Philip Clegg, Managing Director

Philip has backgrounds in environmental management, sustainable development and outdoor training and has held roles including a charity chairman, a national advisor on running outdoor programmes and in consultancy. He has been involved with DofE, in a voluntary and professional capacity, for almost 25 years. He has a passion for navigation training and hill skills and he just about manages to juggle the competing demands of heading up a successful company and spending enough time in the outdoors!

Philip enjoys hill and mountain walking, canoeing and riding his cyclo-cross bike.  He is also a reluctant runner, mediocre guitar player and prefers books to computers.


Sarah Davis, Director

Sarah takes a keen interest in the outdoors and enjoys exploring the countryside by foot, bike or canoe; she has a love of plants and foraging and encourages others to value their local environment. She has backgrounds in outdoor education and conservation, environmental health and DofE, as well as also being a qualified Life Coach.  In addition to her office-based roles you may come across Sarah on some of our DofE expeditions, bushcraft courses and taking a lead in our eco-therapy work.

Sarah masquerades as an artist, is a frustrated pianist but makes rather good Welsh cakes.



Sam Hayward, Wilderness Project Manager

Sam’s background is in outdoor education and adventurous activities; however he has also been employed in residential care with young people with challenging behaviours. Sam has worked and trained across England, Scotland and Wales including an extended period in the Lake District and leading journey based expeditions in Australia. He holds many outdoor qualifications, is one of our bushcraft gurus and his map and compass navigation skills are second to none. He also enjoys a diverse range of activities such as canoeing, climbing, caving, mountain biking and hiking.

Sam manages the Wilderness Project’s day-to-day operations and you’ll likely meet him on most of our bushcraft courses.  On the rare occasions when things get too stressful he will engage in a little techno-therapy and retreat to his Xbox!


Nicky Hedgecock, Operations Manager (DofE)

Nicky loves being outdoors, whether it be hiking, practising bushcraft, paddling or just gardening. For the last couple of decades she has been busy running DofE expeditions, leading overseas trips on 5 continents around the world and running bushcraft courses, forest schools and youth groups. Her career has given her the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients ranging from adults with learning difficulties to primary school special needs groups, as well as mainstream and PRU units.

Nicky primarily spends her time running our DofE operations but she is fab at bushcraft and can often be found instructing on one of our bushcraft events. For relaxation she loves to whittle, crochet and run (jog!).



Mark Hedgecock, Outdoor Practitioner

Mark grew up in an outdoor family and has continued in that vein, with a variety of outdoor qualifications enabling years of work with primary and senior schools, PRUs, special needs schools, youth groups and adults from many walks of life.

Alongside leading school expeditions abroad he has also taken his own kids on some far (and near) flung walking trips.  

While riding his bike and running Mark dreams about being the botanist who coincidentally climbs the first summit of a mountain while discovering a new alpine flower.



Emily Clegg, Marketing Assistant

Emily is a travel enthusiast and loves discovering exciting new outdoor locations.  Being passionate about the natural environment and human rights, she aspires to build a career as an International Aid worker, and combines her marketing work with studying towards an International Studies degree.

Emily has interests in music and photography and spends a little too much of her life watching Marvel movies.




Michael Field, School Relationship Manager (south east)

Michael has built a career in account management and business development, but his passion lies in the outdoors and he enjoys most things that involve fresh air. Michael has been involved in the delivery of DofE for over 15 years and through that time has developed an unhealthy obsession with kit!

Michael spends a bit too much time in front of a computer, mostly counting down to his next hike, bike or outdoor adventure.




Tina Everton, School Relationship Manager (north west)

Tina has spent the last 12 years as Pastoral Manager in a Sixth Form College, being kept busy by the multitude of tasks and situations that occur daily in a hectic education setting.  She is passionate about the provision of opportunities for young people and never fails to be amazed by what they can achieve with the right help and guidance.  Alongside this she has been involved in facilitating the DofE programme for 16 years as well as taking groups of students to Europe, China, Uganda and Borneo.

For relaxation Tina loves to be out and about in the fresh air, that’s if she’s not indulging her passion for baking cakes of all shapes and sizes!




Connect with the natural world as you build a fire, create shelters, carve wooden tools, forage for wild food, cook in the open and more, whilst enjoying the beautiful tranquility of mid Wales.


These courses will develop your confidence and expertise to safely enjoy walking in the hills and mountains of the UK. Choose from Basic, Intermediate or Advanced levels.


Perfect for those working and playing in remote places, this 2-day course encompasses a mixture of theory and practical sessions along with scenarios taking place outdoors.

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 "The venue was superb.  I am honestly unsure how the course could have been improved.  Thank you."


 “Really knowledgeable and helpful staff who gave really good safety briefings but who were incredibly flexible with the groups needs and interests.” 


"The course was extremely well set up with lots of helpful learning activities." 


"Very well organised, fantastic amounts of information with practical demonstrations." 


“All safety measures in place. Excellent tutors and Course Director. Venue excellent and pupils taken through all safety procedures with walking activities to cooking.”


“This is the best first aid course I have been on.  The teaching methods in combination with a comprehensive syllabus helped to achieve this.  Robin is a highly skilled trainer.  Thanks!” 


“All safety measures in place. Excellent tutors and Course Director. Venue excellent and pupils taken through all safety procedures with walking activities to cooking.” 


"The instructor was very friendly and explained things in a way I could understand. Safety was always first.  Venue was excellent." 


“I attended an invaluable, well-structured, comprehensive, supportive and enjoyable Advanced Hill Skills course. This small-group course was tailored to meet my individual needs, namely to improve specific Mountain Leader skills prior to putting myself forward for assessment. After the course I was then able to pass my Mountain Leader Assessment with confidence.”