Being on the fells helps me through good and bad times. A few years ago my wife died of cancer. Gradually over time, being outdoors has allowed me to accept what has happened, to work through my grief and to feel alive again.
Professionally I have worked in Outdoor Education for over 20 years, often but not exclusively with young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties in residential care, including organizing Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions. Through this I became interested in Adventure Therapy and trained as a counsellor. Before this I worked for YMCA Lakeside and the YHA. I am also a Quaker and a Trustee of Dent Meditation Centre.
My qualifications include: a Diploma in Counselling, PGCE in Primary Education, Mountain Leadership (ML (Summer) , Canoeing (Level 2 Coach), Climbing (Single Pitch Supervisors Award) and 2 day First Aid for remote locations. Currently I am studying for an MA in Outdoor and Experiential Learning with Cumbria University.