Our Staff
  • Chris Brickel


    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 100's of day events a year for both children and adults, and employs 14 full time expedition and admin staff.

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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

    Head of Young Explorers & 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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  • Gordie McPherson

    Head of Expeditions

    Gordie has committed his professional life to the outdoor activity and marine industries at practitioner and management level for the last 10 years. He has a passion for sharing all things nautical! Before joining ESOC, Gordie was employed as a RYA Instructor and skipper on the Thames. His passion for sailing has taken him to Greece, Egypt and the Canaries

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  • Christabel Davy

    Expedition and Events Team

    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.

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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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  • Craig Coupe

    Head of Woodland Adventure

    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 Woodland Adventure programme and is involved with our expeditions.

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  • Lauran Dees

    Young Explorers 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 Young Explorers team

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  • Matt Williams

    Corporate Client Liaison

    Having worked with us on our Woodland Adventure Programme for over a year, Matt looks after many of our adult groups and responsibility for expedition planning. 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

    Woodland Adventure Team

    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

    Bespoke 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, for both children and adults. Will puts his training as an actor to good use in our various treasure hunts! In his spare time, Will enjoys Marathon running, all forms of water sports and climbing.

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  • Charlie Astor


    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


    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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