We are pleased to introduce our multidisciplinary faculty dedicated to advancing trauma & prehospital care.

Our ATACC faculty consists of clinicians from various medical backgrounds and senior members of the emergency services, military and specialised industries.

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Dr Mark Forrest

Consultant in Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Prehospital Care – UK

Mark is also an NHS Associate Medical Director, the Founder of ATACC and has spent more than 25 years tirelessly delivering world-renowned teaching, innovating, simulating and making the impossible seem to happen.

Dr Jason Van der Velde

Prehospital Care – Ireland

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Dr Halden Hutchinson-Bazely

Registrar in Intensive Care Medicine and Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine – UK

Halden has been active in pre-hospital care for over 15 years and has military and civilian experience in a wide range of roles including CFR, NHS ambulance service, SAR, BASICS and HEMS.

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Dawn Forrest

Hospital Managing Director – UK

Dawn is a Managing Director at an NHS hospital, with 25 years experience of operational management within acute trusts. Her specialist interest is in building effective teams to promote safe patient care.

Surgeon Captain Kate Prior

Royal Navy Consultant in Anaesthetics and Major Trauma – UK

When Kate joined the Royal Navy, the recruiting slogan was “See the world… Differently” and she certainly has.

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Prof. Mansoor Khan

Consultant Upper GI and Trauma Surgeon – UK

Consultant Upper GI and Trauma Surgeon. Actively involved in Trauma research, international trauma training and corporate advisory roles. Course Director for multiple trauma courses including the Definitive Surgical Trauma Skills Course, Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Trauma advisor for numerous health care providers world wide. Scientific Advisory Board Member for the FIA University. Experienced in Trauma Surgery, Prehospital Medicine in Austere Environments and Disaster Medicine

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Dr Anna Forbes

Registrar in Anaesthesia and Critical Care – UK

Drew is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the West Suffolk Hospital and a HEMS Consultant with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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Dr Eimhear Quinn

Consultant in Emergency Medicine and HEMS Doctor – UK

Eimhear is an Emergency Department Consultant at Salford Royal Hospital and flies with the Northwest Air Ambulance.

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Debbie Rigg

HEMS Critical Care Paramedic – UK

Since joining the North West Air Ambulance in 2015, the time has flown by! Outside of work Deb’s enjoys hiking and the great outdoors.

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Eva Byrne

Paramedic – UK

Eva is a Paramedic from North West Ambulance service in Manchester and is part of the Special Operational Response Team. She is also working for the ATACC Group as a trainer on RTACC and FTACC courses.

Eva is also currently studying towards an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care)

Dr Marc Scot

Senior Consultant Anesthesiology – Netherlands

After medical school Marc joined the army as Captain-Doctor then completed Anaesthesiology at the VUMC in Amsterdam.

Specialised in, (pre)-hospital Emergency Medicine, Marc now has over 10 years at the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC

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Prof. Mike Abernethy

Professor MD, FAAEM – United States

Mike began his prehospital adventures in the mid 1970s as a volunteer ambulance attendant for a local funeral home. After several other starter careers (Steelworker, US Army Aviation, Naval Engineer) he eventually earned his MD and finished postgraduate training in Emergency Medicine and Air Medical Transport. With well over three decades under the blades, he is one of the worlds most experienced HEMS physicians.

Prof. Simon Carley

Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Major Trauma – UK

Professor Simon Carley MB ChB, PGDip, DipIMC (RCS Ed), FHEA, FAcadMed, FRCEM, FTACC, MPhil, MD, PhD is a consultant in emergency medicine in Manchester and a HEMS consultant with North West Air Ambulance. He is currently the Dean of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and an Associate Dean with Health Education England. He is a visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. Simon also responds as a volunteer with BASICS on the NWPCCC scheme.

He has extensive experience in medical education, with a particular interest in online and social media enabled education through projects such as St Emlyn’s and BestBets.

Stuart Plaskett

Fire & Rescue – UK

Stu is Watch Manager in Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. In his 29 years service he has specialised in animal and swift water rescue. He’s been with ATACC for 7 years now!

