Unparalleled industry insight and technical expertise
As an active guide and coach I offer much more than other generic consultants, as I understand the practicalities of real-world delivery of outdoor initiatives and projects.
I'm one of the most broadly qualified and experienced people in the outdoor industry, with a wealth of knowledge to share and a ton of experience in shaping the sector. I work with clients and governing bodies inside and outside the outdoor industry to share best practice and technical advice, advise on service design, and review schemes and initiatives.
Find a summary below, and full details of my experience on my LinkedIn profile.
ABCTT Executive Officer
With a degree in industrial design, and experience as a director on numerous boards, I offer 360-degree leadership - from boardroom strategy to shop-floor delivery - to organisations within the outdoors sector.
Presentations and events
Taking MPs kayaking on the Thames
I bring real world applications of decision making, leadership and risk management into the workplace, delivering inspirational keynotes, team events and management training sessions that help people to get outdoors more and to think differently.
National award scheme design and review
I bring an objective view (and comparisons from my extensive experience across the sector) to organisations and projects, ensuring that everything's customer focused, fit for purpose and meets the latest best practice and industry standards.
Research and reports
Getting Active Outdoors - Sport England
I provide insight-led research, reports and reviews to charities, trusts and other organisations who have a drive to get more people more active outdoors, but need a little help engaging with the outdoor sector.
Key roles and projects
Sport England: Co-authored Getting Active Outdoors, a groundbreaking 130-page report that changed the way the outdoors was understood, valued and measured. In turn, this directly influenced (and features in) the UK Government's 2015 sport strategy, "Sporting Future - A New Strategy for an Active Nation"
NICAS/ABC Training Trust: Executive Officer, leading ABCTT to adopt the SRA Voluntary Code for Good Governance, launch new bouldering award scheme, and fulfil the potential of the National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes
Mountain Training England: Quality Assurance Review. Completed detailed review of policies and procedures, and benchmarked these against other NGBs
Forestry Commission: Evaluation of Active Forests programme
British Canoeing: Review of Performance Award scheme
Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland: Strategic facilitation
Key presenting engagements
Keynotes and conferences: British Canoeing, British Cycling, Snowsport England
Motivational talks and team building events: Entrust, Scott Sports, Parliamentary paddling
Educational workshops and CPD: PWC club matters, Sport England webinars, Mountain Training coach courses
Senior team leadership and risk management: NetNames, Beehive CLD, Alstom Power, Bangor University