Alex Blackwell Grad IOSH
Currently working as the Group Head of Facilities and Operational Management at Water Babies Group Ltd, Alex Blackwell started his career in leisure as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the age of 16 working his way up through the ranks from Duty Manager, Operations Manager and General Manager. Alex then progressed to Group Lifeguarding Manager for a large leisure operator specialising in swimming pool safety, induction, training, written procedures and implementation of quality systems. Alex also worked for the RLSS UK (The Drowning Prevention Charity) as the ‘Head of Vocational Qualifications’ and was the lead author for many of their training manuals including ‘The Lifeguard’ and the ‘National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers & Coaches’. Whilst at the RLSS UK Alex also supported the development of leisure industry guidance and had input into PAS 520 and the British and European swimming pool safety guidance ‘BS EN 15288’. Alex continues to support the RLSS UK as their Lifeguard Advisor in a voluntary capacity and is a member of the PWTAG industry forum.