Meet your instructors

We're a friendly, supportive and down to earth team - read more about who you will be working with before your programme starts.

How We Work...

Adventure Expeditions has a core team of five full-time staff (Lindy, Andy, Cat, Jake and Mark) who work year round to design, recce, deliver and review all the programmes that we run: you'll speak to one of us if you call and we'll reply directly to your emails.

We are lucky to be supported by a fantastic team of instructors who we work closely with to deliver your programme. Get to know a little more about your instructor below.

  

Cat Charlton

Cat left a career in law to work full-time in the outdoors and has never looked back. Equally happy climbing warm rock in the sun or taking on the challenge of icy Winter conditions, Cat's passion lies in helping others to overcome their fears and achieve their aims in the outdoors. Cat also combines her legal background and experience in the outdoors by providing technical advice and acting as an expert witness alongside her role as director of AE.

Qualifications

  • Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC)
  • Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA)
  • International Mountain Leader (IML)
  • Summer Mountain Leader (SML)
  • Winter Mountain Leader (WML)
  • DofE Accredited Assessor for Bronze, Silver, Gold
  • Member of Association of Mountaineering Instructors
  • Member of British Association of International Mountain Leaders
  • Member of Mountain Training Association

Andy Charlton

Andy is a director and technical adviser for AE and loves working and playing in the mountains. Hooked on the outdoor life from an early age, Andy's been lucky enough to climb, run, walk and mountaineer extensively in the UK and overseas, pushing himself personally and professionally in the mountains.

Qualifications

  • Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC)
  • Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA)
  • International Mountain Leader (IML)
  • Summer Mountain Leader (SML)
  • Winter Mountain Leader (WML)
  • DofE Accredited Assessor for Bronze, Silver, Gold
  • Member of Association of Mountaineering Instructors
  • Member of British Association of International Mountain Leaders
  • Member of Mountain Training Association

Lindy Smith

Lindy combined her passion for rock climbing and the outdoors with her previous teaching experience when she joined the AE team to manage operations full-time. Lindy's experience adds a great depth to our programme management and she is often the friendly voice that picks up the phone when you give us a call!

Lindy spends much of her free time rock climbing, bouldering and running and has extensive knowledge of the wonderful wild places of the UK.

Qualifications

  • Qualified Teacher (QTS)
  • Lowland Leader Award (LL)
  • DofE Accredited Assessor course
  • Member of Mountain Training Association

 Jake Phillips

Jake acts as Lead Instructor alongside Andy and Cat for both Adventure Expeditions and Adventure Expertise. Jake is both highly experienced and passionate about the outdoors and this always evident in the energy that he brings to the courses that he works on.

Jake has worked in the outdoor industry for the past 11 years and is a keen climber, runner and mountaineer, personally and professionally. His commitment to developing people's skills in the outdoors is always carried out with a sense of humour - hailing from Cornwall he is happiest with a pasty packed for lunch!

Qualifications

  • Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC)
  • Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA)
  • Summer Mountain Leader (SML)
  • Winter Mountain Leader (WML)
  • Foundation Coach Award (FCA)
  • Sea Kayak Coach (MW)
  • Mountain Bike Instructor Award (L2)
  • DofE Accredited Assessor for Bronze, Silver, Gold
  • Member of Association of Mountaineering Instructors

Mark Foster

Mark is a Mountaineering Instructor and joined Adventure Expeditions in 2018 with a variety of experience across different outdoor settings from outdoor education centres, to expedition companies and most recently the Fields Studies Council. Mark takes the lead on managing our DofE expedition programmes and with over a thousand individual needs to cater for each year, Mark's role is no mean feat!

Mark loves to explore new countries and has just visited his 50th county (Malta).  He is also a keen climber, caver and forager and spends his free time between the Peak District and Snowdonia.

Qualifications

  • Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA)
  • International Mountain Leader (IML)
  • Cave Instructor Certificate (CIC)
  • Summer Mountain Leader (SML)
  • DofE Accredited Assessor for Bronze, Silver, Gold
  • Member of Association of Mountaineering Instructors

 

Meet Our Instructors

Joey-

Joey

Joey is our resident office pup, shoe stealer and mischief maker...he doesn't go out on programmes but keeps us entertained in the office!

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Rick Wojtaszewski

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

Winter Mountain Leader (WML)

Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA)

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

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Lucy Wallace

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

Winter Mountain Leader (WML)

International Mountain Leader (IML)

Richard Banks AE Instructor working with DofE Business Group

Richard Banks

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

Course Director for

Lowland Leader Award & Expedition Skills Module

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Dave Coulson

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

Cave Instructor Certificate (CIC)

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Jen Roberts

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

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Bryan Wakeley

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

Winter Mountain Leader (WML)

Mountaineering Instructor (MIC)

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Alex Jones

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

Instructor Marieke Dekker

Marieke Dekker

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

International Mountain Leader (IML)

Instructor - Steve White

Steve White

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

International Mountain Leader (IML)

Instructor - Mikaela Toczek

Mikaela Toczek

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

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Rob Applegate

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

Robbie White

Robbie White

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

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Jen Roberts

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

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Bryan Wakeley

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

Winter Mountain Leader (WML)

Mountaineering Instructor (MIC)

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Alex Jones

Summer Mountain Leader (SML)

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