First 4 Adventure UK is a small, independently run company co-owned by Emma Martin and Andy Rowlinson. It specialises in delivering the expedition section for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and giving families, friends, groups and individuals the opportunity to explore and enjoy all that the hills and mountains in the UK has to offer. We pride ourselves on giving a personal and bespoke service to ensure that your experience is the best it can be.
Andy is one of the company owners. He is passionate about taking people of all ages into the outdoors and helping them to enjoy and appreciate the environment in a safe way. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years, leading school and charity expeditions all over the UK and the world, for young people and adults. Andy has experience of leading trekking, cycling, climbing and skiing in all environments. He holds his Mountain Leader summer and winter qualifications, Single Pitch Award, MIAS level 3 and First Aid.
When not leading expeditions, Andy can be found running or cycling in the great outdoors. Click here for his cycling page.
Emma is the other owner. She has nearly 20 year’s experience of teaching in a secondary school as well as having run the DofE Award for a school for many years. Emma’s passions lie in seeing young people develop as they embark on DofE and on enabling young and old to be active in the outdoors and enjoy the beautiful and wild areas that we have on our doorstep. She holds her Mountain Leader summer qualification, First Aid and teaching degree (BEd.)
She has two children and manages, mostly, to juggle family life, work, trail running, cycling and her village book club!
Recent magazine articles about Emma:
Country Walking – click here to read it
Active Rutland – click here to read it
We are lucky to have a fantastic team of highly qualified, experienced and committed instructors.
Ian offers a combination of his mountain leading experience of groups around the World with his Management Consulting skills (Managing People, Communication, Facilitation, Planning and Problem Solving). This is across all ages with a particular interest in Young People’s personal development typically supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. He holds a UK Summer Mountain Leader Award (2010) and is an International Mountain Leader (2016).
Jenny has been a mountain leader for over 20 years working with youth and adults in the UK and has extensive knowledge about team mechanics, leadership techniques and outdoor activities. She loves the great outdoors and giving others the opportunity to experience their potential in the wilds of the UK as well as all over the world. Her first job after graduating as an ecologist from Leeds University was in Africa where she set up numerous conservation projects, managed hundreds of volunteers and collated scientific data. Since then, she has spent many years working in Africa, led expeditions to far flung places including Peru, Vietnam and Botswana, has worked for a game capture unit in South Africa and set up conservation and community projects in Swaziland.
She is Director of Sense Africa, has a wealth of utterly useless African factoids and (apparently) does a good camel impersonation.
Dave is passionate about the outdoors and works with a variety of people young and older from all walks of life including the Army Cadet Force. He has climbed in Canada, USA, European Alps and the Himalaya’s. He loves walking, mountain biking, skiing and climbing in his spare time.
My name’s Bex. I’ve been in the outdoors for around 5 years. I have a range of qualifications and a passion for getting folk outdoors. As well as being an outdoor instructor I’m also a musician and take my guitar with me everywhere!
Neil’s been in the outdoor industry for many, many years and its taking its toll as you can see. He has had many jobs during those years and has at last found something he is good at (so we tell him). His favourite assignments are working with us and our great DofE groups.
Chris is a qualified mountain leader who loves sharing his skills and passion for the outdoors.
Chris has successfully trained and supervised over 500 Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition participants in the National Parks of the UK. He is an accredited assessor at Gold level. Chris particularly enjoys the challenge of running Open Gold expeditions.
Chris also runs his own successful executive coaching practice. Before moving to the Lake District from Essex, Chris pursued a career in financial services working in a range of senior leadership and people development roles.
Em has operated in extreme environments the world over; from the sea ice of the high Arctic and high altitude mountains, to the African bush and desert tundra. In these environments, her leadership challenges have also been varied; from training potential polar explorers to youth leadership expeditions. Her wide experience is exhibited through her strong chameleon leadership style, adapting herself to any given situation with effective listening, empathising and decision making. Emma also holds her International Mountain Leader Award.
I gave up the corporate world 6 years ago to work full time in the outdoor industry – and love it. As an ex elite racing cyclist I have always been passionate about the outdoors and now as a qualified ML I get great satisfaction supporting the DofE and from leading young people in the outdoors, developing their skills and competencies within the DofE framework. When not working on DofE I also spend much of my time taking charity expeditions both trekking and biking in and around the UK, Europe and beyond!
Although I come from SW London I have always been an explorer and was fascinated by wild life! As a kid, I would ride my bike to any bit of open space like Wimbledon Common or Mitcham Common to explore and search for frogs, newts or small mammals and watch the deer in the Royal Parks. Nothing much has changed except that I now go a little further afield. I still go exploring and as International Mountain Leader I have been lucky enough to lead treks in very many parts of the world. I am truly passionate about getting young people into the “Outdoors” and helping them to develop their full potential. I believe that the DofE Award is a great vehicle for doing this. Something that most folk don’t know about me is that I have signed the “Official Secrets Act”. I would love to tell you why but……….
Chris has been a full time outdoor instructor since 2012 following a 24 year career in the British Army. A Mountain Leader since 2002, he has led both adult and student groups on expedition in locations all over the world such as the jungles of Ecuador and Borneo, the desert in Namibia and Mongolia and the mountains of Tanzania and Nepal.
When not on expedition, Chris spends his time working as a DofE trainer/assessor, bushcraft instructor and tries to spend as much of the ski season as possible working in Europe as a ski instructor.
As a Winter Mountain Leader, Canoe Coach and DofE Assessor I have a strong belief in using the outdoors as a vehicle for personal development. I have been working in and around the outdoor industry since completing a Degree in Outdoor Studies in 2002. Having been lucky enough to lead and support teams of young people and adults in the outdoors throughout the UK and further afield I have a particular passion for teaching others the skills they need to go off and have their own adventures!
Hi my name’s Terry. I have been mountaineering for over 20 years. Having spent 12 year in the British Army I am passionate about sharing my knowledge of the outdoors. I’ve experience of the Rocky Mountains, Himalayas, Italian Dolomites, the Atlas Mountains and French Alps to name but a few. I coach young people in climbing, paddle sports and mountaineering. My other interests include sea kayaking.
Will Sheaff is an experienced walking, climbing and watersports instructor, based in the Peak District. “My passion for the outdoors developed as a teenager, whilst completing my own DofE awards, and I’ve since climbed around the world in Europe and further afield with extensive trekking up to a high point at Kilimanjaro summit. Over the past few years I’ve enjoyed trekking in Ecuador and Uganda, as well as throughout the Peak District. I love sharing my enthusiasm for the outdoors and passing on my knowledge and skills.”
Self-proclaimed country boy that loves the outdoors and believes it to be the best classroom. “With a degree in sports coaching and development I relish the challenge of developing ideas and experiences for others. Did my ML aged 21 and have been working with DofE groups for 4 years and (recently obtained my assessor’s certificate). Started off teaching the sport of mountain boarding nearly ten years ago, I even taught my Maths teacher, which I called payback. Keen climber, skier and guitarist, I have fully adopted the freelancer lifestyle and bought a van!”
“I studied for a degree in Outdoor Studies and since then have gained many years’ experience working in the outdoor industry with a wide variety of clients, activities and locations. I am also experienced in youth development work and have planned and delivered many personal and social development courses through the outdoors. I always continue to pursue my own passion for the outdoors in my personal time, particularly in rock climbing. I really enjoy teaching and coaching others to develop skills for themselves, no matter what level they’re at, and love sharing my passion with other people.
I am also currently studying part time for a masters degree in Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education, with a keen interest in how we can effectively engage people with environmental issues.”