The Team

Meet the Team


  • Paul Renwick Managing Director

    Paul has been involved with the world of rescue since joining Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team at the age of 18 (That’s over 19 years ago!). Within this team he has been involved in the development of their technical rescue capabilities; currently heading up the training for specialist water and height related rescues. He is a fully certified Rescue 3 Instructor and has delivered courses throughout the UK. His passion for working in the outdoors, especially the Rescue environment, and encouragement from numerous candidates who had attended his courses eventually led him to create Rescue North East Ltd. He is proud to have 100% positive feedback and an ever growing reputation for delivering a high quality service. This makes him the first port of call for many different organisations; cementing his reputation as “a problem solver”. Industries that currently use his advisory expertise include the UK Emergency Services, Renewable Wind Energy and the Construction services.

    Paul and all of the instructors used by Rescue North East are practitioners; they all work within the environments for which they deliver their training, rather than being instructors who teach straight from the manual! Paul has helped several teams set up, maintain and implement operational sectors to their organisations. Paul is always willing to discuss procedures and systems with anybody who has an inquiry.

    Paul is a qualified teacher and holds various outdoor qualifications such as RYA Level 2 and Swiftwater Rescue Boats Operator. Courses he can deliver include Management of Water and Flood Related Incidents, Rigging 4 Rescue, Search Management and First Aid, to name but a few. On top of all this he is also graded search dog handler, currently working his second dog

  • Richard Warne Lead Instructor

    Richard has been working with Rescue North East since May 2011, but he has been there since the set-up of the company, in 2010, providing his support and his expertise. He specialises as a Medical and Rope Rescue course deliverer. The Outdoor and Rescue qualifications that he holds include Search management, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, First Aid Instructor and Advance MREW Casualty Care Trainer and Assessor. He has been involved with Search and Rescue for over 10 years and brings this experience to all of the sessions he runs. Rich is often requested directly by clients because of his ability to teach complex courses to a range of candidates. Rescue North East are proud of Rich’s continued involvement in our team.

  • Jak Roberts Instructor

    Jak has been working full time in the whitewater and vertical environments for the past 4 years, both internationally and within the UK, as a Canyoning and Rafting Guide. Extending back beyond this he has history of involvement with his local Mountain Rescue Team - all the way from being a young cadet through to delivering Swiftwater Rescue training courses.

    During his time on rivers such as the Soča, Oetz and Sungai Kampar, to name but a few, he has dealt with numerous real life incidents and brings this experience to his Rescue Courses.

    With assistance and encouragement from Paul over the last 10 years Jak has been developing his skills as a Rescue Instructor and is the latest addition to the Rescue North East Team.

  • Chris Nattras Lead Instructor

    Chris is the newest addition to Rescue North East, joining the team in early May 2014 as a trainee work and rescue instructor. Having no prior experience in the industry Chris is rapidly learning the ropes, the Rescue North East way! Chris has already completed his Swift water Rescue Technician certificate and is going onto complete his advanced & instructors certificate in the forthcoming months; he has also completed Safe Working at Height and First Aid at Work. In recent weeks Chris has successfully completed his First Aid Instructors course gaining several qualifications ranging from Level 3 education & training to Oxygen management. Chris has worked with many of Rescue North East’s major clients in his first months travelling the length and breadth the country, including the Emergency Services, Wind Industry and construction companies. Chris has a bright and exciting future ahead of him with much to learn, we’ll keep you posted with his continued development.

  • Richard Hey Lead Instructor

    Rich recently joined the RNE team after nearly 10 years spent delivering a range of rescue courses to rescue professionals from across the UK. His specialism is swiftwater and flood rescue having developed several specialist courses as an International Rescue Instructors Alliance trainer. He has recently transferred his accreditation authority to Rescue3Europe and continues his passion for high quality, innovative and enjoyable course delivery.
    Rich is an active practitioner having been a mountain rescue team member for 20 years, search dog handler and water rescue leader for much of that time. As lead for a DEFRA registered flood rescue team he has been operationally involved in major national flood events since 2009 both in the water and as a tactical advisor within multi-agency command cells.
    Outside work Rich is a very active outdoor enthusiast kayaking, caving, mountaineering, skiing and fell running. He holds the British Association of Ski Patrollers Emergency Medical Technician and Mountain Rescue Casualty Care certificates.

  • Stuart Whitfield FPOS Instructor

    Stuart joined the Rescue North East team in 2015, having worked for the Ambulance Service for 33 years (28 years of this as a paramedic). The majority of Stuart’s career has been working as a Station Officer and on the Rapid Response Unit. In the last 4 years Stuart was part of the Hazardous Area Response Team.

    During his time as a paramedic on rapid response, Stuart was the first person on scene (FPOS) and dealt with many incidents ranging from minor to life threatening. As FPOS he was responsible with the triage of patients’, subsequent treatment and transport of casualties.

    Stuart graduated in 1999 in BSc (Pre-Hospital Care). He is also a Vocational Assessor and is qualified in PTTLS level 4. He is looking forward to passing on to his students the vast knowledge and experience that he has gained over the years.