Meet the Team
Alex Rowe Medical Director - EWM courses
Alex qualified as a doctor in 1994 and is now a GP in South Devon. Before general practice he worked in anaesthetics and emergency medicine.
He started rock climbing and mountaineering as a teenager and since then has travelled extensively to Iceland, North America, South East Asia, Africa, and Europe. He has worked as medic on many overseas trips for charity challenges, including summiting Kilimanjaro three times.
Alex is a helmsman and navigator on the RNLI Torbay Lifeboats and has experience in search and rescue, communications and performing pre hospital medicine in austere environments. The lifeboat work was a progression from his background in offshore sailing.
Alex enjoys using his spare time walking, mountaineering, back country skiing and trekking, mountain biking and open water swimming.
Andrew Peacock Medical Director Australia
David Weil World Extreme Medicine Commercial & Strategy Partner
Conference Co-Founder | Across the Divide Partner | World Extreme Medicine Commercial & Strategy Partner | Co-Founder of Extreme Medicine Conference
Companies, Organisations & Non-Profits:
Trustee Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (retired) | Founding Trustee Saturday Club Trust – Somerset House | Keeper of the Quaich | Founder FranceVietNam Initiative Non-Profit (early 2017)
In addition to David’s interests as co-founder and partner in the above companies, he is also a Hong Kong based entrepreneur who invests in the UK and abroad; he is involved in retail, property development, manufacturing, warehouse distribution, mentoring, apprentice programmes and while under his watchful eye helped drive a business that resulted in it being honoured in 2010 with two prestigious ‘Queen’s Awards for Enterprise’ (Innovation and International Trade) – David helps raise the profile of British companies by providing strategic know-how, finance and back office support
He was the first foreign and private-sector trustee in the esteemed Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and he is also a trustee in The Saturday Club Trust – an inspiring and newly formed national organisation that oversees the provision of programmes that link children ages 14–16 with tutors and students at universities and colleges, and with professionals in their field of expertise so as to complement the national curriculum and develop young people’s talents, life skills and confidence.
David is passionate about his interests in Across the Divide by ensuring Across the Divide continues to help facilitate much needed funds for charity year on year where it is currently standing at having raised nearly £90m since inception.
Across the Divide was the first commercial organisation in the UK to employ doctors, provide comprehensive CME certified training, and to standardise medical kits deployed on all of its events and expedition and significantly lifted the standards of medical care provided by the adventure travel market.
Most recently, he co-founded the ‘Extreme Medicine’ Conference series. Developed specifically with medical professionals in mind, this ground-breaking conference series has been held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London and Harvard Medical School in Boston. The World Extreme Medicine conference challenges thinking, builds bridges and shares new and more effective approaches to medical practice in the world’s most remote and austere locations.
Since 1988, David has been an active investor and entrepreneur in Viet Nam and The Philippines where he was a pioneer in developing various categories of industry in the luxury goods industry and commercial property development.
Thanks to his business interests, David is responsible for having helped develop hundreds of millions in Sterling and Euro for British, German and French manufacturers exporting to Asia.
John Apps Polar Medicine Course Director New Zealand
John is UK trained GP, with extensive pre-hospital emergency care experienc and heads up our Polar Medicine course in New Zealand, who upgraded to New Zealand 6 years ago, where he has been happily experimenting with self sufficiency on the West Coast of the South Island. He initially worked in rural general practice before transferring to Emergency Medicine at Greymouth.
He has worked eight seasons with Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE) in Antarctica, plus five Himalayan tours, been the chief MO on the Everest and North Pole marathons, as well as serving with the military in Afghanistan. Last century, he blazed mountain bike routes across Iceland before mountain bikes were invented, was arrested several times in Europe for climbing buildings and worked for a bush air ambulance service on the Labrador coast.
Mark Hannaford FRGS FRSA Managing Director
Mark is the founding director of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine and Across the Divide Expeditions and helped in the setting up of the orginal Expemed course established by Dr Stephen Hearns. A Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, Mark has been involved with expeditions for over 27 years and has led and organised expeditions to all of the world's continents, both in desert and marine environments but also in both polar regions, at altitude and in the world's most remote corners. Mark is also an award winning photographer with images regularly published in the Sunday Times and Telegraph and National Geographic.Mark worked for a brief spell in an office but knew this was not for him. So he entered a Special Forces Regiment with the TA having completed numerous wet and windy treks in the Brecon Beacons. Mark was with the TA for just under three years and many of the skills he learnt with the TA were easily transferable to the work he now does at Expedition and Wilderness Medicine: leadership, expedition skills, medical safety back-up, night navigation, practical skills and casualty management in remote areas. Mark is passionate about integrating best practice in expedition leadership and management with wilderness medical training, and developing stimulating medical training packages which are both innovative and contribute positively to the development of remote medicine.
Rachel Anderson Mountain Medicine Course Director
Rachel is an Emergency Medicine registrar in the UK who has worked in the expedition environment in Nepal and Antarctica.
She has worked for Everest ER for two seasons as a base camp medic as well as at Union Glacier and the South Pole for Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions. She has recently completed the Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DIMM) and was lead lecturer on a wilderness medical expedition to Aconcagua in 2013.
She is a keen mountaineer and spends time in Scotland, the Alps and at high altitude venues such as the Himalaya. She also has an interest in humanitarian work and has the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and has worked in South Africa. Her next planned trip is to work as part of the mountain rescue team on Denali this summer.
Roger Alcock Expedition Medicine Course Director & Lecturer
Sean Hudson FAWM Medical Projects Adviser
Sean is a former Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was the first person in the UK to become a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He has been involved in a wide variety of expeditions over the last 20 years. During this time he has trekked across the Darien Gap and the Thar Desert; worked as a trekking guide and Chief Medic for Raleigh International in Namibia and Zimbabwe; a trauma medic in Columbia; a ski field doctor in New Zealand and spent a season in the Antarctica for ALE.
In 2004 he became a medical consultant to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and works throughout the Middle East. Since 1998 he has worked for Across the Divide Expeditions as medic and expedition medicine advisor, providing medical cover on expeditions in 21 different countries. In 2002, he co-founded Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, which seeks to provide comprehensive training for medical professionals working as expedition medical officers in a variety extreme and remote environments.