Our Staff
  • Chris Brickel

    Director

    Before founding ESOC in 2011, Chris spent 8 yrs as Head of Outdoor Pursuits at the Perse School in Cambridge leading the Perse Exploration Society on expeditions to Ladakh, Ecuador, Kenya and Sweden. ESOC now runs around 50 expeditions and hundreds of day events a year for both children and adults, and employs 16 full time expedition and admin staff.

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  • Alex Chapman

    Assistant Director

    One of Chris' former pupils and a member of the Perse Exploration Society. Alex was Troop Adjutant for PES's predecessor, the 5th Cambridge Scouts and continues the spirit of that role as Assistant Director. Coordinating between the admin and operational teams, ensuring everything is planned in good time and generally keeping us all on our toes while also watching our backs.

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  • Mary Clare

    Head of Admin

    Mary went to school with Chris at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, and was part of the same excellent Scout troop. As the Head of Admin she ensures everyone is where they need to be (fully supplied with Earl Grey of course) and puts her Latin degree to good use by helping to keep us grammatically accurate.

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  • Mark Campbell

    Senior Instructor

    Mark has spent the last 20 years working in and managing outdoor activity centres in the UK and aboard. Keen on all things '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.

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  • Christabel Davy

    Head of Events

    An expert Horsewoman, Christabel has spent many years before joining ESOC 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 one of the longest serving members of The Exploration Society team.

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  • Craig Coupe

    Head of Outdoor Curriculum

    Craig started out in the Royal Navy before becoming a watersports instructor and then a manager of a large outdoor centre on the South Coast. Craig has always had a passion for the outdoors and has built up considerable experience within the outdoor world. Craig now Heads up our large outdoor education curriculum programme.

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  • Lauran Dees

    Curriculum team

    Lauran has spent the last five years teaching watersports on the South Coast as well as abroad. She’s also spent time teaching primary school PE and is now part of our curriculum team looking after Years 5 and 6.

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  • Matt Williams

    Curriculum team

    Having worked with us on our Woodland Adventure Programme for over a year, Matt now is part of the curriculum team looking after the year 3 and 4 programme. In his spare time, Matt is most at home in the beautiful Welsh mountains where he spends many weekends walking. He is also a keen runner, having completed both the Brighton and London marathon.

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  • Ruairi Teahan

    DofE Coordinator

    Ruairi has been a member of the Scout 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.

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  • Daisy Hutchison

    Admin Team

    Daisy recently graduated in Engineering at Oxford University but 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.

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  • Eoin Dornan

    D of E Coordinator

    Eoin's is a semi domesticated outdoor instructor. He has worked with a large variety of companies and clients over the past decade, ranging from residential multi activity courses to one to one work with disadvantaged children. He is a keen rock climber and mountain biker and most weekends can be found either blubbering gently on some rock face or hurtling down a mountain bike trail

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  • Will Ellice

    Curriculum team

    Will comes to us from ‘Sharky and George’ bringing with him years of experience working with children of all ages. He has organised and run parties of all shapes and sizes in the U.K. and abroad. Will is now part of the curriculum team and looks after the Reception- Year 2 programme. In his spare time Will enjoys Marathon running and all forms of water sports.

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  • Tom Francis

    Curriculum team

    Tom has spent the past six years working as an outdoor instructor across the UK. He is an avid climber and hiker and enjoys spending his time bimbling around on rocks or wandering in the mountains. Tom is part of the curriculum team and looks after the year's 7 and 8 programme.

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  • Daniel Chessum

    Admin Team

    Dan joins us after having spent two winters snowboarding through the French alps and two summers teaching Bushcraft in the British woods. He also brings a degree in Accounting and Finance to help us smooth our life in office. You can often find Dan cooking up delicious meals as camp cook, and on as many trips away from the office as possible.

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  • Oli McDonough

    Quartermaster

    Oli has spent the last 10 years working in the cycle industry, in pretty much every role you can, culminating in an Operation Management position for a large London based cycle repair company. When not working he will likely be found in North Wales putting in miles on his mountain bike, or fixing any damage that's been done to it!

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  • Charlie Astor

    Director

    As well as helping found ESOC, Charlie 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.

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  • George Whitefield

    Director

    The third ESOC director 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.

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  • Tracy Grant

    Stalwart Freelancer

    A keen mountaineer who also loves canoeing, camping, and any outdoor activities, Tracy also runs the largest D of E Open group in Cambridgeshire. A qualified teacher with 25 years experience, 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.

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