We’d like to introduce you to our expert team.
Dr Harvey Pynn MA FRCEM DMM (UIAA) DMCC DTM&H DipIMC, WMT Medical Director
Harvey is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Bristol Royal Infirmary and an Honorary Consultant and clinical governance lead in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care with Great Western Air Ambulance. He has undertaken several operational tours across the world whilst serving in the Armed Forces. Harvey has completed more than 10 expeditions worldwide – mainly in mountain and jungle areas (both as leader and doctor). He holds the Mountain Leader award and is an ALS, APLS and MOET Instructor. Harvey has particular interests in trauma, environmental and tropical medicine and has completed the diplomas in mountain medicine and medical care of catastrophes. He completed the diploma in tropical medicine in London in 2011. Amongst his many publications Harvey recently authored a guideline for expedition medic paper with the Faculty of Pre-hospital care at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is a contributing author to the 2nd Ed of the Oxford Handbook in Expedition and Wilderness medicine. Harvey medically advises Nord Anglia education in their international outdoor education programme. He is the educational supervisor for a number of expedition medicine clinical fellows in Bristol and supervises a popular SSM for Bristol medical students learning about wilderness medicine. On the expedition front, in April 2010 Harvey completed the gruelling Marathon de Sables in Morocco for the charity Mencap and more recently took part in a medical research expedition to the Cordillera Real of the Bolivian Andes. Harvey was appointed WMT Medical Director in August 2013 after 10 years of teaching, developing and directing WMT courses. (updated March ’18)
Barry Roberts BSc BEd, WMT Commercial Director
Barry is a professional expedition leader who has maintained a long-standing interest in wilderness medicine since ski patrolling in Canada in his late teens 30 years ago. Barry has 40+ diverse international expeditions to his credit, mainly to the mountains. He is an advanced diver, paraglider pilot, lapsed skydiver, a climber, qualified Day Skipper, a BASI ski instructor and ski mountaineer. He is formerly a Director of Raleigh International. He is the co-author of Staying Alive Off Piste and a contributing author of 3 chapters to the OUP expedition medicine handbook 2nd edition. From ’04 to ’08 he was an ambassador for The North Face and he has lectured widely to corporate and public audiences about his expedition life. Expedition highlights include reaching the summit of Mount Everest in May 2004 and paragliding off Gunnsbjornsfjeld in Greenland after guiding the first winter ascent.
WMT is fortunate to count many great people as associate instructors who contribute to our courses. Though we may only call upon them infrequently, they make a special impact on our students. They love to teach and they are active doctors, expedition leaders and mountain guides with a passion for travel and adventure. They’ve been there, see it, done it – but they are hugely approachable. Three words sum them up – expert, expert, expert. They write for leading publications, consult for travel companies, conduct related research, work with mountain rescue teams, serve in war zones and run charitable medical projects and clinics in the resource poor, austere settings around the world. They also find time to pursue their own overseas dreams and ambitions so they are very much active “in the field”.
- Dr Lucy Obolensky MB ChB MRCS DTH&M DSEM is a GP and A&E staff grade with five years’ experience as an orthopaedic registrar. She has a passion for global health education and has a massive amount of field experience.
- Mr Dan Morris BSc (Hons) MBChB FRCSEd(Ophth) MFSEM(UK), consultant opthamologist and high altitude researcher, is the founding director of the Ol Malo Trust in Kenya.
- Dr Paddy Morgan is an anaesthetic consultant who plays an active role in mountain, sea and swift water rescue operations and training – he’s also Honourary Medical Advisor to Surf Lifesaving GB.
- Mr Ali Cobb is qualified as a dentist and a doctor and specialises in maxillofacial reconstructive surgery. His work is truly breathtaking.
- Dr Rose Drew MBChB (Hons), MSc, FRCA, DTM&H has packed half a dozen diverse expeditions into the last 2 years. Rose recently returned from 18 months in the Antarctic working for BAS.
- Dr Zoe Burton MBBCh FRCA MSc (Mtn Med) BSc DTM&H has travelled, worked and taught widely from Svalbard, to Ethiopia to Antactica.
- Dr Duncan Gray is an emergency medicine consultant, GP and expedition medic with experience from Denali to Antarctica.
- Dr Carron Scrimgeour is an emergency medicine consultant in Sallanches, France, a Chamonix helicopter rescue doctor and champion mountain ski racer.
- Dr Jamie Goodhart first attended an Explorer course then retrained as a doctor to follow his passion for mountain medicine and high altitude climbing.
- Dr Charlotte Verney MBChB, BSc, MRCEM, Dip. Mtn. Med has expeditioned widely and is currently working in Melbourne, Australia.
- Dr Craig Miller BM BMedSci is an F4 doctor who is currently taking a sabbatical pursuing interests in expedition medicine and global health in addition to teaching WMT Far From Help programmes.
- Dr Jodie Blackadder-Weinstein MBChB BSc MRCGP DFSRH PgDipSMEH is a widely travelled RAF GP with a passion for skiing.
- Nigel Williams just retired as the Training Manager at Glenmore Lodge and is an IML and MIC award holder with a passion for Nordic skiing and navigation training. His ground breaking book on teaching navigation has just been published.
- Chris Buckley MSc BSc (Hons) has 8 years experience with polar research expeditions and has worked across Antarctica, Greenland, Alaska and the Russian Arctic.
- Tim Burton is a polar specialist and guide who has spent more than four years in Antarctica.
- Luc Bellon is our authentic Chamonix-based mountain guide and ski instructor who was formerly a helicopter-based professional rescue policeman.
Read more about WMT’s Ethos & Team.