Meet the Team - Tom Manley

Training Instructor

Total Oil Platform, Kenya - one of the many places Tom's work has taken him to. 

What name/nickname do you prefer to be called?

 “Tom the Training God” is my full title, but Tom is fine 😊

If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?  

IRATA, Line, and Technical Rescue Instructor

I joined SpanSet to focus on the training of IRATA, Line Rescue and Technical Rescue. I Have previously worked as a trainer delivering a wide variety of courses including, Height Safety, Confined Space Access and Rescue and First Aid.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?  

I really enjoy the people you meet and the places you see doing this job. It’s always interesting to learn about peoples’ roles and experiences in industries that otherwise I would never be exposed to. Similarly, I have visited places that otherwise I would never get to see. One highlight was getting to sit in a Typhoon Fighter Jet and getting to see a Spitfire fly, both in the same day and another was training on the Total oil platforms in Kenya.

What are your hobbies? 

I really enjoy travel and adventures both in the UK and abroad.

 I am a keen cyclist with a bike-packing trip up through the Outer Hebrides, and a mountain bike trip around the Mt Blanc Massive planned for later this year, fingers crossed. I also am a keen water-sport and winter-sport enthusiast and enjoy a range of sports from open water swimming, kayaking, SUPing (badly), SCUBA diving and sailing, as well as skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering. Next year I have a planned ascent of Mt Blanc. 

What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work? 

The main charity I support is the RNLI, mainly because one day I’m sure they’ll save my life. I am completing the RNLI Castle to Castle open water swim on the South coast of England in September.

 I also donate my hair to the Little Princess Trust. This is a charity that provide wigs for children and young people who have lost their hair due to medical conditions and treatments. I like to know that there are kids out there wearing my hair far better than I ever did.


Above - Going, going and gone!  Tom dontaing his locks to the Little Princess Trust.