Our Team

Creating lasting positive change

Splash Projects consists of a team of qualified specialists who have delivered community projects across the globe. We have staff based in the UK, France, Spain, North America and Asia.

If you are interested in our work and think you have something to offer the Splash Projects team, we would love to hear from you. Please drop us a line on our contact page.

Current vacancies:

We are always on the lookout for Project Facilitators – most Splash Projects use timber as their main construction material, so you need to know your way around a toolbox.

Our projects involve lots of people, both the teams undertaking the project, and those from the recipient organisations and charities, so you need to be personable, have a can-do attitude and be a good team player – a good sense of humour is a bonus!

Projects vary between five and 14 days in duration.

A passport and driving license are essential.


Simon Poole

Managing Director

Simon is the Managing Director of Splash Projects, which has delivered programmes to more than 55,000 participants across the world. Since starting the projects arm of Splash in 2005, he has worked on programmes involving hospices, respite homes, schools for children with special needs, homeless charities and remote communities in need around the globe. Simon previously spent 23 years in the British Forces as a Parachute Engineer and a senior instructor at the Royal School of Military Engineering and Joint Services Military Diving School, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of specialist training programmes for a wide range of people including Special Forces. He also managed construction projects involving more than £25m worth of engineering equipment. A member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), he is also an Emergency Medical Technician in Remote Care, an HSE qualified Commercial Diving Instructor in Underwater Demolition and Construction. Simon is also a Yacht Master Sail (RYA cruising instructor), a qualified Mountain Leader and is a rugby coach in his local community.
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Rachel Poole


Rachel is a director of Splash Projects. She is a former journalist with 10 years’ experience on daily UK newspapers and a national news agency. In 2000, she set up Splash as an editorial and PR company promoting a wide range of organisations from multinational companies to the public sector. The company was recognised for “outstanding achievement” by the Institute of Public Relations (UK) in 2004. Since 2005, Rachel has worked with Simon to develop the projects arm of Splash but still enjoys editing, outdoor pursuits and working with children of all ages in her local community including running a weekly mums and toddler group, teaching at Sunday school and volunteering at summer youth camps.
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Phillip Weeks

Operations Director

Phillip joined the Splash team to help focus on the development of our Business and Client Community. Phillip possesses several significant achievements with a proven track record within leadership, having held managerial roles within the banking and healthcare sectors. With his experience in commercial approaches, he has used Emotional Intelligence to problem solve and embrace others (including stakeholders) to successfully build highly motivated and dynamic teams of over 300 individuals. Phillip is an avid sports fan and a keen boxer and has previously cycled from London to Paris in support of The Big Issue Foundation, raising over £10,000 as part of a small team.
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Anna Maltzoff

Business Development Director

Anna has extensive organisational change and programme management experience gained from over 30 years in banking and financial services. Through her Business Management and Chief of Staff roles with RBS and Deutsche Bank, Anna was responsible for creating high-performing global teams and establishing a positive culture at all levels. Anna first came across Splash Projects in 2010 when she took part in a “remarkable” project with RBS. She joined the Splash team between 2019 – 2021, leaving only because of the pandemic, and rejoins us following a stint as Head of Early Careers at Vantage Point Global. Corporate Social Responsibility is incredibly important to Anna, who is in constant demand as a coach and mentor, helping people reach their goals. Working at Splash allows her to fulfil both these passions. Anna lives in London with her husband and their two almost-grown-up sons and fabulous fox-red Labrador.

Steve Daniels

Non-executive Chairman

Steve Daniels spent 40 years in the Financial Services Industry where he successfully performed Executive Human Resources Director roles in Retail Banking, Corporate Banking and Investment Banking. He has worked in New York, London, Edinburgh and the island of Ireland and while Director of HR in Investment Banking had responsibility for teams in 53 countries. Steve has extensive experience of delivering real transformational, cultural and behavioral change as well as the full range of Human Resources interventions within challenging commercial environments. He has a passion for leadership development and team development and a reputation for delivering change. His mission is ‘taking on challenges that demand vision and energy and helping others realise their full potential’.
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Colin Robertson

