Meet The Instructors

Richard North – Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, Member of the Institute of Royal Engineers. (CTTLS)

I am Richard North born and bred in Derbyshire. I am a former military instructor with 25 years of military experience having joined the British Army Royal Engineers (V) in 1986 and then the regular army Royal Engineers in 1988. Having completed Basic and Combat Engineer Training I was posted to The British Army of the Rhine Germany. Since then I was deployed on operations, world-wide in various roles from construction to counter terrorism. I have served in Germany, UK mainland and Northern Ireland, the Balkans’, Middle East, Falkland Islands, Canada and Africa.  I retired from the regular army in 2011 in the post of Permanent Staff Instructor Training and Enablement for the reserves and ran training at a national level. Since leaving the army I have worked as a contractor for Rolls Royce aerospace division and as a lecturer in uniformed public services where I prepare students wishing to go into careers within the armed forces, police and fire service. I have taught leadership, navigation, physical preparation for the uniformed services, discipline, team building, expedition skills, international human rights, skills acquisition in sport and personal protection self defence and conflict management. I am also an England Triathlon Federation Coach, Mountain Leader (Summer) and life coach.

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Dave White – BSc (Hons) Physical Education (QTS)

I am Dave from Sheffield, born and bred. I am the Yorkshire part of the Derbyshire team. I have been an outdoor educator in the past linking this in to my secondary school teaching career.  Whilst training as a teacher I worked for a local outdoor activity centre, here I became a water sports instructor and an orienteering instructor.  I gained the Basic Expedition Leadership Award and led team building and leadership activities for all ages.  During this time I attended training courses for mountain leadership, mountain biking, caving and rock climbing.  At college I studied Outdoor Education and gained a level 3 City & Guilds qualification before attending Sheffield Hallam University achieving an honours degree in Physical Education and Education with qualified teacher status.

After university I went straight into full time teaching in a secondary school, I taught physical and outdoor education working for 2 school/sports colleges in South Yorkshire.   My roles have included School Sports Coordinator, working in several primary schools delivering physical education and sports; and Outdoor Education Coordinator, which allowed me to deliver all outdoor education across the school, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  In both roles I was in charge of risk assessment and team management on external outdoor activities.

My next role was in further education teaching up to level 3, I spent 9 years working as a lecturer in a Derbyshire college in the Uniformed Public Service Department.  I taught many different units including: aspects of physical fitness; navigation using map and compass; team skills; employment for uniformed services; leadership, discipline and service routine also competitive sports.

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