We are a small, independently run company with two main passions: we love taking adults out on adventures all over the UK and abroad as well as working with schools and young people from all over the country to help them complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We pride ourselves in giving a personal and bespoke service to ensure that your experience is the best it can be. The outdoors is for everyone to enjoy, so no matter what your experience or age, we want you to have a fantastic time with us. Whether we arrange a tailor-made adventure for you or you join one of our trips or expeditions below, we look forward to hearing from you.
Emma and Andy
MEET THE TEAM
Emma has nearly 20 year’s experience of teaching in a secondary school as well as having been a school DofE Manager for many years. Her 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 manages most of the admin for the company and enjoys being out on courses throughout the year. She has two children and manages, mostly, to juggle family life, work and a little bit of swimming, trail running and cycling.
Andy 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 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 and looks after most of our course delivery. When not leading expeditions, Andy can be found running or cycling in the great outdoors.
Bex has been working in the outdoors for the last 7 years and is a qualified Mountain Leader as well as having a host of other qualifications. Working all over the UK, The UAE, Kenya and Oman, she is now based in Glasgow and loves travelling all over the UK to work on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. As well as being really passionate about the outdoors, Bex is also a singer song writer and takes her guitar everywhere.
Bryony loves being in the outdoors and enjoys spending time being active and reflective. Her favourite sport is sailing, spending her spare time racing or volunteering introducing others to the sport.
Bryony is a mountain leader, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award trainer and assessor, plus has many water sport qualifications including Senior Dinghy Instructor and Race Coach Level 2. She is also a trained secondary school teacher. Wherever there is opportunity to come alongside people as they challenge themselves, explore and discover new possibilities is always exciting.
Celia has been a full time Outdoor Educator since 2014, following an 18 year career as a PE teacher and School DofE Co-ordinator. She is passionate about all learning in the outdoors and especially the expedition sections of the DofE Awards. In any free time she can be found kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking in the UK and Europe.
Charlie is an outdoor and travel enthusiast who has spent many years working in jobs relating to travel and safety overseas, most of which have involved working with teenagers, which she particularly enjoys. She is a Mountain Leader and DofE Assessor and divides her time between delivering training and giving safety advice to teachers, conducting H&S audits for youth programme deliverers and working with groups of young people either in the UK or leading overseas expeditions. She has extensive travel experience and is passionate about helping young people overcome barriers and achieve their potential.
Chris is a qualified mountain leader who loves sharing his skills and passion for the outdoors. He 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; 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, he pursued a career in financial services working in a range of senior leadership and people development roles.
Chris has been actively involved in outdoor pursuits since childhood and simply likes going for an adventure. He has biked, canoed, climbed and walked throughout the UK and abroad and this allows him to share his passion for the outdoors using real life experience. He has worked on many DofE expeditions and has lots of fond memories of helping teams to go out and have their own adventures. When he’s not working in expeditions, you’ll often find him in the woods teaching bushcraft or occasionally he’s allowed inside to teach first aid. He’s extremely easy to get on with especially if there’s tea involved!
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, a bushcraft instructor and tries to spend as much of the ski season as possible working in Europe as a ski instructor.
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.
Emma is a qualified Mountain Leader, National Navigation Award Scheme Course Director and is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider. Emma works on a variety of outdoor courses, training and mentoring candidates on most of the recognised national walking and navigational qualification pathways. Emma is known for her energy, positivity, passion and enthusiasm that she shares with her groups. In her spare time she is a keen road cyclist, enjoys bike touring and is a keen amateur naturalist. Emma also enjoys YHA and wild camping trips using public transport as far as possible.
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. Em also holds her International Mountain Leader Award.
Graeme gave up the corporate world a number of years ago to work full time in the outdoor industry – and loves it. As an ex elite racing cyclist he has always been passionate about the outdoors and now, as a qualified ML, gets 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, Graeme also spend much of his time taking charity expeditions both trekking and biking in and around the UK, Europe and beyond!
Ian is a qualified mountain instructor who also holds the International Mountain Leader award. The outdoors and adventure have been a major influence on his life. His love of the outdoors started with climbing trips to the Gritstone outcrops and moors of Yorkshire from the age of eleven. He has been leading and instructing groups and individuals in adventure activities since 1986. He has extensive experience of the Mountain regions of the UK, including delivering National Governing Body awards as a course director for the Mountain Leader award. When not working in the outdoors, Ian works as an Executive Coach, working with businesses in a corporate and organisational setting facilitating growth of frontline staff through to leadership teams at Boardroom level.
