Who we are

Catherine Plumridge

Catherine near the West Bank Barrier in Bethlehem. 2005 UNWRA

Catherine Plumridge Msc, Director/Principal trainer

A former nurse (critical care and tropical medicine) and Army Officer, Catherine’s training experiences have varied from developing specific modules for training local medics and aid workers in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Sudan and Kenya (with NGOs) to training combat medical technicians in the British Army (including in Bosnia), to security training for aid workers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She has undertaken extensive training of area staff in Indonesia and the West Bank.

Catherine is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University’s award winning Msc in Development Practice and International Humanitarianism.

Catherine has fifteen years experience with non-government organisations, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross and is known for her real passion for humanitarianism and her high energy, creative training ability.

Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor, Senior trainer

Tony Taylor (BA OXON) is a logistics, security and evacuation specialist with extensive disaster and conflict experience in emergencies since 1998 in areas such as Georgia, North and South Kivu (DRC), South Lebanon, Sudan including Darfur, Iraq, Liberia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. He has also been involved in emergency responses to natural disasters such as the Rostaq earthquakes in Afghanistan, Gujarat (India) Bam (Iran) and also Kashmir. Following the Asian Tsunami in 2004, Tony worked in Nias and mainland Indonesia. He was also involved in the emergency response in Myanmar, from Thailand.

Tony has worked for The World Health Organisation, United Nations, (UNICEF) as well as Save the Children, Oxfam, Irish Aid, The Mines Advisory Group, the Department for International Development DfID, (Emergency Response Team) and also Medical Emergency Relief International, MERLIN.

Tony is motivated by a desire to make security management more appropriate to agency needs.

Kashka HuytonKashka Huyton, Advisor/Facilitator

Kashka Huyton is Humanitrain's Humanitarian Advisor.  Kashka brings over ten years of experience  in humanitarian emergencies establishing, implementing and coordinating humanitarian programmes in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe, working in sudden onset natural disasters and complex emergencies, predominantly for the United Nations. Her experience represents a good balance of headquarters based policy knowledge with the operational practice on the ground. This has formed  the basis for Kashka’s solid understanding and knowledge of a broad range of humanitarian issues, trends, mandates, actors and practices. 

Kashka is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University’s award winning Msc in Development Practice and International Humanitarianism.

Lucy Henry

Lucy Henry, Advisor/Expert Trainer

Lucy Henry is an experienced Intelligence Risk Analyst with eight years experience in HM Diplomatic Service in the UK, Gaza and the West Bank. As a Political Desk Officer in the UK she specialised in Russian and Iranian affairs.

In Gaza and the West Bank, Lucy was responsible for the safety and security of British Diplomats (including writing and implementing the security plan with evacuation procedures, emergency communications, health, welfare and evacuation routes out of the country) as well as liaison with local security and political officials. Reports that she contributed to were sent to No.10 Downing Street and related to the Middle East Peace Plan and the Roadmap.

The last two years have been spent in the corporate sector with Group 4 Security as an Intelligence Risk Analyst developing their intelligence capacity by establishing relevant contacts and liaising with the Police, Home Office and security industry organisations.

Lucy specialises in physical and personal security, intelligence, research and analysis and is trained in anti and counter surveillance techniques and defensive driving.

Dr Caroline Grange

Dr Caroline Grange, Advisor/Expert Trainer

Dr Caroline Grange qualified in medicine from London University in 1983 and following several general medical jobs has worked as an anaesthetist in a number of teaching and tertiary referral centres in London, Sydney (Australia) and Vancouver (Canada). Following her appointment as a consultant anaesthetist in Oxford in 1997, she has since pursued her interests in obstetrics, trauma, major upper gastrointestinal / bariatic anaesthesia and well as aeromedical medicine. Caroline is committed to teaching and training and is the College Tutor for the Oxford School of Anaesthesia and is also an examiner for Oxford University and the Royal College of Anaesthetists. She is also a faculty member for various national/international courses such as 'Managing Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma’ and ‘Primary Trauma Care'. She is the author of a number of anaesthetic related book chapters and articles for peer reviewed anaesthetic journals, in addition to being a reviewer for manuscripts submitted to 'International Journal for Obstetric Anaesthesia'.

Nancy Dinsmore

Nancy Dinsmore, Advisor/Expert Trainer

(Msc Paediatric Primary Care & Msc in Cross-Cultural Health Care, University of California)

Nancy is a nurse, with master’s level training in pediatrics and international health care development, and national (USA) certification in mental health, public health and psychiatric care. Nancy has over twenty year's international experience in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Mexico and the Caribbean.

As well as being a Master Trainer, her many roles have included program creation and implementation, grant writing, training of trainers programs and curriculum development. Nancy has worked as an Educational Consultant for UCLA Medical Centre, for the Red Cross Movement, UNICEF, Stanford University Children’s Hospital and Al Quds University (where she was also the Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies).

Liz Clark

Liz Clark, Expert Trainer

Former linguist, Liz Clark is now the Senior Staff nurse in the Operating Department at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. This is the main trauma centre for the region and known for its high quality of care, innovation and research as a Centre of Excellence.

With eighteen years of high octane experience, Liz is known for her capacity to deal with complex managerial situations in anaesthetics including advanced airway management and excellence in surgical care, (pre, peri and post operative) in trauma, orthopedics, general surgery, gastro-enterology, hepatic, breast, vascular, urinary, endocrine and obstetrics. A highly capable critical care operative, Liz brings her many years of experience into her training role.