Project Director

Colin left the British Army in 2007 after 24 years’ service as a Royal Engineer. He is a qualified electrician and has been actively involved in planning and construction tasks in Canada, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Within his service career, Colin has been a Senior Instructor within the Royal School of Military and been a member of the training and design team working closely with the senior command element of the school. Since leaving the Forces Colin has been a project supervisor in a number of large construction tasks, managing multi million pound construction projects. Over the last decade, Colin has also been renovating properties in his spare time. He now has six completed properties under his belt and is on the lookout for his next challenge. Colin has recently returned to Splash Projects after an extended holiday of 10 months where he and his wife bought a motorhome and drove across Canada and the USA; don’t make the mistake of asking to see his photographs of the trip.
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Fran McElhone

Communications Manager

In 2007 Fran found herself in the back of a clapped-out van squashed up against sacks of olives oozing with slippery inky juice, her snowboard digging into her knees, jolting and jerking as the vehicle she was a passenger in negotiated the steep mountain roads. She was returning to Marrakech after a day’s snowboarding in the Atlas Mountains. There was a story in this adventure. She’s been pursuing stories – other people’s stories – ever since, and is passionate about being a mouthpiece for others. She has 13+ years’ experience as a content producer, through journalism (news, investigations and features), photography (press, weddings and commercial events), and as a communications and media relations professional, most recently (2019 – 2021) for Devon & Cornwall Police, and joined the Splash team in 2022. Fran runs content production company Dotty Creative and when she’s not at her desk or taking photographs, Fran loves cold water swimming, trail running, mountain biking, paddleboarding and snowboarding: Fran has shredded the mountains of Kashmir, Morocco, Finland, Canada, New Zealand, France, Italy and Austria…and the gentle inclines around Bristol and Budleigh Salterton, Devon…! She loves the incredible impact Splash Projects’ has on people’s lives the world over.
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Dan Pooley

Business Design Manager

Dan’s creative career began as a sculptor in London, selling his work through exhibitions, private commissions and public installations. When he returned to Devon, Dan turned his creativity to building garden features, qualified as a Joiner, studied computer aided design, and completed a Master’s in Design. Dan joined Splash in spring 2022 off the back of a teaching art and design, carpentry, computer aided design, architecture, and engineering. He enjoys sculpture, cricket and exploring the Devon coast in his spare time.
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John Flynn

Project Designer

John joined Splash fresh off the back of graduating with a degree in Industrial Design from Bournemouth University in 2021. He loves seeing how much difference his work is having through Splash and says it always makes him smile seeing the pictures which we share on the team WhatsApp. John loves all things sport and plays football, cricket and golf in his spare time.
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Andy Yau

Project Designer

With a background in Architectural Design, Andy has amassed eight years of in-practice experience working with a number of firms on a wide variety of schemes, ranging from small private houses to larger scope commercial builds. Along with this experience, he brings to Splash Projects a passionate design flair, a dedicated work ethic and a high level of computer-aided design skill, to bring project design visions to life. In his spare time, Andy is a keen photographer and runner, quite often doing both at the same time…
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Steve Johnston

Project Planner

Following a five-year stint in the Royal Marines, Steve spent the majority of his career as a manufacturer for a printing company. This preceded around eight years as a furniture builder. So, a lifetime of working with his hands meant Steve was well set for joining the Splash team in 2022. When he’s not with Splash, Steve can be found on the golf course or shouting at the TV in support of Liverpool FC.

Martina Peglar

Finance Manager

Martina originally comes from a German speaking part of northern Italy and is trilingual, speaking fluent Italian, German and English. She has lived in England for the last 32 years and before working for Splash Projects, she worked for Benetton, Osram GEC and Milcars BMW. In her spare time Martina is a local Church Minister. Her favourite thing is eating good food but she also enjoys cycling, walking, playing the guitar and reading.

Sue Marshall

Accounts Administrator


Andrea Parkin

Project Administrator

Andrea joined the Royal Air Force, aged 19, as a Mechanical Transport Driver. After nine years’ service she relocated to Menorca, Spain, to pursue a passion in property renovation before returning to the UK in 2002. A career in sports retail management at Tony Pryce Sports, saw her hone her management, leadership and customer service skills. Realising her husband Shaun had more time off than her, she changed career and worked in education as a Digital Marketing Officer before taking “very” early retirement to travel around Europe for five years, with her husband, in their Campervan. Andrea also followed her husband into rugby! As a scrum half and goal kicker she led her team to an unbeaten first year at Withycombe RFC. She now has cauliflower ears! During time off from travelling, Andrea worked as a Group Manager on the National Citizen Service (NCS) and was instrumental in guiding a group of 16 year olds to national success with a Foodbank initiative which was implemented and rolled out Nationwide by Sainsbury’s. Andrea is also a Trustee and Procurement Manager with her family’s charity, The Adam Stansfield Foundation, and in her spare time she loves doing anything outdoors, travelling and challenging herself.
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Patrick Parker

