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.

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
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
Kindergarten Manager (Maternity Cover)

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.

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.

Calvin Thain
The Outdoors School - Principal
Nicci Hudson
Senior Administrator
Hannah Durdin
Administrative Assistant

Hannah is usually found at a desk as The Outdoors Group Admin Assistant but has recently trained as a Forest School Leader. Hannah has been bringing her children to Home Ed Groups for years and now helps to run the sessions at Exeter Forest School.

Katie Hawley
Marketing Manager
Flo Bessѐ
HR Manager

Flo is a qualified Early Years Teacher and worked in the Early Years and Childcare sector managing nurseries and pre-schools for over 10 years before moving into lecturing in the further and higher education sectors, delivering training and degree programmes to Early Years Practitioners and trainee Early Years Teachers. Flo is passionate about the outdoors and outdoor learning and can often be found adventuring on a hilltop, beach or in the forest with her young son.

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