I am passionate about outdoor learning and have spent my whole career
dedicated to delivering and providing outdoor learning opportunities for
children and young people. I have a B.Ed. (Hons) degree in Outdoor
Education and a Post Grad. certificate in Youth Work. I am also
qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher in Outdoor Education. I am
currently the Outdoor Learning Service manager for Surrey Outdoor
Learning and Development (SOLD) – Surrey County Council’s outdoor
learning service. I am a huge supporter of the national outdoor learning
networks, an active member of the Association for Heads of Outdoor
Education Centres (AHOEC) and a trustee for the Council for Learning
Outside the Classroom (LOtC). I am also the vice-chair of the Outdoor
Council and a member of the AHOEC GOLD standard management group.
Growing up in and having a heritage in the outdoors meant it was
inevitable I would continue along that path albeit with various
dispersions into other sectors such as engineering and food manufacture.
From working in outdoor centres, local authorities, national governing
bodies, adult education and in commercial and third sector environments,
I am currently the National Cycle Infrastructure Manager at Forestry
England. In order to provide fantastic outdoor learning experiences for
visitors to the nations forests, I continuously draw on my own and
others shared learning; often returning to my initial motivations in the
outdoors where my groups returned from activities saying ‘that was
brilliant’ and ‘when can we do that again?’.
Having innovated and developed NGB qualifications and directly benefited
from the IOL qualification pathway, I am committed to enable engagement
in the outdoors across society and to help in being part of IOL’s
increasing support in positively transforming lives.