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.
Chantalle Rose – Senior Facilitator, Psychometric Testing Specialist and Eqi Practitioner
Chantalle graduated in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Leeds in 1995, before then going on to do a post-graduate degree in teaching in 1997. She has over twenty years’ experience of working in different teaching settings, including managing groups with extremely challenging behaviour, instructing at a ranch in the USA, and designing and delivering provision for an International School in Hong Kong. She’s not quite sure why, but teaching singing to children in Fiji might have been her most favourite job overall…
Chantalle is trained in effective questioning, identifying paths of progress in different areas of need, and suggesting steps to help achieve them. Through current personal development, she has a growing area of expertise in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the interpretation of Body Language and other forms of Non-Verbal Communication.
She is also a qualified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner and as such is skilled in measuring emotional strengths and areas for development within and across teams, analysing balance and potential for cost to productivity, in the realms of: self-perception, self-expression, interpersonal relationships, decision-making, stress tolerance, and emotional health and well-being.
She has been involved with Fire Events and Tangram Training from the outset and has utilised her Psychology and Philosophy degree to great effect in the intervening years, readily and effectively applying her understanding of Team Dynamics and Motivational Behaviour to facilitate and instruct on a number of management training and team and people development programmes. She has an acute awareness of the stresses faced by public sector organisations, as well as those felt by commercial organisations.
Outside of work, keeping a household running at all, let alone smoothly, with three young children is a challenge enough, but she does venture out into the countryside as often as she can. A passion for art means that she paints acrylics on large canvas whenever she can – mostly botanicals, “…because there’s something so ‘feel-good’ about a flower when you see it close up…” In TBC (time before children) she was keen horse-rider, having family connections to the world of Horse Racing, and could be found out on the gallops from far too young if today’s health and safety is anything to go by! In TLBC (time long before children) she was a violinist and played in the Lincolnshire Youth Orchestra, which taught her a fair bit about teamwork.
Specialties, Qualifications and Accreditations
Chantalle is a qualified teacher having gained her PGCE in 1998 from the University of Leeds.
She has written articles about Team Building and people development for a national magazine for teachers.
She also planned, delivered and monitored key staff training programmes, such as School Council set-up and Healthy Schools Standards, in schools as part of her PSHCE coordination.
Chantalle is a qualified practitioner in EQ-i 2.0 and EQ360 tools for Emotional Intelligence development.
She is currently working towards her ILM Level 7 Diploma in Executive Coaching & Leadership Mentoring combined with the INLPTA NLP Diploma.
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.