The Team


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.

 

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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 Martin

 

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 Coward

IAN COWARD

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

JENNY BOWEN

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 Smith

 

DAVE SMITH

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.

 

 

 

Bex Currie

 

BEX CURRIE

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 Blackman

 

NEIL BLACKMAN

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.

 

 

 

 

Cat McCamphill

 

CAT McCAMPHILL

Cat has been working full time in the outdoors since 2013 but her love of everything outdoors began when she went on a residential trip in north wales at the age of 11. Since then she has gone on to take part in a number of trips and expeditions all over the UK and the Alps. Her enthusiasm for outdoor activities has also lead her to travel the world and she has recently come back from travelling around Thailand.

“I find getting out into the mountains against the elements and back amongst wilderness very gratifying, it gives you a great regard for the planet, others and yourself. I strongly believe in protecting our countryside and environment for future generations. I think it is very important to share our passion for the outdoors to today’s generation. I strive  to inspire and motivate others to take part in the outdoors.

Cat’s qualifications include ML, SPA and she hopes to one day complete her MIA.

 

Chris Billinge

 

CHRIS BILLINGE

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.

Jess Bowen

 

JESSICA MOON BOWEN

Hi my name is Jess, I love being in the outdoors and travelling to new places around the world. I enjoy getting people outdoors and I’m a volunteer with my local Mountain Rescue team in the Brecon Beacons.

 

 

 

Em Linford

 

EMMA LINFORD

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.

 

Graeme Cortlett

 

GRAEME CORLETT

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!

 

Steve Gray

STEVE GRAY

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……….

 

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CHRIS JOPLING

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.

 

MARK HOUMark HouseSE

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!

 

 

Terry Thomas

 

TERRY THOMAS

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

 

WILL SHEAF

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.”