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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
Emma manages our Kindergarten and has been working with children for more than seven years. At least six of these have been in an outdoors setting. Emma has hands on forest school experience and works in partnership to enable the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Katie has more than 10 years experience working in Early Years. She qualified with a BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies (1998) and then a BA (hons) in Early Years (2007) at the University of Plymouth. Katie has worked in a variety of settings and most recently was the deputy manager at a local village pre-school.
Fab started as a volunteer and is currently doing her Forest School Leaders Level 3 course. She has now officially joined the Kindy team to help our little adventurers with forest school crafts and exploring the woods.
Melinda ran our first ever Toddler Clubs. She took time out to raise her little ones but has now rejoined us in the forest as our School Liaison. She has great fun with the children coming up with ideas for fun forest school days.
After 26 years in the army, Bubs moved into further education and spent 14 years working at Exeter College. He wants to make young people feel good about themselves and show them that they can achieve, even if they’ve struggled in the past. Bubs works with our intervention team.
Frank has been working with young people for 23 years as a youth worker, teacher, residential social worker and therapist. Frank works 1-1 with students at forest school helping them to enjoy their surroundings, learn new skills and build meaningful relationships and strategies to assist them in their lives. Frank joined us at the beginning of 2017.
Vickie has a background in environmental science, forestry, and how being in the outdoors impacts on wellbeing. She qualified as a forest school leader in 2015 after volunteering and assisting at forest school sessions. She started working for The Outdoors Group in 2017, hosting birthday parties at our Exeter Forest School. She thoroughly enjoys spending time in the woods and meeting all the lovely children and their families.
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!).
Clio took her boys to Exmouth Forest School when it first opened. Her youngest now visits the Kindy while she taps away in the site office, looking after the website and creating content so that everyone in Devon and beyond knows about The Outdoors Group.