Directors & Associate Instructors

We’d like to introduce you to our expert team.

Dr Harvey Pynn, Medical Director MA FCEM DMM (UIAA) DMCC DTM&H
Harvey is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Bristol Royal Infirmary and an Honorary Consultant in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care with Great Western Air Ambulance. He has undertaken several operational tours across the Middle East whilst serving in the Armed Forces. Harvey has been teaching on WMT courses since 2004. 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 BATLS 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. Harvey co-edited a 3000 word WMT article for the British Mountaineering Council’s Summit Magazine (no. 55 autumn 2009 edition – online at involving six authors, a task akin to herding fish. More recently, he has edited a chapter in the OUP Handbook of Expedition and 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.

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 25 diverse international expeditions to his credit, mainly to the mountains. He is an advanced diver, paraglider pilot, 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 to the OUP expedition medicine handbook. From ’04 to ’08 he was sponsored by 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 aascent.

Associate Instructors
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, nurses, 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, teach other doctors (in hospitals and on the Diploma in Mountain Medicine), work with mountain rescue teams, serve in war zones and run charitable medical projects and clinics in the developing world. They also find time to pursue their own overseas dreams and ambitions so they are very much active “in the field”. These friends include;

  • Dr Lucy Obolensky 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, consultant opthamologist and high altitude researcher, is the founding director of the Ol Malo trachoma eradication project 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 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 Pete Davis is an emergency medicine consultant and mountain medicine expert with expedition experience spanning Everest and Antarctica.
  • Dr Zoe Burton holds the DTM&H and a masters in mountain medicine. She has travelled, worked and taught widely.
  • Dr Duncan Gray is an emergency medicine consultant 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 Naomi Dodds is a mountain lover and Aberdeen based medic who is a regular contributor to WMT’ Glenmore Lodge courses.
  • Dr Jamie Goodhart first attended an Explorer course then retrained as a doctor to follow his passion for mountain medicine and high altitude climbing.
  • Nigel Williams is the Training Manager at Glenmore Lodge and an IML and MIC award holder with a passion for Nordic skiing and navigation training.
  • 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.