The BAC Team
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.
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Organisational Development Manager
Tim recently joined the BAC team, coming with over 25 years experience across a range of disciplines including leadership roles, planning and delivery of training to large organisations, strategic planning, project and event management, working in high performance teams and cross government / agency cooperation.
Formal recognition includes certificates from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) level 7 and City and Guilds membership award in Leadership and Management level 7. Tim, has a broad experience of adventure pursuits. Specifically, he is a qualified Summer Mountain Leader and Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS) Level 3 Mountain Bike Instructor. Mountain biking is his passion and with this experience he has planned, led or participated in single or multi-discipline expeditions all over the UK and worldwide including the Alps, Pyrennes, Rockies and Sierra Nevada in Spain. Tim's role is to lead the strategic development of BAC across a number of lines of development.
Nicola has over 22 years’ experience with BAC and currently is the Senior Project Worker at the Centre. She started off at BAC doing her own Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award where she travelled out to the French Alps to undertake her expedition on the Tour De Mont Blanc, travelling through France, Switzerland and Italy. She then become a volunteer at the Open Award Centre working with other young people participating in their DofE. She started her career as an outdoor instructor as a trainee with Tollymore Mountain Centre where she gained her Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award and Level II Canoe/Kayak. She then went on to be a Freelance Instructor for a couple of years working for the Education & Library Board Centre and BAC. She then took up a post as a young women’s project worker for a couple of years engaging young women to participate in the outdoors. During this time she helped support the Disability Project and then went on to become the Disability Project Worker. Nicola completed an MA in Disability Studies part-time through Leeds University.
Nicola enjoys travelling all over the world and has been to New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the Alps. She enjoys skiing every winter and loves travelling to Chamonix to walk the high level routes.
Senior Project Worker
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.
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.
Adventure Learning Instructor
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.
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 Co-ordinator
Adventure Learning 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.
Adventure Learning Instructor
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.
Educational Development and Partnerships Co-ordinator
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 Adventure Learning Instructor
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.