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Meet the staff


Aled Davies: Started in the outdoors industry over 20 years ago and my love of the outdoors goes back to being raised on the family hill farm in the Brecon Beacons. Now I enjoy encouraging responsible visits to the more remote areas of Wales.

Alix Thurlow-Rose: I developed a love of expeditions as a teenager in the Air Cadet Force. Having ridden and competed horses all my life I set up the successful Horse Riding expedition programme, as well as organising all the Open Walking Expeditions. I love to add fun and enthusiasm when working with groups of all ages.

Tomos Bidgood: I love working in the outdoors because you can never be sure what the next day will bring. Its an ever changing environment and no matter how good the weather forecast is there's always the chance of a little surprise. Tomos is in charge at Expeditions Wales DofE Base Camp and course directs the Gold Expeditions.

Will Bamford: Qualified teacher and experienced outdoors instructor, Will is quite genuinely a local boy, having been brought up in the Cambrian Mountains. Having previously worked for a number of centres, including Outward Bound, Will brings huge experience and a calm manner to the team.

Paul Fortescue: Former Sixth Form College lecturer and DofE Manager, Paul is our School liaison in the South East. Years of experience as an assessor and supervisor, adding to our knowledge of our Bronze expedition areas.


Brian Mitchell: Another highly experienced instructor, Brian is often working on Bronze expeditions, where his dedication helps even the most challenged of participants to succeed. When not on expedition, he is often out with Mountain Rescue, or training dogs.

Graham Bailey: Started as a qualified teacher before moving into the outdoors many, many years ago. Graham brings a wealth of experience and many exceptional stories. Led many expeditions and trips both home and abroad and when not out on expedition is often manning control for Brecon Mountain Rescue.

Patrick Tarpey: When I was aged nine some kind people (Newchapel Scouts) took me from the centre of smoky Stoke-on-Trent to the Lake District. I fell in love with the lakes and the mountains. I just love being out in all weathers, to breathe the fresh air and to share that experience with young people, just like Newchapel Scouts did for me over forty years ago. Patrick is based in Wolverhampton and works with our Midlands groups.

Owen Williams: The outdoors is an escapism that offers a chance to face personal challenges and adventures. I see it as a chance to feel the refreshing forces of the natural environment and understand when and why young people can find the experience challening.

John Chapman: After a successful career in the forces, John transferred his organisation skills and experiences into giving young people opportunities in the outdoors, from skiing trips to expeditions in Scotland. 


Kerry Rees: DofE officer for a South Wales council for many years, as well as being a regular assessor for the Brecon Beacons Network, Kerry enjoys helping young people through the challenge of expeditions in her caring, honest manner.

Mark Jones: A retired librarian who has returned to the Brecon area and in 2016 finished all the Scottish Munros. Mark is a keen volunteer with Brecon Mountain Rescue team and since joining us in 2015 has thrown his enthusiasm into expedition work.

Tori Strudwick: Tori achieved her own Gold DofE, then went on to one or two further challenges. Racing to the North Pole and becoming the first Welsh Woman to climb Everest. Having worked on the DofE Diamond Challenge, she found some spare time to join us.

Mikaela Toczek: Qualified teacher, overseas expedition leader, photographer, limitless energy and a sheepdog called Bella. Mikaela joined us in 2017.


Graeme Adkin: Graeme is another highly experienced instructor who is part of Longtown Mountain Rescue and leads several overseas expeditions each year.


Catherine Povey: A new recruit to the mountains and ourselves. Catherine went from novice to qualified instructor and climbed every mountain over 600 metres in Wales in just 2 years.


Matty Bowman: Matty has been involved in DofE in every possible way, from completing his own Gold through to leading 100's of expedition groups as a county DofE officer. 

Steve Sutton: Steve is part time gardener, part time Outdoor Instructor, so is definitely one for the outdoors life. He has a wealth of experience and is quickly learning how enjoyable working on DofE expeditions is.


Practicing what we preach. A 4 day expedition on the Isle of Skye, this was the token sunny day!