I have been involved with the training and development of young people and adults for more than 30 years often using the outdoors and adventurous activities as the medium for learning and for the last 10 years I have been a Senior Instructor at Essex Outdoors, Mersea. I now run my own business.
I believe passionately in the importance of the natural outdoor environment for our health and well being as well as creating opportunities for adventure and 'learning outside the classroom.' I enjoy most outdoor pursuits but particularly bushcraft and survival skills, sea kayaking, mountain walking, climbing, and scrambling.
In 1993 I started an outdoor pursuits club for young people called Out There
based at the Essex University Climbing Wall. Over the years, together with the help of a team of volunteers, we have been able to give hundreds of young people an introduction to climbing, kayaking mountaineering and bushcraft.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Gold Expedition assessor
Post Graduate Diploma in Development Training from the University of Cumbria
Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector
Mental Health First Aid Certificate
Paediatric and Outdoor First Aid Certificate
Sea Kayaking - Level 3 Coach and 5 Star
Inland Kayaking - Level 3 Coach
Mountaineering and Climbing
Mountain Instructor Award
Mountain Leadership - Summer
Single Pitch Award
RS2 Route Setting Certificate
Level 3 Leader
Advanced Bush Craft Leader Award
Trail Cycle Leader Award
Mini bus Driver
Essex County Minibus Test
Award for Food Handling Safety for Catering - Level 2
Royal Yachting Association National Powerboat Certificate Level 2
I have £5m public liability insurance through Sun Alliance. I have insurance for kayaking activities through the British Canoe Union.
I have business insurance on my car and can transport young people in my car subject to appropriate risk assessment and parental/ carer consent.
I have an enhanced certificate from the Disclosing and Baring Service (formerly CRB)