Meet the Team
Alex Janzen Expedition Medicine Lecturer
Alex is our communications man on the Expedition Medicine team and has attended a number of Expedition Medicine courses. He is a communications specialist and a senior officer in the Royal Marines and works as a freelance guide for Across the Divide Expeditions. He has been guiding in South Africa, Namibia and China in addition to his work commitments in the Middle and Far East, Iraq and Afghanistan, West Africa and the Arctic. Whilst not medically trained, Alex has combat medical experience from Iraq, West Africa and Afghanistan.
Ben Major Expedition Medicine Lecturer
Ben is an adventurer, explorer and survival expert who has led numerous expeditions and projects throughout the world in all environments – jungle, desert, arctic, mountain and ocean.
For the past 8 years Ben has been presenting the multi-BAFTA winning series Serious Explorers for BBC1, leading groups of teenagers on the expedition of a lifetime to remote and far flung corners of the globe achieving four world firsts. As well as leading the group and presenting the programme, Ben is responsible for all the planning, recceing and safety of each new series. He has also consulted on series such as Tribe, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Last Man Standing, Extreme Dreams, Adrenaline Junkie and various Sport Relief Challenges.
Having travelled extensively in remote and often hostile environments Ben consults on security and travel issues in between expeditions and TV work and has built up an impressive list of clients including the BBC and CNN advising on security issues while in countries such as Yemen, Iraq, Colombia and Afghanistan.
Ben joined Sandhurst after finishing school and served in the army for 9 years where he spent time in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. An accomplished mountaineer and polar adventurer, Ben led expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctic, Himalayas, Rockies and Andes including ascents of two 8000m peaks. Upon leaving the army he planned and led security operations to protect wildlife against professional poachers in Central and East Africa developing his love for camels; built eco-lodges and safari camps in Africa and led remote jungle conservation projects where he honed his survival skills amongst the native peoples of Asia, Central and South America.
Ceri Williams Expedition Medicine Lecturer
Ceri’s passions are people and their behaviours. He believes that concentration on great behaviours is the way for all individuals and teams to reach their true potential. Ceri has spent the past 20 years working as a sports and adventure coach, operating on rivers and in mountain ranges throughout the world.
Ceri previously spent 22 years in the Royal Marine Commandos specialising in Physical and Adventurous Training. Alongside his service as a soldier he became a British Canoe Union (BCU) Level 5 Coach, earned the Mountain Leader Training Board (MLTB) Mountain Instructor Award (MIA) and the Winter Mountain Leader Award (ML Winter). Throughout his commando service he spent numerous winters in northern Norway which played to his strengths. Here in the Arctic he gained considerable travel and polar survival experience. During his time with the Royal Marines, Ceri also played representative rugby and squash and was a member of the Great Britain Dragon Boating Team, paddling in two World Championships.
Ceri works now as a professional outdoor coach, a personal and team performance coach and an expedition leader. Together with his outdoor qualifications he is a certified Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming and a Master Practitioner in Hypnotherapy and never ceases to be excited by the power of language in all forms of coaching.Ceri’s expedition and corporate work conspire to take him away from home a great deal. Ceri has successfully led trips to Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Mount Kinabalu; crossed the Continental Divide in Costa Rica, trekked the Great Wall of China and spent several weeks dog sledding in Norway. He has led over 40 trips for Across the Divide Expeditions.
Faan Oosthuizen Expedition Medicine - Desert Medicine Namibia
Born and bred in Namibia, Faan is Expedition Medicine's mover and fixer in Southern Africa and Namibia. As he says about himself: ’A stern fella whose smile is only used sparingly but is ever willing to give a hand, likes new and old folks a lot, prefers to do things the hard way and loves to be challenged. Loves Africa and the wilds and loves it even more to spend time with friends and family in places where one could get bitten or worse!"
Greg Mortimer Course Faculty (Australia)
Greg Mortimer, is an Australian mountaineer (born December 10, 1952). Mortimer is most well known as one of the first two Australians (with Tim Macartney-Snape) to successfully climb Mount Everest on 3 October 1984 without oxygen. Their ascent was the first via the North face and Great Couloir and is now one of the established routes used to climb the mountain.
Mortimer was also the first Australian to climb K2 (1990), the first to climb Annapurna II by its south face (1983), the first Australian to climb Antarctica's highest peak, Vinson Massif (1988) and the first to climb Mount Minto in the Admiralty Mountains of Antarctica (1988).
Mortimer trained as a geochemist and geologist, has worked as a survival-training instructor and as a Scientific Affairs Adviser for the New Zealand Antarctic Division. Since 1992 he has led over 80 expeditions to Antarctica, many on a commercial basis with his company Aurora Expeditions.
Mortimer was born in 1952 in Sydney, Australia and grew up around Gladesville and Bondi Junction.
Mortimer is the recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and three Australian Geographic Society medals.