As a qualified mountain leader, cycle leader and expedition leader, Ian has been privileged to lead and support many inspirational people on charity challenge events and expeditions in the UK and abroad. Some of his highlights include leading trekking groups in Nepal and on Kilimanjaro as well as experiencing and learning from remote communities in Ecuador and the Indian Himalaya during school expeditions. Most recently he has become a keen cyclist, leading and managing events in the UK and Europe. As a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award trainer and assessor Ian’s focus is on encouraging and challenging students to stretch their comfort zones and he enjoys seeing students reflect on their achievements and realise what they’re capable of.
Jess loves all aspects of the outdoors; mountaineering, climbing, surfing and more! She has a degree in Outdoor Education and loves to travel, which has taken her all over the world – including climbing in Madagascar, trekking in Nepal and Morocco and canoeing in Sweden. When Jess isn’t doing DofE work she can be found taking young people out with autism, and other additional needs, climbing, paddling, gorge walking and coasteering, as well as leading overseas expedition. She loves to give everyone the opportunity to try something new.
Joe Is a self-proclaimed country boy who loves the outdoors, and believes it to be the best classroom. With a degree in Sport Coaching and Development he relishes the challenge of teaching and developing ideas for all. He has been working with DofE groups for 6 years and it has taken him to lots of beautiful parts of the country. He is a real adventurer at heart and loves mountain biking, climbing, skiing and paddling to name a few. He is self-employed and runs an small business in bespoke adventures. Check it out here!
Katie has been working in the outdoors for the past 8 years. She is a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor based half the time in Scotland and the other half in the Lake District. She’s worked all over the world in places such as Madagascar, Vietnam, North America and various places in Europe. When she’s not working she spends most of her time climbing in the mountains, horse riding and mountain biking.
Kevin is an experienced outdoor leader and instructor of a range of activities. He has experience of working with adults and children from age 8, including many with special needs.
Kevin is particularly passionate about climbing Alpine mountains and skiing fresh powder.
Lauren is enthusiastic about working with children and young people in the outdoors. She’s worked in America and Australia with children and is keen to continue sharing with others how great the outdoors can be. Lauren is currently working at an outdoor residential centre where she enjoys working with people of all ages and walks of life. Lauren has her mountain leader along with other qualifications and she is keen to help young people through their DofE awards.
Lee Pritchard is Course Leader for the BSc Outdoor Adventure Leadership & Management (OALM) programme. Holding a B.Ed. (Hons) in Outdoor & Science Education and an MSc. in Coaching, he has worked extensively in the outdoor adventure field both in the UK and overseas.
He is, amongst other things, a Mountaineering Instructor, Level 4 kayak coach and Forest School practitioner.
In addition to working on academic and practical aspects of the OALM programme, with a focus on practical skill development, the outdoor industry and expedition leadership, he is involved in the delivery of Mountain Training awards, leading expeditions overseas, climbing as often as possible, and running trips for students to the mountains of Scotland in winter and the French alps in summer.
Lu is an Outdoor Instructor from the Peak District who loves to travel, climb mountains, and work with groups of young people in adventurous environments. She worked as a lecturer for eight years teaching before retraining five years ago to become an instructor.
Lu has organised and led hiking expeditions for adult groups in the Pyrenees, Alps and Dolomites, and has also taken teenage groups to Borneo and Costa Rica on expedition. She has travelled extensively, with rock climbing taking her to the furthest parts of the globe.
Luca is a qualified Mountaineering and Climbing instructor. Originally from Sussex, but thankfully living somewhere a bit more mountainous, he is rather fond of being outdoors. He has managed to turn his passion into a job where he can be out walking, rock climbing and mountaineering almost every day, and even a day out in the worst of the British weather is better than being inside in an office! Never one to waste an opportunity to go climbing, Luca spends most of his time off away on climbing trips in the UK, Europe, and Worldwide. He is also a keen photographer with photos published in national magazines and climbing guidebooks. Click here to visit Luca’s website.
Mark has been a qualified teacher for over 20 years. He holds a PGCE in Outdoor Education but has also held a variety of teaching roles in mainstream and alternative provision schools. Mark enjoys using the DofE as a vehicle for young people’s personal development. In particular he believes that the expedition can be a formative experience in many young people’s lives. In addition to Mountain Leader summer qualification, he also holds qualifications in mountain biking, rock climbing and paddle sports.
Mark is dedicated to helping anyone get the most of their outdoor adventure and he advocates “giving it a go”. He loves remote mountainous areas and feels privileged to be able to work in some of the UK’s most stunning places.
