We are proud to have a panel of highly regarded, senior advisors, whose knowledge and expertise expand across all water environments, at expert witness level. Our advisors support RLSS UK with qualification development, customer advice and strategic direction in their area of specialism.
Dr Anthony (Tony) Handley MD FRCP – Chief Medical Adviser

Tony is a Past President of RLSS UK and a Commonwealth Vice-President.  He has been Chief Medical Adviser to the Society for many years. Tony has also previously been Chairman of the Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK), and is currently National Adviser in BLS and AED. As chairman or member of the BLS/AED and First Aid subcommittees of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), and the RCUK, he has been involved in producing international resuscitation guidelines and teaching materials from 1997 up to the present day. He has written extensively in the medical press on resuscitation and drowning-related matters. Professionally, he is a retired Consultant Cardiologist from Colchester General Hospital.

Peter Dawes – Health & Safety Advisor 

Peter has a background of over 40 years in volunteer organisations and over 20 years in public safety management. Peter involvement is not only through management, he has also been an operational lifeguard, helicopter crewman and a safety & risk manager for local, national and international events. 
With a long commitment to practical health and safety management Peter has specialised in developing safety management systems for community service organisations and others who use the coastal environment for work or leisure.
Peter has been author and co-author of a number of publications across a diverse range of issues relating to lifeguard management and aquatic safety. 

Dan Jacklin – Swimming Pool Health & Safety Advisor

Dan has worked in leisure for over a decade and now provides expert witness, consultancy, and advisory support to the industry. His current expertise is in governance, risk, and assurance within the leisure sector, with health and safety being the focus. He works across automated drowning detection systems, slide safety, lifeguard training standards, pool operating systems and organisational management system design, implementation, governance, and assurance.

Alex Blackwell - Lifeguard Advisor

Alex started his career in leisure as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the age of 16, working his way up through the ranks from Duty Manager, Operations Manager to General Manager. Alex worked for the RLSS UK for 11 years as the ‘Pool Programme Manager’ and finally ‘Head of Vocational Qualifications’ and was the lead author of many of their training manuals including ‘The Lifeguard’, ‘First Aid’ manuals and the ‘National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers & Coaches’. Whilst at the RLSS UK, Alex also developed the Ongoing Training and Competency Assessment Plan for Pool Lifeguards and the Pool Extraction Board (PXB) in collaboration with Ferno UK, supported the development of leisure industry guidance and had input into the HSE publication ‘Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools’, PAS 520 and the British and European swimming pool safety guidance ‘BS EN 15288’. Before working for the RLSS UK, Alex was the Group Lifeguarding Manager for a large leisure operator overseeing 68 pools, specialising in swimming pool safety, induction, training, written procedures and implementation of quality systems. Currently Alex is working as the Group Head of Facilities and Operational Management for a global swimming lesson company based in Exeter (Water Babies).

Ian Ogilvie, Pool Plant Expert

Ian started his career in the leisure industry in the early 1990s, progressing to running facilities such as public pools; hotel leisure clubs; 50-metre swimming pools; water parks; and finally, a National Stadium.
After leaving facility management in 2009, he became a registered Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner working in sport and leisure.
He gained valuable insight into all aspects of the industry, and extensive knowledge and expertise across the sector. He has a particular interest in swimming pools; plant rooms; and the lifeguarding and supervision of swimming pools and open water.
In more recent years he has been involved in several publications in the UK: and course development for several awarding bodies in the UK and Commonwealth. He was instrumental in the creation of the IQL UK National Pool Supervisor Qualification (NPSQ).
He is also co-author and editor of several pool plant manuals and publications. Now, working on plant room specifications for several large operators for new builds; refurbishment work; and problems solving for pools, his work has taken him all over the world, including pools in Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.As a registered RLSS UK National Trainer Assessor (NTA) he is passionate about the safe supervision of swimming pools; open water; and drowning prevention.

Adrian Lole - Open Water Advisor (photo needed)