Staff & Clinic

Travel Health Consultancy – The Story

Travel Health Consultancy was born out of an individual’s passion for the provision of healthcare and a love of travel and adventure. When one considers the adventures Man has experienced over the past millennia, these two entities have seldom been separated.

Clinical Staff

James Moore RN BSc (Hons) Dip TravMed Dip TN FFTM RCPS (Glasg) FRGS

James has been providing expedition and travel health advice and training to individuals, universities, companies and charities for over a decade. He trained as a nurse in Bristol, where he worked for 10 years before returning to his home county, Devon. He has post-graduate diplomas in Travel Medicine and Tropical Nursing and a degree in Emergency Care, along with a range of outdoor qualifications.

His background has led him into a very practical travel and expedition domain, and he provides medical cover for a number of expeditions across the globe, from antarctic islands through to the deserts of Sudan.

James is a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, where he resides as a member of the Medical Cell.

James writes for a number of journals and is an author and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, and co-author of ‘Expedition Medicine’ part of P. Auerbach’s definitive textbook ‘Wilderness Medicine’,

Along with teaching on the Diploma in Travel Medicine James and his colleague Dr Jon Dallimore recently launched the International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, the first post-graduate academically accredited course of it’s kind, in the world.

Jessica Cosby RN MSc Dip TN

jess webAfter completion of her nurse training at King’s College, London, Jess specialised in caring for those with HIV/AIDS, working at the infectious disease unit in St Bartholomew’s Hospital. In 2002 Jess was awarded the Diploma in Tropical Nursing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She then went on to work as a surgical nurse in Gambia and Sierra Leone. On completion of an MSc in Public Health Jess travelled to Botswana where she worked for 12 months amongst the local HIV/AIDS population providing support for local healthcare workers. In between her time abroad Jess is an Emergency Department staff nurse here in Exeter and is currently on the emergency roster for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) awaiting placement somewhere in the world.

Venetia Lawrence RGN BSc Hons Adult Nursing, Dip GPN

Venetia has been nursing for over 8 years in a variety of medical settings. From working on super yachts and commercial wind farm vessels as medical support to volunteer work with NGOs in the jungles of Panama. She has a great deal of travel experience prompted by attended a United World College.In 2012 she was awarded funding by the Royal College of Nursing to complete her Diploma in General Practice Nursing. As a practice nurse Venetia is highly experienced in childhood immunisations, and routine vaccines. Venetia is also a qualified first aid instructor for the RYA. She also works along side her husband at Marine Wise South West in Totnes.

Catherine Staten RNCB

Catherine has spent the last 10 years nursing in different settings, specializing in emergency care with a speciality in paediatrics. Catherine has travelled, lived and volunteered extensively in Asia. Catherine has most recently used her experience in Children’s nursing to support both government and non-government organisations in health and social care in china. By living and working alongside local doctors, nurses and caregivers within orphanages in China. This was for two years in a voluntary basis which was supported financially by the Travel Health Consultancy Clinic in Exeter.

Mel Burden RN Dip TN

Mel has been nursing for over 9 years and was awarded the Diploma in Tropical Nursing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2009. Following this she volunteered with Mercy Ships, the worlds largest charitable floating hospital in Benin for 3 months. Mel then lived and worked in a hospital in rural Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Mel is also an Infection Prevention and Control nurse here in Exeter and is currently completing an Msc in Healthcare Associated Infection control. Previous experience includes emergency medicine & trauma. Mel has lived in Swaziland, South Africa and Bangladesh.


Rebecca Pace RN Dip TN

Rebecca’s background is in critical care and emergency nursing and she has worked in large trauma centres including Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge and Derriford hospital in Plymouth.

Most recently, Rebecca spent three years working as a senior nursing officer on board cruise ships, providing care in often unique and remote settings from Svalbard in the Arctic to the Islands of the Pacific.  During this time she was able to travel all over the world including America, Africa, Asia and Australasia.This year she was awarded the Diploma in tropical nursing from the Liverpool School of Tropical Nursing.  Rebecca’s is now based in Devon where her other role is Practice Nursing.

Non-clinical staff

Karolina Starosta

Karolina is the clinic receptionist and administrator. Before joining Exeter Travel Clinic team she worked for Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham. Poland is where Karolina grew up and studied, but England is the place where she chose to work and live in.  She has done her shares of travelling around Europe and hopes in the near future to conquer the far East, but for now, Karolina will be actively managing the clinic by ensuring that our clients come first.


Non-clinical Supervising Physician

Dr. Jon Dallimore is one of the country’s leading authorities in Expedition and Travel Medicine. With over 20 years of experience, there are very few who might surpass his knowledge and understanding in this subject. Dr. Dallimore has an MSc in Travel Medicine, a Diploma in Mountain Medicine, is a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow and is also an International Mountain Leader. Dr Dallimore is one of the UK’s leading instructors in expedition and wilderness medical training, leading on courses both nationally and internationally. Dr Dallimore is an international speaker, has published many articles on expedition travel and is an editor of the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine. In 1990 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and advises on their medical cell.

Travel Health Consultancy – The Clinic

Travel Health Consultancy can be found at No. 22, Southernhay West, Exeter, just around the corner from Exeter Cathedral and the Princesshay shopping centre. When visiting, we hope you will find the clinic relaxing, informative and inspiring. Our aim is to make sure that you feel prepared for your holiday or adventure.


The clinic is on the first floor. There are a couple of steps up to the front door and then stairs to the first floor. Unfortunately we do not have a lift. If access is likely to be ab issue, please contact the clinic. If you are bringing in a pushchair, these can be left in the hallway on the ground floor.

Our waiting room holds a gallery of photographs by Nick Mason, an Olympus Cameras’ Top Photographer. These images can be purchased at Money raised from the sale of photographs supports the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) and the rescue post at Machermo, in the Gokyo Valley of Nepal.

To prepare you fully Travel Health Consultancy stock a wide range of travel health related items, such as mosquito nets and repellents, water purification tablets and first aid kits. We can also advise on and supply more specialist medical kits and supplies for expeditions to remote locations.