Michael is the founder of Salvas, the leading workplace violence reduction learning and consultancy company in Scotland.
He’s also the co-developer of RunHideSurvive™ – the package of training and equipment for terror-attack and hostile threat survival that won Commendation in the 2018 Counter-Terror Business Awards. The #Zero Responder catastrophic bleeding control kit and training are part of this product and programme.
Since 2009, he’s been working with clients from the public, private and third sectors, advising, training, mentoring and supporting them to deal with work-related violence, manage conﬂict situations, and respond to high-threat incidents like terror attacks.
In the 30-year police career leading up to that work, Michael dealt with terrorist and criminal attacks, explosive-device situations, and joint operations with the military and other agencies.
As part of the Strathclyde Police ﬁrst-aid training team, he helped develop and deliver the Police Emergency Life support skills programme (PELS).
He also completed the UK Military Battleﬁeld Advanced Trauma Life Support (BATLS) programme.
Michael’s research interest in violence reduction took him on a Churchill University Fellowship study tour in the United States, working with top experts and law-enforcement agencies there.
He went on to be one of the architects of an award-winning Ofﬁcer safety training programme created by Strathclyde Police with the Metropolitan Police Service in the mid 1990's
He rounded off his policing years seconded to East Renfrewshire Council - Education department as part of the National Violence Reduction Unit.
This was a pioneering post that put Michael at the heart of teaching, learning and working with adults and young people.
He brings a passion for training clients from all walks of life in personal safety at work; workplace violence reduction; conﬂict resolution; physical interventions skills; bleed control skills and terrorist-attack survival
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