He’s currently getting to grips with stand up paddle boarding and is looking forward to exploring the countries inland waterways and coastal touring routes.
Martyn has been enjoying the outdoors since living on Dartmoor when he was very young. The passion has never left him. He needs little encouragement to go cycling, hill walking, climbing, mountaineering or exploring anywhere outdoors. These activities have taken him to the Himalaya, Alps, Pamirs, the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and his current favourite Scotland.
Martyn has a PGCE, Mountain Leaders and climbing awards. He freelances leading overseas expeditions for schools, teaches people at a local climbing wall and trains and assesses DofE groups. Martyn enjoys teaching adventurous activities and seeing people gain skills and confidence as they enjoy the outdoors. He also mentors people working towards Mountain Leader Training Awards.
Matt has had passion for the outdoors and sharing this with others since a young age. He is a keen climber and mountaineer, cyclist, and paddler. He has a firm belief in using the outdoors as a vehicle for change and personal development. Matt started leading in the outdoors in the late 90’s while at University and has subsequently worked throughout the UK and overseas as both and Expedition Leader and Youth Development Facilitator. This work and his travels have taken him through South East Asia and Central-East Africa, as well as New Zealand and the Canadian Rockies. A qualified teacher having worked in both the state and independent sector as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, Matt now runs a Training and Consultancy, focussing on the provision of Outdoor First Aid, First Aid for Mental Health and Off-Site Risk Management to schools, universities and businesses throughout the UK.
Neil has combined working in the outdoor industry and teaching for over 15 years since leaving the military. He decided to leave the monopoly board last year and go travelling around the world for a year with his wife and two daughters. They visited 41 countries in just under a year, fulfilling an ambition to widen his children’s horizons as well as adding to his goal of visiting 100 countries before he reaches 50!
He has been organising and assessing DofE for over 10 years. His most challenging experience was organising and supervising his gold group into three different sub groups doing all the main modes of travel for expeditions: walking in Skye, canoeing along the Caledonian Canal in Scotland and horse back riding in Wales during one busy 3 week period.
Sally has been enjoying the mountains since childhood and family holidays to the Lake District. She has been a member of her local mountaineering club over 20 years climbing mountains all over the UK and overseas.
Sally became a Freelance Instructor in 2016 and enjoys delivering programmes for DofE expeditions and Outdoor Education. In her free time she goes mountaineering, climbing, caving and horse riding.
Sam has had a love of the mountains for as long as he can remember. He spends all his spare time rock climbing and mountaineering around the UK as well as further afield. Sam loves passing on his passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors and has been working as a full time instructor for nearly 10 years . During this time he has lead groups throughout the UK in both summer and winter conditions, as well as leading expeditions to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Morocco. Sam holds both the Summer and Winter Mountain Leader Award as well as the Rock Climbing Award.
Although Steve comes from SW London he has always been an explorer and was fascinated by wild life. As a kid, he would ride his 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 he now goes a little further afield. He is still exploring and as an International Mountain Leader has been lucky enough to lead treks in very many parts of the world. He is truly passionate about getting young people into the outdoors and helping them to develop their full potential.
Sue is a committed lover of the outdoors and has been working on DofE expeditions for more than twelve years. She is addicted to personal challenges and is currently working through walking all the long distance trails in the UK. Sue’s other love is Mathematics and she also works as a freelance maths tutor.
Terry has been mountaineering for over 20 years. Having spent 12 year in the British Army he is passionate about sharing his knowledge of the outdoors. He has experience of the Rocky Mountains, Himalayas, Italian Dolomites, the Atlas Mountains and French Alps to name but a few. Terry coaches young people in climbing, paddle sports and mountaineering. His other interests include sea kayaking.
Tim has been involved in the mountains for over 25 years – he regularly takes groups to the Alps, Kilimanjaro & the Atlas mountains of Morocco. In his spare time, he loves climbing & mountain biking in North Wales and is actively involved with his local Mountain Rescue Team.He worked for the Local Education Service for 15 years, developing & delivering a range of services to ensure inclusive education for all young people. He is still heavily involved in youth development projects, both in the UK and in overseas.He has been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for many years, and loves the opportunities it offers to a wide range of participants.
Will Sheaff is an experienced walking, climbing and watersports instructor, based in the Peak District. His passion for the outdoors developed as a teenager, whilst completing his own DofE awards, and he has 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 Will has enjoyed trekking in Ecuador and Uganda, as well as throughout the Peak District. He loves sharing his enthusiasm for the outdoors and passing on his knowledge and skills. For more information click here.
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