Meet our experienced and skilled trainers
The current members of DDRC Professional Services Training Team are:
John 'George' Adamson
(Manager of DDRC Professional Services, UK)
Born in Sunderland in 1955, John started his working life as a nursing Cadet. However, realising he wanted to travel as well as well as be in the caring profession, he became a Medical Assistant in the Royal Navy, with a career lasting 20 years.
After leaving the R.N., John joined Derriford Hospital in 1995 and qualified as an RGN, gaining a Diploma in Health Studies. Following 4 years at Derriford, he left to work as a Research Nurse at Phase1 Clinical Trials and was soon promoted to Study Manager/Coordinator running large Pharmacokinetic studies.
John completed his Offshore Medic’s course in 2005. Following work on a Drilling Rig in the Danish sector as a Medic/Admin, he then moved on to a Flotel where he furthered his experience
John then trained as a Diver Medic Technician and worked for Acergy and Subsea7 on their Dive Support Vessels. During this time, John was responsible for the health and safety of 100 crew, plus 12-18 Saturation Divers.
John was appointed as Manager of Professional Services UK Operations in January 2013 and is responsible for all HSE Offshore and Maritime courses as well as the day to day running of the training department.
Paul Dart (Senior Training Officer)
Paul started scuba diving in 1975, became involved with the Underwater Conservation Society (now Marine Conservation Society) from 1977 and completed a BSc in Marine & Freshwater Biology at London University taking part in many UCS/MCS Expeditions around the U.K, where his interest in underwater photography flourished.
Paul’s interest broadened to Nautical Archaeology and he became an Instructor for BSAC, SAA, PADI, IANTD & TDI. As an HSE offshore diver Paul became more involved with Technical & Commercial Diver Instruction at Fort Bovisand where his association with DDRC developed as a volunteer.
Paul joined DDRC Healthcare in full-time employment at Derriford in 1999 to work with the Chamber Team and to support the aims of the charity. As Training Manager he now helps organise and deliver Diving First Aid, Medic & Life Support Technician, Hyperbaric Technician and Hyperbaric Clinical/Physician training.
Jon Parlour (Training Officer)
I started recreational diving in the late 1960s and developed a keen interest in the marine environment. In the early 1970s I joined the Royal Navy, where I gained my first experience as a working diver after qualifying as a Ship’s Diving Officer. On leaving the RN, I worked in the inshore diving industry for a while before joining the Devon and Cornwall Police.
My introduction to DDRC (as it was then known) was as a volunteer chamber attendant and operator during the early 1980s. I continued in this role through until the late 1990s. At that time I was working as a police diving supervisor and occasionally as an instructor at Fort Bovisand Underwater Centre. On retiring from the police service in 2004, I became a member of the DDRC bank staff and in January 2005 took on the full time role as a Training Officer at DDRC.
During my previous career was in the police service I undertook a variety of roles other than diving. Most significant to my work at DDRC Healthcare / DDRC Professional Services was as an operational manager, trainer and course director.
My qualifications include a BA(Hons), Certificate in Education, Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (NBDHMT), Certified Hyperbaric Chamber Operator (EBAss) and certificates in pre-hospital life support. On the diving side I am an Instructor with BSAC and PADI, and an Instructor Trainer with BSAC, EFR and DAN.
In my free time I enjoy walks in the countryside with family and dogs. My wife Lyn walks police dog puppies, which is often entertaining. My main interest is underwater exploration, of both natural environment and cultural heritage. I also enjoy flying light aircraft and have held a private pilot’s licence since 1995. I currently own a share of a vintage aircraft based at Bodmin airfield.
Ron McBride (Training Officer)
Ron was a serving member of the armed forces for twenty five years. On leaving the military he became a driving instructor and following this trained to be a self employed trainer in First Aid and Driver Training. This has led to Ron being a volunteer First Responder for the South West Ambulance Service.
Ron has a varied role within DDRC Healthcare, he is our First Aid and Offshore Coordinator as well as carrying out duties as a Training Officer and Assessor on many of our courses.
Ron’s teaching qualifications include: First Aid & AED Instructor: Medical Gas Instructor: Manual Handling Instructor: Medicine Management Trainer: Link Trainer Blood glucose Monitoring: Driving Standards Agency Driving Instructor: Driving Standards Agency Fleet Trainer: Road Safety Officer.
Ron is a Fellow of the Association of Road Safety Officers, he holds an Institute of Advanced Motorists Masters Certificate and is an Associte Member of the College of Paramedics and is a Level 3 Member of The Faculty of Pre Hospital Care , Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh .
Ron’s interests are varied but include Motor Sport, driving, caravanning, walking, swimming and all things medical.
