Meet the Trainer – Neil

This month we asked our northern Scotland trainer/assessor Neil about his lengthy experience with our charity St Andrew’s First Aid and his new full-time role as one of our hardworking trainer/assessors in the social enterprise.

“I was born in Edinburgh in 1958, am married with two sons and have 1 grandson. I have a BSc in Psychology / Music and a MSc in Occupational Safety and Health.
I first became involved in first aid whilst at school as I did outdoor pursuits, (mobile phones had not been invented!) and we had to learn to look after ourselves and others in the party. When I left school I went into government service and then into the police service.

After leaving the police, I spent time in oil industry communications before specialising in Health and Safety. Around 2002/2003 I was helping to provide First Aid cover at the Fire Balls in Stonehaven when I met Bob Thompson from the Aberdeen Corps who, along with Lorna Ferguson and Richard Walker, were also providing cover. They asked me if I would be interested in joining the corps as a volunteer.

After a number of years in the corps, I became a trainer/assessor for the volunteers and also a Moving and Handling course trainer/assessor. I was made redundant from my job and had been looking for a position when in November 2013 a vacancy became available to cover maternity leave for a St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies ltd position in the Dundee area.

I began the job commuting from just west of Aberdeen for around 5 months then my wife became a minister at Old and Abbey Church in Arbroath so the commuting became a lot easier. A permanent position became available although it was officially only 3 days often was 4 or 5 days a week. I was delighted to be offered a full time trainer/assessor in September this year.”

Neil Purnell,
St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd.

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