Splash Projects Coaching Director

Inspired and influenced by Viktor E. Frankl’s work on the importance of identifying our sense of purpose and how this translates in our professional and personal lives, it was obvious to Patrick that Splash Projects’ approach to experiential learning fosters impactful change on the participant, the recipient and society. With 20+ years working in the international business education industry, Patrick is passionate about connecting with people and accompanying them through their journey of change. CoAko (Learning together in Maori) Coaching is Patrick’s coaching company, where he practices the process of change through experiential adventure that can include nature, music and meditation. He also delivers training sessions on stress management as well impactful communication and non violent communication in the workplace. Patrick holds an Executive Masters degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change at INSEAD.
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Chris Marren

Splash Projects Coaching Director

Chris has partnered with Splash Projects because he passionately believes their methodology, style and approach to meaningful organisational development that lasts. Where time for deliberate thought is now a rare commodity or skill, the ongoing rapid development of technology does not replace the requirement for human interaction. Wellness, complexity management and humanistic styles of leading are emergent organisational challenges that cannot be confronted in isolation. The challenges facing business leaders and organisations right now is the attraction, development and retention of their employees. Trained and accredited with the ICF and EMCC, Chris enthusiastically advocates the coaching and mentoring conversation for exploring the here and now, the what is, rather than the what might have been. A 27-year-long career in the military, building and developing teams in some of the most inhospitable places on the planet, plus over 10 years organising and delivering experiential training for the INSEAD and Cedep Business Schools, Chris describes his leadership and management style as “open and inclusive” with his ability to listen perhaps his greatest quality. He is the Founder and CEO of Chris Marren Associates.

Tim Poole

Project Director and Health & Safety Specialist

Tim has completed 36 years in the Royal Engineers as a construction and logistics engineer having served all over the world in support of the British Army. Tim is experienced in Facilities, Health & Safety and Equipment Management with a proven track record who leads by example. Tim is a highly effective leader and extremely versatile manager of people who uses a pragmatic hands-on approach to delivering operational efficiency, driving performance improvement and providing exceptional customer service through strong leadership, resource management and planning skills. He is a Fellow of the Leadership and Management Institute, Member City and Guilds Institute in both Construction and Logistic Engineering. An excellent communicator at all levels, Tim is extremely loyal with unwavering integrity and respect for others. In his spare time, he has a passion for coaching rugby and is currently involved with coaching Devon Rugby Football Club.
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Tim Peglar

Project Facilitator and Health & Safety Specialist

Tim is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a degree in Building Engineering. He is also a Charted Health & Safety Practitioner with a certificate in Environmental Management & Assessment. Tim has worked in the construction industry for 35 years on a range of projects from domestic properties to multi-million pound schemes at airports, railway stations, hospitals, schools and commercial shopping centres. He has experience in managing contractors working in occupied premises, often with particular constraints and ensuring that works are carried out safely to the satisfaction of clients. Tim’s skills include planning, risk assessment, management systems, project control, training, coaching and developing teams. Tim enjoys photography, fishing and woodworking projects. He loves the Splash concept and always gets a buzz when a project is handed over to the end user.

Tommy Trindall

Project Manager – France/Europe

Based in France, Tommy is a former soldier, trophy winning national skydiver, skier, Farmer Toolbox fan and an adventurous uncle! After a 25-year-long career in the British Army, Tommy worked on major construction projects including two years on London Crossrail. In France, Tommy and his wife have been renovating and converting a stone farmhouse and breeding their own animals, and are on their way to living a sustainable life.

Georges Landes

Business and Community Development Manager and Project Manager – France

Georges works as an independent International Consultant and Senior Executive Coach and teaches the MBE (Master Business Excellence), AME (Achieving Managerial Excellence) programmes and Company Specific at CeDEP and Group Coaching at INSEAD. He is also a Team Dynamics Facilitator at Airbus Leadership University. Georges has been designing and implementing group Executif Training for senior executives for more than 10 years. He focuses on the Transformational Mindset concept and how to embrace uncertainty. He is also an INSEAD Certified Executive Coach. Prior to coaching, he has enjoyed success in a very varied career, starting out life in the Army and later re-training to be a business flight pilot. Georges still enjoys flying today for humanitarian causes. He has also been an Import-Export Operations Director and Sales Director, selling supply chain solutions in the pharmaceuticals industry. In 2008 Georges started his own consultancy company at the INSEAD Business Incubator in Fontainebleau. He was mentored by Professor Ludo van der Heyden and Professor Han Van Dissel. Georges also somehow finds time to be an inspirational speaker and a pop/rock band leader.

