Our Staff
  • Chris Brickel

    Chris spent 8 yrs as Head of Outdoor Pursuits at the Perse School in Cambridge. and during this time he founded the Perse Exploration Society and led 13 expeditions to destinations including Ladakh, Ecuador, Kenya and Sweden. After setting up The Exploration Society in 2011, ESOC now runs around 50 expeditions and 100's of day events a year for both children and adults, and employs 12 full time expedition and admin staff.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    International Mountain Leader
    Mountain Leader (Summer)
    RYA Yachtmaster (Coastal)
    RYA Dinghy Level 2
    RYA Keelboat Level 2
    RYA Powerboat Level 2
    UKCC Level 1 Canoe Coach
    BCU 4* Canoe Leader
    Far From Help Expedition Medicine I&II
    WEISS Survival Award
    AGB Archery Instructor
    NSRA YPS Rifle Tutor
    Safeguarding Children L3
    SPA Rock Climbing (Training)
    Winter Mountain Leader (Training)
    UKCC Level 2 Canoe Coach (Training)
    STCW 95 Personal Survival Techniques

  • Mary Clare

    Mary went to school with Chris at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, and was part of the same excellent Scout troop. As our Office Manager she puts her Latin degree to good use by helping to keep us grammatically accurate, well-organised, and fully supplied with Earl Grey.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    Level 4 Tea Making
    Level 3 Brickelology

  • Mark Campbell

    Mark is our Deputy Director and has spent the last 20 years working in and managing outdoor activity centres in the UK and aboard. Keen on anything outdoors he has a special love for anything water based and has trained Bucks Fires & Rescue in water safety for the last 10 years. He enjoys a challenge and has competed in DW Kayak Race a number of times.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    Mountain Leader (Summer)
    BCU Level 3 Coach
    RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor
    RYA Advanced Dinghy Instructor
    RYA Powerboat Instructor
    RYA Personal Water Craft Instructor
    RYA Start Windsurfing Instructor
    GB Archery Instructor
    BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Course Provider
    UKCC 4* Open Canoe Leader
    UKCC 4* Kayak (training)
    UKCC Stand Up Paddle board Instructor
    BDA Dragon Boat Helm
    BCU Bell Boat Coach
    SPA Trained

  • Amber sHORT

    Amber is one of our most widely travelled Expedition leaders having journeyed and led groups in Africa, Asia and South America. She is a qualified secondary school teacher and ran a large and successful PE department while also managing to play rugby for England! A qualified Mountain Leader, she has trekked Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, The Inca Trail and the Mont Blanc Circuit, as well trails in the Andes and Africa.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    Mountain Leader (Summer)
    WMT Expedition Medicine, Far From Help
    REC Level 2 Emergency First Aid
    Duke of Edinburgh Assessor
    RYA Windsurfing L3
    RYA Day Skipper
    RYA Powerboat Level 2
    BCU Kayaking 2*
    PGCE
    Glesni Evans Memorial Award for academic profile and sporting success

  • Gordie McPherson

    Gordie is in charge of our Young Explorers programme. He has committed his professional life to the outdoor activity and marine industry at practitioner and management level. He has a passion for sharing all things nautical whether that be through providing training or just trivia! Before joining ESOC, Gordie was employed as RYA Lead Instructor on the Thames. His sailing has taken him to Greece, Egypt and further afield!

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Commercially endorsed
    RYA Powerboat Instructor Coastal & safety boat endorsed
    RYA Dinghy Instructor Coastal
    RYA VHF/SRC Examiner
    RYA Safe and Fun Safeguarding
    RYA Basic Survival Techniques
    RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities
    UKCC L1 Kayak and Canoe Coach
    BCU Bellboat helm
    BCU Canoe Safety Test
    BCU 3 star
    SMBLA Trail Cycle Leader
    GNAS Archery leader
    BOF Level 1 Teacher
    ITC Outdoor first Aid
    Outdoor Incident Management CPD
    Disability Awareness in Outdoor Pursuits CPD
    BOF Teaching Orienteering part 1 & 2 CPD
    Teaching Scottish Outdoor Access Code CPD

  • Christabel Davy

    Christabel is in charge of our popular Woodland School programme. An expert Horsewoman she has spent many years working in stables and teaching young people to ride safely. A classically trained Actress, she has also spent time working on community projects in Kenya and South Africa and as a teaching assistant in London schools. She is often the first port of call if we need a Wicked Witch.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    Mountain Leader Summer (Training)
    WMT Expedition Medicine, Far From Help
    Level 3 Forest School Leader
    RYA First Aid
    RYA Keelboat Level 2
    RYA Day Skipper
    RYA Powerboat Level 2
    BCU 2* (Canoe & Kayak)

  • Matt Williams

    Matt is the latest addition to the ESOC team. Having worked with us on our Woodland Adventure Programme for over a year he has now taken on the role of Junior Leader. He will also be taking on the role of Corporate Client Liaison. Matt is most at home in the beautiful Peak District where he spends many weekends walking.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    First Aid 8hr
    RYA Powerboat Level 2

  • Sarah Mulryan

    Sarah has a degree in Fine Art and moved to London to complete a Masters in Museum and Gallery Education. She developed her love of the outdoors as an Art Student and spent most of her student life filming and photographing nature. She started life at The Exploration Society as a Freelancer working on our Woodland Adventure Programme and is now a welcome addition to our Office Team.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    BA in Colouring In
    MA in Cutting and Sticking
    BCU 2* (Canoe & Kayak)

