Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Staff Bio: Dr Denny Levett

Denny Levett
Denny Levett is a Specialist Registrar in Critical Care and Anaesthesia at UCL. She is the deputy director of the Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme Environment Medicine at UCL and has extensive experience in expedition medicine.

Denny has research interests in altitude medicine and diving and hyperbaric medicine and is a keen climber and diver.

She was the Expedition medical officer for the Caudwell Xtreme Everest research expedition in 2007 (www.xtreme-everest.co.uk) responsible for more than 250 climbers, investigators and volunteers in the field. She was also the expedition Deputy Research leader and is currently completing a phd in altitude physiology.

In 2005, Denny worked as a diving and hyperbaric medicine fellow at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia treating divers with decompression sickness. She has spent nine months working as the expedition medical officer on three marine biology diving expeditions in Africa, Fiji and Oman.

Denny has also worked as a Medical Officer for ‘Across the Divide Expeditions’ since 1999. She has accompanied groups on hiking, white water rafting and mountain biking expeditions in remote locations including Guatemala, Nepal, Patagonia, Lapland and Peru.

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine’s Medical Facualty.

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Staff Bio: Ceri Williams

Ceri Rhys Williams

Ceri’s passions are people and their behaviours. He believes that concentration on great behaviours is the way for all individuals and teams to reach their true potential.

Ceri has spent the past 20 years working as a sports and adventure coach, operating on rivers and in mountain ranges throughout the world. Part of this time was spent serving in the Armed Forces.

Ceri actually spent 22 years in the Royal Marine Commandos specialising in Physical and Adventurous Training. Alongside his service as a soldier he became a British Canoe Union (BCU) Level 5 Coach, earned the Mountain Leader Training Board (MLTB) Mountain Instructor Award (MIA), The Winter Mountain Leader Award (ML Winter). Throughout his commando service he spent numerous winters in northern Norway which played to his strengths. Here in the Arctic he gained considerable travel and survival experience. During his time with the Royal Marines, Ceri also played representative rugby and squash and was a member of the Great Britain Dragon Boating Team, paddling in two World Championships.

Ceri works now as a professional outdoor coach, a personal and team performance coach and an expedition leader. Together with his outdoor qualifications he is a certified practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming and is a master practitioner in Hypnotherapy and never ceases to be exited by the power of language in all forms of coaching.

Since leaving the Royal Marines, Ceri has focused on transferring the skills and lessons learnt from operating in high performing teams to the worlds of corporate business and of individual personal development. He has coached at the highest level in organisations such as Diageo, Unilever, Red Bull and Reuters. His personal dynamism, creativity, thoughtfulness and charm combined with his great leadership skills continue to win him plaudits and motivate teams and individuals both in business and the outdoors.

Ceri’s expedition and corporate work conspire to take him away from home a great deal; in the past 12 months Ceri has successful led charity trekking adventures to Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Mount Kinabalo crossed the Continental Divide in Costa Rica, trekked across the Great Wall of China and spent several weeks Charity Dog Sledding in Norway. He remains above all however, a dedicated family man. He has been married to Geraldine for 27 years and together they have two fantastic daughters – Sarah and Katie.

Ceri lives in Devon where he continues to train on a daily basis by swimming, mountain biking and wherever and whenever possible by whitewater kayaking, which remains his first love in the outdoors. Ceri is due to Dog Sled the last degree to the North Pole in April 2009.

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine training team.

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Staff Biographies: Neville Howard

A product of the English public school system, Neville became sufficiently hardened to bad food and arbitrary discipline to join the navy. The navy became aware at about the same time that he did that they were not ideally suited each to the other following an unfortunate incident involving a chaplain and a stoker.After a lotus-eating interlude (coal miner, dude ranch hand and Texan wine waiter) he joined the army. Being small, scruffy and unreliable, he proved not to be ideal material for the Coldstream Guards either and, with a barely suppressed mutual sigh of relief following an unfortunate incident with a Japanese tourist, he slid sideways into special forces.

His last job was commanding 22 SAS Regiment. He now runs the family estate at Greystoke (or vice versa).