Alistair Cole FRGS FLS
After a decade with the military, Alistair specialised in working in remote overseas project management as a medical and risk mitigation instructor, before returning to the UK and founding the Lifesigns Group. As a qualified Mountain Leader, Alistair has led over 40 overseas expeditions, holds numerous NEBOSH and CIEH safety qualifications, is an instructor in Off-Site Safety Management and is an experienced Trauma Medic. Alistair advised the media on overseas safety alongside advising travel organisations on strategy and safety. Alistair is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Linnaean Society, previous Vice Chairman of the Expedition Providers Association and is a guest lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Ian Forbes FRGS
Ian served for over 25 years with the military 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.
Tristan was first involved with the Lifesigns Group in 2008 when he worked on the Philippines site and became the Head of Operations in 2011. His passion for marine conservation started from an early age, thanks largely to watching too many David Attenborough documentaries, and pushed him to complete his BSc in Marine Biology from Plymouth University. He has gained enormous practical knowledge in the field over a range of locations participating in and leading expeditions in Madagascar, Philippines, Australia, Mexico and Morocco to name but a few. Tristan holds the Off-Site Safety Management qualification, is trained in media management and water safety is qualified as a medic holding the Emergency Medical Technician, ECP medic and first aid instructor qualifications and is also a PADI Divemaster, Boat Captain, Scuba Pro Technician and is a Mountain Leader.
After studying modern foreign languages at university, Kensa began working in the NGO sector where she spent the next 10 years managing volunteer programmes across Africa, Asia and the UK. Kensa has travelled extensively and has worked for several international expedition companies before joining Adventure Lifesigns, including leading multiple expeditions worldwide. Kensa holds various expedition and coaching qualifications including Off-Site Safety Management, Remote First Aid and Project Management and has previously lectured at the Royal Geographical Society. In her spare time, Kensa is a trustee for a Malawian based charity.
School Programme Coordinator
Mette has a passion for overseas travel which culminated in her leaving her native Norway to study and work aborad. Mette role includes customer service, admin work, and generally preparing young Explorers for departure. Within this role. With her amazing communication skills, she always make sure travellers have provided all the necessary information, and that they are ready for departure. Mette has previously worked in the adventure travel sector in Australia, volunteered in India and interned for NGO's overseas. Her passion is volunteer tourism and other forms of educational and experience travel.
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.
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 DofE Coordinator, widening its appeal to incorporate a much greater range of students. She went on to become a school programme coordinator, 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 pressures that now exist when organising any activity for young people.
Doniert Macfarlane MBBS BSc MRCS Dip Travel Medicine DFMS
Doniert has a background in Orthopaedics and Emergency Medicine. He founded Remote Medical Support over 10 years ago and has extensive experience of expedition medicine issues and prehospital care. When not advising the Lifesigns group he works part-time as an Emergency Department Consultant.
Sherry has been in the accounting field all her working life and has gained vast experience in all aspects of the financial world. Sherry updated 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.