The Face To Face sessions are delivered by RLSS UK staff and National Trainer Assessors (TAs).

NTAs who host Face to Face Forums

Adam Cope, Duty Manager, Brough Park Leisure Centre, Staffordshire

“I completed my TA course in November 2010 and almost straight away began delivering a range of RLSS UK qualifications training and courses across multiple leisure centres and waterparks. I progressed onto Mentor status in March 2016, and then started guiding new TAs through the process until last year. I applied to become an NTA after going on my NTA course in October 2018, I was then very proud to sign off my first group of TAs at the start of March this year and in the process get signed off as an NTA myself. I'm very much into being active and have recently rekindled my enjoyment of running with the dream of one day completing the London Marathon.”

Alistair Jardine, Facility Supervisor / ATC Coordinator, South Ayrshire Council Ayrshire (South West Scotland)

“I was appointed as a TA in June 2000, as a Mentor in September 2005 and then as a NTA in December 2006. I started my career in Leisure in the early ‘80s through the local Lifesaving Club. I have delivered courses all over Central Scotland from TA course to PXB Updates.  I recently attended the RLSS UK Headquarters where I qualified as a National Pool Supervisor Qualification Tutor; I enjoyed the opportunity to see the Headquarters and to meet all the staff in person.  I am currently Chairman of the Citadel Lifesaving Club and assist the Scottish region promoting water safety activities.”

Bryan Slade, Managing Director, My Skills for Life Training Company

“I worked in the Leisure industry for about 20 years, I then left to work at Fire and Rescue Services as Health, Safety & Environmental Advisor. I left to become self-employed and started my compliance company, then Medic Company. I was a TA for 3 years and then a NTA for about 19 years. I live in Wiltshire, and enjoy spending time with my family, walking, going to the west coast of Wales for family holidays and keeping fit with swimming, the gym and walking. I used to play rugby but like most people, at my age, I have injured myself too much now. My partner and I both love rugby and as she’s Welsh, we love to shout at the TV when Wales play England.”

Crys O'Connell BA, LLM, Trainer, Inspire Us

“I have a strong background within the leisure industry, from ‘grass roots’ roles such as lifeguard and instructor through to positions in management, advisory and mentoring capacities.  I am an NTA across multiple disciplines and have worked in varied settings within the leisure and tourism industries.  I have returned to lifeguard and first aid training after leaving a career in the police service and am based on the Isle of Wight. I work in training, quality assurance and support roles for a number of clients and at other times I can often be found in, on or under the water – swimming, surfing or diving.”

Edward Seaborne MBE MSM, First Aid Trainer, St Vincent College

“I passed my Bronze medal for lifesaving in 1974 at Stetchford swimming baths in Birmingham. I joined the Royal Navy at 15 years of age and very quickly became part of the Royal Navy’s swimming and lifesaving activities. I completed my TA course under the mentorship of Brian Simms in 1982, just after the Falklands War and then became the Royal Navy's point of contact with the Army Airforce for Military Lifesaving in the 51st Branch. I have a great passion for lifesaving life skills, so when the opportunity to run courses came along, I was first in the queue. I completed my NTA course in the early 1990s and then was selected to become a NTA for the military, forging greater links with RLSS UK. Retiring from the service some 14 years ago, I now dedicate my time to promoting and delivering life skills across the board. I am enjoying Pool Lifeguard and Open Water Lifeguard training delivery and assessment. I help out and volunteer whenever I can to assist the RLSS UK and I have enjoyed immensely delivering Face to Face forums to passionate TAs in the Hampshire area.”

Graeme Morgan, Leisure Training and Consultancy North East Ltd

"I have been a NTA since 2000 and have extensive experience of incident management with the Emergency Services as well as working with the leisure industry. Part of my current role is the training and development of new police officers and those promoted to the ranks of Sergeant and Inspector. I have worked with several leisure operators as a consultant for lifeguard operations, business development and the development of aquatics. I have held a NPLQ since I was 16-year-olds.”

Kelly Blackburn, Relief Development Manager, FirstPort

My name is Kelly Blackburn. I have been a Trainer Assessor since 2000, and an NTA/Mentor since 2014. I have worked in the Leisure industry since leaving school, providing me with over 24 years’ experience within the sector. I am currently working as a Relief Development Manager for FirstPort whilst also working hard to build my own training and assessing business. My passion is health and fitness, and I go to the gym or attend classes at least four times a week.

Michelle Hallam
, Learning & Development Lead, Everybody Academy, Holmes Chapel.

“I started my career in leisure at the age of 16 as a Lifeguard. I have worked in many areas within the industry since, including swimming teacher, gym instructor, duty manager, sports development manager and my current role is working with Everybody Sport & Recreation as Learning & Development lead.  I became a Trainer Assessor in 2004 and have progressed to become a NTA. I have a passion to support and develop the people that I work with and I enjoy delivering training and supporting others to achieve their goals. In my free time, I enjoy taking part in fitness activities and have completed many mud runs over the years, I like a challenge!”

Muirti O’Cearnaigh "Dia duit, Is mise Muirtí Ó Cearnaigh agus táim i mo chónaí i Éirinn.

I am a multi-disciplined NTA and operate a training school called Atlantic Coast Lifeguards. I come from an adventure and leisure background, working in the ocean in the summers and pools in the winter. I now have several water sports centres around Ireland, and this allows me to still see what's required in the industry and helps when I run our courses. Go n-éiri agus slán leat."

Sharon Hunter, Ascent Training Manager, Stevenage Leisure Limited (SLL), Luton.

“I have been a TA since the age of 18 and have been a NTA for 12 years. I train and assess RLSS UK qualifications across both lifeguarding and lifesaving. I assisted RLSS UK in the development of the NPSQ and am now a NPSQ Tutor. I am also one of the four Tutors for the NPMQ. I now deliver the Face to Face Forums and enjoy meeting and greeting lots of other TAs, Mentors and NTAs around the country.”

Sue Cassidy

“I started my lifesaving teaching with a voluntary swimming club group in 1984 whom I then trained in a voluntary capacity for 31 years every Saturday morning at 8 am! I achieved my RLS Lifesaving Teacher/Examiner in 1985. In 1990 I received the President’s Commendation, in 1990 I completed my NPLQ TA course, in 1999 I completed my NTA course and 2014 I received Trainer/Assessor of the year! Prior, to the current Customer Engagement Managers, I was also an EV for several years. I am still very active and run NPLQ TA courses at least once per year.”

Tom Peonides, Regional Health, Safety and Quality Coordinator for Everyone Active’s West Region. Based out of Plymouth.

“I started as a TA in 2003 when I was 18, I then became an NTA in 2011. I have a passion for driving high standards of lifeguarding and water safety across swimming pools. I enjoy making training fun, realistic and challenging. My experience of working at and managing a variety of sites, including a busy leisure pool plus the Plymouth Life Centre, helps me to help others understand how vital their roles are and I aim to support all the TAs I work with to make them as enthusiastic about keeping standards high at swimming pools as I am.”