School trips played an important part in my life from an early age ( coming from inner city Liverpool) and through the inspiration and leadership of one of my teachers, I was lucky enough to take part in a 3 Month Trans Sahara expedition at the age of 16. This opened my eyes to the true beauty of the Outdoors and the effect it can have on both old and you alike. I was then selected for Operation Raleigh at 17, which led me to University to study a BSc (Hons) in Outdoor Education. I completed a PGDip in Outdoor and Environmental Education Management Development at Liverpool John Moores University, where I also lectured in Development Training for two terms, before moving to North Wales.
I’ve spent most of my life working in the outdoors, from running charity abseils, drug rehabilitation groups, inner city and rural outdoor programmes, working in centres, project management to overseas youth expeditions, as well as working in both New Zealand and Australia for 3 years. The diversity of activities/courses and clientele helps keep me on my toes, you can be working on a multi-activity session one week, to working on Mountain Leader courses the next.
Travel has, and I hope continues to play an important role in my life. I’ve been very privileged to visit some amazing places, some of my favourites being: Algeria, Bolivia, Galapagos and Papua New Guinea.