Charlie is a leading expert on the retrieval of critically-ill and injured patients from austere environments at high-altitude. He is the founder and head of Bhutan Emergency Aeromedical Retrieval (BEAR), the Kingdom of Bhutan’s pre-hospital helicopter critical care team, as well as the head of Bhutan Mountain Rescue and the Director of Resuscitation for Bhutan’s only major tertiary referral center, the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital.
Mike qualified as a doctor in 1979 and then spent 10 years in hospital medicine interspersed with prolonged periods travelling around the world on expeditions. He then left mainstream medical practice to undertake 6 years of research on human performance at environmental extremes and during this period he became the Chief Scientist at the UK Government ‘Centre for Human Sciences’. However, he also continued to go on expeditions which included the first unsupported crossing of Antarctica on foot which he completed with Sir Ranulph Fiennes in 1993 resulting in the award of both the OBE for ‘Human Endeavour & Services to Charity’ and the Polar Medal for ‘Services to Polar exploration’.
Edwards began jumping under the eye of John Viscome and Chuck Berghorn in Lake Placid, New York, using Berghorn’s equipment, although he had to wear six pairs of socks to make the boots fit. He was disadvantaged by his weight—at about 82 kg (181 lb), more than 9 kg (20 lb) heavier than the next heaviest competitor—and by his lack of financial support for training—and by being totally self-funded. Another problem was that he was very farsighted, wearing thick glasses under his goggles, which would mist up at altitude.
Rosalind “Roz” Savage MBE FRGS (born 23 December 1967) is an English ocean rower, environmental advocate, writer and speaker. She holds four Guinness World Records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row solo across three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. She has rowed over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oar strokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat. She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013 for services to environmental awareness and fundraising. She was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Laws) from Bristol University in 2014.
Jason Fox, otherwise known as ‘Foxy’, is a former Royal Marine Commando and Special Forces Sergeant who has led and executed large-scale global operations including hostage rescue, counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics missions as well as being a professional bodyguard, to name but a few! The skills and experience gained from his time in the military, plus the extreme challenges he now takes on as part of ‘Team Essence’ means he is the perfect guest speaker at WEM18.