HEAD OFFICE 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.
Tristan was first involved with CCC 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 training to become a Mountain Leader.
Alex Ferguson BSc MSc
Head of Science
Alex has long been acquainted with CCC having joined the Fiji expedition in 2006. Alex studied for his Undergraduate Degree in Geography at the University of Manchester, during which he spent 10 weeks collecting data for his dissertation in Indonesia. Alex went on to a Masters in Conservation Biodiversity at the University of Exeter, focusing on the behavioural changes of captive bred juvenile lobsters for his thesis. After graduating, Alex acted as Assistant Countryside Ranger for the Surrey Wildlife Trust and returned to Coral Cay Head Office as a Conservation Intern. Alex jumped at the chance to take up the role of Project Scientist on the Philippines site and on his return was employed as Assistant to the Head of Science. Alex became Head of Science in 2014 and is greatly enjoying the challenge. Alex holds the Emergency Medical Technician certificate, is a First Aid instructor, a Reef Check Ecodiver Course Director, a Divemaster and knows how to wield a chainsaw!
Tessa Dawson BSc
Tess first joined Coral Cay Conservation as an operations intern in 2011. After completing her BSc Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare she worked as a research assistant, spending a significant amount of time at sea studying the behaviour of dolphins, and many hours in the bush studying Bower birds in Australia. After completing her internship with CCC she worked as a Communications Officer before joining the office team as the Volunteer Coordinator. Tess holds the Off-Site Safety Management qualification, and the Expedition Care Program qualification, and is a keen snorkeler.
Mathew Davies FRGS
Business Development Manager & In-House Counsel
Matt joined Coral Cay after a successful career as a Solicitor Advocate specialising in defending Travel and Leisure clients. During this time he was the President of the European Young Bar Association and Director of the Liverpool Law Society. As a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he has lectured to ABTA and RGS Members, Tour Operators, University Groups and mountaineering companies on issues from Crisis response, legal training, incident investigation, Disaster litigation and risk assessment. Matt was a member of the committee that created British Standard 8848 and advises the Expedition Providers Association on legal matters. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management.
Ian served for over 25 years with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 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.
Sherry has worked in the accounting field all of her professional working life and has gained vast experience in all aspects of the financial world. Updating her computing knowledge by doing an HND in Business Information Technology, which she passed with Distinctions. Sherry is responsible for the accounts team at the Lifesigns Group.
Simon Whitmore BA(Hons) MA (Ed)
After two decades of working as a senior youth worker with a specialism in outdoor education and operations at the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Simon joined the Lifesigns Group. As a fully qualified outdoor instructor Simon has worked and played on land and water around the world. His experience of working with local authorities and charities has provided Simon with a wealth of experience in supporting schools and others to develop their offer to young people and extend the reach of their programmes. Simon has also been instrumental in the development of national training packages, on-line management systems and the implementation of schemes such as the National Citizen Service.
After studying modern foreign languages at university, Kensa began working in the NGO sector where she spent the next 10 years managing volunteer programmes across Africa, Asia and the UK. Kensa has travelled extensively and has worked for several international expedition companies before joining Adventure Lifesigns, including leading multiple expeditions worldwide. Kensa holds various expedition and coaching qualifications including Off-Site Safety Management, Remote First Aid and Project Management and has previously lectured at the Royal Geographical Society. In her spare time, Kensa is a trustee for a Malawian based charity.
School Programme Coordinator
Mette has a passion for overseas travel which culminated in her leaving her native Norway to study and work abroad. 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 travel sector in Australia, volunteered in India and interned for NGOs overseas. Her passion is volunteer tourism and other forms of educational and experience travel.
Dr Jackie Gibb
Having qualified as a Doctor and completed a variety of hospital jobs, including a four year stint in Accident and Emergency, Jackie decided that she preferred working in the outdoors. She has travelled and worked in over 50 different countries worldwide and regularly leads groups on overseas expeditions. Jackie is a trainer in Pre-Hospital Life Support and is qualified in Advanced Life Support.