Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. We have no paid members and give our time up freely for the benefit of our patients.
Check out our team members profiles below by selecting the images.
Dr Graeme Spencer
Graeme qualified from Liverpool Medical School and is now a General Practitioner and GP trainer along with running minor surgery and child development clinics.
He has been involved with BASICS schemes since 1997 and is the founding chair of CSIBASICS.
Graeme also teaches on Advanced Life Support courses.
John is a Critical Care Paramedic for the North West Air Ambulance Charity.
He has a wealth of pre-hospital experience which he has gained from his background in both Mountain Rescue and his time overseas with the Military. John comes from an instructional background, teaching on Paramedic courses as well as being an instructor for the Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) course.
Dr Matt Quarmby
Dr Matt Quarmby is a Specialty Doctor in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. He is a founding member of the organisation and our current Treasurer.
Dr Tim Smith
Dr Scott Beattie
Having graduated from medical school at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester Scott has gone on to complete training in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine.
He works as a Consultant in Salford Royal Emergency Department. He also works as a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Doctor for the North West Air Ambulance. Another role involves being a Senior Medical Advisor for North West Ambulance Service.
He lives in Lymm and responds locally as and when family life allows!
Dr Richard Smith
Richard qualified from the University of Southampton, undertook specialist training in Wales and responded in South Wales with the local BASICS scheme during this time.
He has also worked for the Greater Sydney Area HEMS in Australia featuring in the first series of BBC documentary Helicopter Heroes Down Under.
He now works as a Consultant Trauma Resuscitation Anaesthetist at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and is also a regular HEMS doctor on HELIMED54 & HELIMED72. Richard also works as a MERIT Doctor for the North West Ambulance Service. He is an Instructor on both the European Trauma Course and the European Paediatric Advanced Life Support courses.
Dr Mike Hughes
Mike qualified from Liverpool Medical School in 2010 and completed Higher Surgical Training in the North West. Mike is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Upper Limb & Major Trauma surgery, and a MERIT Doctor with NWAS. In addition to his normal day job Mike keeps his airway skills up by frequently swapping seats and working a list as an Anaesthetic SHO, much to the confusion of new starting staff!
Mike was born and bred in the Northwich area and works in Liverpool. Outside of work he is active with Cheshire Search & Rescue Team and attends frequent Search & Rescue and Mountain Rescue callouts, as well as overseeing the team medical training. When he gets the chance, he is a keen climber and certified petrolhead who can usually be found elbow-deep in anything mechanical, from sports bikes to tractors! Mike is very proud of his Class 1 HGV licence.
Mike is married with 3 young children and responds regularly around Northwich/Mid-Cheshire. Mike lives in our busiest area and attends an average of 1-2 incidents per week.
Dr Jon Taylor
Jon graduated from Liverpool Medical School in 2010. After completing his foundation training he went on to train as an anaesthetist.
In 2015, Jon completed a year-long fellowship in simulation and medical education, with a focus on human factors and non-technical skills.
He has been a member of Cheshire Search and Rescue since 2016 and helps to coordinate their medical training. He is an instructor for Advanced Life Support and Advanced Paediatric Life Support and has also instructed and examined other Mountain Rescue and anaesthetic courses. He is a regular motorsports medic at Oulton Park and Trac Môn in Anglesey.
Dr Simon Carley
Simon is a consultant in Emergency Medicine.
Simon brings decades of experience in research and education to the team. Amongst his many roles, he is visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is regularly invited to conferences across the globe to teach resuscitation excellence.
Dr John Oates
Dr John Oates has worked for the NHS for 21 years and his current full-time position as a General Practitioner for the British Military.
He originally qualified as an Adult Staff Nurse working in A&E and being an active member of the medical aid team before attending medical school later on in his career. His many roles as a doctor include completing part of his anaesthetic and intensive care training as well as working in Emergency Medicine departments. He has served in a British Army Field Hospital, completing various courses such as battlefield medicine and care under fire.
He has been responding as a BASICS doctor for over 5 years covering Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool and Lancashire and attends on average 250 incidents per year. He is also a MERIT Doctor for North West Ambulance Service since its inception and is only one of two doctors in the North West to have completed the Ambulance Intervention Team (AIT) training.
He also enjoys being the medical officer for motorsport and extreme sporting events. All in all, he has been providing pre-hospital care for over 13 years.
He has a keen interest in Fire and Rescue Service advanced first aid training and has been instrumental in enhancing the medical training and clinical governance the UK’s Fire and Rescue services now receive.
He is the medical director for Frontier Risk Group Ltd and is currently overseeing the medical training for all of the Fire Fighters in Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. He also travels globally to instruct in pre-hospital care in hazardous areas and has recently returned from Afghanistan.
He is committed to continuously improving his knowledge and experience of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) and has undertaken numerous PHEM courses and continues to do so. He also enjoys teaching and is an accredited PHTLS instructor.
Dr Fliss Clark
Dr Fliss Clark qualified from University College London Medical School and is currently working as a Consultant in Anaesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine with Stoke School of Anaesthesia.
Fliss has been working within the Pre Hospital environment since 2006 and is still active with West Midlands CARE team (a sister organisation within the West Mids area) along with providing cover at large music events. Fliss also teaches on the Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS) course and Advanced Life Support (ALS) courses.
