National Learning and Development Manager
St John Ambulance Australia
Following an initial start in Psychology, Mark joined West Midland Ambulance Service (UK) on a graduate entry Paramedic program. He has enjoyed a varied and decorated career spanning nearly 20 years in both England and Australia.
As an experienced Intensive Care Paramedic and Operations Manager for the ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS), he has a strong reputation in both clinical and managerial standards. His work spans most areas of ambulance – including as a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) operative – command and control, emergency management and incident response. He also has active experience as a ACTAS Peer Support Officer and service Peer Support Co-Ordinator, as well as a stint as the ACT Emergency Service Agency (ESA) Senior Director Welfare Programs.
Following on from this passion for positive mental health and wellbeing within First Responder Agencies, Mark became a professional trainer in the Canadian evidence-informed Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) and The Working Mind (TWM) programs. This connection saw Mark develop his skills as a Lifeline Crisis Support Volunteer and further still in a permanent role as Business Development and Programs Manager for Lifeline Canberra.
Currently, Mark as been able to combine his work passions into a role that covers all aspects of the above and more within the National Management Team of St John Ambulance Australia.
Mark is highly driven and personally motivated towards producing innovative training packages that work to encapsulate evidence based adult education principles, whilst driving to inform the next generation of improved practice. Recently, is team have made great headway in developing improvements across the field of life saving first aid skill retention.