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Meet the team

The inspiring, growing team behind The Outdoors Group.
Shevek Pring
Director & Manager of Intervention Services

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
Director & Manager of Training Services

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 Wednesday’s toddler clubs. 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.

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.

Robert Cartwright
Childcare Assistant

A qualified teacher with a specialisation in Early Years, Rob is passionate about the concept that nature offers a classroom beyond the confines of four walls. As well as advocating and developing outdoor learning facilities during his time as a teacher he has also worked with Devon Wild life Trust as an Environmental Education Officer encouraging young people to become more passionate about ecology and our local wild spaces.

Calvin Thain
The Outdoors Group - Principal
Nicci Hudson
Senior Administrator
Katie Hawley
Marketing Manager
Hannah Durdin
Administrative Assistant

Hannah has been coming to Forest School since its first days and has never looked back. She loves it so much she has recently ended up working for us in an administrative capacity, helping Arwen to oil the cogs behind the scenes (or screens as the case may be!).

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

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