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.
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 qualified Mountain Leader.
Lucy has worked in the travel industry for 20 years sending young people on overseas adventures across the globe. For the last 16 years Lucy has been living in Sydney, Australia working for an Educational Travel Company. She set up a program for GAP year students as well as working on the Schools Expedition Programme. Lucy has worked in or led expeditions to Belize, Borneo, Peru, Bolivia, Vietnam and China as well as volunteered in Ghana, Guyana and Pakistan. She also has extensive independent travel experience throughout Asia, South America and Africa.
Having studied public administration and business management at the University of Kent, Clare worked in administration at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before joining the Lifesigns Group in 2007 as a School Programme Coordinator. During her time at Lifesigns, Clare undertook various recce’s around the world and assisted in leading multiple expeditions. Clare left in 2009 to pursue a new career in telecommunications before returning to Lifesigns in 2017 as an Expeditions Manager.
School Programme Coordinator
Mette has a passion for overseas travel which culminated in her leaving her native Norway to study and work aborad. Mette's role includes customer service, admin work, and generally preparing young Explorers for departure. 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 experiential travel. Mette also holds the Basic Expedition Leaders Award, has completed the Off-site Safety Management course and is a Heartstart First Aid instructor.
CRED Team Trips Manager
After studying modern foreign languages at University, Kensa began working in the NGO sector where she spent the next 10 years working on and managing volunteer programmes across Africa, Latin America, Asia and the UK. Kensa has travelled extensively and worked for several international expedition companies before joining Adventure Lifesigns, including leading multiple youth adn adult expeditions worldwide. Kensa holds various expedition and coaching qualifications including Remote First Aid, Project Management, BEL and is an Off-Site Safety Management trainer. She has previously lectured at the Royal Geographical Society and in her spare time is a trustee for a Malawian based charity.
Operations Logistics Coordinator
Whether its solo wild camping in the Scottish Highlands in winter or leading an expedition of through the jungles of Cambodia, Alan is seriously hooked on travel. He has over 15 years of experience traveling and leading expeditions across six continents and is always looking for his next adventure. Through working as expedition medic and Mountain Leader Alan has a wide range of experience dealing with the unexpected challenges that expeditions are full of and as a result has a wealth of knowledge. Alan is also our go-to guy when it comes to deciding on the best expedition equipment and is always happy to advise on the best kit for the job. He regularly gives talks about expeditions and equipment and when in the UK runs training sessions for staff in a variety of specialist outdoor retailers. Holding qualifications in mountain and expedition leading, first aid instruction and as an expedition medic, Alan is a great addition to the Lifesigns team and currently serves as our Operations Logistics Coordinator, organising equipment and operations support for our programmes.
Alex Ferguson BSc MSc
Alex’s background is in conservation science. Having completed both Undergraduate and Masters degrees in the field, he joined the Lifesigns team as an intern with Coral Cay back in 2012. Following a spell as Project Scientist on the Philippine site, Alex returned to the UK to the position of Head of Science with CCC. After three great years, it was time for a new challenge and so at the start of 2017 Alex transitioned within the Lifesigns Group to take on the role of UK Trainer. His focus now is on providing first class UK based training and activity sessions to a diverse range of clients including schools and businesses. Alex holds an Off-Site Safety Management qualification, is an Emergency Medical Technician, ECP Medic and First Aid Instructor. He also holds certificates in water safety management, mountain bike leadership, BEL level 3, is a PADI Dive Master and a Reef Check Ecodiver Course Director.
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. She also has a love for animals and has four children.
Outdoor Education Manager
Oliver has his adult life working in the outdoor education industry as a multi-activity facilitator. He holds numerous qualifications including the Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award and kayaking and archery awards. He is qualified in Off-Site Safety Management, runs a DofE unit and is currently embedded at Seaford college running their outdoor education programme.
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.
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.
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.
Dave Lucas FRGS
Special Projects Coordinator
After an education culminating in a degree in Marine Biology and experience in outdoor education, Dave went into the world of expeditions. Over a decade later he has organised and guided over 30 expeditions resulting in over 53 months of experience in over 60 countries. These expeditions have included overland journeys along the lengths of Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and Central America. Dave has spoken about his adventures at numerous events including the Kendal Mountain Film Festival and the London Outdoor Adventure Show. His stories have been published in numerous magazines and books, and aired on TV channels. Dave is a qualified EMT and first aid instructor and has recently worked in the mountains of the Sinai Desert of Egypt where he lived for 18 months with the Bedouin, training them in mountain skills and first aid. When Dave is not working on expeditions he like to relax by running ultra marathons, which have recently included the Marathon des Sables and the Phaoronic 100km.