all-rounder. After a career in the Royal Army Medical Corps where he was awarded honour of ‘Top Officer Cadet’ he has had a dual career working as an outdoor instructor & youth worker, and mental health project manager.
Based in Perthshire, Paul has set up a wide range of mental health development projects and is our go to person for running Mental Health First Aid Courses. He runs FarlaneAdventures.co.uk delivering snow and MTB coaching, and also fills his time by working for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service!
Mike has a history of working as a business advisor in the corporate world, developing the social purpose of many diverse businesses. Mike is also a Trustee and advisor to several NGO’s in the UK and overseas and has worked in a number of countries, including India.
Travel, skiing and mountaineering are very important to Mike and he will often travel to course venues a day ahead of time if it means visiting a new hill! He has recently moved to Cumbria and is in the process of joining one the of the Mountain Rescue Teams there.
Duncan is as a Countryside Ranger, and has extensive experience in land management and outdoor education having worked worldwide in this field. His professional focus is on volunteer management, mental health and ecotherapy work as well as training teachers in outdoor education.
When not managing woodlands or teaching bushcraft, Duncan is a keen walker and climber as well as being an active member of his local first responder team where he volunteers to respond to emergency calls in his spare time, and delivers CPR & AED demos at a variety of events in Aberdeenshire.
Julie had extensive experience in the retail and warehouse sectors before qualifying as an outdoor instructor a decade ago. She works outdoors delivering a range of activities from archery to bushcraft to team building to high ropes both as a freelance instructor and through her company DragonAdventures.co.uk
Based in Midlothian, Julie now also trains people to be aware of the risks they encounter both outdoors and in their everyday work and home lives so they can instinctively know what to do in an emergency.
Could this be you?
F.A. Trainer had been running a first aid training business for years and enjoyed working with his many clients and delivering training. The admin was getting the better of him though and evenings in front of the computer had lost their appeal.
After joining the First Aid Training Co-operative though, F.A Trainer has re-discovered the joy of training, has slashed his administrative burden, and now has a likeminded bunch of trainers to work with and support his business development.
Could This Be You?
Are you a first aid trainer with an established business who’s looking for a better way of working?
We are always on the look out for existing businesses to join the Co-operative. We can provide all of the benefits of a larger organisation, while allowing you to retain your own business and clients. Enjoy being a trainer again with other like minded and skilled trainers in our network.
Check out the information and download the document on the Join the Co-operative page, then get in touch to discuss your options.