Outside interests include music, fast cars and expensive shoes!
Dr Adrian Marsh
Dr Adrian Marsh has worked for the NHS for 19 years and is presently a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the West Midlands.
His extended NHS Roles: Foundation Year 2 Training Program Director, Honorary Clinical Tutor for Year 5 Emergency Medicine, Keele University and Quality Lead for Emergency Medicine, Health Education West Midlands.
Adrian has been involved in the pre-hospital environment since 2003 following working single-handed in rural Australia for 2 months. Adrian was one of the initial members involved in setting up CSI Basics and is now one of the Trustees.
Adrian also teaches Advanced Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support.
Outside Interests: Running and Cycling
Darren is one of the Trustees of the Charity, as well as being our Fleet Manager.
Darren has a wealth of experience in the ambulance sector, in roles held with both Yorkshire Ambulance Service and North West Ambulance Service.
He has held roles including Dispatcher, Paramedic, Community Resuscitation Development Officer and Senior Paramedic.
Darren now shares his time between the emergency services in a variety of roles.
Carl has spent the last 5 years owning a small group of companies, Riqueza Group operates in business finance; payroll, interior design and luxury products. Prior to that, Carl worked within construction products environments fulfilling sales & marketing roles for manufacturing and distribution companies.
Carl has helped out with a number of charities over the last 10 years, holding non-executive Director roles for non-league football clubs; disability awareness charities and community interest companies. He understands the importance of businesses aligning with charities to ensure corporate and social responsibility efforts of companies assist charities with their funding requirements.
Carl has been with his wife Rachel for 18 years, they have a Daughter (Harriet) and a Son (Joshua).
Rob qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2004 and has since worked in a variety of acute medical and emergency care settings. He currently works as an Emergency Department Advanced Clinical Practitioner for the HEFT.
Rob has been heavily involved in the delivery of prehospital care since becoming a full member of the West Midlands CARE Team in 2006 and continues with this role regularly. He has a keen interest in multi-disciplinary education and teaches regularly on Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Advanced Trauma Nursing (ATNC) courses.
You will have probably come across Rob’s voice as part of the excellent Resus Room podcasts. If you’ve not listened in, we highly recommend you do!
Pat is our Fundraising Officer. Pat has been dealing with CSIBASICS responders for years in her role within the North West Ambulance Service as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher. Our responders can certainly blame Pat for those early morning calls to attend those in need of our extended skills and expertise.
Martin is our latest Nurse team member and has been qualified as a Registered Nurse for over 25 years.
The majority of his career being within Accident & Emergency / resuscitation / education environments or a combination of all three.
Martin is currently employed as a full-time University Lecturer in Nursing.
An experienced Registered Nurse, Clinician, Lecturer and Instructor who has had extensive experience and a specialist interest in resuscitation / pre-hospital care being previously involved in medical rescue in addition to former roles as medical lead to Mountain Rescue / Search & Rescue and Water Rescue Teams.
Experience has also been gained whilst working as a pre-hospital care nurse / medic in night clubs / sporting events and also as an Ambulance Technician.
Martin is also a ‘Practitioner’ Member of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care – The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in addition to being a nurse representative on their Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care Advisory Board.
Numerous qualifications have been gained over the years which include having ALS / GIC / PHTLS Instructor status.
Martin enjoys the outdoors and has been an expedition medic in the Arctic Circle and has achieved FRGS and FAWM status.
Mike Van Gordon
Hi, I’m Mike, or ‘Vanny’ if you prefer. My unofficial title for CSIBASICS is ‘Fleet Support’, a catch-all for any car stuff the team need. My expertise and the reason I became involved in the group are installing covert blue light and siren systems for the fleet of volunteers vehicles.
Why do the CSIBASICS vehicles need blue lights?
Getting to the scene of an incident rapidly can be the difference between life and death for a patient. The blue light systems fitted to the CSIBASICS volunteers’ private vehicles help them get on site quicker and safer than they might otherwise manage in a regular car. Much like an ambulance.
And with CSIBASICS being able to respond to call-outs rapidly, they can often be onsite before other emergency services. In this case, the blue lights can alert other road users and the public of their presence. Perhaps not vital in a car park, potentially lifesaving on a motorway.
The installed safety systems must be completely reliable. As the blue lights go into privately owned vehicles, the installation needs to be done without damage to the car. Being covert avoids drawing unwanted attention when the cars aren’t on call.
What motivates you to support CSIBASICS in this way? The service the CSI team provide is vital to the communities they support. Being able to apply my skill set to help the team is incredibly important to me. It would cost around £1000 to have the lights and siren system fitted, and that’s just the labour. Knowing I can save the charity that money to fund attending incidents and equipping vehicles with medical equipment is very satisfying. It makes the hours spent installing the system worth every minute.
Any highlights over this time?
The first time you get the lights flashing is always satisfying. I think I’m just a little kid on the inside. Those first flashing lights will always make me grin like a fool! The guys in the team usually keep me motivated with Haribo and Maoam, and I can’t say no to that. Getting the first system installed was probably the most satisfying. But getting a whole system installed in sub-zero temperature was a definite highlight.