Risk Lifesigns is part of the Lifesigns Group of companies and has been operating for over a decade. The list of clients to whom we have provided training include leading Media companies from the UK and overseas (e.g. BBC, ITN, National Geographic, Channel 4), various NATO Governments, Military units, Mineral Exploration companies, Oil companies, Expedition companies, charities, NGO's and private individuals.
The range of services we have actually delivered includes Hostile Environment Training courses to some of the world's most recognised news organisations and also for NGO's and exploration companies to CBRN courses for elements of the British Government and also for leading media organisations. We have actually delivered what we say we can deliver and we have been doing it successfully, with satisfied and high profile clients, for a long time.
We regularly deliver courses around the globe.
Our strength is in our staff and our experience. We have supported clients in Challenging and hostile environments for many years, including when serious incidents have occurred and needed our support in security incidents, medical evacuations, media response and investigation and so we know that our training works. Clients feed information back to us and that informs our training and services.
The Risk Lifesigns Hostile Environments training team are mainly former members of H.M. Security Forces with specialist training in their chosen subjects. They are supported by Subject Matter Experts. Instructors are drawn from a variety of backgrounds including:
- UK Military
- Intelligence Services
- Metropolitan Police
- Ambulance Services
- Doctors with significant Trauma & Travel / Tropical health experience
- Nationally and internationally recognised Subject Matter Experts and consultants in niche fields such as Kidnap and Ransom, Conduct after Capture and Legal fields
- Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management professionals and academics
- NGO's, with significant field experience delivering Humanitarian Aid Operations
- Journalists and Producers with significant experience of operating in Challenging and Hostile environments
All instructors hold adult teaching qualifications and are passionate in their approach to training.
Our UK training venue is a very large private estate near Guildford, Surrey, providing a range of private locations for delivery of our wide ranging training courses. Locations include forest/jungle environment areas, numerous large open grassland areas and buildings housing specific scenarios. Our offices are located in beautifully and sympathetically converted barns which provide a pleasant environment for the classroom based elements of our courses.
We have a number of classrooms with audio, powerpoint screens and projector facilities, classroom facilities, toilets, showers, parking, kitchens, tea and coffee facilities, telephones and internet connection as well as wi fi internet connection.
Accommodation facilities are available nearby ranging from international hotel chains, guest houses, bunk houses or camping facilities on site.
Course training equipment includes first aid manikins, trauma packs, vehicles, moulage scenarios, pyrotechnics, video and audio, body armour, helmets and legally held firearms to name a few.
Alistair Cole FRGS FLS
Chief Executive Officer
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. Alistair has delivered High Risk and Hostile Environment Training to numerous media organisations including ITN, NPR and Channel 4 as well as many independent companies. Alistair has also delivered Safety Training for Remote Area personnel - STRAP courses to exploration companies operating in hostile areas.
Ian Forbes FRGS
Ian served for over 25 years with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers before receiving an honourable discharge, holding the rank of Warrant Officer, First class and then joining the Lifesigns Group. He is an experienced and highly qualified Mountain Leader, having led over 50 overseas expeditions to date. Ian is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has provided expert safety instruction as 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. Within the REME, Ian specialised in vehicle training and recovery including training UK Special Forces. Ian has experience in training numerous media organisations including Hostile and Remote Area Safety training.
Specialist Medical Trainer
Diane worked across the globe in a variety of positions before retraining as a Paramedic in the UK. During her time overseas she qualified as a PADI master scuba instructor, worked as the Diving Officer for Raleigh International, qualified as a Coastguard Watch Assistant for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and became a Detainee Escort Officer. Diane is a qualified First Aid and wilderness medical instructor, specialising in training the Metroolitan Police and has worked as the race medic on ultra marathons in the Yukon, Gobi desert and Amazon jungle.
Dr Jackie Gibb
A Doctor with significant Remote Environment, Travel Health, Trauma and Accident and Emergency experience, Jackie has travelled and worked in over 50 different countries worldwide and regularly leads groups on overseas expeditions. Jackie is a trainer in Pre-Hospital Life Support and is qualified in Advanced Life Support.
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.
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.
Christine has been in the accounting field all her working life and has gained vast experience in all aspects of the financial world. Christine ran her own accounting business for many years in South Africa before relocating to the UK. She has a passion for travelling and regularly volunteers for with a national charity. When not working, Christine has a passion for all things equestrian.