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Ambassadors & Advisors

Meet the IOL Ambassadors and Advisors

Ambassadors for the Institute for Outdoor Learning

The Institute appoints Ambassadors who support the work of IOL and want to inspire more people to get out, active and explore the outdoors. Our ambassadors play a valuable role in giving the IOL Vision greater visibility in media, with associated groups and organisations, and the wider public in the Home Nations and UK.


Iolo Williams


Iolo Williams

IOL Ambassador for Wales

Llysgennad y Sefydliad Dysg Awyr Agored i Gymru


Learn More About Iolo

Iolo Williams is a Welsh naturalist, broadcaster, public speaker and writer who’s worked in conservation for over 30 years. He is most widely known as a popular member of the Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch presenting team and for presenting series such as Wild Wales, Rugged Wales and Great Welsh Parks for BBC 2.

Neal Anderson, IOL Professional Standards Manager and Lun Roberts, IOL Cymru Co-ordinator say:

‘When Iolo Williams spoke at our conference in October of last year he told us he was delighted to meet so many people as committed to caring for the environment and to fostering people’s connection to it as he is. We are now very pleased to announce that he has agreed to become our ambassador and to spread the word about the work we do.’

'Pan fu Iolo Williams yn annerch ein cynhadledd y llynedd, dywedodd wrthym ei fod wrth ei fodd fod cymaint wedi ymroi i ofalu am yr amgylchedd a hybu cysylltiad pobl gyda'r byd o'u cwmpas. Rydym bellach yn falch o allu cyhoeddi ei fod wedi cytuno i fod yn llysgennad ar ein rhan, a rhannu’r hyn yr ydym yn ei wneud gydag eraill'

Iolo's Website




Matt Healey



Matt Healey


IOL Ambassador



Learn More About Matt

Matt Healey stepped down as a Trustee of the IOL in late 2017 due to a move to a new role in an organisation leading the field in Outdoor Learning in Australia. Matt’s full time role is National Head of Educational Delivery for the Outdoor Education Group (OEG) and operates across the continent delivering expedition, journey and camp based outdoor learning experiences to thousands of young Australians every year. Matt is a keen supporter of the work of The Institute for Outdoor Learning and actively seeks to develop links for the Institute on an international stage. Being a conduit for good practice and a sharing of professional knowledge is a key motivation for Matt, as is supporting the development and opportunities for outdoor leaders, guides, instructors and practitioners of all types and at all levels. Matt is a Leading Practitioner of the Institute (LPIOL) and holds a MA in Outdoor Education from the University of Wales.




Phil Briggs



Phil Briggs


IOL Ambassador



Learn More About Phil

A former Royal Marines Commando and member of UK Special Forces, I'am director of Indo Trek expedition company and have previously served as race director for the Indo Ultra marathon event held in Indonesia and Sandbaggers Head of Safety and Expedition guide whilst working in Mongolia. I have has led many expeditions and charity treks throughout the world. I draw from a wealth of experience, having operated in some of the world’s most extreme desert, arctic and jungle environments. My passion and commitment for wildlife and conservation has been recognised in receiving awards from leading organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) and both the Scottish and UK Governments.



Join us as an Ambassador for the Institute for Outdoor Learning

We are looking for a range of ambassadors with a strong public profile and who are passionate about adventure, learning or the natural world and agree with the IOL vision of Outdoor Learning as a highly valued form of development, education and employment in UK society. All Ambassadors are appointed on a rolling annual term and sign the Memorandum of Understanding. Get in touch with the IOL Professional Standards Manager to discuss the next steps.

Advisors to the Institute for Outdoor Learning

Advisors to the Institute provide insight and guidance at a a national or international level to help IOL shape policy, strategy and play a leading role in the development of the sector. They support the IOL vision and help the Institute to realise it. All advisors are appointed on a rolling annual term. Get in touch with the IOL Chief Executive to discuss the next steps.

Dr Chris Ford MBA(Exec), FCA

Chris is a Lecturer in Accounting and Management at the Lancaster University Management School and Director of Impact & Engagement in Accounting and Finance, and as an academic advisor on the board of the Finance and Management Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has a back catalogue of some 50 magazine and newspaper publications on various coaching and leadership subjects, and was a sponsored athlete for Adidas, Trek, and Gore Industries.


Anita Kerwin-Nye

Anita is an experienced charity leader who has worked in the sector for over 20 years. Having worked in senior management and CEO roles for most of her career, across many well-known brands and campaigns including British Red Cross, I CAN, the NHS and The Communication Trust, Anita is now a highly sought after consultant. Anita has a particular interest in supporting organisations with evidenced programmes but lesser known presence to secure income, increase reach and develop lobbying and advocacy approaches that improve user outcomes.



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