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The Para Monte Team
Alex Speirs

Alex first met Adam in secondary school and they struck up a strong friendship in their late teens. He works for the NHS as Clinical Coding Training and Data Quality Lead and has worked in various roles, but has been in Clinical Coding for the last 10 years.

Alex is a keen football enthusiast and is an FA qualified coach.He currently coaches Eastbourne Borough Under 8's for whom his son Drew plays as well as coaching at local development academy 'Learn.PleayAchieve'.
He has a young family and his wife Victoria was also a very good friend of Adams.

As a founding member of the charity, he has supported many fund raising events including one of the very first, when he composed ‘Live the Years’, a song for Adam. His role as spokesperson for Para-Monte provides him with a keen knowledge of altitude related illnesses and is always willing to advise those visiting places of high altitude.

Bryn Harborne

Bryn, being Adam’s longest childhood friend and travel companion works as a Tree Surgeon in the local area.

He is father to son Elwyn and lives together with his partner Luci and her four children. He enjoys the great outdoors and amongst his interests are travelling as well as tattooing, wood carving and creative design.

Bryn, became a Para-Monte trustee from the beginning, has a marketing and merchandise role, which extended to designing and creating the now famous ‘Adam Tshirt’.

He supports events and the charity’s vision to educate, research and raise altitude illnesses awareness for the safety of others.

Chris Savory

Adam’s father and Para-Monte’s founder, was determined that his tragedy should become a positive, which accelerated inauguration of the fund and charity.

Spending virtually a lifetime working in education, both as a Special Needs Learning Support Co-ordinator and University of Brighton Dyslexia Tutor, it is fitting that the charity’s vision for education; awareness raising and research mission, should follow on from his vocational background experience.

Along with all his fellow trustees, he is totally devoted to Para-Monte’s further development to achieve greater knowledge and understanding of altitude illnesses for safer travel.

Dr Ash Willmott

Dr Ash Willmott is a Sport and Exercise Science Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). Ash is an accredited Sport and Exercise Physiologist and Chartered Scientist  (C.Sci) with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), and a member of the Environmental Extremes Laboratory (EEL) at the University of Brighton and the Physiological Society.

Ash has over 9 years’ experience in Sport and Exercise Physiology, and specialises in the sensitivity and adaptation to extreme environmental conditions, specifically heat stress and altitude. He has undertaken many studies involving the acute and chronic heat alleviation strategies, which have translated into support for elite level ultra-runners for the Marathon des Sables and English Institute of Sport for Tokyo 2021 preparations.

Ash has worked closely with Para-Monte for the past four years, and is continuing his commitment with ongoing educational talks and research into the susceptibility to acute mountain sickness within a range of populations. He is also leading the “Learning through Experience” project between ARU and Para-Monte, by translating research and knowledge to the wider community.

Dr Neil Maxwell

Dr Neil Maxwell is a Reader of Environmental Physiology at the University of Brighton.

Through his teaching, research and innovation, Neil aims to inspire health, occupational and sporting communities to engage in safe and effective exercise in environmental extremes.

He leads the Environmental Extremes Lab, providing altitude awareness through screening and education on behalf of Para-Monte.

His experience of altitude physiology has been enhanced by his own travels to altitude, mountaineering and trekking for over 20 years.

Emma Savory

As Adam’s older sister, Emma is a dedicated founder Para-Monte trustee. Adam and Emma spent many happy times travelling together throughout their child and adulthood and there was a shared passion for exploring new places around the world, as well as revisiting treasured ones.

From the age of 16, Emma spent five years studying travel management resulting in a degree. Subsequently, the wanderlust in her rose to the fore and she travelled extensively for a year, visiting 18 countries over 6 continents. This culminated in a voluntary post teaching English to local and Burmese children in Thailand.

Adam always loved travelling and she would like to say to anyone who asks; please do follow your dreams.

Emma now runs her own small business and hopes this will allow her to travel more in the future.

Her aspirations for the charity are still as clear as they were at the start; to continue to provide valuable and potentially life-saving information for those who travel to altitude.

Jeannet Savory

One of Para-Monte’s founder members and Adam’s mum, Jeannet feels passionate about safe travel to Altitude. As a retired Special Needs College Lecturer and Learning Support Dyslexia Tutor, she now mostly devotes her time to their charity as well as pursuing her Hot Yoga, Pilates, swimming and travelling.

Throughout life, her children Emma and Adam were encouraged to travel whenever possible to see the different wonders of the globe.

Adam was eager to explore and discover and loved his travel experiences to beautiful places around the world.
Adam’s loss should never be in vain and through their charity, she will endeavour to promote spreading altitude awareness globally in support of future safe travel for the greater community,  ‘Living the Years’ for/with Adam.

Katherine Brewster

Katherine Brewster is a longstanding friend of the Savory family and spent many of her most treasured memories with Adam.

She is currently doing a social sciences foundation year at Sussex University with a view to going on to study law. She has been teaching English as a foreign language through the last 6 years and has worked for an ethical and sustainable clothing brand based in Brighton.

She loves to travel and has seen many beautiful parts of the world. She feels a strong commitment to help people travel safely to altitude.

Mark Unsworth

Mark knew Adam from a young age as a school friend and then moved on to study at college together. Mark works at East Sussex College Eastbourne teaching Functional Skills and GCSE Maths to those who still need to achieve the qualification. He has worked at the college for 14 years in a variety of roles helping and supporting learners of all ages to progress through education towards their future paths.

He has a young family, is a keen lover of all sports and loves the outdoors.

He has been a trustee for the charity since the beginning, being able to support a number of events and build up his understanding of altitude illness to help pass on to others.

Martin Grant

Long standing family friend of the Savorys, born and raised in Wiltshire, Martin is a Graduate/ Post Graduate of the University of Brighton.

A Clinical Lead Podiatrist; Specialist in Diabetic Foot, At Risk Foot and Wound Care.

Previously employed by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, he also worked within Diabetes Care For You at the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust , where he was responsible, within Acute and Community Multi Disciplinary Diabetic Teams, for the management of Diabetic patients with Acute Diabetic Foot Complications. Martin recently moved back to Wiltshire where he works as a Diabetic Podiatrist.

Martin has been a Para-Monte trustee right from the start and has a keen interest in altitude illness and work carried out by the charity..

Russell Taylor

Russell married Emma in 2018, having known the Savory family for several years. Adam was a friend of Russell's eldest son Max and he had the great pleasure of meeting Adam.

The first half of Russell's career was in publishing, where he worked for a number of national newspapers and magazines, before becoming Marketing Director of Sussex County Cricket Club in 1997. Five years later he left to set up his own design and print company, which he still runs today. In November 2018, he and Emma opened Taylors Wine Bar in central Eastbourne. Russell has also recently set up another business called E motion scooters.

Russell was invited to become a trustee of Para-Monte in 2017 and supports Para-Monte’s vision.

Shirley Finotti

Shirley Finotti is a Certified Chartered Accountant, a mother of two and a long-time friend to the Savory family.

Having personally experienced limited exposure to altitude Shirley volunteered to undertake 8 hours in a simulated high altitude chamber sponsored by Para-Monte at the University of Brighton/EEL, when she discovered that altitude affected her greatly. This experience has made it more apparent that adverse effects of altitude can happen to anyone, and awareness should be raised.

Shirley looks after the finances for Para-Monte and is a strong believer of the Charity’s vision.