Andrew Gilravey, College Director
With nearly 30 years professional experience in the UK Fire Service, Andrew brings a wealth of invaluable knowledge to his role as the College Director of ISTC, where he is ultimately responsible for the development of business growth and to actively support business opportunities both inside and outside Malta. His primary focus is to develop and sustain new business for the Company and to ensure growth and progress in a cost effective and timely manner, whilst maintaining existing client relationships.
Andrew’s illustrious career in the Fire Service saw him dedicate 15 years as an operational fire-fighter and watch manager in Merseyside, England, before becoming a station manager and specialist senior instructor at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, where he was recognised as being one of the UK’s most qualified Instructors, specialising in BA Rescue & Search techniques, Fire Behaviour, Tactical Ventilation, Road Traffic Collision extrication and Hazmat/Radiation incidents.
From 2005 till 2011, Andrew became a group manager at the College, tasked with designing, delivering and managing training courses for all levels of international fire-fighting personnel working in the petrochemical industry and local authority/civil defense, which required a substantial commitment to overseas work, with particular emphasis in the Middle East regions.
Kevin Keeler, Director International Sales
As a former Senior Officer in the UK Fire Service, Kevin has over 35 years’ experience with Emergency Blue Light Services, both in the UK and overseas. At the beginning of 2020 Kevin took up the position of International Sales Director at ISTC. Here his role involves building long-term relationships with new and existing clients where, utilising his extensive experience, he is able to design and develop training and consultancy solutions to meet client and customer needs. His aim is to build the ISTC marque into a globally recognised quality brand.
After 8 years in the Royal Navy, Kevin joined The UK Fire Service where he gained significant experience in a wide variety of roles. Serving in a variety of Operational and Non-Operational roles and with extensive Incident Command and Management experience he was a specialist Hazmat, DIM and NILO officer, as well as a qualified instructor and project manager. After lecturing for two years at The Fire Service College teaching Middle Manager Leadership and Management Training, Kevin became the Divisional Commander first for Bath and North East Somerset, and more latterly for Bristol.
Kevin has worked as a freelance consultant in the UK, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining ISTC Kevin spent 3 years as The Head of International Training and Development at The Fire Service College in the UK.
Kevin graduated in 2003 with a First Class Honours Degree in Public Service Management from University of Northumbria, Newcastle, and is a Graduate of the Institute of Fire Engineers.
Peter Preece, Training Manager
After serving for 22 years in the British Army, where he worked his way through all ranks, up to Warrant Officer Class 2 (Sergeant Major), Pete brings with him a wealth of experience in terms of Leadership and management in various international challenging and harsh environments.
As Training Manager, responsible for the training and ongoing competence of all Training and support staff, Pete can rely on his previous experience working as an Instructor, Supervisor and Manager of 5 diverse training centres, which delivered a variety of course to the global offshore and onshore oil and gas industry and maritime industries.
Peter’s 5 years experience of working as an International Approvals Auditor with OPITO in Dubai, will allow him to rely upon solid experience and knowledge of global standards which ISTC follow to deliver best in class training and assessment.
Peter now looks forward to delivering leadership and mentoring of the ISTC instructors and support staff to enhance the quality of courses delivered and to develop the staff to become best in class at what they do.
Brian Cranmer, Assistant Operations Manager
A former member of Britain’s elite Royal Marine Commandos, Brian joined ISTC in 2004 and became a senior instructor in 2008. Brian’s military experience means he takes extra care to ensure the safety of everyone who attends ISTC’s courses. His other main duties include the overseeing all of the marine training requirements and water based equipment and facilities, such as the training pool and lifeboat, to ensure they are in full working condition in line with operational requirements.
Patrick Abela, Sales Manager
Patrick joined ISTC as our Sales Consultant in November 2012. Backed by years of expertise gained in the hospitality and tourism industry, Patrick has a wealth of experience ranging from managing the front-of-house of 5-star establishments to managing customer relationships and business development.
A highly energetic, self-driven person, Patrick’s decision to change his career-path from hospitality to sales led him to pursue a Diploma in Sales and Marketing Management with Cambridge College, an opportunity which allowed him to better focus on his area of specialisation. He excels at steadily establishing strong relationships with businesses and individual customers and supporting them in identifying areas where ISTC can help them become better, safer and more secure. Patrick’s ultimate goal is to apply his drive and passion to find opportunities that will result in cost-effective, beneficial solutions for our local and international customers.
Valhmor Micallef, Health & Safety Manager
Valhmor was recruited to ISTC after working for nine years as a Senior Executive in enforcement for the Malta Tourism Authority. As a public officer with the Maltese government, a major part of his duties included the evaluation, regulation and improvement of Quality, Safety, and Fire Safety standards within the tourism (hotel & catering) industry.
During his tenure at the Authority he was also assigned the assessment, monitoring and regulation of the recreational diving industry. An overall improvement of 75% in operational and safety standards in this industry was recorded within the first two years.
Valhmor joined ISTC with one very specific goal: to strengthen the advisory and consultancy arm of ISTC. The method to be adopted was clear: to treat all clients with honesty, fairness and integrity.
As Health and Safety Manager for ISTC, Valhmor offers invaluable consultancy and training services to clients – both in Malta, and on the International stage.
Valhmor is registered as a Competent Person with the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) of Malta.
Mike Dyer, Senior Instructor
After serving for 26 years in the British Fire Service, where he worked his way through all ranks, up to Group Manager, Mike brings with him a wealth of experience in terms of management and operational efficiency and international standards.
Mike has trained in incident command, operationally at tactical officer level and also as a deputy team leader, the All Wales Urban Search and Rescue Team and attended several high profile incidents including the aftermath of the Earthquake in New Zealand as part of the UK International Search & Rescue Team. Additionally he has delivered training worldwide including Spain, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Russia, and held the post of Head of Department at the Fire Service College for over 5 years, with a focus on developing and delivering training courses to international students.
Gregg McMillan, Senior Instructor
Gregg joined ISTC in 2013 following a 32-year career in the UK Fire Service; having gained extensive operational and managerial experience, ranging from incident command of emergencies and marine firefighting, to the development, supervision and review of a suite of international fire training courses.
Gregg is also a qualified OPITO HUET Safety Diver, and a PADI & BSAC Open Water Instructor, which further enhances our water safety capability.
Kevin Grech, Senior Instructor
Kevin joined the Instructional team at ISTC in 2012 after serving 11 years offshore, on oil rigs as a crane operator and maintenance technician.
Part of Kevin’s training at ISTC has been to qualify as an adventure/open water safety diver, which complements our existing team of expert safety divers and instructors. This also affords ISTC the luxury of having qualified and experienced personnel to hand, for all offshore training delivery.
Walter Willie, Senior Instructor
As the ex- fire chief of Malta international airport, Walter provides a wealth of experience and knowledge from the world of aviation and is an invaluable asset to the ISTC team. His role also includes the responsibility of directing the aviation rescue & fire fighting courses and maintaining the relevant standards.
Walter’s extensive portfolio of delivering International training ensures that ISTC retains the ability to deliver a range of courses in line with industry best practice.