Speakers

Conference speakers

Underpinning the weekend is the theme of ‘sustainability’ and how we can support team members to help sustain this unique volunteer service — because if our people fall over, then this volunteer service falls over too.

So our speakers will focus on creating cohesive teams and keeping our team members safe. They’ll look at technical training and ‘human factors’, the value of record keeping and statistics, and the importance of civility. And they’ll discuss ways we can address the rising pressure on teams in some areas. And so much more. In four busy tracks: The Frontline; Building a Sustainable Future; Wellbeing and Human Factors; and Safety Management, Indoors and Out.

Speaker Profiles

Bryn Coleman

The Fire and Rescue Service’s Response to Water Rescue Incidents Within the UK: Bryn Coleman…

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Kerry Slater

MREW Leadership Peer Support Programme: Kerry Slater and Professor Divine Charura will be presenting an…

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Professor Divine Charura

MREW Leadership Peer Support Programme: Professor Divine Charura and Kerry Slater will be presenting an…

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Dr John Ferris

Severe Hypothermia and ECMO: John is a consultant in Emergency, Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine based…

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Mike Parsons

Garment layering: myths, marketing and user misunderstandings: Mike is co-founder with his colleague Prof Mary…

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James Lamb

Introducing the Mountain Rescue Fairness Fund: James has been chair of Keswick MRT since 2023.…

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Kate Denning

Training You To Train Cas Care: Dr Kate Denning is the Director of Education and…

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Keith Bennett

Police Drones… The Story So Far! Keith is a serving police sergeant with 29 years’…

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Matt Butler

Air Sports Incidents: Technical Rescue Considerations: Matt is a member of Langdale Ambleside MRT (LAMRT)…

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Will Hitch

Life and Death: The Value of Rugged Tech in a First Responder Environment: Will joined…

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Dr Stephen Hearns

Peak Performance Under Pressure: Stephen is a consultant in emergency and aeromedical retrieval medicine. He…

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Andrew Lockey MBE

Resuscitation Council UK: Andy Lockey is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Calderdale and Huddersfield…

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Emily Bromiley

Togetherall: Supporting the Mental Health of Mountain and Cave Rescue Team Members: Spending the early…

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Pat Holland

Avoiding, Preparing for and Dealing with HR and Other Unexpected Challenges: Pat Holland joined South…

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Al Read

The Art of Instruction: Al Read undertook his first rescue in Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation…

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Dan Scoular

Hallmarks of a High-Performing Team: Dan will be talking about how equality and diversity are…

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Alan Littlefield

Building Strong, Coherent Trusting Teams: Through the concept of ‘coherence’, Alan will explore the science…

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Brendan Sloan

Suspension Trauma and Crush Injury: Brendan began caving while studying Medicine at Sheffield University, and…

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Helen Nugent

What the Media Wants and How to Give it to Them: After 14 years in…

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Aneela Mckenna

Exploring Pathways for Inclusion: Aneela has been working with Mountain Rescue England and Wales for…

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Edward Kinnear

Working with a Casualty’s Family and Friends: Edward Kinnear is a deputy team leader with…

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Penny Kirby

Panel Discussion: The Sustainability of Mountain Rescue: One of four leaders of Wasdale MRT —…

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Chris Lloyd

Panel Discussion: The Sustainability of Mountain Rescue: Chris has been involved with the Ogwen Valley…

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Dr Steve Rowe

Panel Discussion: The Sustainability of Mountain Rescue: A consultant in anaesthesia and major trauma at…

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Kirsty Pallas

The Non-Tech Path to Safety: Kirsty Pallas has been a member of Oban MRT for…

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Paul Brain

Past, Present and Future of MREW Data: Paul joined Bolton MRT in 2006, wanting to…

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Oliver Patrick

Where Wellbeing Meets Performance: Oliver will bring his clinical experience as a physiologist to demonstrate…

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Chris Turner

Why Civility Matters in a Complex World: Chris Turner is a consultant in emergency medicine…

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Sarah Furness

Fly Higher: Ex-RAF combat helicopter pilot turned mindfulness trainer and inspirational speaker, Sarah knows what…

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Dr Laura Davies

Exploring Pathways for Inclusion: Laura is a senior lecturer in Sociology and associate director of…

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Dr Jenny Hall

Exploring Pathways for Inclusion: Jenny is a senior lecturer at York St John University.  She…

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