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.
DR NIALL AYE MAUNG
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 in the world.
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.
DOCTOR & SAFETY ADVISOR
Charlotte is a highly qualified and competent medical professional and expedition leader. She trained initially in Emergency Medicine, and is now a full-time Pre-hospital Care Doctor and HEMS Consultant, working for
Air Ambulances across the UK to provide Advanced Critical Care.
She has combined her love for the outdoor world with her profession as a doctor from the beginning. She started working as an Expedition Leader whilst at medical school and has since then achieved many qualifications and accolades. She is Founder and Trustee of the British Mountain Medicine Society (BMMS), Faculty member for the Diploma of Mountain Medicine, Fellow and Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (FIMC RCSEd).
Her usual scope of practice also includes working, consulting and educating in the areas of PHEM, Expedition Medicine, TV/Film medicine and safety.
She has worked on and led many expeditions in the most extreme environments around the world; from jungles, deserts and greater ranges to the South Pole, even spending many months on Mt Everest doing research for the Xtreme Everest 2 project.
She is a qualified Dive Master and has military qualifications in parachuting and skiing. In her down time she enjoys climbing, kayaking and pretty much any activity that gets her outdoors.
Matthew is an experienced Mountain Leader and climber. He has led expeditions in many different corners of the world, including Spitzbergen, Rwenzori, the Altai mountains and Caucasas range.
As well as leading pioneering expeditions, Matthew has provided mountain safety for Seismic survey projects in Kurdistan.
He has provided safety services for TV and Film projects such as Danny MacAskill, The BFG, SAS: Who Dares Wins and Men In Kilts.
Matthew is a qualified Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, Winter Mountain Leader and International Mountain Leader. He is also a qualified FREC 3 First Responder.
Waldo is an expert climber, rope rescue and technical rigging specialist with extensive experience operating on remote location expeditions. He has led tree climbing expeditions to remote and unexplored tropical
forests and has completed a number of world-first ascents of some of the most challenging and remote big walls on earth.
He uses his expertise in rope-based disciplines to create innovative and streamlined access and rescue systems that enable teams to operate safely and efficiently in remote environments.
He is also an instructor, teaching high-level wilderness rigging and rescue classes for Remote Ropes Ltd.
Ross has a love for wild places which has taken him to some of the most remote parts of the planet. He has worked as a bushcraft instructor and wilderness guide for 20 years and has taught thousands of students
the skills needed to travel and survive in environments ranging from the sweltering jungles of Borneo to the frozen forests of Canada. He is happiest when he is on the trail relying on his skills to keep safe and comfortable.
Ross has spent the last 15 years working in the media industry providing survival consultancy, health and safety and medical cover to international formats including Bear Grylls, Ed Stafford and James Cracknell. Ross enjoys working with production teams to achieve their aims safely and produce award winning shows.
Ross lives in the Lake District and when not overseas can be found in the forests and fells, keeping fit and practicing skills.
Mike is a certified safety and security professional with a wide range of commercial operational experience. His knowledge is based upon real world operations in a number of challenging environments.
He has a diverse background in risk and security management built up over the last 30 years from the oil and mineral sectors in Colombia and Angola in the late 90s to leading and operating with international media teams , covering the majority of conflicts since the start of the war on terror.
Mike’s responsibilities have included planning, training and execution of strategic projects across a wide cross-section of industries such as on-location production safety/security coordination for newsgathering, documentaries and TV shows, the energy and mineral sector, government agencies and NGOs.
Mike has a passion for storytelling and journalism and prides himself on his holistic tailor made approach to managing risk that enables teams to produce award winning journalism in challenging environments.
Mike’s vast experience of operating on the ground in extremely complex high risk environments is demonstrated by his ability to assist his clients reach their objectives.
An original member of the BBC high risk team in Iraq he then spent five years as Sky News Specialist Risk Manager for all Forigen deployments, leading a successful multi team coverage through the complexities of the Syrian and Iraq wars.
He has successfully led month long remote expeditions into the far eastern deserts of Mauritania and southern Madagascar.
Mike is a former member of 1st NZ SAS Group, a mountain and jungle specialist who has the ability to operate in small teams in remote environments over long periods.
Mike is currently a certified FREC-4, WFR, MIRA, PHTLS, Pre Hospital care remote environment team medic.