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About me

I have been involved with outdoor activities both professionally and personally for over 15 years and currently work as a Development Officer for a Local Authority.  I have spent time mountaineering throughout the British Isles in both summer and winter and visited Nepal with an ascent of Island Peak 2011. More recently I have developed my interest in caving and completed my Local Cave Leader Award in 2013.


MT Mountain Leader Summer 

MT Single Pitch Award 

Local Cave Leader Level 

BCU Level 1 Coach

British Schools Cycling Trail Leader

Site Certified in Ghyll Scrambling and Sea Cliff Traversing  

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Helm 

RYA Safety Boat Certificate  - With Coastal endorement

Gold DOE Assessor 

First Aid Qualified

7307 Teaching Certificate City & Guilds

Level 3 Youth Worker

Clean Driving License with D & Entitlement


MTS  Mountain Leader Winter 

Technical Canyoning Course 

Professional Membership

British Mountaineering Council 

Mountain Training Association

James along with other OAS Staff attends seminars and training offered by professional bodies including BMC, MLTA, IfOL, NICAS and in-house staff development days.

James has worked for in a college  teaching on First & National Diploma courses. He has extensive  Youth Service experience delivering the DOE award and  is currently employed by local authority working with targeted young people at risk of social exclusion James believes the outdoor environment is the ideal setting to challenge motivate and develop young and old alike.