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Born and brought up on a farm in Africa. I spent much of my early life in the African bush hunting & 'messing about'.
After 2 years with the Rhodesian Infantry, my first proper job was as a conservation officer (Game Ranger) in the Kafue National Park, Zambia.
My early professional life in the UK was as an officer in HM Forces. On leaving the forces I completed a BSc (Hons) in marine engineering and an MSc in engineering safety and moved into a career as a safety engineer. I spent 20 years advising and leading projects for a range of industries from heavy industry to British wild life parks.
Additionally I have been fortunate to run, advise and provide logistical support for a range of expeditions in central America (Belize), North Africa (Sahel region) and Caribbean.
In addition to teaching bushcraft, I have been involved in training folk in stuff like:
• BSc Marine Engineering
• MSc (Ergonomics & Safety Engineering)
• Chartered member of Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (CMIOSH)
• Swift Water Rescue Technician (level 1)
• Commercial Diver (Parts 3 & 4)
• BSAC Advanced Diver & Joint services Sub Aqua Diving Supervisor (military)
• Yacht Master Ocean
• K38 swift water and open water PWC rescue boat operator
• Shotakan karate (shodan)
• Expedition Leader (military)
• Field Guide Association of South Africa (FGASA) level 1 field guide
• Member of British Deer Society
• Deer Stalking Certificate – level 1
• NRA Range Conducting Officer – Gallery rifle & pistol range / High Muzzle Energy (HME)
• Attended 2015 -2016 NVQ 4 Bushcraft Leadership Course