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The React First Team

React First was established in 2007 by Jenny Pugh and Charlie Holmes. More interesting than their combined medical, outdoor, first aid and teaching experience is their unlikely backgrounds; Jenny studied Mechanical Engineering with French and Charlie read Philosophy and War Studies as well as training with the London Ambulance Service.  

Why they did not loose interest in running a first aid training after the first dozen courses is testament to the method of delivery and the amount of themselves they have put into developing all aspects of React First.  

We are incredibly proud of all of our trainers and assessors.  We have a highly skilled team of professional instructors who all hold teaching qualifications, have strong first aid backgrounds, and often a strong personal interest in sports or the outdoors if they are delivering specialist first aid qualifications.  

Most importantly all of our trainers are all skilled in delivering meaningful courses to candidates using a context suitable to the needs of the group. This training style, combined which a strong focus on practical elements, are the hallmarks of our courses.

Jenny Pugh

Name: Jenny Pugh
Position: Director & Head of Sales

Jenny has always regarded first aid as an essential life skill, not just when she is on expeditions but in everyday life. Her introduction to first aid came in 1996 in the form of battle field first aid when she trained in the Bristol University Officers'' Training Corps. She has been improving her skills ever since and 2006 trained with ITC to become a qualified first aid instructor. She joined forces with Charles Holmes in 2007 to found React First delivering top quality first aid training across the UK.

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Charles Holmes

Name: Charles Holmes
Position: Director & Head of Training

During Charles'' extensive travels in remote areas of the world, Nepal, Namibia and Iceland he experienced many real life medical situations and near misses which prompted and encouraged him to develop his medical skills. Since first training with Rescue and Emergency Care (REC) in 2002 he is now a highly experienced first aid instructor of REC, Immediate Temporary Care (ITC) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) first aid courses. He has a key role in the operation of ITC as an External Verifier and belongs to the ITC Training Standards Commitee, helping to develop Awarding body function as legislation and good practice evolve and founded React First together with Jennifer Pugh in 2007.

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Michelle Douglas

Name: Michelle Douglas
Position: Office Manager

Michelle will usually be your first point of contact. Whether you have a question about which is the right course for you or need a replacement certificate for a course you have previously attended Michelle will be able to help with your enquiry. She manages the calendars for all our courses and trainers so if you would like to book a date for your own course, she will help you with that.

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Joe Rogan

Name: Joe Rogan
Position: Senior Trainer

Joe is an experienced teacher and first aid trainer. Combined with his love of sport and the outdoors he delivers the full range of React First first aid courses, specialising in Outdoor First Aid and Sports First Aid.

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Remy Bertlin

Name: Remy Bertlin
Position: Trainer

Remy is the newest member of the team. Like many of our trainers Remy came on an Outdoor First Aid course and enjoyed it so much that he has become a first aid trainer!! He has a strong background in outdoor education and delivering training with first aid being the newest addition to his portfolio of skills. We are very pleased to have him onboard.

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Sean Rooney

Name: Sean Rooney
Position: Senior Trainer

Sean takes a very active interest in a wide range sports, and has trained for many years in and Western and Thai Boxing as well as Jiu Jitsu where he a qualified instructor. It was this that lead him to get involved in teaching first aid and become the national first aid coordinator for the Jiu Jitsu Foundation.  From these interests Sean has since qualified as personal trainer and sport massage therapist. Sean still has a day job working as a technician in the School of Applied Sciences for a university where he works as divisional safety adviser and runs first aid training for all staff.

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Maxine Lock

Name: Maxine Lock
Position: Senior Trainer

Maxine is an experienced first aid trainer, qualified teacher and walking group leader. She is actively involved in supervising and assessing Duke of Edinburgh groups. Maxine is a keen trail runner and often works as a first aider for orgnanised running events. We are delighted when she has some spare time to deliver Outdoor First Aid, Forest Schools First Aid and Paeditaric First Aid for React First.

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Denis Mills

Name: Denis Mills
Position: Senior Trainer

Denis is a highly skilled trainer and member of the React First team. His broad background in HM Forces, Police and the Outdoor industry have equipped him well to deliver fun and practical first aid training course.

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