James Martin Expedition Medicine Lecturer
Jim has been flying since 1975: he flew Lightning fighters and Chinook helicopters with the RAF until 1990. After a stint carrying bags for a rich chap, he flew as Police Line and Chief Pilot for 13 years then helped set up 4 air ambulance units in North England. He then worked as Chief Pilot of the Cumbria and Northumbria bases until March 2008. As well as extensive helicopter experience he also enjoys being a part time captain on fixed wing repatriation and medical transfer flights.
Jim is also an accredited Lecturer with Teeside University, and runs quarterly week-long Helicopter Crewmember Courses teaching medics how to work with and crew helicopters.
Mark Read (aka 'the croc doc') Jungle Medicine | Diving Medicine
Mark Read is a wildlife biologist based in Australia who specialises in things that bite and have the potential to kill you. One of Australia’s most respected crocodile biologists, Mark has spent 15 years working with these animals in Australia, Papua New Guinea and South Africa. He also has extensive knowledge and experience with snakes and terrestrial and marine venomous and poisonous vertebrates and invertebrates and now specialises in the conservation management of protected species like whales and marine turtles.
He has experience leading expeditions and research teams in remote locations and doing fun things like counting, catching and researching crocodiles and marine turtles and trying to learn more about these misunderstood animals.
Mark joins Expedition Medicine as an course director and lecturer on our Jungle and Diving Medicine Courses and has experience working in Africa, Antarctica, Borneo, the Maldives, Oman, Papua New Guinea and Central and South America.
Neville Howard Expedition Medicine Lecturer
A product of the English public school system, Neville became sufficiently hardened to bad food and arbitrary discipline to join the navy. The navy became aware at about the same time that he did that they were not ideally suited each to the other, following an unfortunate incident involving a chaplain and a stoker.
After a lotus-eating interlude (coal miner, dude ranch hand and Texan wine waiter) he joined the army. Being small, scruffy and unreliable, he proved not to be ideal material for the Coldstream Guards either and, with a barely suppressed mutual sigh of relief following an unfortunate incident with a Japanese tourist, he slid sideways into special forces. His last job was commanding 22 SAS Regiment. He now runs the family estate at Greystoke (or vice versa).
Nick Arding OBE Expedition Medicine Course Leader - Mountain
Nick served as an officer in the Royal Marines for 22 years, travelling and climbing widely during that time. In ‘92 he took part in the British Annapurna 2 Expedition and in ‘93 led his own trip to climb the West Buttress of Mt McKinley in Alaska. He commanded the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre from 2003 to 2005.
In 2003 Nick led a Royal Navy expedition to climb Everest by its North Ridge; not only did they climb the mountain but his team were instrumental in rescuing two other climbers from above 8000m, the highest mountain rescue on record, for which he was awarded the Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal.
A keen rock climber and mountaineer since his teens, Nick holds the Mountaineering Instructor (MI) and International Mountain Leader (MIA) awards. He left the Royal Marines in 2005 to qualify as a teacher and now works as a leadership coach and management consultant. He has led civilian teams to Mongolia, Nepal and the Alps, and when not working can usually be found on a rock face or in a sea kayak! In 2009 Nick took a team of friends to the Rolwaling Valley in Nepal to attempt an unclimbed mountain called Cheki-go. He has close links with this region, having raised funds to sponsor local Sherpas, three of whom have been able to visit the UK to improve their climbing skills and English language.
Piers Carter Course Director
Piers graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in Physical Education, which he then followed up with a PGCE in PE and English. He then joined the West Midlands Police as a civilian trainer. After 12 months delivering training to cadets and police officers, of all ranks, he secured funding from a trust fund to visit America to research teaching methods in the outdoors.The desire for change and challenge took Piers to Chile in 1996 with Raleigh International as a Project Manager, after which he embarked upon freelance career based in the Peak District.
Piers has an unusual string to his bow in the form of conflict management training. Piers is a student of Taiho-jitsu and enjoys socializing, walking, mountain biking, and home growing of veggies. He has been involved in expeditions to Southern Africa, Australia, Cambodia and Arctic Norway and works as an expedition leader for Across the Divide Expeditions.
Steve Jones Expedition Medicine Lecturer
Steve is the Field Operations Manager in charge of the international base Patriot Hills in Antarctica operated by Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions. As a polar guide he has led groups to both North and South Geographic Poles and on expeditions to Alaska, Arctic Canada, Greenland and Spitsbergen. He has helped several polar adventurers including Pen Hadow, Hannah McKeand and Rosie Stancer to organise their solo polar expeditions and acts as a consultant to extreme adventures all over the world. He works as a consultant in safety management and crisis management based on his personal experiences of treating casualties, a terrorist bombing in London and coordinating a three day rescue of five stranded climbers on the Vinson Massif in Antarctica in 2006.
He has wide ranging expedition experience and has planned and managed over eighty conservation, community and adventure projects for Raleigh International with project partners ranging from CARE International, Save The Children, to National Park Authorities and the Natural History Museums in London and Santiago. As a climber, he enjoys remote expeditionary mountaineering and has climbed in Antarctica, the Russian Caucasus in winter, reached the summit of Denali three times, made twelve first ascents in Greenland; has climbed on Mount Logan, and on three expeditions to the Karakoram.