Shaun Parkin

Project Facilitator

Shaun is a former Physical Training Instructor with the Royal Marines, specialising in Adventure Training and rugby coaching. He still gets out on the water and into the mountains as often as possible and still puts his boots on for a run out with the Royal Marines Veterans team and Combined Services Barbarians. On leaving the Corps, Shaun attended Plymouth University and went into teaching PE, firstly at East Devon College and then at Exeter College, until taking early retirement in 2017. Over the last five years he has travelled around Europe in a campervan with his wife Andrea – living the dream. During time off from travelling Shaun has worked on The National Citizens Service (NCS) as a Course Manager, responsible for 120 16 -18 year olds and a staff of 20. NCS courses involved a four-week course of outdoor activities, life skills and charity work in the local community. As a teacher Shaun always got students involved in fundraising for local and national charities. He is also currently a Trustee for his family’s charity – The Adam Stansfield Foundation.
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Nick Hardwick

Project Manager

After serving 10 years with the Royal Engineers, Nick graduated with a first-class degree in theatre design from the Croydon College of Art and Design. His impressive work history includes bring a scenic construction tutor at the London Film School. Nick is currently working as a freelance set builder for the National Theatre, Scott Fleary Productions and the Underbelly Festival, London.

Andy Booker

Project Facilitator – Spain

A former Royal Marines Reservist, Andy’s interests are as diverse as his career history…He’s trained in horticulture, can speak Spanish (helpful because he’s been a resident in Madrid for a while now) and German, enjoys beekeeping and used to be an amateur boxer. Work life has involved roles in the construction industry, both in the UK and in Spain, and in security.
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Rich Acca

Project Facilitator

Devon born and bred, Rich was a professional chef before swapping to window fitting. Other than learning the tricks of the trade from his carpenter dad, Rich is self-taught when it comes to tools and has been a regular on Splash Projects for around seven years. When he’s not working, you can find him on his motorbike or with his kids/grandkids.

Darren Clarke

Project Facilitator – Action Response

Darren has 30 years’ experience in adventure, expeditions and training with exposure to commercial, charitable and operational roles. Darren started his career with 14 years in the British Army where he served as a Commando Engineer, participating, organising and leading operations and tasks worldwide often in challenging environments. He also had spells as part of the All Arms Commando course training team and as an instructor at the Joint Service Military Diving School. On leaving the Forces, Darren taught at the University of Plymouth’s Marine and Diving Centre, before moving to South Africa for 15 years, where he set up an adventure travel business specialising in off the beaten track expeditions. Darren also founded and served as CEO of The Goodsport Trust, a charity specialising in delivering training and education to schools and coaches in townships, allowing them to deliver world class physical education and activity programmes to their respective communities. The charity is also the operating partner for the Born To Be Elite program which is headed by Olympians Justin Gatlin and Sharrieffa Barksdale. Darren has served as CEO of the Athlete Development Centre and was the co-founder and director of the Western Province Rugby Academy which is an extremely successful full-time, high performance, education programme. His passion is adventure and Darren has organised and participated in many expeditions, adventure races and challenges including being the first person to run 3,000km across Africa raising awareness for water scarcity and elephant conservation. This involved wild camping and following elephant migration routes from the north west of Namibia to Mozambique.

Darren Edwards

Project Facilitator

Former mountaineer and Army Reservist, Darren is the Programme Facilitator for our Adventure with Purpose Challenge. Since Darren was involved in a serious climbing accident which paralysed him from the chest down, kayaking has been the most important part of his physical and emotional recovery and has enabled him to find strength through adversity. Darren was part of the Kayak 4 Heroes team, who paddled from Land’s End to John O’ Groats by kayak – an incredibly testing journey of 1,400km.

