Adventurous parents and a childhood living on the West Pennine Moors were the perfect catalysts for a life in the outdoors. I’ve spent the last 30 years hiking, biking, kayaking and adventuring both in the UK and around the world. Though I spend a lot of time working in the hills, I still enjoy the peat under my feet with a run on the fells, or a day on two wheels.
Though every new trip is exciting, there are always those that are particularly memorable. Kayaking expeditions in Sweden and Canada were new territory for me and cycling tours of New Zealand, Tasmania and the Western Isles of Scotland were all unforgettable.
For the last 15 years, I have worked in secondary education as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant with a focus on PE and outdoor activities. Supporting ASD and ADHD pupils as well as some students who require support because of a physical disability, my aim has always been to provide differentiated activities alongside mainstream lessons. 13 years of experience as an instructor with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has given me the opportunity to pass so many outdoor skills to the younger generation. I find this incredibly rewarding, and they keep me on my toes!
NVQ Level 3 Teaching Assistant
Mountain Training – Mountain Leader Award Summer
REC Outdoor First Aid – 16 hrs
Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition Assessor Bronze, Silver and Gold