Meet the team

Training Courses

Martin Castle Ltd (MCL-UK) is a rope access company that was formed in 2008, primarily to provide working at height solutions and training. Many years have passed and experience gained to widen the breadth of not only training, but also rope access services that MCL-UK can now offer to its clients.

As the company has grown, Martin has brought in additional team members to meet the demand for the courses that he runs. 

 

Martin Castle

Managing Director

Martin Castle has been working in the rope access industry for nearly 20 years. When Martin set up MCL-UK in 2008, the company was primarily offering IRATA Training. IRATA Rope Access Training has always been a key part of the business and the scope of training has expanded to address the demand in other areas closely related to Industrial Rope Access. In parallel to this development, Martin has branched out to offer a range of consultancy and rope access services. As these areas have grown, so has our team. Martin overseas all activity within the business whilst remaining an active part of the training team. Martin is also an IRATA assessor. Climbing also plays a large part in Martin’s spare time, as well as caving and trekking.

Joanna Castle

Director

Joanna joined MCL-UK on a full-time basis in 2015. Joanna’s background is diverse, ranging from project management in the defence and aeronautics industry to banking, primarily equity research. Since taking up a full-time role with MCL-UK, Joanna has taken on responsibility for overseeing the company accounts, development of the website, IT support and other tasks to support the overall running of the business. As a keen runner, Joanna enjoys a range of outdoor activities, as well as pilates and yoga.

Pete O’Rourke

Pete O’Rourke

Level 2 Technician / Trainee Trainer

Pete joined MCL-UK at the start of 2019, but has already proven himself to be an asset to the team. Pete is currently training to become an IRATA instructor, as well as being one of our First Aid trainers. Pete has also been involved in a number of our other courses and operational commitments. He is an experienced rope access window cleaner and rigger.

Jesper Eriksen

Jesper Eriksen

Level 3 Trainer

Jesper joined MCL-UK in 2019 as an IRATA level 3 trainer and since January 2020 has been the lead trainer on the IRATA framework. He acquired his full IRATA trainer status in May 2018. Jesper first became involved in rope access in the early 1990s whilst performing high rise building window cleaning in South Africa. He has a background in caving and climbing, and when not training, he likes to pursue new waters for fly fishing. Originally born in Denmark, Jesper has spent most of his life in South Africa, and has settled in the UK since 2019.

George Buist

George Buist

Level 2 Technician / GWO Trainer

George is part of our GWO Training Team, covering the 5 modules required to become a GWO Technician. George is a highly experienced Blade Repair technician, rope access operative and talented climber. George is also one of our First Aid Trainers. We are pleased to have George as one of our instructors as he has such a diverse background within the rope access and climbing arenas.

Hollie Daley

Hollie Daley

Level 3 Technician / Trainee Trainer

Hollie has been part of the MCL-UK team since the summer of 2018, joining us to complete the complex construction of the new rides at Dreamland in Margate. Since then, Hollie has become a trainee IRATA Trainer and has been a valuable member of the IRATA training staff. Hollie is an experienced rigger and has worked on a range of buildings and structure from the Thames Barrier to museums, and other sites all over the world. Again, we a proud to have someone like Hollie who contributes to the versality of MCL-UK.

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TR

Learning a new skill which is vital in my career path with an instructor that has been extremely helpful and attentive. 

CE

TR

Martin was thorough & exact in his explanations of things. Hollie was excellent at explaining things & provided good support during the course.

MJ

TR

Trainers have been amazing, patient, informative knowledgeable. Learnt so much and enjoyed.

TR

RC

Instructors were very helpful, clear and attentive! Hollie was super chilled and up for a laugh which made learning fun and easy.   

RC

TM

I really enjoyed the training. Instructors are friendly. Cleary explained everything.

TM

CB

Great ratio. Friendly teaching. Interesting points of knowledge.

CB

Looking for Rope Training courses?

We provide regular Rope Access Training for IRATA levels 1, 2 and 3, as well as training for working at height, in confined and difficult spaces and equipment testing and inspection.