Meet The Team

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 - Company Manager

Ian is at home in any wilderness environment looking after clients, he is an experienced and highly qualified outdoor instructor with over 30 years’ experience. Having led over 50 overseas expeditions to date he is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Ian is an overseas safety advisor who has worked for a variety of production companies coordinating both logistics and security on location. He has worked on Expedition Mungo, Bear Grylls Mission Survive and Human Planet to mention a few. He is a Swift Water Rescue Technician, RLSS National Water Safety Management Instructor, 4x4 Instructor, qualified Wilderness Medical Technician and holds numerous outdoor safety and auditing qualifications.

Tristan BROWN BSc - Head of Operations

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.

Margaret Harris - Expeditions Manager

Margaret has a wealth of experience in the education industry, having previously travelled the world encouraging young people to study in the UK. In her role as the School Programme Coordinator, it’s now the other way round, and suits her perfectly! Margaret is passionate about enthusing young people to experience new places, stemming from her own love of travel from a young age. As a Guide from the age of 10, and now a Guide Leader for the last 12 years, she has experienced first-hand the benefits of working on community projects and overseas adventure in Mexico, India, Iceland and Morocco to name a few. When she’s not camping in a field in rural Surrey, Margaret’s mentally planning her next adventure. 

Emma Hurren - School Programme Coordinator             

Emma’s passion for travel started at a young age on a school trip to China. Since then she has travelled around the world and volunteered in remote projects in both Peru and Cambodia. After living in Spain for a year she has returned to the UK and is keen to inspire young people to travel and experience the culture the world has to offer. Emma has extensive experience of working with young people in a variety of settings and has previously enjoyed planning and organising excursions for international students visiting the UK. Emma loves the outdoors and will find any excuse to get out and go hiking.  Emma aslo has a BSc in Criminology!

Kensa Cooper - 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.

Kerrieanne Forbes - Quality Assurance Manager
Kerrieanne joined Adventure Lifesigns in 2006. She has travelled extensively, and spent her gap year travelling South East Asia, India and Nepal. More recently she has lived with the Massai in Tanzania and became an Open Water Diver in Vietnam. As a qualified Expedition Leader, Kerrieanne has led expeditions to Borneo, Tanzania, Peru and Nepal. She is a qualified medic and First Aid at Work Instructor and has attended the off-site safety management course.

Alex Ferguson BSc MSc - UK Training Coordinator

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.

Rowena Dodson MBA - Educational Advisor

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 Lodge - Operations Coordinator

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 - Medical Director

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.

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