Simon Tibbitts – Centre Manager
After working in the outdoor industry for more than 15 years I have picked up qualifications and experience in a range of activities and continue to develop and take in new experiences whenever I can, “Every day is a school day!”
Over the years I have moved from 100% instructing through development officer work to centre management. I like to get out with groups as much as I can as I don’t want to miss out on the fun. I love working with young people outdoors and helping them to discover their true potential. When I’m not working my two daughters take the brunt of my enthusiasm and passion.
Audrey Rootham – Administrator
I have over thirty years’ administrative experience, the majority being spent within community based projects both self-financing and as part of local authorities. I have also used my administrative skills on a voluntary basis within my local community.
My biggest passion is being part of community based projects watching them grow and achieve so I was delighted to bring my skills to WinG in July 2012 in my exciting new role as Administrator.
Ritchie Oliver – Senior Instructor
When I was five years old I had my first experience of the outdoors. I would spend a lot of time in the woods looking at wildlife, pond dipping with my favourite wellies, building dens and rope swings. At high school I enrolled on a two year course in outdoor education covering many aspects of outdoor sports. From then on I knew this was my vocation in life. I have completed a number of qualifications in canoeing, mountain biking, mountain/expedition leader, power boating, forest schools and The Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Whether on water, in the mountains or on a steep rock face, this is where I feel in my element. I have been an outdoors coach for almost 30 years and full-time outdoor practitioner for over 10 years. I’m keen to pass on some of my skills and experiences to others who have little in the way of opportunity to access the outdoors.
Nick Coates – Senior Instructor
My earliest outdoor memory was as a young boy going up Ben Nevis with my dad. My love for the outdoors has continued to grow and I have very fond experiences of mountaineering in the Highlands of Scotland, absorbing the wonderful scenery and connecting with wild spaces. My outdoor experiences have ranged from working with RAF Mountain Rescue, commercial outdoor centres, youth organisations and personal outdoor worldwide trips.
Over the years I have gained a number of qualifications as a mountain leader, canoe/kayak instructor, cycle leader, rock climber and sports leader to add to my degree in Youth and Community work and PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). I take great satisfaction in helping to inspire, motivate and develop people’s sense of achievement and more recently have really enjoyed working with adults of all ages.
Paul Errington – Instructor
Through my childhood and teenage years I have great memories being in the outdoors. I have a passion for coaching and watching others achieve. I have a degree in outdoor education and over the past few years I have gained qualifications in mountain leadership, kayaking, canoeing, power boating and mountain biking. I started working as an instructor in 2015 and I’ve never looked back! When I’m not working I spend most of my time on the beach or looking for mountain bike trails in the woods. Although I’m still learning new skills myself I’m keen to pass on what I do know to others to help them achieve their true potential.