  • Tom Hodge

    A widely travelled and keen outdoorsman, Tom has been the first person to kayak down many rivers in Kenya, worked as a white-water raft guide in the Pyrenees and worked as a ski-rep in the Italian Alps. He is also an experienced climber and mountain leader. Tom has joined ESOC as a Junior Expedition Leader and will be assisting with the Young Explorers programme as well as planning and leading his own expeditions.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    UKCC Level 3 Kayak Coach
    BCU 4* Canoe Leader
    BCU 5* White Water Leader
    Single Pitch Award (Climbing)
    Mountain Leader Award (Summer)
    RYA Powerboat Level 2
    Alpine Ski Leader
    Level 3 Raft guide
    Outdoor Emergency First Aid
    BA Hons Outdoor Education
    Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue

  • Ruairi Teahan

    Ruairi has been a member of the Scouts Association since primary school. He was assistant leader at his local unit for many years and was specially selected to attend the World Scout Moot in Kenya in July 2010. Following this Ruairi climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He is an experienced climber and high-ropes instructor and is skilled in both canoeing and kayaking.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    First Aid at Work
    Climbing Wall Award with Abseil module
    Single Pitch Award Trained
    Mountain Leader Summer Trained
    UKCC BCU Level 1 Coach
    RYA Level 2 Powerboat
    Community Sports Leader Level 2 Awards in Archery and Fencing
    CTC Trail Leader
    Forest Schools Level 2 Trained

  • Kloe Campbell

    Kloe has always loved the outdoors. She is a keen hiker and is highly skilled in bushcraft and foraging. Kloe started life at ESOC as a freelancer working on our Woodland Adventure programme and quickly embraced the role of Junior Leader in our full-time team.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    ICT 16hr Outdoor First Aid
    RYA Powerboat Level 2

  • Alex "Q" Leiserach

    Alex is a keen crew member for many classic car teams and has spent many weekends supporting the drivers and their vehicles. For 5 years he worked for VW Heritage looking after their equipment and ensuring everything was maintained to the highest standards. This has set him in great stead to manage the ESOC stores and maintain the ESOC equipment.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    Trinity Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre

  • Tracy Grant

    A keen mountaineer who also loves canoeing, camping, and any outdoor activities, Tracy also runs the largest Duke of Edinburgh Open group in Cambridgeshire. She is a qualified teacher and youth worker with 25 years experience of students from year 3 through to year 13. Tracy first got involved as a parent helping with Base Camp sessions at the Perse School and loved it so much she is now a key part of the Exploration Society.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    Mountain Leader (Summer)
    SPA Rock Climbing
    BCU 3* Kayak
    BCU 2* Canoe
    Foundation Safety and Rescue Test (FSRT)
    RYA Dingy Level 2
    RYA Powerboat Level 2
    MIAS Mountain Bike Leader (Expedition)
    Duke of Edinburgh Award Assessor
    QTS (Primary, Secondary and Youth Work)
    Wilderness First Aid, Advanced
    ASA Swimming Coach
    Food Hygiene Certificate
    MiDAS Driving Certificate

  • Charlie Astor

    As well as being a director at E.Soc, Charlie also runs “Sharky and George”, a hugely successful children’s entertainment company based in London. After gaining a degree in French and Politics from Bristol, he abandoned a city job to start his own business. Charlie has now run many camps and events for all ages, and is a keen sailor and ski mountaineer.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    RYA Day Skipper
    RYA Powerboat Level 2

  • George Whitefield

    One of the three Exploration Society Directors and the George in “Sharky and George”, George has unlimited enthusiasm and energy. After reading Biology at Bristol, he turned away from Headhunting for the financial sector to run children’s parties and events. A keen sailor, he and Charlie recently swam the Solent for charity and are already planning their next challenge.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    RYA Day Skipper
    RYA Dinghy Instructor
    RYA Powerboat Level 2
    Advanced PADI Diver
    RYA First Aid

  • Daisy Hutchison

    Daisy is currently studying engineering at Oxford University. She has been a regular Leader with the Exploration Society since attending a Sweden Expedition as a 6th Form pupil. A keen sailor, canoeist and mountaineer she takes every opportunity to hone her skills. She has gained childcare experience working at her mum's nursery for several years.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    RYA First Aid
    RYA Keelboat Level 2
    RYA Day Skipper
    BCU 1* Canoe

  • Anthony Rubinstein

    Another former member of the Perse Exploration Society, Anthony is currently studying Engineering at Cambridge. He is most at home in the snow, having climbed in the Andes and Alps, and with a winter as an Alpine chef under his belt. He also is currently leading the world's largest student ski Trip - the Oxbridge Varsity Trip, and the founder of its summer counterpart - Varsity Surf.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    BCU 1*
    Food Hygiene Certificate
    Alpine Chef

  • Imogen Grant

    Imogen is currently studying medicine at Cambridge University where she rows for her college. While at school she attended expeditions with the Exploration Society including Sweden and Ladakh where she climbed the summit of Stok Kangri at 6100m. Over the years she has gained experience mountaineering, sailing and kayaking and now rows for the Blues Blondie boat.

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    Mountain Leader (Summer) - Training
    BCU 1* Canoe
    RYA Keelboat Level 2
    RYA Powerboat Level 2
    First Aid At Work