Alex Leaf, Founder World Class Training

Alex Leaf

Director and Founder, World Class Training

After 35 years in the winter sports environment, training and assessing as both a teacher and a coach, I have discovered that the ‘art’ of delivering new knowledge is the key to inspirational teaching.  My experience as a senior trainer within the UK’s National Governing body for snowsports instructors, (B.A.S.I.) has given me many opportunities travel the world and contribute to the international community of mountain sports professionals.

That, combined with 14 years in the RNLI as crew member of the Torbay Lifeboat, has given me rescue skills and first aid experiences which I can bring to your training to form part of the learning environment.

The outdoors is both a playground and an accident waiting to happen! Whilst giving full regard to traditional first aid training, World Class Training can provide an added dimension to both your awareness and your skills.  By taking a dynamic and realistic approach, WCT utilises realistic scenarios and role play to ensure memorable and authentic training.

By ensuring that you experience and enjoy a meaningful training session,  your skills and knowledge will increase, enabling you to adapt and react to emergency situations. Enjoy your training with us,

Regards,  Alex Leaf

Laura Strong, Business Development Director and IQA

Laura Strong

WCT Business development director

Laura is our mainstay of the company! Dealing with certification, registrations and ensuring we deliver what we say! She is our IQA (Internal Quality Assure) Laura has had extensive knowledge in managing with National franchising businesses for a well known supplier. With her wealth of experience she will be steering the company from strength to strength!

Les Ward, Senior WCT Trainer

Les Ward

Senior WCT Trainer

Les, well known within the ski industry as a ski teacher trainer and ski school owner is no novice when it comes to understanding first aid. His vast experience in dealing with people makes him a great communicator.

Les has spent many years as a life guard on the beaches of the south west of UK. He is an inspirational teacher and always gets the best out of the classes he runs.

He has many stories relevant to your first aid course and will ensure that you get the most out of your course.

Qualified to International level as a ski teacher trainer and UK First aid trainer status.

Mark Noble, Senior WCT Trainer

Mark Noble

Mr Gadget(!) & Senior WCT Trainer

Mark is one of our senior trainers with a vast portfolio of emergency services work.Mark holds a wealth of knowledge and is very experienced in out door activities and with his back ground in travelling can relate easily to many aspects in life which may arise!

He spent many years in the emergency services where he has had to deal with life changing events for casualties throughout his career.

Mark will make your course fun, enjoyable and will ensure you get the best from your time with World Class Training. He also is our ‘in house’ trainer ensuring we develop our CPD within our business.

Mark will have many ‘gadgets’ for you to check out! He is our ‘Mr Gadget’ of WCT A great Trainer and is passionate about delivering new knowledge to his students.

John Ashford, WCT Paramedic Advisor and Trainer

John Asford

Antartic Survey Paramedic

John is a very experienced paramedic. He has a wealth of first-aid and medical knowledge to bring to any first-aid course recalling real life situations from past rescues to highlight what is happening out there!John’s expertise in the maritime environment makes him ideally suited to RYA and other marine applications. Nonetheless, he is also an expert in many aspects of outdoor first aid and has worked with the Antarctic survey as a specialist paramedic in extreme environments. With his enthusiastic and friendly approach his classes are fun, informative and enjoyable calling on past experiences to bring to the training.

  • HPC Registration No P.A.04056
  • IHCD Ambulance Aid Instructor
  • City & Guilds 7407 in Adult Education
  • Royal Yachting Association.  First Aid at Sea Course (Instructor Cert No 99005)
  • Marine & Coastguard Agency.   STCW 95 Merchant Navy Elementary First Aid Course
  • British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit.  First Aid Plus Course & Paramedic Skills to Junior Doctors

John’s previous Instructional positions.

  • Course Director IHCD Ambulance Technician Courses.
  • Instructor IHCD Paramedic Courses.
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution Mobile Training Instructor  1993-1996
  • First Aid At Sea Courses.

So rest assured, with this knowledge available to WORLD CLASS TRAINING you will be sure of quality instruction and advice.

Emma Cairns, WCT European Alpine Trainer

Emma Cairns

WCT European Alpine Trainer

Emma has been teaching skiing for 12 years in the Alps, and in the last five years she has predominately been coaching instructors towards exams.

She is a trainer for the Institute of Leadership and Management delivering courses on this adding to her wide variety of teaching skills and recently, is a BASI Alpine ski teacher trainer.

Her First Aid courses are very innovative and fun, pulling from all her experience teaching she has developed them in order to maximise learning and knowledge.

Emma delivers many courses in the Alps through the winter and courses in the UK in the summer. Emma will ensure you get the best from your course…she follows our philosophy of inspiring teaching methods.

Belinda Elms, WCT Dental Practices Specialty Trainer

Belinda Elms

WCT  First Aid & Safe Guarding Trainer and Internal Quality Assurer

Belinda is a Registered Dental Care Professional currently working in private practice in Dorset and is a qualified/registered First Aid & Safeguarding Trainer. Having qualified as a dental nurse in 1987 (General Dental Council Registration No. 138668) She has over 30 years experience within the dental environment. Belinda went onto achieve her Assessors Certificate (cert no. 100/2269/7) and Teaching Award (cert no.500/1640/4) which involved teaching and training dental nurses across the south of England.  This was interspersed with running the family business – a 30 bed nursing home nestled in the Dorset countryside (Castle Farm Nursing Home). Her love for teaching found new  interest when she qualified as a ski instructor through the British Association of Snow Sport Instructors.  Belinda is able to deliver  a variety of regulated and unregulated courses to cover all your first aid requirements including Oxygen Therapy and Medical Gases – useful for Medical Emergencies in Dental Practice. Courses also include 4 hour Basic Life Support with AED training to 3 day  First Aid at Work course.

Penny Chapman, WCT Snowsports First Aid trainer

Penny Chapman

WCT Trainer

Penny is a BASI level 3 ski teacher and as such has some great teaching skills. She has worked in the snowsports environment for many years. Penny is a very through trainer and will ensure you get the best out of the course.

Alun Hughes, WCT First Aid and Safeguarding Trainer.

Alan Hughes

WCT First Aid and Safeguarding Trainer

Alun has been involved in training and education for over thirty years. Throughout his teaching career he was heavily involved in the delivery of Outdoor Education and extra-curricular sport. He was nominated for a national teaching award and has received a long service award from the DofE. Alun has a BEd and a PG Diploma in Outdoor Education.
As well as being a First Aid and Safeguarding Trainer, Alun is also:
• Winter Mountain Leader (Trained);
• BCU Level 1 Coach;
• PADI Open Water Diver;
• BASI L2 Alpine Ski Instructor;
• BASI L1 Adaptive Ski Instructor; and
• RFU Level 2 Coach.
Alun will make your course enjoyable and informative.