Lauren
Trustee (Chair); Medical and Marine Lead

Paramedic | Swiftwater Rescue Technician

  • Lauren has a BSc(Hons) degree in Paramedic Science and is currently studying towards an MSc in Expedition and Wilderness medicine. She has been Paramedic for over 10 years and has spent that time based in north London, where she has works closely with a variety of medical professionals including HEMS and Advanced Paramedic Practitioners. For the last three years Lauren has been a member of the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) in the east of the capital, and attends calls to patients requiring medical interventions in a variety of austere and challenging environments. These include patients ill or injured at height and in water, unstable terrain, collapsed structures, marauding terrorist incidents and chemical exposures.
  • Lauren has undertaken an expedition to Tanzania acting as lead medic on a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro where she was in charge of the care of 10 teammates and over 50 porters. Lauren has recently become a qualified Swiftwater Rescue Instructor and runs regular marine training for SPEAR members. She also acts as Team Commander during DEFRA flood deployments.¬†
  • During her Search and Rescue career Lauren has developed a keen interest in USAR and collapsed structures, as well as technical search techniques such as DELSAR listening equipment and search cams.

Personal Interests: bouldering, hillwalking, mountaineering, wildlife conservation and remote/expedition medicine