TJ is one of the Director’s of Diverse Coaching and has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the outdoor pursuits sector and the outdoors in general through working for the largest outdoor educational provider in Europe as the Chief Instructor for their flag ship centre, working for the British Canoe Union as a Local Coaching Organiser as well as the Institute of Outdoor Learning as an internal verifier where he helped to develop outdoor practitioners.In addition to his outdoor experience, TJ has held several senior management roles both within the outdoor industry as well as in his spare time where he volunteers for the Marine Society and Sea Cadets where he leads the South West Area paddlesports management team; responsible for helping roughly 4000 volunteers and cadets become active within paddle sports.
TJ has also attended Worcester University where he completed an FdSC in Paramedic Science, qualifying him as a Paramedic. Since qualifying, TJ has worked for a number of years for the South Western Ambulance Service as well as being an active first aid trainer; passing on his knowledge and experience in a pragmatic and practical way.
Laura is a Director of Diverse Coaching and has been involved in the outdoors and especially paddlesports since she was 10 as a flat water racer; starting off as a racer as a way of keeping fit and making new friends but then competing in sprint K1, K2 and K4 as well as marathon K1 and K2 at a national level and achieved many medals and trophies as well as becoming a national champion in her class in K1 500m.
Laura worked for many years as an instructor, head of stores and assistant chief instructor for the largest outdoor educational provider in Europe and also volunteers with the Marine Society and Sea Cadets where she provides activities to children aged 10-18.
Laura is usually the first person you meet when you attend our Newport site and not only keeps everything organised, cleaned and stocked, but also runs the onsite cafe; a lady with many talents!
Simon is the Director of Infinite Training Solutions and although usually ensures that everything ‘in the back ground’ is being taken care of, still delivers on a wide range of courses as required; drawing on his 20+ years in the Fire & Rescue Service and where he is still employed as an operational firefighter.
In his time as a firefighter, Simon has been involved in the training of other Fire & Rescue colleagues in various areas including Breathing Apparatus, water rescue, safety boats, Health & Safety and trauma care. Drawing on this experience, Simon then made the move into the private sector so that he could also pass on his knowledge and experience to the general public, business and other organisations and to allow more time with his young family.
Simon prides himself on providing the right type of training for the right person, developing their confidence and skills to allow them to be able to achieve the desired outcome for themselves, their employees and their businesses.
Darren is a senior trainer for Infinite Training Solution’s and lead trainer for all things medical. Darren served in the Armed Forces for over 24 years as a Combat Medical Technician and has trained in excessive of 500 personnel to become Team Medics in Operational Theatres such as Afghanistan. After leaving the Army in 2014, Darren spent 5 years as a ships medic and between this and the experience he gained during his time in the Army, he has developed a substantial amount of experience to became an accomplished Primary Care Practice Manager
I enjoy rugby and travel but like nothing better than delivering first aid courses where I can provide first hand experiences and knowledge to make training more enjoyable and focused.
Dave is also a senior trainer with Infinite Training Solutions Ltd and draws on his 32 years service as a police officer; during this time, Dave had a varied and diverse career, both as constable and sergeant serving in inner city areas before moving on to more specialist roles. In all aspects of Policing, communication is key and every situation is different, so you need to have an adaptable and flexible approach and respect other cultures and points of view.
Throughout his career, Dave has been active at a district level with training in a variety of roles which has allowed him to to develop excellent communication and inter-personal skills which are essential for delivering training.
Dave prides himself in always making every session delivered as engaging, enjoyable and interactive for the students as possible and where students learning needs are prioritised; and where possible learning is individually adapted to meet those needs. What’s better than getting to meet a wide range of people with an array of abilities on a daily basis? I find it extremely rewarding to see the difference in my delegates confidence & competence by the end of each course.
Martin is the owner and lead trainer for MJR Training Services who also assist with some of the specialist aspects of first aid training. Martin began his Ambulance Service career in 1987 in the West Midlands and quickly progressed to Emergency Service work and became a Paramedic in 1993. Soon after this, he moved to Somerset and joined the West Country Ambulance Service; now South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust where he has taken various roles over the years including being a Station Officer, being a member of HEMS (this involves being a Paramedic on a helicopter and attending some of the most serious emergency calls) as well as a Learning and Development Officer.
Martin has always had a keen interest in teaching and holds a Diploma in Education & Training which has enabled him to teach a variety of in-house courses as well as train all grades of ambulance service staff up to and including Paramedics as well as assessing Ambulance Crews and paramedics as they work with the public to ensure a quality service as he believes that first aid education is the key to improving survival rates in the UK.