Dr Oliver Firth - Medical Director
Dr Oliver Firth has gained considerable experience in the field of diving medicine since joining LDC seven years ago. He supplements his clinical work with talks, presentations, scientific publications and monthly articles for Sport Diver magazine. He also lectures at UCL on diving physiology.
His gleaming pate and tortoiseshell rims can occasionally be seen bobbing around marathons, and he still finds time dive, snowboard and beat himself repeatedly with his rhythmic thumbs (non-opposable).
Simon Wilson - Managing Director
Simon has been involved in the diving industry for over eighteen years and has a background of commercial diving as well as being a qualified recreational Scuba instructor. After spending many years supervising and managing operations at coastal and London-based recompression chambers, Simon is now the Managing Director of both the London and Midlands Diving Chambers; a position he has held since 2004.
Most likely to talk about in chamber: Diving; DCI &physiology; how he once spent time in the chamber with Miss World.
Bill Borthwick - Chamber Manager
After studying Civil Aviation at University, Bill heard the raptures of the deep calling, after Divemastering on boats out of Cairns for six months he joined the RAN as a Clearance Diver. After six years of government matrimony, the lucrative saturation industry called. Additionally, Bill is a recreational Scuba instructor, Diver Medic Technician, and is also Director of LDC-Training, a diver training facility which runs a number of courses including an IMCA approved DMT and the Emergency Scuba Medic course.
Most likely to talk about in the chamber: Anything and everything, if he doesn't know, he will make something up; modern dance.
Ian Hughes - Chamber Supervisor
Yes.... Ian is an actual BRITISH person. He trained as a Registered Nurse & spent many years working for the government both in NHS & Military and is now highly experienced in Critical Care & Trauma. Ian then decided to see the world, after seeing far too many deserts & gap year backpackers the call of the blue led to him working as a Dive Master in Australia's Queensland where he had hyperbaric experience at Townsville hospital. Ian is also the Educational Director of LDC-Training, which offers an IMCA approved DMT course, along with the HSE First Aid qualification and the Emergency Scuba Medic course.
Most likely to talk about in the chamber: His cherished wheel trim & shell suit collection.
Emma Wilson - Chamber Technician
One of the many colonials, Emma is a Registered Nurse who enjoyed three years studying a Bachelor of Nursing degree in Sydney, Australia. With a few years in general medical and surgical wards in public hospitals, Emma spent a year as a backpacker, and has settled down to living in London. Having been introduced to Scuba diving in London, Emma is learning to dive both in and out of the water.
Most likely to talk about in the chamber: The weather and food.
Noorie Mohamed - Hyperbaric Nurse
Noorie completed her Bachelor Of Nursing degree in Durban, South Africa where she proudly hails from. Having done her time in a government hospital as a nursing sister, she decided to cross the pond and experience snow for the first time. She has worked as a practice nurse and was introduced into the magical realm of scuba diving. Noorie is currently training as a tissue viability nurse to promote hyperbaric treatments as an alternative therapy for non-healing wounds.
Most likely to talk about in the chamber: Diving in South Africa and the Red Sea. Oh, and the latest celebrity gossip found in Heat Magazine.
Charlotte Wilson - Marketing & Communications
Having learnt to dive in the murky English waters, Charlotte spends most of her time dreaming of diving in warmer climes. However being somewhat of a history geek, and with the UK offering some of the best wreck dive sites around, Charlotte is more than content with the British Isles for now.
Currently managing PR & Communications at LDC, Charlotte is also a qualified chamber tender and regularly helps out with hyperbaric treatments at both the London and Midlands chambers.