Meet the Team

David Howell

David began his first aid career at the age of 7 when he joined The British Red Cross winning a number of regional first aid awards.At the age of 16 he joined the Royal army medical corps as a Combat Medical Technician.During his 14-year career he became an Army instructor at both Keogh Barracks and 1 Army training regiment Litchfield. He completed training as an Army unit expedition leader at the joint services mountain training center Ballachulish Scotland. Army ski center Silberhutte, Germany. Joint services parachute center bad lippspringe, Germany. Army lifeguard bronze medallion award, England. He also gained his EFMB which has only a 17-percent pass rate, the Expert Field Medical Badge remains one of the most prestigious and coveted awards a medical professional can obtain in the American Army. It is a symbol of excellence, an outward sign of technical and tactical proficiency.

David finished his Army service running a London medical center before leaving and joining the Norfolk police as a response office. During his 18 year police career David became a tutor constable and continued in the British red cross and a trainer and assessor. As a response sergeant he gained an immense amount of knowledge responding and dealing with emergency incidents.

QUALIFICATIONS:
D33 Training and Development
D32 Training and Development
C23 Training and Development
C24 Training and Development
Combat Medical Technician Class 1
Cambridge military hospital ECG screening course
US Army Expert Field Medical Badge
Bronze Medallion Life Saving award
Army Military training instructor 
Army Mountain expedition leader
Advanced (blue light) response driving course
Emergency Procedures at Major incidents: Initial responders
Accident investigation Training
Safeguarding children. Awareness of child Abuse & Neglect core level V2
Initial responder & active shooters
Norfolk resilience Forum Operational emergency management
Tutor Police Constable
Tutor PCSO 

 

Andy Segon

Andy has been involved in First Aid all his life, due to his parents being active members of the British Red Cross (BRC).  Andy got the First Aid bug very early on and gained his first Resuscitation Certificate before he’d even started school!  Andy joined the BRC in his early teens and soon became an active member within the Youth department.  Once Andy transferred to the Adult section of the BRC his passion for First Aid & Medicine grew.

Andy qualified as a BRC Ambulance Crew before moving to Derby to do his Nurse Training in the late 1980’s.  Upon moving back to Norfolk in 1992 as a Registered General Nurse, Andy continued his First Aid delivery alongside his Nursing work & as a Nurse within the BRC Andy was able to develop his Training, Demonstration & Assessing skills.  Since qualifying as a First Aid Trainer/Assessor with the BRC, Andy now trains & assesses existing & future BRC Ambulance Crews.  He remains passionate about First Aid & helping others achieve a good standard as First Aiders, Trainers & Assessors.  Within the clinical field Andy has a wealth of experience within First Aid, Pre-Hospital & In-Hospital care.

QUALIFICATIONS:
BRC /SMP Trainer/Assessor
Registered General Nurse
IHCD (Pearson) BTec Level 3 Ambulance Crew Award

Ken Sharpe

As an active trainer/manager, Ken is responsible for the setting of clear objectives and high standards for the training of VTS Trainers and the development of resources to support them in their role. Ken has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of First Aid and prehospital care.

He worked in both London & Norfolk Fire Brigade, retiring after 25 years to take up a role with British Red Cross (BRC) as their National First Aid Technical Support Manager. This involved the setting up of a NVQ assessment centre to process the level 3&4 awards in Learning & Development. It also included the writing and setting up the BRC First Aid with Enhanced Skills programme leading to the BRC Ambulance Crew award accredit by the IHCD (Edexcel). Ken also was part of the steering committee for First Aid Education in Europe . As part of this group he took the lead on setting and agreeing standards for the European First aid Certificate.

QUALIFICATIONS:
PGCE Cert. Ed. (Certificate in Education)
Institute of Advanced Management (Equality at Work)
ISO 9000 Quality Assurance
Promoting Diversity Anti-Discrimination Trainer
Effective Management and Team work
Developing management Skills
Methodical Approach (getting work done)
D34  (Internal Verifier)
D32/33   (Vocational Assessor)
British Red Cross Accredited Lecturer
Fire Service Trainer (First Aid and Casualty Handling)

Val Sharpe

Val has been involved in first aid since early teens, and worked as County Youth Officer and Recruitment and Training Manager for Norfolk Red Cross before moving to the training department of a local drug and alcohol charity.  She has a wealth of experience teaching a variety of subjects including trainer training, child protection, diversity as well as first aid.  One of her roles was to facilitate all trainers obtaining nationally recognised trainer awards, and to ensure the continually monitoring of trainers standards of delivery.

She has also been actively involved in delivering volunteer core learning programmes to the voluntary sector.  Val is most adaptable to varying teaching environments having taught in the Caribbean , on farms, in boats, in schools and colleges. She strives to get the best from all students with a most supportive and encouraging style.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Further  Education Teachers Certificate 
NVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier
OCN Internal Moderator
CIEH Trainer

Simone Black

An Accredited Trainer for Alcohol Concern and the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Schools of Social Work and Lifelong Learning, Simone has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and is a qualified Teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Simone worked at NORCAS for nearly 10 years as a Substance Misuse Trainer and Consultant building up a good reputation for her ability to tailor courses to the needs of different groups. Her knowledge of substance misuse and the best ways of working with the client group came not only from her own CPD and research but learning from delegates themselves and through the work shadowing of colleagues.
Simone designs and delivers bespoke and off the shelf courses, constantly evaluating and revising these courses to provide her clients with the best drug/alcohol training package for them. Previously she was the Youth and Education Liaison Officer for the Eating Disorders Association/EDA (currently B-eat) which involved working with vulnerable young people via telephone and email, writing young people’s literature and training professionals about eating disorders and how best to work with people affected by eating disorders. Prior to working within the health and social care field Simone was a high school teacher and a Stage Manager for the largest touring Shakespeare theatre company in Britain. All of her previous roles have given her the skills to be able to organise conferences and she and VTS can be hired as consultants for this purpose.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Simone is accredited by NOCN to provide teaching and assessment of QCF courses and was fundamental in the process of NORCAS becoming an accrediting body in its own right. Simone also has experience of training service users in a variety of topics including a Level 2 NVQ qualification in Befriending and a Level 1 NOCN course in Alcohol Awareness to prisoners. She also wrote the training package for the Level 3 Award in Tackling Substance Misuse for NORCAS and was the main assessor for this qualification.