He has an engaging personality and infectious drive and determination, along with overwhelming passion and mental focus to overcome the toughest of challenges, which mean that he is able to work with anyone from elite athletes to blue chip organisations on succeeding and finding their edge.
A former member of the Royal Marine’s elite Special Boat Service (SBS) and a world class athlete in adventure sports, today Bernie specialises in providing tailored professional training programmes for teams, corporate organisations, athletes and individuals.
Bernie has over 30 years experience of top level competition and coaching in various disciplines including adventure sports, nordic skiing, triathlon and winter biathlon. He has won TV’s UK Survival of the Fittest three times and has been runner up in the World Survival of the Fittest and Conquer the Arctic.
Most recently, Bernie has recently returned from Norway where he joined the Royal Marines in March 2012 to re-enact the World War II Telemark raid, in aid of the SBSA Charity. He is also credited with shaping up ‘Team Qinetiq’, made up of GREAT BRITISH SPEAKERS talent ex Olympian and adventurer James Cracknell, TV presenter Ben Fogle and Dr Ed Coats, for their entry to the South Pole Race 2008/9 in which they came second only to a team of Norwegian polar experts.
Bernie has worked with international adventure racers and various Olympic athletes including the GB rowing squad, cyclists and world champion triathletes. In addition, he created the UK’s first Formula 1 Human Performance Training Centre and worked with drivers including Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella. He held the post of Performance Advisor for the Suburu world rally team working with drivers such as Carlos Sainz and the late Colin McRae. He continues to work within the motorsport industry with high profile drivers including Mark Webber and F1 teams to the present day.
In the corporate world, Bernie has orchestrated and managed team building courses for companies such as Chase Manhatten Bank, Arbuthnot Latham and the NHS Trust.
On a personal level, Bernie is particularly passionate about canoeing and kayaking – a passion which led him to take part in the longest canoe race in the world in 2009 – the Devizes to Westminster Race, in a team of two with James Cracknell.
Most recently in 2016, Bernie competed in one of the toughest ski mountaineering races in the World: The Patroluille des Glaciers.