Neil Ferreday

Project Facilitator

Neil is a City & Guilds trained painter and decorator with more than 30 years’ experience, including specialisms in plastering and wallpaper hanging. He is currently a member of the Dulux Select decorators. He is fully qualified in First Aid and CPR for primary and secondary care and is a certified Emergency First Responder. He has helped to deliver Splash Projects all over the world including in some difficult environments. Neil has captained the Devon (SW England) boxing team and had more than 180 fights. Neil is chairman of the Exmouth Amateur Boxing club and spends his free time coaching amateur boxing and junior rugby in the community. Neil also enjoys spending time on the beach.

Simon Young

Project Facilitator

Simon joined the Royal Air Force at 16 years old, beginning his military career as a Survival Equipment Fitter. He went on to specialise as a military free fall parachute rigger, training and supporting all UK airborne forces worldwide. He also served for two seasons within the elite RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team before completing operational tours overseas. Simon left the military at the rank of Sergeant and joined Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service as a frontline firefighter. He is now a Watch Manager, specialising in Incident Command and Control along with critical risk management. Simon has gained numerous management and leadership qualifications during his 14-year fire service career, as well as becoming a qualified Breathing Apparatus and Fire Behaviour Instructor. He is also a qualified First Person on Scene Trauma Care operator. His aptitude at leading and motivating teams within pressured environments along with his communication skills, bring together a blend that contributes greatly to Splash’s expertise within these fields. In his spare time Simon enjoys mountaineering, running and is a keen gardener. He lives on Exmoor and loves spending time with his family, walking and kayaking around the North Devon coast.

Gary Halsey

Project Facilitator

Gary spent 34 years with the Royal Marines Band during which time he had a wide range of experiences and responsibilities through operations around the world. He saw active service at a young age as a stretcher bearer and medic during the Falklands Campaign. Whilst serving on board HMS Ocean, Gary administered disaster relief following Hurricane Mitch, by ferrying aid by boat up and down the River Coco to areas of Nicaragua and Honduras. As the principle trombone player in the Royal Marines Band his duties were diverse and included work as a special sea quarter master, driving aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, and conducting a volunteer band and performing solos in the Royal Albert Hall. Gary is now a serving member of the 6th Rifles Army Reserve. With a passion for water sports, Gary is a British Water Ski Federation Ski Instructor and Ski Boat Driver and also runs adventure courses for the military. Throughout his life he has always had an aptitude for building which has included building boats with his father, a recording studio for the band, and most recently a large extension at his home. This experience has proved invaluable across a range of Splash Projects, including working alongside teenagers to enhance their skills needed for future employment.

Symon Austin

Project Facilitator

Symon is a self-employed master craft bricklayer / stonemason. He has been running his own business since 2001, with work ranging from small builds, house refurbishment, student accommodation builds and land development. He previously worked for for a brewery company for 12 years, in a variety of roles which included management, refurbishment and brand development. In his spare time Symon is a rugby player and level 2 RFU coach for his local Devon and Cornwall team. He enjoys meeting challenges head on and working with a team.
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Paul Eddings

Project Facilitator

Paul retired from the Royal Marines in 2000 after 26 years and became the Managing Director of a small research company based in Exeter. After three years as a civilian he returned to his military roots and became a Military Contract Officer in the United Arab Emirates. In the UAE, Paul spent six years as the Chief Instructor of a team of British MCOs assisting with the training of UAE Officers. In 2009 Paul became the Head of Security Operations for the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA). Based in Abu Dhabi, Paul’s remit included all security and crisis management related matters across the company’s global footprint. Paul has also spent three years as a Regional Security Officer for an oil and gas company based in the Middle East. Paul has extensive operational and training experience gained both during his Royal Marines service and subsequently in the UAE military and the commercial sector.

Mick Hampton

Project Facilitator

Mick has had a wide and varied career. He joined the army in 1982 with the infantry, after five years he transferred to the Royal Engineers then completed the commando course. Serving a total of 11 years he left to start a new career in the building trade. Mick is a fully time served gas fitter and plumber. Over an extensive 20 years in the trade he has gained skills in all trades. Mick has gained the qualifications of diving Instructor, with this he has first aid, boat handling, and rescue management. He spends time snowboarding, he has skydived with the UK head down record team.

