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Ric Swift - Senior Instructor:
UK Wildlife Film School:

Ric Swift is the Managing Director of the UK Wildlife Film School, now in its 10th year, an accomplished freelance television cameraman; and also a member of the Guild of Television Camera Professionals and The International Association of Wildlife Cameramen.

He has 12 years military background serving with UK Special Forces. Since leaving the Army, Ric has worked as a freelance television camera operator for such establishments as The BBC, Meridian TV, Rapture TV, Granada, Sky TV and other major European broadcasters, plus corporate clients such as Animal UK, The British Government and The Ministry of Defence. He has also worked as an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor in hill walking, rock climbing, navigation, white water kayaking, canoeing, sailing and first aid.

The fact that Ric is ex-military does not mean that you will be running up and down hills until you collapse! What it does mean however, is that you will be in safe hands when it comes to navigating on the hill, camp-craft and the ability to cope in remote environments. His wealth of experience means there is nobody better to instruct in field-craft techniques; whilst his knowledge of the wildlife and their habitats means you'll have no trouble tracking and finding those often elusive animals.


Minna - Arctic Wilderness Guide:

Minna Salminen is a certified Wilderness guide from Finland, who has specialized in hiking in the Arctic areas. Her area of expertise is teaching people skills they need to survive in barren wilderness surroundings and she offers unique, unforgettable hiking trips to remote uninhabited wilderness areas such as The Arctic Circle, Svalbard and Greenland.
(Minna is pictured her leading a group in Greenland)

Minna has trained and guided for groups in Finland, Norway, Svalbard and Greenland. She is passionate about protecting the fragile nature of the Arctic area and operates a strict policy of leaving no trace behind where ever she goes. Minna also considers safety to be a priority in such remote areas, and as such holds an international Wilderness First Responder certificate (WFR).

As well as working as a wilderness guide, Minna has 15 years of expertise in broadcast media with the Finish Broadcasting Corporation. She started her career as a video editor, but since then has worked as a production coordinator on news, current affairs, entertainment & drama production. 

Working as both a wilderness guide and in Broadcast Television, allows Minna to also undertake one of her biggest loves - telling stories through film.


Paula Elsley - Administrational Secretary:
UK Wildlife Film School:

Paula started with us in 2015 and has become essential to the ´behind the scenes´ running of the wildlife film school; acting as a second person with which to bounce ides of off.
All ideas are run though Paula before going live, and she has helped with some major film school projects such as the writing and updating of our website, as well as content advise for our Diploma in Wildlife Documentary film-making.

Paula also works as Base Camp Supervisor during some of our courses. Her presence in camp is always a joyous one, and her cooking abilities are second to none.