Trainer Profiles

Experienced trainers are at the core of the BASP training experience. Through high energy sports like skiing and mountain biking where casualties are common, our trainers have hands on real experience. Combining trainers training and qualifications we deliver professional, fresh and relevant courses.



Trainer Profile

Chris Di Rollo  Chris1 Chris has been a member of Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team for more than 10 years, covering the largest and most remote mountain areas in the British Isles. He is currently the team’s medical officer. He holds BASP EMT, Casualty Care and Swift Water Rescue certificates. Along with MR medical experience he also regularly shadows NHS ambulance paramedics.  Chris lives just outside Ullapool, enjoys doing endless DIY, mountain biking, skiing, and paddling.  Chris has been a BASP trainer since 2007.
Christine Hill  DIGITAL CAMERA Christine’s been a member of Glencoe ski patrol for 14 seasons and has been skiing for almost 40 years. Most of her skiing has taken place in Scotland but she also completed 2 seasons in Switzerland and 1 in New Zealand. Christine is a BASP EMT and a qualified teacher, a keen hill walker, telemarker, ski-mountaineer, lake swimmer and road cyclist. In 2017 she qualified as a Paramedic and now works for North West Ambulance Service. Although based in the Lake District she patrols at Glencoe Mountain Resort as much as possible during the winter season. Christine has been a BASP trainer since 2008.
Mark Tennant  mark tennant trainer Mark is a Principal Teacher in Perthshire and keen hillwalker, mountaineer and climber.  He has been a member of Mountain Rescue since 2003, currently on the Ochil’s MRT. He frequently provides medical cover at outdoor events and is a BASP EMT and Mountain Rescue Casualty Carer.  He is a Mountain Leader and climbing instructor, regularly leading outdoor education trips both in Scotland and abroad.  Mark has been a BASP Trainer since 2007.
Bill Smith  Bill Smithcrop1800 Bill is a retired Teacher of 45 years and was a Principal Teacher of Art and Design for 36 years. He is a Freelance Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Cartoonist and during first aid courses this will become very apparent. Bill gains his vast practical and hands on experience from an array of qualifications on land, snow and water (RYA & BCU). He is a Polar Expedition Guide for Oceanwide Expeditions. He is a fanatical skier and has been a Ski Patroller at Glenshee since 1997. Bill has been a BASP Trainer since 2008.
John Holmes  Johncrop 150x150 Retirement from his NHS Consultant Hand and Reconstructive Surgeon post has allowed John to fulfil a dream of being paid to ski. He is a part time Ski Patroller at Glenshee and is now also providing medical cover for Arctic expedition cruise ships. Involved in trauma management and education for many years, he enjoys sharing his experience with hospital doctors, other patrollers and anyone else who wants to learn about the treatment of “casualties”.  He has been a Trainer for BASP since 2011.
Molly Gill  MollyGill Molly has more than 30 years of experience as a PE teacher and D of E Development Officer in Sheffield. Molly uses her experiences as a ski instructor, mountain leader and life-saving trainer to draw from during her first aid courses. Molly especially enjoys working with young people and volunteers every summer to organise, train and assess D of E expeditions in Scotland.  Molly has been a BASP Trainer since 2005.
Rod McIntosh  Rodcropsmall Rod is a keen Mountain biker and outdoor enthusiast. He is Senior Resuscitation Officer and Clinical skills facilitator for NHS Borders. He has 26 years of experience including Pre Hospital Trauma Care and actively involved in providing medical cover at outdoor events, he is also a BASICS instructor.  He has been a Trainer with BASP since 2003 and is currently the Chairman of the Training Committee for BASP.
Andy Dalton  Exif_JPEG_PICTURE Andy began as a ski instructor at Glenshee in 1992 and since qualifying as a ski patroller, still helps out when he can. Andy joined Cumbria ambulance service in 1997 and qualified as a Paramedic in 2000. He qualified as a trainer for the Ambulance service in 2003, training and assessing staff up to paramedic level. In 2006 Andy left the NHS to join the Great North Air Ambulance Service as an air crew paramedic, where he currently works with over 1000 operational flying hours per year. Andy has been a Trainer since 2004, and teaches on some BASP EMT courses.
Mark Fair  mark fair trainer Mark is a qualified Acute Nurse working in both theatre and Accident & Emergency Hospital Care.  He is also a ski patroller at Nevis Range and has over 10 years experience in this field.  Alongside his Nursing Qualifications, he also both EMT and Casualty Care qualifications.  Mark’s summers are spent working for various companies as a medic covering events such as the Mountain Bike World Cup, The Edinburgh Moonwalk and The Glen Nevis river race to name a few. He has also been seen on the TV programme ‘Highland Emergencies’ on more than one occasion. Mark has been a Trainer since 2007.
Iain Murray  iain murray2010 Iain is a Freelance outdoor instructor, qualified Canoe and Kayak coach, Swift Water Rescue instructor and Mountain Leader. Iain regularly provides first aid cover for Mountain Bike events. He has been involved with ski patrol at Nevis Range and Cairngorm since 1999. Iain holds a BASP EMT qualification and has been a BASP Trainer since 2002.
Jeff Starkey  jeff-starkey Jeff has over 25 years’ experience as an outdoor instructor incorporating mountaineering, skiing, climbing, sea and white water paddling and caving. Jeff has been Chief of Ski Patrol at Nevis Range since 2006 having been involved since 2001. His wider role includes responsibilities for health and safety and first aid cover for Mountain Bike events. He has been a member of Glencoe Mountain Rescue since 2003 and holds an EMT, Casualty Care and WEMSI qualification.  Jeff has been a BASP Trainer since 2004.
Lynne Warden  Lynne crop150x150 Lynne is a senior nurse at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.  She is also an Advanced Life Support Instructor and a BASP EMT. Lynne was involved with Galloway Mountain Rescue team for 20 years. She has been an active member of the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) Scotland since 1995. Lynne has been a BASP Trainer since 2006.
Fred Cochrane  Fred Cochrane Fred Cochrane joined the BASP Training Team in 2015.  Having spent 20+ years in the Fire and Rescue Service, Fred has seen his fair share of casualties. He now brings this valuable experience to his courses.
Keith Hill  Keith Hill Keith Hill is Chief Ski Patroller at Glencoe Resort. With many years experience working as a full time Patroller, Keith has a plethora of skills and experience to draw upon when delivering courses.
Evelyn Chelley   Evelyn is a registered adult and paediatric nurse. She has been involved in emergency care and resuscitation training for over 25 years both in NZ (10 years) and here in the UK.

