Meet the Team


Medical Lifesigns is a First Aid training company founded by experienced medics.


Based in the beautiful setting of the North Downs on the Surrey/Hampshire border, Medical Lifesigns is one of the most highly respected First Aid training companies having delivered high quality courses for nearly two decades.

Alistair Cole FRGS FLS

Chief Executive Officer

After a decade with the military, Alistair specialised in working in remote overseas project management as a medical and risk mitigation instructor, before returning to the UK and founding the Lifesigns Group. As a qualified Mountain Leader, Alistair has led over 40 overseas expeditions, holds numerous NEBOSH and CIEH safety qualifications, is an instructor in Off-Site Safety Management and is an experienced Trauma Medic. Alistair advised the media on overseas safety alongside advising travel organisations on strategy and safety. Alistair is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Linnaean Society, current Chairman of the Expedition Providers Association and is a guest lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. 

Ian Forbes FRGS

Training Director

Ian served for over 25 years with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers before joining the Lifesigns Group. He is an experienced and highly qualified Mountain Leader, having led over 50 overseas expeditions to date and is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Ian is an overseas safety advisor to the BBC and has coordinated logistics and security on programmes such as SAS are you tough enough and Human planet.

He is an Off-Site Safety Management instructor, RLSS National Water Safety Management Instructor, 4x4 instructor, qualified Wilderness Medical Technician and holds numerous safety and auditing qualifications.

Doniert Macfarlane MBBS BSc MRCS Dip Travel Medicine DFMS

Medical Director

Doniert has a background in Orthopaedics and Emergency Medicine. He founded Remote Medical Support over 10 years ago and has extensive experience of expedition medicine issues and prehospital care. When not advising the Lifesigns group he works part-time as an Emergency Department Consultant. 

Dr Jacky Gibb

Medical Advisor

Having qualified as a Doctor and completed a variety of hospital jobs, including a four year stint in Accident and Emergency, Jackie decided that she preferred working in the outdoors.  She has travelled or worked in over 50 different countries worldwide and regularly leads groups on overseas expeditions. She has successfully completed numerous high altitude treks and is a qualified diver.    

Christine Scott

Accounts Manager

Christine has been in the accounting field all her working life and has gained vast experience in all aspects of the financial world. Christine ran her own accounting business for many years in South Africa before relocating to the UK. She has a passion for travelling and regularly volunteers for with a national charity. When not working, Christine has a passion for all things equestrian. 

Diane Patrick

UK Clinical Trainer

Diane worked across the globe in a variety of positions before retraining as a Paramedic in the UK.

During her time overseas she qualified as a PADI master scuba instructor, worked as the Diving Officer for Raleigh International, qualified as a Coastguard Watch Assistant for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and became a Detainee Escort Officer. Diane is a qualified First Aid & wilderness medical instructor and has worked as the race medic on ultra marathons in the Yukon, Gobi desert and Amazon jungle.

Pauline Lodge

Operations Coordinator

Pauline has spent over two decades working in the Middle East and Africa for a variety of government and non-government aid organisations including the United Nations and British Embassy. She is an experienced administrator and currently heads up the administration team at the Lifesigns Group. Pauline has attended courses in Off-Site Safety Management and holds a City & Guilds teaching qualification.

Medical Lifesigns
The Kiln. Grange Road

Tongham. Surrey 

GU10 1DJ 


Tel:  +44 (0)1483 810785

Fax: +44 (0)1483 810223

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