Tim Barnard

Project Facilitator

Tim has spent 27 years in the British Army as Royal Engineer, with the majority of this time spent with the Airborne Forces as a Parachute Engineer. During this time he has been involved in, and project managed major construction projects all over the world. This, coupled with numerous deployments on humanitarian deployments, most notably the intervention in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, has given him invaluable experience of working in austere, challenging environments and conditions. A former instructor at the Royal School of Military Engineering, Tim has wide experience teaching at all levels, on subjects such as explosive demolitions, leadership and jungle warfare and survival in places such as Brunei, Belize and Africa. Fully versed in logistic and supply operations he recently commanded the Engineer Logistic Supply Chain in Afghanistan providing multimillion logistic support to all the frontline bases. For the majority of his career he has been a military commercial diver and is as happy constructing underwater as he is on land. A fully trained carpenter and joiner and electrician, he also holds the NEBOSH (National Board in Occupational Safety and Health) General and Construction certificates as well as graduateship awards in both Leadership and Management and Construction Engineering. His hobbies include sky diving – Tim is a formation skydiving coach – and snowboarding.
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Colin Milkins

Project Facilitator

Colin is a former Sergeant in the Royal Marines and runs a plastering business with his son. He has worked with Splash Projects since 2018 and has been part of projects across Europe and the Far East. He launched the sell-out Milklands Festival near Plymouth in 2022. His pet hate is people who can’t use an impact driver to put a screw in, luckily Colin is a dab hand and can demonstrate how it’s done…!

Gavin Brown

Project Facilitator – Asia Operations

Gavin Brown manages Splash Project’s Asia Operations having facilitated many Splash projects in the region. For the last 12 years Gavin has lived and worked in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore where he has been the main carer for his young family. During this time he has had the opportunity to work on voluntary basis with charitable organisations and this has helped foster a personal commitment to contributing more to society as a whole. Prior to this he worked for over 20 years with companies in the shipping, telecommunications and retail banking sectors. Various roles in finance and operational control gave Gavin valuable experience building and developing teams in challenging environments.

Billy MacLaren

Project Facilitator – North America Operations

Billy is a builder as well as an engineer, with more than 20 years’ experience in delivering training courses for people from a range of backgrounds, abilities and nationalities. He was a Parachute Royal Engineer and an instructor at the Royal School of Military Engineering, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of specialist training programmes and the management of construction projects involving more than £2m worth of engineering equipment. Billy, who has been a Commercial Diving Instructor leading major underwater construction projects and health & safety inspections around the world, has run community projects for Splash in the UK, USA and Asia.
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Steve Hughes

Project Facilitator

Steve’s 39 years in the Royal Engineers includes 10 operational deployments to some of the most austere and dangerous places in the world. He says: “Now I’m retried, I’m looking forward to having a better travel agent..!” He was passionate about developing young people’s leadership and management talents while serving, so working with Splash allows him to continue this. Steve has a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management from the University of Portsmouth as well as a PRINCE2 Diploma in Project Management. He is also a Chartered Manager, motorcycle instructor and avalanche rescue coordinator. He currently works as a part-time security management consultant.
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Lloyd Comer

Project Facilitator

Lloyd has 35 years in the British Army under his belt, with many worldwide deployments, including roles as a military diver, a Commando Sapper and as an instructor at the Defence Diving School and the Royal School of Military Engineering. As a result, he is highly skilled in facilities management, construction and field engineering. Following his military career, Lloyd spent eight years in project management in Afghanistan running large scale multi-million dollar contracts. He was evacuated when the Taliban took over in August 2021. He has a passion for helping those less fortunate, so the work of Splash is right up his street.
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Daz Rudd

Project Facilitator

Daz spent 38 years in the British Army as a Royal Engineer during which time he was involved in, and managed numerous projects all over the world, affording him significant experience of working in demanding conditions. Fully versed with all aspects of teaching and training, his later military appointments were as a chief instructor and the primary training focus for the Royal Engineers. These days, he’s back in his home county of East Yorkshire where he works as a handyman, playing golf and running in his spare time.

Bert Colantoni

Project Facilitator

Bert joined Splash as a Project Facilitator in May 2023. Based in Jersey, Bert is a serving Class 1 Combat Medical Technician with the Royal Army Medical Corps. This follows 12 years in the British Army’s Reserve Forces and several years with the Royal Engineers Reserves as a Combat Engineer. Bert is well suited to Splash, not just because he speaks French and Italian; he has passion for training and takes great satisfaction from helping others develop their confidence in new areas evidenced throughout seven years as a lead instructor within a Royal Engineers’ Recruiting, Training and Mentoring Team. A qualified Dive Master, Bert’s pastimes include anything to do with bicycles, be it racing, watching, tinkering, talking about, or riding them.
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Tony Neild

Project Facilitator

Tony served in the Royal Engineers for 39 years, having joined age 16. For the majority of this time he lived and worked in Germany including in Berlin between 1987 and 1991 during the fall of the Berlin Wall. Tony has always loved the teaching aspect of military and describes himself as “lucky” to have trained recruits as a Corporal Section Commander and in the latter part of his career as the Officer Commanding a training squadron. Tony loves the outdoors, especially skiing, honing his skills while living in the Bavarian Alps over 17 years.

