Rapid Response Adventure Medicine (R.R.A.M)

Nikki McLeary

Founder/Managing Director & Co-author R.R.A.M

After graduating from Brighton University in 1998 with 2:1 BSc (Hons) Nikki spent 5 years working in the field of Sports and Exercise Science with a particular focus on elite extreme athletes. In 2003 Nikki launched her own adventure company operating across multiple overseas locations and environments in addition to writing on a freelance basis for mainstream outdoor publications on the topics of physiology/psychology in challenging environments. In 2012 Nikki developed the Adventure Science Platform to translate scientific research into readable content for the general public and in 2017 Rapid Response Adventure Medicine (R.R.A.M) was launched as part of the platform’s expansion. Nikki is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, holds PGCert (Distinction) in Extreme Medicine, is an Honorary Senior Lecturer of Exeter University (Sports & Health Sciences) and a speaker at several well-respected academic conferences and courses. In 2018 Nikki trekked a remote Ethiopian trade route not previously accessed by Westerners and is an avid snow-shoe hiker, sailor and windsurfer.

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Meet the team

Dr. Kirsty Morgan

Kirsty has been an emergency doctor since 2009 with a background in expeditions including Antarctica and New Zealand in addition to home-based work in the U.K. Kirsty is a World Extreme Medicine faculty member and brings a wealth of teaching experience at a high clinical level to this project. In addition Kirsty holds B.Sc Sports and Exercise Medicine and has a keen personal and professional interest in adventure sports including mountain biking, surfing, and mountaineering.

Dr Charlie Fleury

Charlie is an Emergency Medicine Doctor currently working in Exeter and in addition holds PGDip in Extreme Medicine. Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine is her passion, she spent a year in New Zealand working downhill mountain biking competitions and motocross events transferring hospital skills to the challenging outdoor arena. She loves the sea and in her free time hits the beach for open-water swimming, the occasional surf and training to row the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge in 2020.

Dr Rosie Alterman

Rosie is based in Exeter where she combines working as an Emergency Medicine Doctor with studying for a Masters in Extreme Medicine. This has taken her on expeditions ranging from the Costa Rican jungle to the polar environment of Norway. She is also a crew member and the Lifeboat Medical Advisor for Teignmouth Lifeboat, helping to save lives at sea and training fellow crew members to do the same. She is a GB age group middle distance triathlete and when she can fits in training for her upcoming row across the Atlantic in 2020. Rosie is also faculty for World Extreme Medicine, an organisation which trains doctors to work in austere environments.

Dr. Adam Baker

Adam is an Emergency Medicine Doctor currently working in Exeter and in addition holds PGDip in Extreme Medicine. His passion is in pre-hospital emergency medicine, human factors and all things outdoors. He loves taking the skills learned in an Emergency Department and applying them to challenging wilderness environments. He has also worked as lead doctor for a number of international mountain biking competitions and ultramarathons. With formal health professional teacher training through the University of Toronto which is ideal for R.R.A.M, he also enjoys a cheeky bit of CrossFit when not exploring Dartmoor. 

Dr. Klara Weaver

Klara is an Emergency Medicine doctor currently undertaking a Clinical Fellowship in Prehospital Education, Salisbury. A keen mountaineer, Klara has been on high altitude expeditions to Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and the Alps... but she favours British climbing! Her outdoor academic passions are expedition psychology and human factors in remote environments, which she's put to the test with Iceland Search and Rescue and as an ultra-marathon doctor. Klara loves the cold and in her spare time she embraces the British winter with plenty of wild camping under the stars.

Dr. Islay Crosbie

Islay is an Emergency Medicine Doctor currently working in Derby where she also teaches students from Nottingham medical school. She has worked as part of a medical team supporting a two week long adventure race across Fiji presented by Bear Grylls. When not working Islay loves to freestyle and whitewater kayak. She has been a member of the Great British national team and has competed and paddled at events around the world since 2008. Through travel and kayaking she is experienced in remote and challenging environments.

Luca Alfatti M.Sc Para

Luca is a paramedic (photo gives it away!), Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, World Extreme Medicine faculty member, PHTLS instructor, Mountain Leader and Water Rescue Technician plus HEFAT instructor who delivers hostile environment training to journalists. Luca leads expeditions in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Chad, his work has featured in ‘Trek and Mountains’ and ‘Adventure Travel’ and his world first 2015 crossing of the Dash e Lut Desert (Iran) was featured in the National Geographic Traveller.

Dr. Jim Collis

Jim is an Emergency Medicine Doctor, Paramedic, ALS/GIC/AIM Instructor, RYA Windsurfing Instructor Trainer & Coach, Windsurf Magazine Test & Technique Editor, BASI Race Coach & Mountain Guide. His practical skills in pre-hospital emergency care as a paramedic, hospital-based work as a doctor mixed with an extensive amount of adventure sport/expedition experience and teaching both in the UK and overseas brings a perfect balance of academic and practical capabilities to this project.

Join us

We are always looking for medics with adventure sports/expedition/military experience to teach. If you are interested in a flexible arrangement that fits around your shifts we look forward to hearing from you.