She works as a link lecturer at Borders College and also regularly in the Emergency Department of Borders General Hospital. When time permits, she helps with medic cover at local events such as motocross and downhill mountain biking.

She’s passionate about sharing emergency life skills and developing the first aid confidence of others.

Evelyn initially got involved with BASP through attending the Ski Patrol Course & working with Glenshee Ski Patrol Team.

She enjoys being in the hills and mountains: skiing, mountain / road biking and scuba diving.

Jon Burleigh   Jon has worked in SAR for 25 years.

As a lifeboat coxswain and commercial skipper based at the former Maritime Rescue School in Stonehaven he trained crews from all over the world in SAR and fast boat handling techniques to crew and senior coxswain levels.

As an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor Jon ran his own company travelling globally, teaching and working on Maritime safety and educational programmes. He has spent two years in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey as the head of Marine Support and assisted marine related science from in, on and under the ice!

In 2003 he paddled solo round Iceland in a sea kayak, and still enjoys similar salt water in-fused challenges currently.

With 14 years of aviation SAR experience, Jon has flown as both a Winchman and Winch Operator on SAR aircraft operating in the UK. Currently flying as a UK SAR Winchman Paramedic, Jon is based at HMCG Inverness SAR base, covering a large patch of Scotland, from the borders to the west coast and North Sea.

At home on the water and a bike; Jon enjoys riding the annual Strathpuffer mountain bike event and similar endurance weekends. Telemarking has ruined Jon’s knees, but he enjoys skiing in both Scotland and Italy with his family whenever he gets a chance.

Jon is currently training as a Sports Rehab Therapist, with the aim of qualifying to become a specialist practitioner.