Mac McGearey

Mac McGearey

Mac is the Deputy Head of High Risk, specialising in Counter Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (C-CBRN) training, advice and risk management. He is a former Captain within the British Army who was commissioned through the ranks.

He is an extremely accomplished CBRN practitioner. Experienced in managing risk and planning operations within hazardous environments. On completion of his military service he had led Counter CBRN teams, served with NATO’s Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion and was the Senior Training Manager of the UK’s Specialist Counter CBRN Unit.

With over 27 years Military service including multiple operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan he has a strong background in Operational Training and Safety.

Now predominately working with the Media, Mac supports High Risk (CBRN and Environmental) related tasks around the world. This includes managing the risk from possible Chemical Weapons use in Syria and Northern Iraq to Radiation exposure risk management for productions into Fukushima and Chernobyl.  Following the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa in 2014, Mac deployed on multiple trips into Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in support of the BBC. On the ground through all phases of the epidemic he was with the first BBC team into Guinea in June 2014 and with the last team out of Sierra Leone in March of 2016. In total he was in the affected region 19 times in and supported over 60 Ebola related tasks.

Mac is Programme, Project, Risk Management, Training Needs Analysis and Course design qualified. He is NEBOSH certified and holds a Production Safety Passport.  He is an SIA approved close protection operator and surveillance and medically qualified. Trained in conflict management, human behaviour analysis, ground sign awareness, combat survival and close country (Jungle) operations.

Mac runs mountain endurance events and is also a keen mountaineer, climber and expedition leader.