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Outdoor Learning in Wales

Wales is divided into three regions, each of which includes a National Park and one of the three Welsh Outdoor Charter Groups. (These are grass roots movements set up by local practitioners to help them look after their ‘office’ and are open to any practitioner operating within Wales). North Wales (the Heart of Adventure) stretches from northernmost Anglesey to the southern boundary of the rugged Snowdonia National Park; from the wild western coast of the Llyn peninsula to the English border and includes Gwynedd, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and northern Powys. This area has given rise to the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group. South-West Wales includes Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and of course Pembrokeshire with its glorious Coastal National Park (the only one in the UK) which is looked after by the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group. South-East Wales covers the Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Bridgend and southern Powys and includes the beautiful silent reaches of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Practitioners here and from further west set up the South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group. Wales has a long tradition of providing Outdoor Learning for people of all ages and abilities. Providers here have a strong commitment to sustainability (environmental, economic and cultural) and inclusivity. They also celebrate the opportunities that a vibrant Welsh culture offers to all.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.

Wales Regional Events

Wales Regional News

Changes in IOL Trustee Board

Changes in IOL Trustee Board

The Trustee Board of IOL plays a vital role in governance and strategy steering and holding accountable the Institute’s executive.

Changes in IOL Trustee Board

The Trustee Board of IOL plays a vital role in governance and strategy steering and holding accountable the Institute’s executive.  As with all well managed boards there is a healthy turnover of trustees and offices within it.

 

Retirement of Chair

At the recent board meeting a vote of thanks was made to John Crosbie for his service as Chair for the past 7 years.  John has brought valuable stability and leadership to the Board over that period, overseeing the establishment of the Institute as a charitable company limited by guarantee and developing of a strong succession plan for the Board’s future.

 

New Chair

Mike King has been elected as the new Chair of Trustees.  He joined the Board in 2010 and will serve his final term as Chair.  Mike has a wealth of experience in the sector and those just starting out as apprentices should note that Mike’s career in outdoor learning started with an apprenticeship at the age of 16.  He now leads the education charity Releasing Potential.

 

Changes to Trustee Board membership

In addition to a change in Chair, 2019 has seen the retirement of Elspeth Mason and Max Norris, thanks go to them both.  In addition to her role on the Board Elspeth made a significant contribution to the development of IOL through her editorship of Horizons.

 

New Trustees elected at the recent AGM are Claire Fowler and Asa Gurden.  Both are experienced and influential individuals in the sector.  Claire has been involved heavily involved in field studies for many years and until recently was the Chair of the Natural Environment Sector working group.  Asa currently plays a key management role for The Scouts and is the Chair of the Learning Away steering group.

Meet the Trustees

If you are interested in understanding more about the role and functioning of the IOL Trustee Board please contact the IOL office.

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Wales Committee

Wales Co-ordinator - Lun Roberts

North Wales Chair - Jenny Wilson and Graham French (Joint)

South Wales - Tom Partridge

Mid Wales - Nick Winder

South West Wales Chair - Sam Swift

South East Wales Chair - Craig Armiger

Wales Treasurer - Sheryl Confue

Iolo Williams - IOL Ambassador for Cymru

Iolo Williams - IOL Ambassador for Cymru

 

Go to the Wales Facebook page for pictures, videos, reports and updates.

 

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