Meet the team

The inspiring, growing team behind The Outdoors Group.

Management and Admin Team

Meet our management and admin team. Each Team member at The Outdoors Group is hand picked, for their love, passion and respect for the great outdoors, their understanding of the Forest School ethos and creating a positive, happy and fun environment to learn.

Meet the site staff by visiting the individual site pages

Shevek Pring

Shevek is one of our founders and has been working in the outdoor education sector for many years as an instructor and team leader. He has been running residentials, day courses, accredited courses and expeditions for several years.

Tom Lowday

Tom is one of our founders. He studied FDg Environmental Education and since then has worked in land based industries promoting sustainable land management and conservation in both farming and forestry.

Arwen King
Company Secretary & Forest School Leader

From our very first open day in 2011, Arwen has been involved with us. After 18 years working for Devon County Council, she took the plunge and joined The Outdoors Group. Arwen is a qualified practitioner so you might meet her leading Birthday Parties at our Exeter site. She is also company secretary and keeps everything running smoothly.

Nick Murphy
Manager, Exmouth Forest School

Nick is the Manager and Practitioner at Exmouth Forest School. Also known for his excellent ukulele and spoon carving skills, Nick works hard to bring magic into the forest for children and parents, encouraging them to get involved in activities and inspiring them to use their imaginations.

Robyn Vincent
The Outdoors School - Acting Principal & SENCO

Robyn’s role at the school is to look after our learners’ individual requirements and their pastoral welfare. She has been an English teacher for over 20 years and has worked in Special Schools for the last 11.
She loves anything to do with music, dancing and singing and reads a lot and love to cook. Robyn has assumed acting principal position during the recruitment process for a replacement.

Amanda Leach
Manager, Outdoor Learning Intervention

Amanda has been working in the education system for about ten years both in America and England as well as directing outdoor adventure activities at summer camps in America. She enjoys bringing her passion for supporting diverse learners to the outdoors. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing and walking her dog in the countryside.

Rob Kendle
Manager, Estates

Rob’s background has seen him working in a range of educational settings helping to develop, create and maintain beautiful and safe learning spaces. In this role as Estate’s Manager this can mean everything from managing the woodland to designing and installing new structures and everything in between. Rob has a strong passion for the virtues of a beautifully designed compost toilet and has built several in the past. Pastimes include, building stuff on wheels, family, outdoor life, mackerel fishing and food.

Chris White
Manager, Exeter Forest School

Chris is one of our founders and leads the activities and courses at Exeter Forest School. He has initiated and led courses for most age groups and also runs team building sessions. Chris has previously worked in nurseries and schools.

Debbie Miller
Manager, Okehampton Forest School

Over the years, Debbie’s been a Brownie Guide Leader, a play leader at local toddler groups and a governor of the local primary. She worked as a childminder for more than 22 years in Okehampton. Debbie’s currently doing her Forest School Leadership Training and it’s wonderful having her on board, looking after our newest site.

Fabrianne Rowell
Kindergarten Manager

Fabrianne, joined the team after falling in love with the Forest School way of life when her little one attended Kindergarten. She started by volunteering with us before going on to do her Level 3 Forest School Leader training and Early Years Educator level 3. Fabrianne is passionate about supporting strong attachments, building confidence and self-esteem in the Kindergarteners. Her sunny disposition always brings a smile to our faces.

Annabelle Milverton
Manager - Adult Provision

Annie completed her Forest School Leader training with us back in 2017 and has worked with us ever since. Annie’s background in Primary education and Psychology gives her a unique take on the training courses she runs. Annie is an enthusiastic team member who believes passionately in outdoor education and experience for all.

Katie Hawley
Marketing Manager

Katie has a background in both corporate and SME marketing and events and has worked in Australia, Dubai and Singapore.At the weekends she enjoys spending time with her Daughter and cockerpoo, Pip and loves being at the beach, walking the dog, cooking and drinking red wine! Katie works part time for The Outdoors Group and is also a qualified Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher. You will also see Katie running the Team Building activities and Outdoor Experience Days.

Nicci Hudson
Finance Officer
Hannah Durdin

Hannah supports the Adult Provision team with all their administrative needs as well as supporting marketing with copywriting and social media. She’s also a Forest School Leader, running a Home Ed group as well as providing cover on occasion for parties, holiday clubs and toddler clubs. She home educates her three children and loves to run, lift weights, wild swim, write and make amazing food when she gets the chance! Her ambition is to run the entirety of the Southwest Coast Path in one go.

Karen Salt
School Administrator

Karen has over 20 years experience working in various Devon Schools. If you have any questions or queries relating to School, please get in touch and she will do my best to help. She enjoys cooking, including baking, walking, visiting friends and spending time with family.

Rachel Johnston

Rachel supports the day-to-day running and administration of The Outdoors Group’s activities. She is an outdoors and nature enthusiast with a degree in Animal Behaviour and Ecology and Conservation. She has previously worked for the Woodland Trust supporting their team of volunteers, and in the Fundraising team for the organic food and farming charity, the Soil Association. Rachel enjoys getting outdoors – hiking/running/cycling etc, and going on adventures.

Keren Basford
HR Officer

Keren is our HR Officer and comes with 12 years of experience, working in the Military and the Public Sector. She can usually be found in our Exeter based office, with a hot coffee in hand. She spends her weekends exploring Dartmoor with her family, and searching out the best cream tea.

Catherine McGrane

Catherine supports day-to-day administrative tasks for The Outdoors Group, mostly focusing on supporting Finance, Facilities and Procurement and Estates. She has previously worked in the Children’s Services sector of the local authority, where she built up most of her administrative knowledge and experience. Catherine enjoys spending her free time camping and catching up with friends and family.

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