Meet The Team

Iain Tindall

The Gaffer. IRATA Assessor A/3/4451/i

After a background in farming, forestry, theatre rigging, teaching and fire eating in a circus, I started out in Rope Access. Since 1998 I’ve worked onshore and offshore in Australia, Norway, Denmark, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Morocco, Ivory Coast and even Wales before founding Belay in 2013. 

Outside work I used to be a scuba instructor, motorbike enthusiast, mountaineer and volunteer Coastguard Rescue officer. But then I had kids! Now I just play cricket.

I am passionate about high quality training to prepare delegates for the real world. I have seen, first hand, the results of complacency and poor safety training and Belay’s mission is to give our trainees the tools to keep themselves and their work mates safe. 

Chris Stone

GWO and IRATA Instructor 3/3850/i

I have worked non-stop since gaining my IRATA level 1 in 1998. I have over 10 years of experience as a rope team leader and multi-team supervisor on some of the tallest buildings in London with over 20,000 logged hours on the ropes. I’m able to give trainees a valuable insight into the real world of urban rope access today. When I’m not training at Belay, I work on Rampion Offshore Wind Farm and love spending time with my kids.

Peter Kovacs

Freelance GWO Instructor. IRATA 3/13821/i

After serving as a Sergeant in the Hungarian Parachute Regiment, I came to the UK and achieved my Level 3 in 2005. I started working on the ropes in Brighton and London before making the leap to offshore wind energy in 2011. I’ve gained a reputation as a top quality blade repair tech as well as an experienced IRATA Level 3 and I bring up to the minute industry knowledge into all of my training. I live in Hove with my partner and young son.

John Bream

IRATA Instructor and Lead Daredevil IRATA 3/94993/i

I am the lead IRATA Instructor at Belay having started off as a Level 1 trainee here 5 years ago. After 5 years of service in the Parachute Regiment I worked as a safety consultant in TV and film and as an arborist instructor before getting involved in IRATA Rope Access work and then training. 

Outside of work, my passion is spending time in the outdoors with my children and campaigning to bring attention to the issue of veteran suicide by undertaking incredible stunts. Most recently I achieved a world record for jumping 40m from a helicopter into the sea.

Stuart Smith

Freelance GWO Instructor. IRATA 1/122907

 charge of numerous high-profile incidents in central London ranging from terrorist incidents to aircraft crashes. I spent 3 years at a fire service college teaching various fire related subjects and I have experience teaching and working as a team leader in confined spaces. I now share my knowledge with the candidates at Belay as a GWO Instructor.

Mike Dixon

Freelance GWO/IRATA Instructor. IRATA 2/126177 Paramedic (BSc) Rope Rescue and Swift water technician

After serving in the British Army and trained as a combat medic, I left to start a security business, working at festivals and on the doors with some close protection roles. After several other avenues, I started working offshore on the Rampion wind farm. I gained 5 years experience as a Balance of plant technician, Advanced first aid and Rescue trainer.

As a qualified paramedic and IRATA Rope Access technician, I am the lead GWO instructor and specialise in the Advanced Rescue and Enhanced First aid modules.

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