Double amputee & Advanced Open Water Diver, Andy Searl, makes his way to the sea.

Deptherapy Patrons

Of the many benefits of being a Patron of Deptherapy, the most compelling is the opportunity to see our work in action and understand the significant difference that patronage makes to the lives of our programme members.

Jon lamonte

Jon lamonte
RAF

Jon Lamonte

Deptherapy President

Air Vice-Marshal Dr Jon Lamonte PhD MA BSc(Hons) CDir CMath CCMI FCIMA FCILT FIOD FRICS FRIN FRSA CDipAF DL RAF (retd)

Jon Lamonte joined Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) as CEO in 2013.  His portfolio covers rail, bus, tram, highways, cycling and other forms of active transport.  TfGM is the executive delivery arm of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.  He is the Chair of the UK’s Urban Transport Group.

Jon Lamonte was the CEO of Tube Lines from 2011 – 12, including the critical period of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Tube Lines, as part of Transport for London, was responsible for the maintenance, renewal and upgrade of the Underground infrastructure on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.  This includes track, trains, signals and stations.

Jon joined from the Royal Air Force where he fulfilled a number of senior operational roles and led major project delivery.  His most recent role was Chief of Staff, Strategy, Policy and Plans, which included co-leading the strategic defence and security review into the maritime programme for the Ministry of Defence (MoD).  This identified considerable savings opportunities from the current structure and planned procurement of the Royal Navy over the next decade, whilst producing a coherent and viable force capable of meeting a range of scenarios into the future.

Prior to this Jon was Director General Finance for Defence Equipment and Support, the MoD’s £17bn a year procurement and logistics organisation.  Other roles included running the RAF’s largest base, Brize Norton, with over 4,500 people and three fleets of transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft.  He served in the Falklands, Iraq and the former Republic of Yugoslavia.

An active member of the Institute of Directors, Jon has strong experience in leading change, driving efficiency and motivating large workforces.  He achieved a PhD in History from Birmingham University in 2011.

Jon was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2014.

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Richard Castle

Richard Castle
RAF

Richard Castle

Deptherapy Vice President

Group Captain Dr Richard Castle PhD MDA BA FInstLM AFBPsS C.Psychol RAF (retd)

Dr Richard Castle served in the Royal Air Force for over 25 years and, following severe burns sustained in the 1999 Paddington Rail Crash, qualified as a Chartered Psychologist in 2005 and evolved the Resilience/ Mental Health agenda for much of the latter part of his Service career.

Having left the RAF in 2012, Richard is now an Independent Mental Health Consultant, specialising in psychosocial rehabilitation following trauma and burn injuries.  He is also the UK Adviser to the Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation in Bangladesh, working to establish an in-country mental health service, and is a Trustee of both Changing Faces, a UK charity supporting people with disfigurements, and also of the Beyond Fear Foundation, a Gloucestershire based support group for people experiencing eating disorders.

Although happier at 20,000 feet above, rather than 100 feet below, the water's surface, Richard became involved in Deptherapy in 2016 to provide support to the Board in promoting mental wellbeing.  He is a Vice President of the Charity and is currently supervising the formal Service Evaluation of the Deptherapy scuba diving programme in conjunction with the University of Sheffield Medical School.  Richard lives with his family, including three young children, in Gloucestershire and is an avid supporter of the Arsenal Football Club.

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Paul Rose

Paul Rose

Paul Rose

Deptherapy Vice President

Explorer • TV Presenter • Public Speaker • Polar Guide • Expedition Leader

A man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced science divers, field science and polar experts, Paul Rose helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.

Former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society, Paul is currently Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions.

A popular and sought-after presenter, his television credits include the highly acclaimed BBC Oceans, Britain’s Secret Seas and Voyages of Discovery.

He was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica, for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen’s Polar Medal.  For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt Erebus, Antarctica, he was awarded the US Polar Medal. A mountain in Antarctic is named after him.

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Simon Davey

Simon Davey
Para

Simon Davey

Lt Col Simon Davey BEM MBE Para

Deptherapy Education Senior Instructor • PADI Master Instructor

Simon Davey left the British Army as a Regular Lt Col after 37 years in 2012, he is now an active duty Army Reservist concentrating on Defence Engagement in the Middle East..

