Alistair Macdonald is a poacher turned gamekeeper. For more than 20 years he was an award-winning BBCTV reporter and producer. Now, he passes on his communication skills to senior management teams in the educational, mountaineering and charitable sectors.
He has specialised in crisis news management training for schools for more than 15 years. He understands the pressures and responsibilities faced by schools and companies leading school trips . Almost all the detail of the scenarios he creates is drawn from his own experience, from news reports and lurid stories from his children. Alistair is a former governor of an independent school.
He will train your senior management team and other key staff to cope with the media spotlight and help you when crises strike. He’s worked with schools facing some of the biggest headlines – pupil deaths, suicides, expedition and sporting accidents. He’s helped schools cope with paedophile teachers, false claims against teachers, violent parents and a host of other issues where reputational damage was at stake. But the biggest call on his expertise is for accidents on school expeditions and overseas sports trips. These are the most common.
Alistair is a veteran of numerous expeditions. He has climbed to over 23,000ft on Mt Everest, taken friends to the summits of Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro and Mt Kinabalu as well as leading an expedition to the Sahara. He has led photographic and filming trips to remote areas of Ecuador, Alaska, Tanzania, Mail, Mauritania, British Columbia and Arctic Sweden. Alistair planned, organised and was an active member of the Low’s Gully expedition to Borneo which made the first descent of the world’s deepest ravine. He knows what can go wrong.
He is an advisor to World Challenge, one of the world’s biggest school expedition companies. World Challenge takes around 8000 children to 40 destinations each year managed from their state-of-the-art operations centre in High Wycombe.
Alistair has been a tutor for the Diploma in Mountain Medicine course since 2004.
He’s taken tea with Tuareg tribesmen beyond Timbuktu, tangled with Tibetan bandits in Nepal, been shelled in Beirut, mushed dog sleds across Arctic Sweden, swum in piranha-infested lagoons in Ecuador and survived a 500ft avalanche fall on Ben Nevis. He has explored remote regions of more than 20 countries on four continents.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.