David Olley qualified as a State registered nurse in 1969, working as a staff nurse and then charge nurse in accident and emergency departments.
In 1978 he got his first job working as an offshore/rig medic in the North Sea. In 1988 he was involved in the rescue and subsequent treatment of survivors from the Piper Alpha oilrig disaster for which he was awarded “ The Award of Plate” for saving life at sea.
It was at this time that he started his own training company concentrating initially on offshore first
aid, basic and advanced first aid for the standby industry and marine first aid approved by the Maritime and coastguard agency.
His first training handbook on first aid at work was published in 2002. Since then he has retired
from active training and concentrates on revising and upgrading his current books as well as writing