A graduate in Geological Sciences from the University of Leeds, Stuart has been developing people and building teams throughout his life.
Initially, he was leading expeditions to the Alps, Arctic Norway, The Himalayas and Central & South America with young people, but as time went on he realised that the skills possessed by an expedition team are exactly the same as the ones required in business.
Stuart’s first major expedition, with fellow Leeds graduate Kenton Cool, was to the North Face of Kussum Kanguru (6367m), in the Khumbu region of Nepal. He and the team reached the summit in five days after completing a new route on the face. He returned to the Himalayas in 1996, 1998 and 2001 leading further treks, expeditions and community projects.
Stuart also worked as a well site geologist, offshore in the North Sea. He was contracted to Shell, BP, Lasmo, Phillips and Total in both the UK and Norwegian sectors.
In between expeditions, travel, getting married and having three children, Stuart incorporated Fire Events in 2002, and began the delivery of exceptional team building events and people development programmes.
Within this period Stuart gained a great understanding of people; their needs, aspirations, feelings and goals, as well as the need for effective team working, communication and team collaboration in any organisation, no matter what industry and no matter what situation or position.
He is also a qualified summer and winter mountain leader, rock climber and raft guide.
Stuart is a certified Emotional intelligence Practitioner.
Mark combines his passion for exploration and travel with his corporate training knowledge. He has travelled to over thirty countries around the world including jungles, deserts and high altitude mountain ranges.
Mark has been part of the leadership teams of expeditions to countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cameroon and Borneo. In the summer of 2003 he was deputy leader on a successful attempt on Mount McKinley in Alaska, with temperatures as low as -45ºC. He’s also spent the last twenty years training and preparing teams to undertake expeditions around the world, including Russia, Gambia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Sahara, Thailand, Belize and Nepal.
Mark has lived in Hong Kong where he worked as an instructor at the Outward Bound School. His duties included running 10-day adventure courses for clients such as Hong Kong Bank and Cathay Pacific. In a previous life Mark was a sales & marketing director and gained an MBA, majoring in people development. With this knowledge he is now able to offer training advice and run courses that fulfil a purpose and deliver the desired effect.
Rob has 15 years experience of delivering development training and of providing opportunities for individuals and teams to achieve real success during programmes. He has worked with a large number of contrasting organisations, from small cottage industries to major international businesses, and has helped them to achieve their learning, development and business objectives.
He has a keen interest in experiential learning: that is – implementing learning immediately in a controlled environment, often using practical activities and simulations. He is also a specialist in team and leadership training.
Rob has a Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) which enhances the effectiveness of his facilitation and delivery techniques. He is also qualified in the administration and delivery of DISC & PIAV profiles and is experienced in using other psychometric instruments.