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Trainers and associates


Here are some more members of the team that March on Stress is lucky enough to be able to call upon to enrich the training we offer.

Ed Jennings

TRiM Practitioner and Trainer

Ed Jennings is an experienced TRiM Manager and TRiM trainer who has delivered TRiM courses to a range of organisations both in the UK and overseas. He has extensive teaching expertise and formerly served with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Ed also has experience working as a private security contractor in global roles, both ashore and afloat. Ed holds a PTLLS qualification and in addition to being a multi-disciplined Adventurous Training Instructor also instructs on close protection and hostile environments courses. Ed is also a communication support worker for the deaf and is therefore accustomed and accomplished at instructing people using English as a second language.

Dean 'Pen' Penlington MBE

TRiM Practitioner and Trainer

Pen, as he is more commonly known, served over 32 years in the Royal Air Force as a member of the maritime patrol force. During this time he took part in many operations all around the world including overland. Having also been instrumental in fitting the aircraft for these tasks, Pen was an in-theatre subject matter expert and crew member during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Following the introduction of TRiM to the Royal Air Force, Pen manoeuvred to the forefront of this welfare initiative and quickly established himself as the TRiM expert at a major RAF base. He went on to lead, instruct and coordinate personnel across Scotland in a number of high profile events. From his participation in one of the first ever RAF TRiM events, following the crash of a Tornado F3, he was the driving force behind the development of a well-trained organised series of teams, whose expertise is still being called upon today.

Pen was made a Member of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen in January 2012, partly in recognition of his work in Trauma Risk Management. He also received the Meritorious Service Medal in 2008, where the citation spoke of his excellence as an instructor.

Although now part of the RAuxAF, Pen left full-time service in June 2013 and now continues his work supporting people through traumatic stress by assisting introducing peer based support to industry. Having attained a Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) qualification, he is working towards the Certificate.

Marilyn Wignall

TRiM Practitioner and Trainer

Marilyn is a retired police officer having served in Devon & Cornwall Constabulary for more than 30 years, completing her police service in January 2006 as a traffic inspector in Exeter. She enjoyed a diverse police career spanning police patrol duties, CID, drug squad and the regional crime squad; she transferred to traffic in 1999 just in time to be involved with the planning for the eclipse.

During her time on traffic she supervised numerous road death investigations and was instrumental in the force adopting the Road Death Investigation Manual 6 months before it was officially launched.

During her service she completed a certificate of education and two degrees, the last one in the area of stress management. She was responsible for introducing two new strategies to the force: road death investigation, and stress management. In 1990, having identified an individual who had suffered a traumatic experience, she researched force and national policies in relation to stress management. Little existed at that time and she embarked upon a period of research, being awarded a Bramshill Fellowship which eventually resulted in the strategy of appointing post incident colleague supporters; in-house training and force policy. In 2003 Marilyn was given the opportunity to undertake TRiM training through the police and saw its utility for use within the emergency services and persuaded Devon & Cornwall Constabulary to adopt it as their model of traumatic stress management.

Since her retirement she has helped to pioneer the use of TRiM in several UK police forces and other emergency services. She has also drawn on her police experience to conduct numerous interventions as part of the TRiM team.

She has been a TRiM trainer for more than four years and has assisted with training to four UK police services. She has also given presentations to a wide variety of national audiences on TRiM-related matters.

She is employed as a part time police service force TRiM Co-ordinator as well as working with March on Stress to deliver high quality TRiM training.

Stephanie Walters

TRiM Practitioner and Trainer

Stephanie has worked as a civilian with the Royal Marines for seven years and has been actively involved with TRiM for six years. As a TRiM practitioner she has carried out interventions as part of the 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marine TRiM team, providing support following numerous military incidents. Drawing on her experiences working with the Military, she has also worked within the civilian sector carrying out TRiM interventions with members of the fire service and steel industry.

