- Summer Mountain Leader Award
- DofE Accredited Assessor at all levels of Award
- Director for DofE Supervisor & Accredited Assessor Training
- Qualified Teacher Status
- Member of Mountain Training Association
Neil was introduced to outdoor pursuits and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award whilst a Police Cadet and it was a life changing experience for him. As a police constable, Neil became an outdoor pursuits instructor, leading hill walking, orienteering, canoeing, sailing, caving and basic rock climbing. After leaving the Police Force for a career in teaching, Neil has been able to pass on his skills and enjoyment for the outdoors for hundreds of young people over the years and brings a depth of experience to the Adventure Expeditions team.
Neil has been involved in all aspects of the DofE Award in a wide variety of roles for many years. These have included School Unit Leader and a member of "Wild Country" Expedition Panels. Neil has worked on Open Expeditions in the Yorkshire Dales for many years, becoming a Director of these in 2007 and contining this role through to the present.
Since 2008, Neil has worked as a freelance DofE expedition instructor, supervisor and assessor for various educational and commercial organisations.
In his free time Neil enjoys being in the hills! he enjoys running with Holmfirth Harriers club, visiting historical sites including World War battlefields and also has an interest in genealogy.
A few questions for Neil...
Favourite location for DofE expeditions?
Bronze - Anywhere that provides a lovely rural setting but where the terrain and navigation are not too demanding. The South Downs is one area that fits the bill well.
Silver - The Yorkshire Dales - this is where I grew up and where the stunning scenery made such an impression. The hills! The Dales! The limestone!
Gold - North Wales just beats the Lake District (only just!) because it is less crowded.
What is the best thing about being on expedition?
The ever changing scenery. I also love being tucked up warm and dry in a good tent listening to the rain and wind outside!
What is the worst thing about being on expedition?
Carrying a full pack but this adds to the challenge and sense of achievemnt in the end.
What would we find in your expedition rucksack that we really shouldn't?!
Often a guide book - not to stop me getting lost but because they can give you loads of information about the area: geology, history, nature. All of this adds to the experience, both for me and groups that I'm out with.