Our staff have been trusted to deliver fun, practical and safe outdoor learning activities for more that 30 years
Stephens leadership over the last 30 years is underpinned by a range of outdoor pursuit qualifications including International Mountain Leader, Level 3 Coach and RYA Power Boat Instructor Award. Stephen was one of the first Accredited Practitioners of the IOL in Ireland and has completed an MA in Professional Development.
Trevor provides over thirty years experience within the voluntary sector across a range of disciplines including strategic planning, project management, marketing, fundraising, event management and volunteer development. Trevor is also Centre manager for Ardaluin Residential Outdoor Learning Centre in Newcastle.
Nicola has over 16 years experience with BAC and currently manages the Access-Ability programme supporting young people with a broad range of disabilities. Nicola’s qualifications include Mountain Leader Award, Rock Climbing Leaders Award, Level II Canoe/kayak and MA Disability Studies.
Programme Coordinator Duty Manager
Fiona is a member of BAC's SMT and is responsible for the staff and resource planning at BAC. Qualified as a Bachelor in Economics and Government, with diplomas in Management and Human Relations, Fiona takes a lead role in managing personnel functions within BAC and provides secretarial support to the Board of Directors/Trustees.
Warrens role is split between Youth Build and the Fairbridge programme with The Prince's Trust. His qualifications include SPA, MLA, MBLA, Trail Cycle Leader, GNAS Archery Leader, BCU Level 1 coach and OCN Level 2 youth work. He loves mixing all outdoor adventures with personal development.
Having initially volunteered through BAC Stephen enrolled and successfully completed the BAC Aspirant Instructor programme to become a full time member of staff. Stephen is presently employed as the BAC Resources and Stores Coordinator alongside providing a support role as an activities Instructor.
Andrew has been working in the outdoors industry for 10 years, and his instructor qualifications include mountaineering, rock climbing and paddlesports. His first love are the hills and mountains, and this passion along with his Mountain Leader qualification has taken him all over the world leading groups of young people on expeditions to places such as the Himalayas, The Andes, The Sinai desert, Borneo, Iceland, and several trips to the summit of Kilimanjaro. He enjoys supervising and coordinating the DofE Open award at BAC where he gets to continue developing young people in the outdoors through experiential learning and expeditions.
Iain has been an instructor for the last 10 years and specialises in rock climbing and mountain biking. Iain first discovered his love for the outdoors while learning to ride his bike at the age of three and has been a keen cyclist ever since. He has participated in a number of disciplines from trials, dirt jumps and BMX through to Downhill and thoroughly enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience in the sessions he delivers at BAC. Bringing his knowledge and passion for the outdoors, Iain has embedded himself in both the Princes Trust Fairbridge and Youth Build BEARS programmes where he uses the medium of the outdoors to teach various life skills and qualifications. Originally coming from the catering industry, Iain particularly enjoys teaching culinary skills to children and young adults. Iain’s qualifications include the Climbing Wall Instructor, Rock Climbing Instructor and Climbing Wall Supervisor, Climbing wall Fundamentals, Development Coaching Award, Industrial Rope Access, Route Setting Award, and Mountain Bike Leader Awards.
Jack volunteered with BAC for 4 years before taking the opportunity to join the full time Instructor team. Jack is presently working towards expanding his accredited National Governing Body skills alongside gaining practical experience in outdoor adventure learning group delivery. With a background in leadership and first aid training Jacks enjoys the many and varied challenges and rewards working with youth and community groups to support their respective personal and young leadership development with team building skills and abilities. Jack is also our resident web designer here for BAC.
Bronze DofE Coordinator
Malcolm is responsible for creating our exciting new adventure learning programmes for schools. A qualified teacher, over the last 15 years he’s been mixing it up with rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, scuba diving, sea kayaking and motorcycle overland adventures. He’s a qualified Mountain Leader and climbing instructor, has a Level 2 in Teaching Orienteering, is a DofE Expedition supervisor and is currently training with Mourne Mountain Rescue team. Before becoming a teacher in 2010, Malcolm had over 15 years’ experience in senior development roles within National Training Organisations, Sector Skills Councils and media production and training organisations.
Part Time Instructor
Raymond has been part of BAC for 25years, and has now gone on to join the part time staff team, as Raymond helps and supports the DofE Gold group, and have been doing this for about ten years. Raymond has has 30 years worth of experience with the DofE programme, stemming from his work in Wales with cadets, and with the Gate Way Club.The outdoor activity that is closest to his heart is walking in the hills, a few of if his adventures have found him in the Himalayas, The Andes, The Rocky Mountains in Canada, The Black Forest Germany, famous for Brothers Grim, and the local hills of Hong Kong all under a 1000mtrs, just to name a few. He has a range of qualifications which has allowed him to take groups away to Holland cycling, walking to the Lakes and France with the help and support of the team at BAC.
Part Time Instructor
Part Time Instructor
James has been working in the outdoor industry for 10 years based in the UK and Ireland He is a qualified SPA, ML, RYA Dinghy Instructor, Level 1 Canoe and Kayak instructor and trail cycle leader. James is heavily involved in the Princess Trust programmes. He enjoys the craic with the young people and using outdoor education to help develop young people's skill sets and broaden their horizons.
In additon to our core team we also have an amazing group of outdoor professionals and volunteers that help on our charity abseils, DofE expeditions and individual sessions. All of them are appropriately qualified and trained to deliver adventure activities where safety and fun are our highest priority.