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 30 years and is passionate about teaching navigation in the hills.

Keen on fitness training Philip is often to be found in the gym or walking, running, cycling and canoeing in the great outdoors. He is also a mediocre guitar player, Scrabble enthusiast 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, Senior Outdoor Practitioner

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, as well as spending over a year leading journey based expeditions in Australia. He holds a number of outdoor qualifications, loves to sit around a campfire, and is also reasonably handy with a map and compass. He also enjoys a diverse range of additional activities such as canoeing, climbing, caving, mountain biking and hiking.

Sam did a brief stint managing the Wilderness Project’s day-to-day operations…. before remembering how much he doesn’t like computers! He once again spends most of his time on the ground with DofE, and you’ll likely meet him on most of our bushcraft and First Aid courses. On the rare occasions when things get too stressful he will engage in a little techno-therapy and retreat to his Xbox!

 

Rachael Beckingham, Operations Manager (DofE)

Rachael spends as much time as possible on top of hills; usually with dogs or children or both. She loves horse riding, maps, exploring new places and traveling with her family in their van. When she isn’t outside Rachael enjoys sitting under blankets sipping herbal teas with her dogs snuggled up next to her. She has a background in primary teaching, in the UK and internationally, and has brought her strange love of organising to our office.

 

 

 

Emily Clegg, Business Manager

Emily is a travel enthusiast and loves discovering exciting new outdoor locations. She is an International Studies graduate and maintains a keen interest in international affairs especially in regards to environmental policy and wildlife. Her role in the company encompasses marketing, online sales and office management.

Emily enjoys music and photography and spends a little too much of her life watching Marvel movies. She has developed a love of exercise and is always on the look out for exciting new fitness challenges.

 

 

 

Declan Palmer, Office and Stores Assistant

Declan undertakes a good deal of the company’s administrative tasks as well as helping to manage our store of outdoor equipment.  He is also a watersports enthusiast being a qualified paddlesport instructor with a particular interest in kayaking.

Running is one of Declan’s favourite ways to exercise and he is always up for a running challenge whether for fun or to raise money for charity.  He also likes to listen to artists like Catfish and the Bottleman.

 

 

 

Chris Golby, Office and Stores Assistant

Chris has many years experience of delivering DofE expeditions both in the UK and overseas and for some diverse groups including a narrowboat expedition for wheelchair users.

 Chris works as a full time freelance outdoor instructor and his work varies between DofE expeditons, delivering other outdoor activities for young people; plus navigation courses, guiding trekking and cycle challenge events for adults. He often leads overseas expeditions for young people and adults.

 

He can be found cycling, skiing and travelling in other countries in the quieter times of the year.

 

 

 

Jamie Evans, Course Director

Originally from North Wales Jamie has recently returned to his native land after 20 years away following a decade in the corporate world and holding posts including a local authority DofE Operations Officer and a DofE Co-ordinator for 2 schools.

Adventure has always been a big part of his life, having bike-packed in the Pyrenees at 17, walked to Everest Base camp and led expeditions and cycling trips throughout the UK, Europe and further afield.

Over the years Jamie has participated in triathlons, adventure racing, SUP, kayaking, climbing, roller skating, kite buggying, snowboarding plus various other sports. He also enjoys mountain biking, music, rugby, football, painting and most of all, spending time with his family whether it is walking the dog or simply watching a film.

 

Cari Evans, Course Director

Cari was born and brought up on the Western edge of the Brecon Beacons, and has always felt most at home outdoors. After a 20 year career as a press photographer the call of the mountains won and she retrained as a Mountain Leader. For the past decade she has worked as an outdoor instructor both in the UK and abroad including extensively in South East Asia, Africa and South America.

Cari enjoys teaching in the outdoors and loves nothing better than passing on skills and knowledge to young people through working on DofE expeditions. Since becoming part of the Learn Outdoors and Wilderness Project team Cari has also discovered a passion for bushcraft and foraging.

 

 

Simon Lightowler, Course Director

Simon has a background in teaching and in outdoor education. He has been involved in outdoor activities across the spectrum since he was a youngster in his native Yorkshire and this has remained part of his life ever since.