Tim Mockridge (Training Officer)
Tim grew up in Devon and Cornwall and attended Devonport High School for Boys in Plymouth.
At the age of 14 Tim joined the Army, starting in the Infantry Junior Leaders, where young soldiers were trained to become the Army’s future Non Commissioned Officers. After two years of training he went on to successfully complete the assessment for the Parachute Regiment and served all over the world.
In 1979 Tim joined Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service serving at most of the Plymouth stations. After eight years of operational service he was promoted to Instructor and attended eight months of instructor training specialising in breathing apparatus and road traffic crashes.
Tim returned to operational service as a Station Officer at Crownhill Plymouth whilst also continuing in his training role.
In the late 1990s Tim took up SCUBA diving and qualified as an instructor. Heavily interested in emergency rescue and medicine Tim attended a Diver Medic Technician course at DDRC, and then shortly after started to work in the DDRC Chamber Team part time whilst still in the Fire Service.
During the last three years in his Fire Service career, Tim performed the role of Training School Manager at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Maritime Training School, specialising in the prevention and fighting of maritime fires, teaching breathing apparatus wearing, fire fighting and rescue, survival and security.
Tim is a qualified instructor in Breathing Apparatus, Fire Behaviour, Road Traffic Extrication.
In 2010 Tim left the Fire Service and now works for DDRC Healthcare as Chamber Staff - Chamber Medic, Operator, and Diving Supervisor; and for DDRC Professional Services as an Instructor teaching Remote Medicine, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, Chamber Operation both in the United Kingdom and in many locations overseas.
Tim is a qualified Certified Hyperbaric Technologist, European Baromedical Association Instructor, Fire Safety Risk Assessor, NVQ (D32/33) Trainer/Assessor, HSE IOSH Safety Management, PTLLS L4, STCW.
His hobbies include SCUBA diving and he regularly mountaineers in the world’s highest regions.
Dr Sally Simmons (Diving and Hyperbaric Physician)
I have been one of the DDRC Healthcare diving and hyperbaric doctors since 2009, and the Physician Courses Manager for DDRC Pro Services since 2013, although I have worked intermittently for DDRC as a nurse since 1991 until qualifying as a doctor in 2007. I have been a diver since 1974 and have both commercial and recreational diving experience.
As the Pro Services Physician Course Manager I organise and teach on our DMAC/EDTC physician Level 1 and Level 2a courses, as well as the AMED (Level 1) Refresher courses. I also teach on our DMT, Offshore Medic and Ship’s Captains courses and speak at national diving conferences and to interested groups of divers.
I am an ex-QARNNS (Royal Navy) nurse and ex QARANC Nursing Officer (British Army) so I have a strong work ethic. I am a qualified GP and work as a Portfolio GP in various jobs in Devon including the Devon Doctors Out of Hours service, a locum GP in Mid Devon and the BASICs emergency charity. I am also one of the Isle of Man TT motorcycle race doctors and ride 2 motorbikes (although not at the same time).
Likes: fast motorbikes
Hates: Rich tea biscuits
Bruce Hooker (Trainer)
I retired in January 2015 from the Devon & Cornwall Police after 28 years service. Most of that time was spent on the a traffic department and armed response vehicles, working predominantly in mid and South Devon. In March 2015 I joined the training bank staff at DDRC Professional Services.
I qualified as a PADI Master Scuba Diver trainer and Emergency First Response Instructor in 2008 and have been teaching various Scuba diving courses since then.
In May 2015 I attained the City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Education & Training followed by Paediatric First Aid Instructor in June 2015
My hobbies surprisingly are scuba diving,which I first learnt in Florida with my wife and two sons in 2002. Since then we have had many happy holidays diving as a family. I also enjoy cycling and house renovation with my son.
Catherine Buckland (Trainer)
Originally from the midlands, I was always keen to be on or under the water in some capacity. So it seemed natural to come to University at Plymouth and after graduating I managed to find enough work to keep me here. I have been diving in earnest since 2006 and am a qualified BSAC Instructor and also HSE Pro Scuba. I’ve been fortunate that most of my work is in the marine environment and I have been working out of Plymouth for 6 years as a commercial diving instructor. Naturally being a diver medic goes along with this and I have been training students in first aid and management in the outdoor environment of emergencies for 8 years now.
As a freelance instructor I never know where the next week will take me which is something I particularly enjoy, and being part of the ad-hoc team at DDRC fits in with this.
Sam Shayer (Training Coordinator)
Our Training Team is also supported by many of our Doctors, Nurses and Chamber Team, as well as other specialist trainers who support our delivery from time to time. Contact the Training team on +44(0)1752 237137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org