The Team

Bushcraft experts, song singers, marshmallow toasters, lost shoe finders!

We find the very best staff there are to bring to your school's camp. Fully trained and highly experienced in delivering every activity they are patient and inspiring educators. Each and every-one is passionate about what we do.

"All the staff members were outstanding, the camp was fully inclusive for all the children."

"Great staff, nothing was too much trouble."

-Camp Feedback



Craig Geddes

Director - The Outdoors People

Craig has been providing amazing adventure education experiences to young people and adults for over a decade. Having worked leading school camps and adventure activities with some of the best providers in the world, he established The Outdoors People to allow him to better deliver the very best adventure education experiences to as many people as possible.

From the smallest moment to the loudest camp to the biggest mountain, he is passionate about the power of the outdoors to change lives. He sees immense value in providing unique, safe and fun experiences that will inspire people to be the best "them" they can be.  

Craig is qualified in a wide range of adventure activities including climbing, mountain walking, canoeing and kayaking and mountain biking.

Clair Giles

Camp Director and Lead Instructor

Clair has worked in the Outdoor Learning sector for 20 years across the UK as well as across Europe and New Zealand. She is super passionate about being in the outdoors and is keen to share this with others. She gets great satisfaction from encouraging people to try new things and broaden their horizons and assures us this isn't just code for making people try eating bugs!

Clair has a range of qualifications in both land and water based activities and is an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

Dave Giles

Camp Director and Lead Instructor

More than twenty years ago, Dave studied Outdoor Education at college and hasn't looked back since! Whether he's out sailing or rooting around shelter building in the woods, Dave likes nothing more than introducing people to a challenge and encouraging them to succeed.

Dave has a very wide range of qualifications in both land and water based activities and is one of our most experienced, and loudest, instructors!


Duncan Kendrick

Camp Director and Lead Instructor

With over twenty years experience in Adventurous activities, Duncan has been able to mix his passion and enjoyment for the outdoors with the fulfillment that helping people develop and grow brings. With qualifications and experience in a variety of outdoor activities, he appreciates and understands the feeling of trying things for the first time.

Duncan’s organised and thoughtful approach to learning and development is reflected in his approachable style. He prides himself on being a ‘people person’ and as such is able to unlock the potential in everyone. 

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Ted Cooper

Camp Director and Lead Instructor


Aaleah Cabannes

Lead Instructor

Aaleah has worked as an outdoor instructor for the past three years. Initially enjoying the outdoors as a hobby, it quickly turned into a career when she decided to study Outdoor Leadership at University. Aaleah has a strong passion for teaching others and believes everyone has the potential to succeed.

As well as instructing, Aaleah loves nothing more than getting outdoors! She enjoys bushcraft, mountain biking, walking, paddling and especially climbing. But, there's nothing that satisfies her more than achieving something she initially thought to be impossible.



Ed Terry

Camp Instructor

Ed began his career in the outdoors as a volunteer, working with a youth development charity before qualifying as a Mountain Leader. He loves that his work now takes him all over the UK and the world. He can generally be found guiding long-distance trails and mountain paths, working with schools as a Duke of Edinburgh assessor or as a personal development instructor, and leading groups overseas.

His main passion is the natural world and the role it has to play in education and development. A keen outdoorsman, forager and enthusiast of edible insects Ed enjoys nothing more than immersing young people in the world around them; to show them both how to use natural resources and how to preserve them.

Tim Neale

Camp Instructor

Tim has worked as an outdoor instructor and expedition leader for many years. He is a former geography teacher and a qualified Mountain Leader and has worked extensively with school groups of all ages leading expeditions to places such as the Himalayas, Bolivia and the jungles of Borneo. He is passionate about helping young people succeed and gets the greatest reward from seeing people who doubted themselves suddenly finding their feet.

When not working, Tim enjoys running, cycling, mountain walking and generally being outdoors. He frequently sets himself new challenges, and is currently learning to ride a motorbike. In the past, he has caved around the world, including exploratory trips and finding new caves in Australia. 

Tim has his own website where he offers his services as a Mountain Leader.


Gavin Cassidy

Camp Instructor

Gavin has been working with young people for over 12 years, facilitating nature-based education programs, environmental awareness activities, and mentoring workshops all over the UK, Ireland, Denmark, and Ecuador. Extremely enthusiastic about anything to do with the natural world, Gavin has a way of enthralling children in team activities that encourages them to enjoy the wonders of nature!

Gavin is a qualified Beach School Practitioner and teaches Stone-Age Craft at countryside parks to primary schools. He is also a very keen gardener in his spare time and enjoys hiking to explore all those wild places, especially Scotland.

His fascination with trees and plants has lead to Gavin launching his own health food company, selling nuts and seeds from all over the planet.

Tim Manning

Tim Manning

Camp Instructor

Tim is a mountaineering Instructor who lives in the stunning Peak District and works throughout the UK. Since an early age he has camped and travelled in some of the most beautiful locations in the UK and the world. Over the years, he has worked as a mental health care worker, a kindergarten carer and for the last 15 years he has been working in adventure education and became a fully qualified Mountaineering Instructor in 2016. A new member of our team, he is rapidly expanding his bushcraft skills alongside our highly experienced team.