This has meant that Simon has climbed, skied, kayaked, biked and run across most parts of these isles and further afield. He has led treks and cycle trips in Europe, Nepal and Africa as well as leading Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and UK based challenge events for charities.

Simon enjoys family holidays, being out in the hills preferably in winter, on foot or on his bike. He is a keen rugby league fan and loves spending time with his family and walking his dog. He also believes you can’t beat a good book and a real fire especially in a bothy!

 

 

Kirsty Rees-Davies, Course Director

Kirsty is passionate about the outdoors and sharing it with others. She has a background in working with young people, as a secondary school teacher, a Youth Worker, a Scout Leader and now as an Outdoor Instructor. She has been involved with DofE in both a voluntary and professional capacity for over 30 years.

Kirsty has lived in North Wales for over 20 years and loves exploring the hills of Snowdonia both above and below ground.

 

 

BUSHCRAFT

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.

NAVIGATION & HILL SKILLS

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.

OUTDOOR FIRST AID

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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TESTIMONIALS

"My daughter absolutely LOVED the Creative Crafts course, thank you! She particularly liked the fact that you taught and trusted them to use tools properly, and I loved the fact that all of the activities were so unique, and nothing she'd have done anywhere else.

She also mentioned that she thought Nicky, the instructor, was great.

It was obviously brilliantly organised, and she will definitely be signing up to future courses!"

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"Many thanks for organising the Creative Crafts course - my daughter really enjoyed it, particularly whittling/carving the wooden mushroom keyrings!

Many thanks, it was a super activity for the girls to do and all be together again."

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 "My daughter absolutely loved it! She thought the instructor was excellent and gave very clear instructions. She really enjoyed making the mushroom and basket making in particular and just thoroughly enjoyed everything. 

Thank you so much for organising it, we give it 5/5 definitely."

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 "Nicky was fantastic – extremely knowledgeable, warm, friendly and patient!  Nicky role models perfect behaviour"

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 "All aims were met and exceeded by Nicky who was an amazing host!"

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 "The course was excellent, pace was amazing.  I learnt so much more than I thought I would.  Highly recommend the course.  Instructors were knowledgeable and amazing"

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 "Great and knowledgeable instructors, nice venue.  All the activities explained and performed in a safe way"

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 "It was an absolute pleasure to be here.  The instructors were perfect, safe and friendly"

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 "All I can say is that it was AMAZING!!!  Everyone was nice and friendly and kind.  Very safe and lots more"

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 "Instructors were very informative and patient.  Learnt a lot in a very short space of time"

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 "Nicky and Sam were amazing!  Very informative and supportive.  Loved all the elements of the course.  Thank you"

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 "Loved the flexibility Sam had with the group so although there was a plan we were able to progress more in specific areas that interested us.  Also liked the way other participants were able to add their expertise"

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 "Loved the flexibility Sam had with the group so although there was a plan we were able to progress more in specific areas that interested us.  Also liked the way other participants were able to add their expertise"

TESTIMONIALS

 "Enjoyed both the content and the delivery of the course and the location"

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 "(Aims met) very well.  Learnt a huge amount and how to deliver courses"

TESTIMONIALS

 "The instructors were fantastic.  Course was relaxed and I felt completely comfortable.  Venue was great.  Thanks for all the tea."

TESTIMONIALS

 "Fantastic course, really enjoyed myself.  Staff were super friendly and group dynamic was awesome.  Well led activities"

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 "Good pace.  Well knowledgeable instructors.  Lots of new ideas"

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 "Amazing instructors.  Positive approach.  Really knowledgeable"

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 "Instructors very engaging and knowledgeable.  Instructors make sure they give everyone time to learn.  No improvements needed that I can think of"

TESTIMONIALS

 "Skills and instruction were excellent"

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 "Positives – teachers/directors, quality of site, drinks, food, instruction, warm welcoming, supportive, safe and pragmatic.  No complaints.  I was worried it may be a bit macho but couldn’t have been more wrong"

TESTIMONIALS

 "I enjoyed the course so much – wish it was longer"

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 "All courses were set up and explained very well."

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

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

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

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

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

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“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!” 

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

TESTIMONIALS

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

TESTIMONIALS

“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.”