He would consider himself blessed by having been in the right place at the right time to be deployed on almost all major UK military operations during his service life including Northern Ireland, the Falklands War, the full range of Balkans conflicts, Gulf 1 and 2 and other discrete events inevitably picking up the odd scratch and bump on the way.  He was awarded the BEM for duty in Northern Ireland and the MBE following a busy operational period in the 1990s.

As an occasional sub-aqua participant over the years he has dived in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Chepstow Quarry in January.  He has recently been concentrating on Adventure Motorcycling and trying to master the black art of Kite Surfing..

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A unique charity that feels like a family.
Kevin Pryke [Deptherapy Ambassador]

Andy Torbet

Andy Torbet
Para

Andy Torbet

Captain Andy Torbet BSc (Hons) FRGS (retd)

Underwater Explorer (Deep & Cave) • Skydiver • Wingsuit Pilot • TV Presenter • Author • Speaker

Andy Torbet is a professional underwater explorer, technical diver, skydiver and climber. He is also a full time TV presenter, writer and speaker having, at last count, presented 18 BBC and 1 Discovery US series and 1 for The History Channel, written over 80 articles for publications as varied as Diver magazine to FHM and published 1 book.

Andy spent 10 years in the British Forces as a Diver, Paratrooper and Bomb Disposal Officer.  During his time he commanded the Army’s Underwater and Airborne Bomb Disposal Teams as well as the High Risk Search Team of the Maritime Counter Terrorism Unit and deployed on operations including Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Iraq.

Andy’s experience in deep, technical and cave diving has taken him all over the globe.  Using everything from the latest technology in mixed gases and rebreathers to old fashioned SCUBA, he's done things from map unexplored submerged cave systems and flooded mines to discovering a number of lost shipwrecks from WW2 merchant-mans in the cold, dark water of the English Channel to 18th Century warships off uninhabited islands in Southern Patagonia.

He is also a professionally qualified climber and mountaineer, kayak-guide and accomplished skydiver and wingsuit pilot including performing a High Altitude High Opening jump from 28,000 feet for a BBC science project and racing a Peregrine Falcon, the fastest animal on Earth, in free-fall achieving a win with speeds in excess of 240mph.

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Alistair Cole

Alistair Cole
Para

Alistair Cole

FRGS FLS

Remote overseas project management

After a decade serving with the British Army’s Parachute Regiment , Alistair specialised in working in remote overseas project management as a medical and risk mitigation instructor, before returning to the UK and founding the Lifesigns Group .

He has led over 40 overseas expeditions, holds numerous NEBOSH and CIEH safety qualifications, is an instructor in Off-Site Safety Management and is an experienced Trauma Medic.

Furthermore, he advises the media on overseas safety as well as advising travel organisations on strategy and safety.

Alistair is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Linnaean Society, Chairman of the Expedition Providers Association and is a guest lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Through Lifesigns Group’s scuba division, Coral Cay Conservation, Alistair encountered Deptherapy and was immediately impressed by what the charity was attempting to achieve.

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Monty Halls

Monty Halls
Royal Marines

Monty Halls

Monty Halls

Broadcaster • Speaker • Naturalist • Marine Biologist • Travel Writer • Leadership Specialist

Monty Halls is a well know writer and TV personality

Monty was commissioned into the Royal Marines. His time in the Marines included a period in the British Military Assistance and Training Team in South Africa, where he assisted with the integration of former ANC Guerrillas into the South African Army.

He left the Royal Marines and studied Marine Biology at Plymouth University where he became involved with projects including the underwater filming of a rare species of crocodile in Belize in partnership with the Natural History Museum.

He graduated with a First Class Honours degree. In 2002, Halls led a group of adventurers and scientists (from the Scientific Exploration Society) to the sunken city of Mahabalipuram off the Indian coast and discovered 6 temples, which are still being explored.

He has appeared in numerous TV programmes and series about the natural world and in particular the about the aquatic realm.

He has written several books about scuba diving and the aquatic realm.

In 2003, Monty was awarded the Bish Medal by the "Scientific Exploration Society" for his services to exploration. In December 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by Plymouth University.