Phil Bonner

Phil Bonner is a helicopter pilot in the Irish Air Corps. He has been in the Defence Forces for 20 years and has experience in SAR, police aviation, military aviation and in the last 5 years has been heavily involved with the joint NAS-Defence Forces Air Ambulance programme; EAS (Emergency Aeromedical Service). As a flying instructor, Philip grew a keen interest into how high-performance teams operate under varied and often extreme conditions. He was in a position to pass these lessons on to his Advanced Paramedic colleagues through the teaching of Crew Resource Management (CRM). As the Chief CRM Instructor for the Defence Forces, he continues to teach CRM skills within the Air Corps while also advocating for its use beyond the cockpit.

Dr Mark Sheridan

Dr Mark Sheridan is a Consultant Anaesthetist in N Ireland, with an interest in pre-hospital care going back some 25 years. For ten years one of the MCUI ‘Flying Doctors’ at motorcycle road-racing, he has a background in military medicine and aeromedical evacuation. Having planned and delivered exercises around the world, most recently in Italy, the USA, Gibraltar and Germany, he is proud of a close relationship built with DFI. He has worked on combat aeromed in Bosnia, the last Gulf War, and the MERT helicopter platform in Afghanistan. Formerly an ALS & B-ATLS Course Director, he is nowadays more of an armchair warrior, with an active interest in leadership, team dynamics and sailing a bit with his 9 year old son.

Dr Ann Payne

Dr Ann Payne is a Consultant Psychiatrist and leader of MDT in North Cork and St Stephen”sHospital , Cork. Ann also very much enjoys Emergency Medicine and working alongside such great colleagues as those in CUH.

Ann has a masters degree in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and has provided extensive liaison in Palliative Care and General Hospitals through the years. She started up the first Home Treatment / Crisis Team in Cork & Kerry and has a lot of experience in team dynamics and team function
Ann is also a current ATLS instructor .

Anthony Byrne

Anthony Byrne, Advanced Paramedic Practitioner, Education & Competency Assurance Officer, National Ambulance Service.
Anthony recently graduated with a Masters of Education from Trinity College Dublin and is involved in the development of education in Major Emergency Management in both the Pre-Hospital and Hospital environs.

Peter Daly

Prior to being appointed Chief Emergency Management Officer of HSE South in 2007, Peter Daly served in the Defence Forces as a Commandant in Army Ordnance Corps. He severed in a number of Defence Appointments including as an instructor is the Ordnance School and the Officer in Charge of Naval Ordnance Workshops.

He has a particular interest in C-IED, CBRNe and remote technology. He was seconded to the UN as a weapons inspector in WMD. He graduated from UCC in Science and holds a PhD in fluid dynamics. As the Chief Emergency Management Officer of HSE South he was the line-manager for the Inter-Agency Emergency Management Office (IAEMO). The IAEMO is responsible to provide support on a full time basis to the participating agencies in the consideration and implementation of their responsibilities in planning and preparing for their response to Major Emergencies. This includes co-ordination and preparation of mandatory External Emergency Plans (EEPs) for COMAH [Seveso] sites.

Currently he is involved in research and co-ordination for a number of EU Horizon 2020 Projects and is a WP lead for ROCSAFE.

Danny Coholan

Danny Coholan joined An Garda Siochana in 1997. Promoted to Sergeant in 2007. Completed a Higher Diploma in Health, Safety & Welfare at work from UCC in 2007. Established the first Armed Support Unit of An Garda Siochana in 2008. Offshore Response Training 2009. Qualified as a Tactical Firearms Commander with the UK Home Office in 2015. Promoted to Inspector in 2016, currently attached to Anglesea St Garda Station.

Dan Humphries

Appointment: OiC Naval Service Diving Section
Qualification: Clearance Diving Officer (CDO)

I qualified as a Naval Diver in 2012, this course is designed to provide a person with an understanding of diving principles and diving illnesses / physics, along with extensive practical experience this is the entry level course for any Naval Diver. As with any specialization a diver is required to build on this with continuation training and practical knowledge.

In 2014 I completed the Naval Surface Supplied Diving Course and Naval Diving Supervisors Course (18 MSW), these courses again built on existing knowledge, but a greater focus was given to Diving Illnesses, Dive Supervision and Dive Incident Control as well as operation of the recompression Chamber.

During 2015 – 2016 I successfully completed the Royal Canadian Navy Clearance Diving Course based on Vancouver Island. This year long course gives an in-depth knowledge of diving  and dive supervision (90 MSW)  for the following gas/equipment types (Air,O2,Nitrox,Heliox, shallow and deep rebreathers, Surface Supplied Diving). Along with this, a CDO is trained to respond to advanced diving incidents / illnesses utilising dive medicine, adjunctive therapy and recompression theory under an ADMO (Advanced Diving Medical Officer) / CDM (Consultant Dive Medicine). The Clearance part of this title deals with the physics, theory and use of explosive under water.

Michael Abernethy MD, FAAEM

After a several starter careers as a steelworker, Army officer, Naval engineer and EMT, Mike earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine training at the University of Chicago

He is the Chief Flight Physician with the University of Wisconsins Med Flight program as well as an associate professor and faculty with UWs Department of Emergency Medicine. He is a well-known lecturer at many regional, national and international EM/EMS conferences. With a HEMS career spanning over 25 years and several thousand patient transports, Mike remains an ardent supporter yet one of the most vocal critics of the American HEMS industry

Prof. Stephen Cusack

Professor Stephen Cusack is consultant in Emergency Medicine and holds the chair in Emergency Medicine at Cork University Hospital. He is Medical Advisor to the National Ambulance Service and is founding Chairman of EIR (Emergency Care, Innovation and Research Group). At last year’s EMS Gathering he made history when he delivered his Learning with Leisure session on Oxygen Therapy on Inisfallen island. This is renowned as the oldest known university site in Europe.

Dr Jason van der Velde

Dr Jason van der Velde is a Pre-hospitalist and the Medical Director and founder of West Cork Rapid Response. Jason manages MEDICO Cork – a ship to shore telemedicine service run out of Cork University Hospital Emergency Department and is the ATACC disaster response team co-ordinator.