Balvinder Singh Powar

Business and Training Development Coordinator – Spain

Balvinder is English of Indian origin, currently residing in Madrid, Spain. He is a Business & Finance graduate who also studied a Masters in Mediation from the University of London and has extensive experience leading business, social, cultural, media and technology projects in Spain and internationally. His main skills include internal and external communications, creative and strategic input, business development and senior management, team leadership, relationship management and business mediation. He has worked with and for many charities and foundations and has been an aid worker for education, health, sustainability and safety projects in countries such Belgium, Spain, India and East Timor. Balvinder is passionate about the importance of building strong and effective teams and enabling projects which push boundaries. He is a strong advocate of self-empowerment and proactiveness to achieve one’s goals, with his favourite quote being that of Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” He is also an Adjunct Professor and Business Mentor at IE Business School and a qualified and experienced trainer, giving sessions on Leadership, Team Management and Motivation, Innovation Culture, Mediation/Conflict Resolution Skills and Entrepreneurship, globally. Balvinder has co-authored a book (for Pearson group) about the Inner Secrets of Successful Business Innovation and Digital Change called “Going Digital”, launching in early 2022.
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Sam Ferdinand

Business & Community Coordinator

Sam is a British and Spanish dual national currently residing in Madrid, Spain. He is studying a double degree in Business and International Relations at IE Business School and has experience in project management, community development, coaching, and consulting for NGOs. During his undergraduate studies he is leading, and supporting, the planning of numerous initiatives. Sam is passionate about languages, speaking English, Spanish, and German fluently as well as French and Portuguese at intermediate level, and is learning Romanian and Russian. When taking a break from working and studying, he enjoys fencing and hiking with friends.
Elizabeth Winfield

Elizabeth Winfield

Project Facilitator – Action Response

Elizabeth is one of Splash Action Response Project Leader which is our exciting new open enrolment programme that reconnects teams and supports communities to get back on their feet through adventure with purpose. Elizabeth is also the Chief Operating Officer for the Kayak 4 Heroes event who have recently partnered with Splash Projects to showcase just what is possible in the challenge space. Elizabeth has a unique skill set gained from impressive experience in the elite sports world, the charity sector and 18 years military service. This diverse background is driven by one thing, her passion for adventure and a drive to take people on a journey of discovery. Through leading teams at the Invictus Games, Paralympics and while on Military Operations, her leadership has been tested. She is now set to embed this knowledge into Splash Projects to the benefit of all participants. Not afraid of a challenge herself, as a former athlete and manger of the British Biathlon Team she decided to pioneer the first ever British Para Nordic Team. Here her energy, enthusiasm and determination saw her concept accelerated to lead the Team to the Paralympics in just 18 months, this was alongside delivering the Paralympic Inspiration Programme on behalf of the British Paralympic Association. Underpinning all that she has achieved is the desire to give back to the veteran community where through the delivery of a number of sports recovery programmes including in the role as the Sport and Operations Manager within the Invictus Games, and as the Chief Operations Officer for the Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team. Here her understanding of the charity sector has seen first hand the impact that can be made when Teams come together with a shared purpose to make a difference and the benefits it has to all involved. Beyond the demands of these roles, Elizabeth is married to her very understanding husband, with three children who also enjoy adventures as a family that take them cycling and kayaking around the UK.
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John Holden

Media Facilitator

John joined Splash following a 25-year-long career as a commercials director which included camera work for television. His independent professional filmmaking has taken him all over the world on assignments, including with Splash Projects.

Will Halfacree

Media Facilitator

Will has worked in the media industry for the past eight years as a video producer. He takes video production from concept to reality for a client or organisation working with them to shape something that meets their needs and vision, supporting clients with his guidance and expertise. He enjoys a new challenge and working on a wide range of productions from broadcast documentaries to corporate promotional films and charity videos. Previous clients have included BBC, NHS, BAFTA, Clarks shoes, Peugeot, Rajah Spices, Bond Pearce Solicitors, Lloyds of London, Plymouth & Exeter Universities, Media Trust, MacMillan Trust, Guide Dogs UK and ARK (Absolute return for Kids).
Will Carver

Will Carver

Media Facilitator

Will has a passion for cinematic story telling and has been film-making full time for two years. Before going pro, Will would shoot whenever he could in his free time.

