Who We Are

WMS - who we are

WMS has an unbeatable reputation as the leading private rifle shooting instruction provider in the UK. We offer safe, enjoyable and challenging rifle training for both private and professional clients.

Run by Andrew Venables, one of the UK’s most renowned rifle shooting instructors, WMS provides tuition for novices, seasoned stalkers, target shooters, or a hunters wanting to prepare for that trip of a lifetime.

Andrew’s philosophy is to empower people to shoot accurately, safely and humanely and his knowledge and expertise enables clients to achieve their shooting goals, build confidence and learn throughout the day.

In addition to providing instruction for private clients WMS also offers professional firearms competency training for police constabularies, zoos and wildlife parks and UK government departments.

WMS facilities

WMS facilities

WMS facilities


Andrew Venables, MD and Lead Instructor

Renowned as one of the UK’s top rifle shooting instructors Andrew Venables has over 35 years of experience in shooting training, wildlife management and hunting.

Andrew started shooting at the age of eight and is still learning something every day in his mid 50s. He has a lifetime’s experience in shotgun and rifle shooting; target shooting; pest control; deer management; driven boar shooting; African safaris; and international wildlife management and hunting. He established WMS is 2006 and the company has become the UK’s best known provider of training to private and professional clients, zoos and wildlife parks and UK government departments.

In October 2015 Andrew was appointed as the first non-German instructor to the Blaser Academy, set up by firearms manufacturer Blaser to provide top class shooting tuition for novices, seasoned shots and hunters.

In recent years Andrew has also provided firearms training for many UK police constabularies and emergency response training for some of the UK’s largest zoos and wildlife parks. He runs regular firearms training courses for UK government departments and numerous charities and NGOs.

Helena Venables, Operations Director

Helena, Andrew’s wife and a keen rifle and shotgun shooter herself, works closely with him to ensure clients receive the excellent experience WMS is renowned for.

Her own shooting experience and knowledge of WMS means she can advise clients on the best day for their requirements. Helena can also arrange bespoke days for corporate clients who want to showcase their products, run a press day for a new product launch, or treat their dealers and retailers to a day to remember.

Helena also manages WMS special projects and all marketing and PR which results in a considerable amount of press coverage both in the UK and overseas.

A former journalist at The Economist Newspaper in London, where she worked for many years, Helena also writes articles and columns on shooting and the countryside for a range of renowned publications.

She also provides copywriting services to a number of high profile clients in the fieldsports industry and beyond, via her own company, Cool Dog Communications. For more information about how Helena can help your business please call her on 01974 831363.

Chris Parkin,

Chris has been shooting since he was a child and after 10 years away playing with bows and arrows and three years shooting for the Great Britain Archery team, returned to the rifle shooting fold to do what he loves: making every shot count. As well as being an avid rifle shooter Chris is a respected shooting journallist and reviewer and has a deep technical knowledge of a wide range of optics, rifles and ammo. He specialises in equipment setup, particularly optics, and his competition shooting background gives him an interesting insight into the psychology of making the shot, especially when under pressure.

Alan Hollander, Gunroom Manager/Instructor

Alan looks after the WMS HQ and Gunroom security and is responsible for keeping our huge range of firearms clean, cared for, and ready to use. A keen and competent shooter himself, with a penchant for rifles with GRS stocks, Alan also provides invaluable assistance to Andrew on many of our shooting days by providing an extra pair of eyes, great spotting ability and a knack for putting our clients at their ease. Originally from Essex Alan spent many years in the British army, has a great sense of humour and a wealth of practical knowledge.

Lachlan Nisbet, Legal Consultant

Lachlan, one of the UK’s best renowned firearms lawyers, has specialist experience in firearms law and fieldsports. As WMS’s legal consultant he provides our clients with advice on firearms law and licensing including firearms certificate (FAC) applications, renewals, variations, certificate conditions and shooting permissions. A Solicitor-Advocate and Partner at Brabners LLP in Liverpool Lachlan is frequently instructed in firearms appeals and is an experienced advocate in the Magistrates’, Crown, County and Coroners’ courts.