JSI International Team Members
Sam Iskander MCIPD
Sam is a training and development professional and member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He has over 25 years general management experience in industry with Thorn EMI and Colorcon Pharmaceutical Services Group. In 2000 Sam made a career and lifestyle change to incorporate his love for the outdoor environment into training and development for industry. Sam has run many teambuilding and personal development programmes and is a qualified mountain leader, climbing and kayaking instructor and a qualified NLP Practitioner. This combination has proved extremely effective in the outdoor training environment.
Sam has worked extensively overseas including Scandinavia, North and South America and throughout Europe. Sam has walked and climbed throughout the UK with expeditions to the Rockies, the Pyrenees and the Alps.
John Diplock MIA
John is a highly qualified climbing instructor and mountain leader and is a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. He has been climbing since he was a young man and was the Director of Outdoor Education at a special school for 6 years. He has been involved with running teambuilding and leadership courses for the last 10 years. He has been the leader of teams in some of the harshest environments in the world when decisions made had real consequences.
He was a climber on the 1988 British Kussum Kanguru Expedition (Nepal) which made the first ascent of the East Face. He was the Joint Deputy Leader and Lead Climber of the 1992 British Makalu Expedition (Nepal). Makalu is the world's 5th highest mountain and he reached over 8000 metres (27,000 feet) on this mountain. More recently he has lead expeditions over the Sherpani Col in Nepal, to the High Pyrenees, the Carpathian Mountains in Romania the Picos de Europa in Spain and has revisited the Everest region of Nepal. His latest explorations were to an unexplored area of Greenland in 2003 and he led a trek to K2 Base Camp (in memory of the 20th Anniversary of Julie Tullis, the first British woman to successfully summit K2 but who sadly died on the descent) in the Himalaya in 2005. Also in 2005 John undertook a sea kayaking expedition to Alaska and following a very successful trip to Everest base camp in 2007, he is returning once again this year 2008, making this expedition number 14 he has led worldwide!
Sandy Simpson MCIMgt, FRGS
Sandy is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He was an Officer in the Royal Navy for 26 years during which time he Commanded 7 of Her Majesty's Ships. He was the staff officer and training officer of 2 large establishments for 4 years and has vast experience in team and leadership training. He was loaned to the St Lucia Government for 2½ years to set-up and command a Coastguard/Police Marine Unit/Drug Enforcement/Fisheries Protection Force. Sandy has travelled extensively and, in addition to St Lucia, has lived in Australia and Hong Kong.
Sandy was the Joint Deputy Leader of the 1992 British Makalu Expedition with John, and was a member of the 1993 British 40th Anniversary Everest Expedition which helped Rebecca Stephens to become the first British Woman to reach the summit. As the founder of the Caribbean Ocean Sailing and Volcanic Mountaineering Association he organised many expeditions around the Caribbean whilst based in St Lucia. During the last 8 years Sandy has made 2 visits to the Pyrenees, lead an exploration of the Roanoke River in North Carolina, explored the Carpathian Mountains and Danube Delta in Romania and led a millennium trek to Everest and Kangchenjunga.
Martin Hibbs MCIPD
Martin moved to Dartmoor in 1999 after a successful career in the city. He is a very welcome addition to our team as office manager. Martin is likely to be your first point of contact with us.