I've been exploring the high places of Britain since 2001. I've worked with, and been a member of many University and other mountaineering clubs. I have a passion for enthusing others with the love of mountain environments and landscapes, and building people's confidence to get outdoors.
My interest in the mountains began when I had the amazing opportunity to work in Antarctica (2001 – 2002) researching how life was surviving in one of the most extreme environments in the world. I have a PhD in evolutionary molecular genetics and microbiology and have published peer-reviewed research articles.
I've climbed all of the 282 Munros (mountains in Scotland over 3,000ft), all of the other 3,000ft (+) peaks across England and Wales, as well as having explored many other wild areas across Britain. But I am equally happy exploring coast, moors, the enchanting and bleak plateaus of the Pennines, wild camping, exploring remote glens or climbing and scrambling crags and cliffs.
I hold the Summer and Winter Mountain Leader awards which are designed to ensure leaders have the necessary skills above and beyond what is expected to lead group walks and expeditions in the mountains of Britain and Ireland in summer and winter conditions. I also hold the Rock Climbing Instructor Award. I'm also a member of the Mountain Training Association and the British Mountaineering Council and undertake continuing professional development. I have a valid wilderness first aid certificate which is a requirement to holding the awards. I also hold a current (and transferable) enhanced DBS certificate and I'm insured to provide the range of activities within the remit of the Mountain Training Awards held.