I left school at 16 and joined the UK military, after an injury I found myself having to find a new career in life. I wanted to work in disasters but with no courses available and no relevant skills to offer I decided to get some experience. I worked hard at a number of jobs to raise the money to travel and try and get that experience. In Los Angeles I helped protect food going into South Central Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots. From there I went to Hawaii and lived during a large hurricane and stayed for the clean up.
Armed with experience, I returned to the UK to go back to education as part of the first cohort of students studying called International Disaster Engineering & Management at Coventry University. I graduated in 1997 with a BSc and have been working with the UK government and private sector organisations until 2010.
Since this time I have worked to help organisations prepare for, respond to and recover from a range of incidents from ebola and earthquakes to civil disputes and illegal detention. In 2010 I joined Rio Tinto as the Global Chief Advisor for Business Resilience. While I was there I worked collaboratively to design, implement and maintain a global business resilience response capability. I have since travelled around the world to mines and operations in many locations from corporate offices to open pit and underground mines and operations.
In 2019, I joined the Department of Mining Engineering at UBC as an Adjunct Professor. I initially taught a graduate course, Risk Management in Mining and in the process believed this material would be of use and interest to undergraduate students.
In addition to working at UBC, I operate my own consultancy as well as working for Hatch Engineering. In 2021 I plan to return to studies again to pursue my research interests in using risk management to reduce the length of the Lasonde curve.
Helping to develop capable people is the most important thing I do.