Meet the Team
Fast is a vibrant training consultancy, focused on customer satisfaction through high quality training and excellent value. We are offer student centered training techniques to develop skills and confidence which are easily transfered to the workplace.
We can train you how to cope with medical emergencies and also to comply with current legislation, we offer a bespoke training service which will meet the needs of any business small or large. Find out about our staff team …
Owner and principal trainer
I have worked in Health and Social Care for 40 years, leaving in April 2020 to take over the family first aid training business on a full time basis.
My career has seen me start my working life as a pre – nursing student at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, going on to work for my local authority as a care assistant in a residential home for elderly people for 14 years. I moved across to the private sector to become a Registered Manager of a large dementia care home in 1997. I have also managed dementia nursing services and the vocational provision for adults with learning difficulties. Whilst working in social care I qualified as a NVQ assessor and verifier and changed direction to work in staff learning and development. Since 2012 I worked solely as a trainer/training manager.
I qualified as a teacher in adult education (CertEd PCET) in 2006. I have also completed the Diploma in Dementia course via the University of Surrey. I also hold management and care management qualifications at Level 4.
I have trained a variety of subjects in the Health and Social Care sector, safeguarding of children and adults, infection control, behaviour management, moving and handling, understanding dementia to name a few.
I was introduced to first aid in the 1970’s, my Mum became an active member of our local St John ambulance and I eventually joined as a cadet. I became a first aid trainer and assessor for St John Ambulance Brigade in 1996 and worked on an ad hoc/part time basis for St John Ambulance Association.
I am so pleased to have this opportunity to take over the business which Liz (Mum) and John set up from scratch 20+ years ago and am looking forward to continuing and developing the business whilst maintaining the high standards of training and customer care that our clients have come to expect.
Retired Associate Trainer
As a professional ambulance man and holder of the Miller Certificate of Ambulance Aid, I can confirm the many benefits of a well-trained first aider in the area of pre-hospital care of casualties with injuries and illnesses.
I spent several years providing pre-hospital care with Lancashire Ambulance before moving to work at Heysham 2 Nuclear Power Station (NPS). After three year as a first aider and rescue team member, I transferred to the power generation side of the nuclear industry as an Occupational First Aider. This meant administering oxygen, entonox and being involved in more intensive rescue training techniques including use of breathing apparatus. I was involved in delivering statutory training for many emergency exercises that involved search and rescue and first aid.
During this time at Heysham 2 NPS I updated my ‘old’ ambulance aid qualification to Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) This enabled me to be the convoy “medic”, as well as HGV driver, on humanitarian aid trips to Croatia (sponsored by the Electricity Engineering Unions).
After nearly 14 years with the power industry a new challenge appeared on the horizon; my partner, Liz, accepted the role of Consultant to St John Kenya. I began developing and delivering H&S courses, first aid courses and developing emergency exercises for SJA and other industries including PricewaterhouseCoopers. One of the more interesting events was being part of the organising committee of the I.A.A. emergency exercise at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
On returning to the UK we started our own training business – ‘First Aid Services and Training’ (FAST). We offer all aspects of first aid training courses and emergency exercises and have numerous clients, across all industries, developing courses to their specific requirements.
My close working relationship with a German humanitarian aid charity, led me to work in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami in December 2004. I also trained Emergency Medical Technicians in Colombo over a four-month period in 2005.
Formal training qualifications:
- First Aid at Work trainer on the St John Ambulance trainer course
- ‘Train the trainer’ a Nuclear Electric sponsored course
- City and Guilds NVQ Level 3&4 in Training and Development also gaining credits in the NEBOSH Certificate (Health and Safety).
Keeping up to date
- It is imperative we are up to date with all the changes that impact upon the protocols of first aid.
- EMT updated with Technician bi-annual courses, including Automated External Defibrillator Trainer/Operator.
- Attend several CPD sessions and conferences run by different organisations every year.
- Successfully completed a Re-Certification FAW course (tri-annually)
Retired Associate Trainer
I began my first aid career in 1972, undertaking a public first aid course delivered by St John Ambulance, after my mother-in-law died of a heart attack and I did not know what to do.
After a couple of years, during which time I had continued training and been a volunteer at public events, I was asked by St John to become a part-time instructor (trainer) for my local unit. I later gained a full-time post at our county office and they subsequently sent me on a course that had been developed by St John National HQ, designed to enable Tutors to train local trainers. I then was able to assist NHQ in delivery of the Tutor course. During my time with St John I continued to work full time as a trainer but also combined this with my volunteer role within St John. Eventually I was given the county training managers role to be combined with the Commissioner of Training (volunteers) for St John South & West Yorkshire.
In 1991 I discovered that St John Ambulance was twinned with Kenya. From childhood it had been my ambition to visit Kenya and thus I asked if I could be of any assistance to St John Ambulance Kenya. Upon discovering that not only was I a trainer but a Tutor, St John Kenya asked if I would deliver training for the St John members in Kenya. The first course delivered was for the Kenyan Police training College in the foothills of Mt Kenya, the second at the St John HQ in Nairobi. I learned a lot from this unique experience, learning to combat frequent and extensive power cuts whilst devising and delivering training aids to students who may not speak or understand English.
The courses were so successful that training was given on a yearly basis until 1998. During this time both John and myself assisted our National and International HQ in designing a first aid package for delivery in developing countries, with Kenya being chosen to pilot the package. I then became the Training Consultant for St John Kenya, working in Kenya until 2000. Whilst in Kenya, St John UK gave me permission to deliver the Tutor course and Kenya became the first country to have its own Tutors recognised by St John UK. The stay was very successful and many of the training strategies and development programmes are still in place today.
Upon returning to the UK mid 2000, my partner John and I started our own First Aid Training business, ‘First Aid Services and Training’ (FAST). However my foreign posts continued when I travelled to Kabul in Afghanistan for two months to set up a ‘train the trainer’ programme on behalf of Johanniter Unfile Hilfe, a sister German branch of St John. The initial phase of the course was to train Doctors, nurses and teachers to be first aid trainers the second part of the programme the students were taught first aid. After the Boxing day Tsunami, Johanniter invited me to visit Sri Lanka for a two month period to assess the needs of St. John Ambulance Sri Lanka. I completed this analysis and then spent eighteen months delivering the training.
My partner John Churton was also asked to deliver three months of Emergency Medical Technician Training for the Ambulance Service that Johanniter had set up. Based upon the success of the Sri Lankan projects similar training took place in Medan, North Sumatra. Both countries now have their own Tutors and trainers. At present I am Training consultant for both Sri Lanka and Indonesia; I am in frequent contact by e-mail and phone to both countries to support their ongoing development.