A FORMER fighter pilot who was once in charge of RNAS Culdrose has launched a business training firm.

Dan Stembridge is behind Falmouth-based Whole Ship Consulting, which aims to bring a pioneering approach to businesses.

Dan’s extensive experience includes having been a fighter pilot, Commanding Officer of RNAS Culdrose – a workplace of more than 3,000 staff – and leader of multi-billion pound government programmes.

He said: “The Whole Ship approach is different. Fighter pilots are trained to make clear decisions and perform in complex environments with high stakes.

"This skillset is exactly what business leaders require.

"We have taken principles from elite aviation and created a practical suite of essential tools to help tomorrow’s businesses do things differently and emerge stronger and more resilient.”

Whole Ship says it will offer flexibility, with every piece of training tailored to the needs of the client – and Dan said that initial feedback indicated that the formula is a winning one.

Orla Dempsey, learning and engagement manager at pharmaceuticals business DCC Vital, said: “One of the great things about Dan Stembridge is that he is flexible.

"He really listens to what you are trying to achieve and then he designs bespoke training which exactly delivers.

"In our experience, this ability to create imaginative bespoke training is rare. The larger training consultancies tend to have a more rigid approach.”

Whole Ship offers a range of training and consultancy, including culture change mentoring, leadership training, resilience training, executive coaching and training for high performance teams.

The company is also on a mission to help businesses bounce back from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To coincide with the official launch of the company, Whole Ship is offering free access to a series of training videos called ‘Think like a Fighter Pilot’ designed to help businesses bounce back following the pandemic.

To find out more about Whole Ship Consulting and to sign up for the ‘Think like a Fighter Pilot’ series, visit www.wholeship.co.uk