She has extensive experience of working with a wide range of civilian and military audiences to good effect and, more recently, she has been an integral part of the planning arrangement for bringing a large number of military personnel back from an operational zone.

As a highly experienced TRiM trainer, Stephanie has provided first rate training for many organisations including police forces, ambulance services, and local authorities. She has also provided training for a variety of military units and deployed to remote locations to deliver training packages single-handedly in arduous environments, including to ship's personnel while at sea. Having attended numerous national and international conferences Stephanie has developed an in-depth understanding of the principles of traumatic stress management, both from a scientific and practical point of view. Stephanie's extensive training experience has been recognised with a Certificate for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS), a national teaching qualification.

Simon Pease

TRiM Practitioner and Trainer

Simon is an ex-member of the diplomatic service, serving in a number of overseas missions, including as a member of the UK Delegation to CSCE disarmament negotiations, and as Deputy Head of Mission in Morocco and Israel. Simon was Deputy Director of HR in the FCO before leaving in 2006 to work independently, delivering a range of HR services, including TRiM training, to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO),and other clients. Simon now also works as a coach, qualified in MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and FIRO-B (Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation and Behaviour). Simon also works as an independent interviewer, and has chaired selection boards for graduate entry to the FCO.

Simon trained in TRiM while a member of the FCO, and has carried out TRiM assessments at the FCO in London, and also at locations overseas following major incidents affecting diplomatic service staff, including Sri Lanka after the tsunami, and Kinshasa.

David (Dave) Harrison

TRiM Practitioner and Trainer

Dave Harrison served in the UK Armed Forces for 22 years during which time he deployed to a number of operational theatres worldwide, including several tours of Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.

Dave became a TRiM practitioner to provide support for his colleagues on deployment in Afghanistan in 2007, during which time he worked alongside the Afghan National Army. After a gruelling tour Dave returned home and found that he was exhibiting the signs and symptoms of a PTSR (post-traumatic stress reaction) in himself and courageously sought help which helped him get back on track.

Due to his experiences in Afghanistan, Dave volunteered to become an Army TRiM training team instructor in 2009. Between 2009 and 2012 he delivered practitioner and team leader courses to hundreds of British army personnel. As part of his role Dave delivered presentations on handling of human remains, grief reactions, active listening and a variety of associated mental health presentations. He was also instrumental in supporting the Army's stigma reduction programmes and he set up the TRiM website for the British army.

In 2011, Dave was part of a team which carried out a scientific survey into the mental health of UK forces deployed to Afghanistan; he and other members from the Academic Centre for Defence Mental Health surveyed around 1,500 deployed personnel.

Dave holds a Level 4 Certificate for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTTLs) and as a training associate for March on Stress has delivered training to a number of public and private organisations.

Tony Ramskill

TRiM Practitioner and Trainer

Tony is a retired police officer having served in Kent Police for 30 years, retiring in January 2014 as a Neighbourhood Policing Inspector in Gravesend. He enjoyed a predominantly uniformed career mainly in response policing and ten years with the dog section. During his tenure as a dog section sergeant he developed his interest in TRiM and became a Practitioner in 2004.

In 1999 Tony received an award for innovation from the Home Secretary for his research into the drink driving procedure at hospitals which had a significant influence in changing the law, allowing police to obtain blood samples from unconscious drivers. He was a trained Post Incident Manager in accordance with the Codes of Practice on the Police Use of Firearms & Less Lethal Weapons. He holds a Level 3 Award in Education & Training.

Tony has conducted several TRiM presentations here and in the Netherlands. He was integral in the early stages of TRiM being developed in Kent Police and latterly a valued member of the TRiM Executive Board. He was recognised for his commitment and dedication to TRiM upon retirement and for contributing to reduce the stigma of mental health within the police service.

Tony has been an Associate Trainer since April 2014. He has assisted with training for a number of organisations in the UK and abroad. He has practised as a TRiM practitioner with March on Stress as well as working to deliver high quality TRiM training.


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