Tom has extensive experience providing innovative and creative risk and location management solutions to TV and Film in remote and hostile environments.
He has provided risk management solutions, including designing and developing safety protocols and procedures, for large BBC, CH4, Discovery and Nat Geo productions with A list talent shooting in places as diverse as Afghanistan, Republic of Congo, Norway, South Sudan, Nicaragua and British Colombia.
Tom spent six years as an Officer in the Parachute Regiment. On specialist operations in Afghanistan he commanded teams of up to 90 people on high intensity counter insurgency operations.
Tom has lead commercial expeditions that include pioneering tourism into South Sudan, leading a team into the Imatong Mountains. He was central to Secret Compass’s ground-breaking expeditions into Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, leading the first ever mountain bike expedition in the region. He has explored southern DRC, pioneering a route through Upemba National Park, and has led trips in the Darien Gap, mountain biking in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains and ski touring in Lebanon.
Tom has experience of large scale project management and bringing large, diverse teams together to deliver results on time and in budget. His Military and business experience combine to provide a unique insight into what you are trying to achieve and how we can best add value to the project. Tom’s qualifications include Security Risk Management (Level V), Mountain Leader, MTB Leader, Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness EMT. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and is passionate about ski-touring, snowboarding, kite-surfing and mountain biking.
Ben is an adventurer, explorer and survival expert who has led over 40 expeditions and projects throughout the world in all environments.
Ben presented the multi-BAFTA winning Serious Series for the BBC, leading groups of teenagers on expeditions to remote and far-flung corners of the globe to achieve world firsts. He has consulted on series such as Mutiny, Planet Earth 1&2, Gold Rush, Human Planet, Oceans, Tribe, Frozen Planet, Last Man Standing, Around the World in 80 Days, Extreme Dreams, Adrenaline Junkie and various Sport Relief Challenges.
Serving in the British Army for 9 years, he spent time in the Middle East, Northern Ireland and Bosnia. An accomplished mountaineer and polar adventurer, Ben has led expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctic, Himalayas, Rockies and Andes including ascents of two 8000m peaks and a running high level traverse of the Pyrenees in 14 days.
Ben has led security operations to protect wildlife against professional poachers in Central and East Africa developing his love for camels; built eco-lodges and safari camps in Africa and led remote jungle conservation projects where he honed his survival skills amongst the native peoples of Asia, Central and South America. He is also an experienced yachtsman with over 50000 sea miles completing several Fastnet races, trans-Atlantics and building a traditional Arabian Dhow with a friend.
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Niall is the medical director for Secret Compass and oversees our medical policy, practices and procedures. He has also supported TV projects on location.
Niall’s initial training at the University of Cambridge provided him with a clinical knowledge base grounded in evidence-based medicine. His clinical degree, from the University of London, exposed him to a broad array of patients and specialties.
Niall went on to spend several years working with the military on world-wide deployments, gaining wide ranging experience and qualifications in pre-hospital, expedition and tropical medicine. His military experience provides a unique grounding to support our complicated medical needs.
Sally was the BBC High Risk Advisor for Current Affairs and the World Service and deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and the West Bank. She has supported the Natural History Unit’s BAFTA-award winning
‘Blue Planet Live’ in Baja Mexico and designed and delivered the BBC’s ‘Managing High Risk Deployments’ course for senior editorial staff.
Sally is a keen advocate of media safety and risk management, she sat on the Board of Directors for ACOS Alliance and lectures internationally on journalist safety. She has a deep background in crisis and disaster management as an Army Officer, media advisor and Chartered Security Professional along with experience of multiple military operational tours providing emergency medical ground response.
Lachlan served for 11 years as an infantry officer in the British Army where he trained and led people in some the harshest of operating environments. He personally
served on operational tours of Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has extensive risk management experience gained from his military career, as Regional Manager Africa for a global security company, leading expeditions to remote parts of the world, and mountaineering and climbing internationally for over 20 years.
In recent years he has been applying and expanding this experience as a safety advisor in the TV industry providing risk management advice to A-list celebrities and crews in various high-risk environments.
He is qualified as a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, military ski touring instructor, FREC3 First Responder and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, he also holds the ‘A’ License for freefall parachuting.
HCPC PARAMEDIC, SENIOR PARAMEDIC TEAM LEADER (SPTL)
Luca is a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Paramedic who works as a Senior Paramedic Team Leader (SPTL).
He was part of the response team for the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the lead Clinical Coordinators for Nightingale North West. He has a military background and extensive expedition experience bringing a wealth of added qualifications such as Off Shore Medic, Hostile Environment First trainer (HEFAT), Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) instructor and Advanced Life Support (ALS).
Luca has a wealth of experience in hot infectious disease areas such as West Africa and more recently the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) combatting Ebola which enables him to give sensible, proportionate and practical risk management advice when working within the film and television industry.
HCPC PARAMEDIC, IOSH QUALIFIED SAFETY ADVISOR
Trevor is a registered Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) paramedic and qualified Risk Management Consultant who has extensive
operational experience enabling programme makers in wild and remote locations around the world.
Trevor has worked across a variety of sectors including medical, disaster relief and the delivery of large scale military projects, and now primarily works within the television industry providing both emergency and primary care in remote environments. His background includes extended training in Advanced Life Support as well as Tropical, Travel and Expedition Medicine, combined with his extensive experience enables him to deliver a professional and holistic approach to risk management.
HCPC PARAMEDIC, IOSH QUALIFIED SAFETY ADVISOR
As a registered Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Paramedic, James has extensive experience working in a variety of roles both in the UK and
overseas. These roles have prepared James for the difficult and demanding task of working with infectious diseases of all types. He is a professional and resourceful clinician with added qualifications in Tropical Diseases, Traumatic Pre-Hospital Care and Advanced Life Support
James is able to provide a professional, bespoke and ultimately safe service to clients. He has worked around the world, from West Africa to Central Asia and the Far East where infectious diseases are commonplace. He has a military background and is now an experienced Risk Management Consultant, Safety Adviser and instructor.
HCPC PARAMEDIC, SAFETY ADVISOR
Tom has extensive experience working within a range of challenging pre-hospital and hospital based environments throughout the world as a registered Health and Care Professions (HCPC)
Paramedic. Having responded to global humanitarian crises in their primary phase and also leading public health projects in resource sparse settings, his experience working in these demanding environments is underpinned by years of guiding, rafting and trekking trips in premiere destinations worldwide.
This combination of skill sets helps foster a practical yet highly achievable approach to risk management and the implementation of proportional infection prevention control measures when working within the television and film industry.
Dave is an adventurer, expedition leader and endurance athlete. He has over 25 years experience operating in some of the world’s most remote and hostile environments including Iraq, Sierra Leone and
the Congo. He has organised and led over 50 expeditions to almost a hundred countries.
He is an expert mountaineer and has led rock-climbing expeditions and guided some of the world’s best climbers all over the globe. He has managed high altitude basecamps and teams in the Himalayas, completed exploratory climbing journeys along the length of 4 of the world’s continents and helped develop climbing in previously unexplored areas.
In recent years he has brought his formidable skillset to the TV Industry, overseeing primarily safety and risk management but also location scouting, field producing and production management.
In recognition of Dave’s achievements he was made a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2003.