Mike Shepherd is a Director and the RYA Principal. He has spent over 35 years working as a Watersports Coach and Centre Manager in the summers all around Europe. His winter occupation (and passion)until recently was Ski and Snowboard School Director on Cairngorm Mountain, and he still has time during the winter to spend time teaching both in Scotland and in Europe.
His qualifications are in management, Health and Safety and IT, which he also uses in his other role as a Management consultant, advising outdoor companies on writing safety systems, operations manuals and training plans. He is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is also a voluntary Coastguard Rescue Officer in the Portree Coastguard Rescue Team. Other qualifications held include:
RYA Advanced Powerboat (commercially endorsed), RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor, VHF/SRC Assessor, Senior Sailing Instructor, Racing Instructor, Advanced Instructor, Windsurf Instructor, Mountain Leader Award, BASI Ski Teacher, Snowboard Instructor, Race Coach and International License Holder (ISIA)...... to mention the main ones!
Dr Caroline Langdon is our other Director. Until recently she spent 20 years working in Mountain Rescue in the Lake District and was the leader of the Coniston team before moving to Skye with Mike.
She works for both the Open University and West Highland College (part of the University of the Highlands and Islands) as a lecturer, specialising in environmental science and ecology. She also does freelance work as an environmental consultant, as well as being a Trainer for SQA First Aid courses. Other qualifications held include:
RYA Level 2 Powerboat license (commercially endorsed), PADI Divemaster, SQA First Aid Trainer, Mountain leader Award