Mark leads RedR Australia’s training team, comprising more that 180 associate trainers, volunteers and staff, to deliver a highly regarded set of humanitarian training courses, and numerous bespoke courses globally.
His dedication and expertise in the humanitarian sector is evident and through RedR Australia’s courses, Mark’s goal is to deliver a rewarding participatory training experience, that will teach participants lifelong skills.
Mark has considerable experience in the coordination of field operations both in the humanitarian sector and with the Australian Federal Government, where he managed field compliance and enforcement teams. As an Emergency Telecommunications Coordinator with the United Nations, Mark worked in more than 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Ethiopia, Jordan and Zimbabwe. He has also coordinated and supported emergency response operations in Australia with the State Emergency Service, Fire authorities, Coast Guard, and Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Prior to joining RedR full time as the Training Manager, he was an associate trainer for 20 years, delivering courses including, Hostile Environment Awareness Training, Personal Safety in the Field, Essentials of Humanitarian Practice, and Emergency Telecommunications.
Mark holds a postgraduate degree in Development and Humanitarian Action from Deakin University, a Diploma of Management, and Cert IVs in Training and Assessment, and Government Investigations.
Jess McNeill has been supporting RedR Australia’s training courses for more than 10 years. Jess is based at the Victorian Emergency Management Institute (VEMI) and her highly-tuned event management and logistics skills keep our courses running smoothly.
In her spare time, Jess volunteers with the Goulburn Valley Community refugee programs and in the Murray region. Jess is currently studying Community Services and hopes to expand her work with the refugee community.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or have any dietary requirements or accommodation requests for the Hostile Environment Awareness Training or our Essentials of Humanitarian Practice, Jess is the best person to contact.
As the Training Coordinator, Tia strives to ensure that all aspects of RedR training are delivered to a high standard, providing a great experience for both training participants and associate trainers, and will likely be the first point of contact with the RedR Training Team.
Before becoming the RedR Humanitarian Training Coordinator, Tia brought with her many years of remote facility management and event coordination and has worked developing new operating systems for businesses and she brings her zeal for smooth operation to RedR.
Tia loves to get in amongst the action, which is evident from her participation in charity events ranging from the Oxfam Sri Lanka Cycle Challenge to the Kokoda Challenge, and is a current trainee with Australian Sailing.
Her passion is to ensure that every trainee that completes a course with RedR will leave ready to face the challenges ahead of them in the humanitarian sector.
Tia holds an undergraduate degree with dual majors in International Aid and Development and Sustainable Development from Murdoch University.
RedR Australia has a core training team that coordinates our humanitarian training courses, meets requests for specialised training and manages our pool of associate trainers.
RedR Australia is recognised as a provider of quality training for humanitarian workers around the world. We have a core staff team of three, and a pool of over 180 Associate Trainers and Volunteers. All of these personnel make up a highly experienced field of specialists, trainers and humanitarian practitioners.
All courses are coordinated by our in-house training team and facilitated by our highly experienced local and international Associate Trainers who have worked for United Nations agencies and a range of humanitarian organisations globally. RedR Australia’s trainers have many years of field and operational experience in both natural disasters and complex emergencies associated with conflict. Participants benefit from our trainers' significant field experience.
If you would like to get in contact with the training team please contact us at [email protected]