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  2003 CE Wintersport
 
  Qualifications
 
  Introduction
   
 

My expertise is in the field of skiing, ski teaching and ski equipment

I am qualified and appointed as an examiner of ski instructors in the U.K. and the U.S.A and as a coach in the U.K, and the Netherlands. I am a former Chairman of the English Ski Council, now Snowsport England, the governing body for English Skiers. I am one of Snowsport England’s most senior tutors, being only one of 4 people authorised to deliver its highest level courses [which give successful candidates an internationally recognised qualification]. I have, for the last 4 years delivered Snowsport England’s tutor training - both preparing course materials and delivering courses. I hold honorary life membership of Snowsport England.
   
As a member of the Commission for the Examination and Education of Ski Instructors I am part of the international expert group which reviews and sets standards for ski instructors. I am the British representative to the IVSI [the International Federation of Ski Instructors] and was the British delegation leader to the last two IVSI meetings and congresses. I am also a member of the national source group responsible for setting the standards for coaches and ski instructors and led the development of the United Kingdom Snowsports Coach Award Scheme - now UK Snowsports.
   
I have worked as a member of ASTM committee F27 and various technical subcommittees in respect of skiing safety and ski bindings. This committee and the organisation has a role in the USA which is analogous to that of B.S. [British Standards] or ISO and is responsible, inter alia for the drafting of standards for the supply of ski bindings. I have also written extensively on skiing and ski equipment over the last 15 years.   

I am regularly employed as a consultant by various organisations including architects, retailers, ski centres and local authorities to assist in their compliance with good practice in the design and  management of ski centres.  As a ski journalist I am employed to research developments in ski equipment and I carry out this role for ski magazines in the U.K. and the U.S.A. I am a former Chairman of the English Ski Council {now Snowsports England}, the governing body for English Skiers. I am also a member of the national source group responsible for setting the standards for coaches and ski instructors and led the development of the United Kingdom Snowsports Coach Award Scheme. I am the senior examiner for this organisation and for the last two years have had overall responsibility for the training of all tutors.

I am the British representative to the IVSI congress.

Details of my professional experience and qualifications are as follows;

 
 

Legal Accreditions

   
  Member Law Society Register of Experts

Member Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Register of Experts

Member Association of F.O.I.L. Register of Experts

Member Scottish Law Society of Register of Experts

Member Northern Ireland Law Society Register of Experts

I was formerly a member of BAE and UK Register of Expert Witnesses but have not renewed these memberships for some time.

I am also cited in various overseas registers of experts
 
  Coaching Qualifications
   
  Professional Ski Instructor since 1983.

Qualified as "Full Certified Ski Instructor", renamed as Level 3 instructor,  Professional Ski Instructors of America. Holder of twenty year long service award
   
Qualified as Grade 1 National Ski Teacher, renamed as Level 3 instructor , IASI.

Qualified as NVVS A and B licence holder

The preceding 3 awards  each entitle me to hold an ISIA International Ski Instructor’s licence. To the best of my knowledge I am the only British ski teacher to hold 3 such licences.

Qualified as  E S C Coach and appointed as ESC [now Snowsport England] senior tutor. I am one of Snowsport England’s most senior tutors, being only one of 4 people authorised to deliver its highest level courses [which give successful candidates an internationally recognised qualification].

Working with colleagues from Wales and Scotland I have led the development of the new UK Snowsports Coaching, leading and Instructing awards. I have also written the workbooks and manuals for these awards [see reference under writing and broadcasting].
       
My status as a Snowsport England coach entitles me to be a member of I.V.S.I. The International Federation of Ski Instructors. This is the highest level of qualification open to those who regularly coach within ski clubs world-wide.

My NVVS B licence further entitles me to membership of the I.V.S.I.

To the best of my knowledge I am the only British ski teacher to hold 2 such licences.

Examiner and course conductor for the Amateur Ski Instructors Association [USA]. The organisation qualifies instructors within Clubs and organisations. It also works with the US military delivering courses for such institutions as West Point.

I am a tutor for SportsCoach UK, a part of the National Coaching Foundation and the educational arm of UK Sport. This involves the delivery of courses to coaches from a variety of sports on topics such as safety in coaching and good coaching practice.
                   
In addition I have been qualified as or accepted as a member by various other skiing and coaching organisations. These awards whilst perhaps of interest should not be regarded as current.
  • Accepted as Full Member of the British INstitute of Sports Coaches/National Association of  Sports Coaches. The organisation no longer exists in this form.
  • Member United States Ski Coaches Association. The organisation no longer exists in this form.
  • Qualified as certified coach by Canadian Ski  Coaches Federation.
  • Level 3 Equivalence CSIA - Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance
  • Qualified by British Association of Ski Instructors. (License Number 1487). 
As I am much more highly qualified in other organisations I have not renewed these preceding two memberships for some time

In addition I have attended or been invited to attend the following events which are of significance:
  • I was invited to join the IASI delegation to Interski 95, Nozawa Ozen, Japan. To the best of my knowledge I was the first British ski teacher to be invited to join a foreign ski instructors association.
  • Delegation leader to IVSI Congress - Lech/Zurs 2005
  • Member of British Delegation to Interski 2007 - Pyeongchang, South Korea. I was also the British representative to the IVSI general meeting held during this congress.
 
  Risk Awareness Experience
   
  Regular TV and radio appearances discussing skiing and skiing safety.

Led the development of the British alpine ski Leader Award for teachers, youth leaders and other responsible ski club members who wish to lead skiers in a mountain environment. A significant part of the course involves risk awareness related to ski equipment.

Contracted by various ski slopes to advise on their risk management procedures.

Consulted by various ski slopes and local authorities regarding the implementation of internationally recognized binding setting procedures.

Trains staff at various ski centres in the implementation of internationally recognised binding setting systems.

 
  Writing and Broadcast Experience
   
  Magazine and Print Journalism

Equipment Editor for The Skier magazine.

Equipment Editor for The Good Ski Guide and World Ski and Snowboard Guide

Travel writer for both magazines.

I have been published in a range of magazines including; Focus magazine, Toyota Owners Magazine and for a winter season I prepared a weekly column in The Independent newspaper on ski instruction and technique.

Broadcast

I have been used as an ‘expert’ by various broadcast institutions including BBC TV [Watchdog and Face Value], BBC national and local radio, independent local radio on topics ranging from skiing safety to ski equipment and skiwear.

Specialist Publications

I have written and edited the course materials, manuals and workbooks for the UK Snowsports Coaching leading and Instructing awards.

I contributed extensively to the BASI British Ski Instructors manual; in particular the history, safety [equipment] and organisational sections. I was not responsible for the final editing of these sections but I can say that vast majority of these sections was my work.
 
  Ski Teaching Experience
   
  I have worked as a coach, ski teacher and examiner in most of the skiing nations in the Northern Hemisphere.
 
  Miscellaneous
   
  Trains and assesses ski instructors on behalf of UK Snowsports

Trains and assesses ski instructors on behalf of the Amateur Ski Instructors Association. The body charged with the certification of amateur ski instructors in the USA First and only non American to be qualified as an examiner by this association.

N.V.Q. Assessor,

Part of National Source responsible for drafting both UK Snowsports and NVQ standards for ski instructors.

Member of the executive committee of Snowsport England. The governing body of the sport in England.

National Coaching Foundation Staff Tutor.

Diploma High Angle Rescue {Ski Lift Evacuation}

Trainer's Certification High Angle Rescue {Ski Lift Evacuation}

 
  Awarding Bodies
   
 
NVVS Ski
UK Snowsports