Our Staff
  • 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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  • 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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  • Alex Chapman

    Assistant Director

    Alex was Troop Adjutant for 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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  • Philip Holman

    Operations Manager

    Phil has spent the past decade working and managing water sports and outdoor centres across the UK and abroad. A keen whitewater kayaker and sailor he can often be found on a river in North Wales on a winter weekend or kayak guiding on the River Thames in London.

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  • Lauran Dees

    Curriculum team

    Lauran spent five years coaching watersports on the South Coast and abroad, then a year teaching PE in Primary schools before joining us in 2017. She is now part our Curriculum team, looking after years five and six.

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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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  • Alex Rumble

    Alex joins us full time after being a freelancer for several years. Alex has a range of experience that he brings to the team, from 5 star Hotel management to being a professional musician. Alex looks after Yrs 3 and 4 within the Curriculum team. In his spare time Alex still sings and plays guitar in a band and you'll find him rocking a wedding most weekends. He loves to travel and get outside exploring in whenever he can!

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  • Kate Fenton

    Operations Coordinator

    Kate has finally moved indoors (into the office) after nearly 10 years instructing and exploring around the world. She brings experience from her time in the outdoor industry to the role. In her spare time, she loves hiking, travelling and snowboarding - anything that involves using copious amount of energy.

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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


    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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  • Gray Morris

    Trips Coordinator

    Gray Morris began his Esoc life as our freelance resident sword fighting instructor having taught and fenced all over Europe for many a year. A keen traveler he has clocked up some miles all over the globe climbing peaks or following rivers. Gray now joins the full time team as our trips coordinator but you will still see him on every camp or adventure he can make.

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"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." 


Sir Ranulph Fiennes