Joe Metcalf

Media Facilitator

Joe has worked in the TV, film and media industry for over a decade as a Producer, Director, Editor, and Project Manager. During this time he’s been lucky enough to work on some amazing projects in Africa. In 2013, he produced a documentary for the UK Met Office on climate science and meteorology, which involved three weeks filming on location in Rwanda. In 2016, he spent three weeks filming in Ghana, working with the Education Commission and local charities to produce a series of films on school development across the Ashanti region. In Joe’s spare time he loves creative writing, running and generally keeping fit. He is always interested in learning new skills and over the last few years he has taught himself to code in HTML, CSS and JavaScript and to animate in After Effects. Joe’s idea of paradise would be eating a bacon sandwich, while lying in the sun, on holiday in the south of France.

Adam Woods

Media Facilitator

Committed to making films that combine visual impact with emotional connection, Adam has a background in making corporate, commercial, charity and personal films that bring people closer together, reminding us all of our common human heritage. Recent projects include films for a secondary state schools passionate music department, TV commercials highlighting young entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia, and a personal community shared film about mental health. He has trained at National Film and TV school, BBC and BAFTA and has shot in every continent around the world. His films have won awards at Campaign, M&M (global Marketing awards), New York Film and TV Festivals and Promax international (global promo awards), and he’s a member of BAFTA and a fellow of the RSA. When he’s not making films he’s likes playing at being a dad to two sons grown-up sons, singing, yoga and tennis.

Simon Gm Li

Media Facilitator – Asia Operations

Simon is a producer director with over 15 years experience in film and video production. With a degree in engineering, he began his career as a special effects designer creating pyrotechnic and mechanical effects for film and television. Further study included a post-graduate diploma in Film and Television Production from Bristol University, and specialist training with the BBC in creative directing, directing drama, directing actors and a wide range of production skills. With credits on a huge variety of projects, from feature length drama and documentary, through to micro budget short films and fully funded on-air ads and promos, previous roles have included working as a director and creative with the BBC, as a producer at Al Jazeera, and as a channel director at ITV. Simon is now the founder and director of Canol Nos, and independent film and video production house, with the sole aim of providing creative solutions to clients and partners in Hong Kong and beyond. When Simon is not filming, he can usually be found teaching scuba diving.

Jack Sim

Advisory Board Member

Jack Sim is founder of the World Toilet Organization. He broke the taboo around toilets by bringing the sanitation crisis to the global media spotlight in 2001, and has since mobilised a global movement involving governments, policy makers, United Nations agencies, international civil society, thought leaders and activists to work together in addressing the global sanitation crisis. Jack also founded Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) Hub, a business-centric organisation using hybrid cross-sector collaborations to alleviate poverty sustainably through creating efficient BOP marketplace for four billion people. He is a recipient of many awards among which are Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Points of Light Award 2018, Time Magazine Hero of the Environment 2008, Singapore President Volunteer and Philanthropy Award 2016, Schwab Fellow of World Economic Forum and Ashoka Global Fellow.
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Adélaide Sassine

Client and Community Development Coordinator

Adélaïde joins Splash Projects after many years in roles in higher education, governmental and non-governmental organisations and private sector companies. She has extensive experience in business development, marketing/communications and public affairs, working internationally and across various cultures. Adélaïde’s previous roles include: Chief of Staff at the Mairie de Fontainebleau; International Business Development Manager at HEC Paris; and Economic Attachée at the French Embassy in Canada. Adélaïde rejoint Splash Projects après de nombreuses années passées dans l’enseignement supérieur, dans des organisations gouvernementales et non gouvernementales et dans des entreprises du secteur privé. Elle possède une vaste expérience en matière de développement commercial, de marketing/communication et d’affaires publiques, et a travaillé à l’échelle internationale et dans différentes cultures. Adélaïde a déjà occupé les fonctions suivantes Chef de cabinet à la Mairie de Fontainebleau ; Responsable du développement des affaires internationales à HEC Paris ; et Attachée économique à l’Ambassade de France au Canada.

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