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Simon Shingler

Paramedic – LIVES – UK

Simon is the Head of Quality, Community and Volunteers and Senior Critical Care Paramedic at LIVES, in Lincolnshire. Prior to this Simon worked across several NHS ambulance services in multiple different roles whilst being a Associate Lecturer.

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Dr Simon Topham

Community Emergency Medicine Physician – UK

First Caught PHEM from one of the very first BASICS doctors, whilst a GP trainee on he Yorkshire Moors in the ’80s Has never been cured! Simon currently splits his time between community Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in Lincolnshire and remote island medicine in the Hebrides. Played fiddle since the age of 6 and can bang out mean Tad Tunes!

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Dan Curtis

Military Medic – UK

Dan works as a MERT Paramedic within the RAF with operational experience in austere environments. He is currently studying Msc in Critical Care.

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Zeeshan Uddin

Paramedic – UK

Zeeshan is an experienced paramedic, currently working as a Trainee Advanced Care Practitioner within an NHS Hospital.

With background and experience as an resuscitation officer/enhanced care paramedic/frontline ambulance/event work

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Hugh Doran

Hugh has been in Primary Care since 1995. He currently works in MTC, Emergency Department, Cork University Hospital, Ireland. He also teaches Undergraduate Medical Students and Nato Special Forces Paramedics. through University College, Cork.

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Kevin Wheeler

Search & Rescue Winchman Paramedic – UK

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Nick M

Police Medic – UK

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Greg Magill

Paramedic / Firefighter

Greg has worked within Bedfordshire FRS for over 14 years as a Firefighter. In this role he forms part of the Specialist Response Team that responds to MTA incidents and is a qualified Technical Rope Rescue Supervisor. Greg also works as a Paramedic for the East of England Ambulance Service. He is currently studying MSc ‘Advanced Paramedic Practice’ in Emergency Critical Care.

Helen Hall

Helen Hall – Doctor

Lucy Grimwade

Lucy Grimwade – Nurse

Our Instructor Candidates (IC’s) are previous candidates whose performance excelled in both the practical scenarios and the assessed elements of the course. They have been nominated by the Faculty and Directors before being invited back to join us as with a view to become future Faculty members of the ATACC Course.

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Chris Lionel

Chris has extensive UK Policing experience across a variety of roles and ranks. He specialised in high risk covert operations tackling armed crime and high risk fugitives, he has a wealth of experience in tactical medicine including the planning and deployment of police operatives in hostile environments.

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Caitriona Edgar

Caitriona works as an Advanced Paramedic for National Ambulance Service in Ireland, is a member of NAS Incident Response Team. She also volunteers with Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team.

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Neil Ballard

Neil is an emergency Physician (FACEM) from Sydney, Australia. He has worked in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine for more than 25 years, predominantly with NSW Ambulance Aeromedical (Sydney HEMS). As well as operational PHRM and retrieval coordination, he am a clinician on the NSW Ambulance Prehospital ECMO-CPR service, and a member of the NSW Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) team. he also work as a senior specialist in emergency medicine at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

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Luke Davies

A Police Officer of 14 years, with experience of public order and firearms (D13) medicine, ‘I attended ATACC as a student in March 2023 and loved every minute of it!’

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James Whittaker

James has worked as a Paramedic in a number of trusts and roles around the UK and is now a Critical Care Paramedic working in the Hazardous Area Response Team for Yorkshire Ambulance Service. He is also involved in pre-hospital care training in a number of capacities, joining the ATACC faculty in 2023.

Operations Team

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Danny Ambler

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Hannah Davis

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Daz Roberts

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Charlotte Downham

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Debbie Townsend

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Mike Foster

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Molly Isaac-Smith

Prosthetic Makeup Designer for 2 years for the ATACC Group. Having worked in Film and HETV for 5 years, Molly and her team are able to bring the highest quality of Makeup FX to our courses.

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Jasmine Coles

Make-up FX supervisor for ATACC, with 8 years working in the Film and TV industry.

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Bethany Nicholls

With a background of over 10 years experience in beauty and fashion makeup, I decided move into Special Effects makeup in 2022. Now specialising in working in Film & TV, making monsters and injury effects come to life on the big screen and more.

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During Joey’s career, he has worked for renowned prosthetic designers and toured the UK with Musical Theatre Productions.

SFX Team