Meet the trainers

Charlie and Emma are a husband and wife team who between them have a varied and in depth knowledge of First Aid at Work, Sport, Outdoor and Pediatric first aid. Both are trained teachers with a number of years experience in a range of education sectors, both are currently working in an education setting.


Charlie’s interest in First Aid was borne through his early years of scouting and outdoor activities. He read a Degree in Environmental Science in Bristol in the late nineties and has been entwined in the outdoors ever since. He completed his PGCE in Geography at Newcastle University in 2002 and became a First Aid Trainer with ITC in 2004. He delivers First aid training to a wide range of client groups and particularly enjoys delivering outdoor and sport courses. Charlie set up ‘Blueprint First Aid’ in 2009 with his wife Emma. The recent birth of their first child has also developed their interest in paediatric first aid!

Charlie is currently the Course Manager of Outdoor Education at Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire, where he runs a successful department and delivers first aid courses to college students. He moved to Northamptonshire following three successful years as Outdoor Education Manager at King Edward VI High School in Morpeth, Northumberland. Here, in addition to teaching Geography and Biology Charlie ran a large DofE unit, was Educational Visits Coordinator and delivered first aid training to the school population and DofE volunteers.

His outdoor career started with the Field Studies Council in Betws-y-Coed, North Wales, where Charlie gained his ML and SPA and enjoyed the climbing and mountain sports Snowdonia had to offer. He has competed in 16 Mountain Marathons, 8 Great North Runs and 2 Great North Swims. He is well travelled and has climbed in the UK, the European Alps and in New Zealand. He ski’s annually and volunteers with the Adaptive Skiing organisation in Milton Keynes.

More recently Charlie added the Polaris mountain bike marathon to his list of endeavours and has joined West Anglian Orienteering Club in a vain attempt to maintain his fitness levels and complete the ‘Bob Graham Round’ in the lake district. He qualified as an Orienteering Coach in 2010 and  became an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning in 2011.

In addition to his land based interests, Charlie is a keen sailor, holding his day skipper and Dinghy Instructor qualifications and is a competitive dinghy sailor. He has also enjoyed diving in various warm water locations as a PADI open water diver.


Emma’s interest in first aid has developed from ten years as a secondary school Physical Education teacher. Her first degree was a BSc in Sports Science and Physiology from the University of Leeds, which she followed with and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Durham.

Emma now works as a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Teaching Fellow at the University of Northampton, School of Education; delivering teaching degrees to primary school trainee teachers.

Emma’s work gives her a strong background in both Sports and Paediatric knowledge in the work setting and working knowledge of the Primary curriculum reform and the EYFS documentation.

Emma enjoys sports and is a keen volleyball player and outdoor enthusiast enjoying walking, skiing, has run 2 successful Duke of Edinburgh Award units and has completed 2 Great North Swims. Emma has a strong background in swimming and lifesaving and has completed awards with the RNLI and RLSS and worked as a Lifeguard for 8 years.


Cara Allison is a qualified teacher with 25 years of experience working in the outdoors delivering environmental and outdoor education.  In addition to being an approved ITC First Aid trainer she works as a freelance outdoor instructor, overseas expedition leader, Duke of Edinburgh trainer and ecologist. Her main sporting interests are caving and mountain walking and she has been on expeditions all over world.  She therefore appreciates first hand, the need to have good first aid skills to deal with incidents in remote locations as well as in everyday life and the work place.  Having delivered many first aid courses over the years, she particularly enjoys ITC courses due to their systematic, hands on and practical nature.

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A freelance first aid trainer who also holds the Mountain Leader Summer and John Muir Leader qualifications. He has been involved with the outdoors since a young age and in 2008 achieved a masters degree in conservation and land management. As a team member Jim plays an active role with the Ogwen valley Mountain Rescue Organisation which he joined in 2006. This sparked an interest in training people in First Aid. He became a First Aid Trainer with ITC in 2010 and is currently developing this aspect of his business. Jim runs Nature’s work a company that provides educational training events and skills courses to individuals and groups.

Jim has developed a broad wealth of experience leading groups in the outdoors not only in environmental education but also as an expedition leader. He became a tutor with the Field Studies Council where he has taught groups in both ecology and geography across the UK since 1996. He has led expeditions to East Africa, Mongolia and Borneo he has also travelled with work to South America.

His main enjoyment comes from general mountaineering and connecting with nature. Jim is often seen on his bike on which he has journeyed through Patagonia, New Zealand and the UK


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