Meet the team

The inspiring, growing team behind South West Outdoors Group.
Shevek Pring - South West Outdoors Group
Shevek Pring
Director & Founder

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.

Chris White - South West Outdoors Group
Chris White
Director & Founder

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, schools .

Tom Lowday - South West Outdoors Group
Tom Lowday
Director & Founder

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.

Chris Shadrick - South West Outdoors Group
Chris Shadrick
Marketing Director

All organisations need the “sensible one” and that’s what Chris brings to the team. He oversees our marketing and development, to ensure everything runs smoothly and everyone knows who we are.

Nick Murphy - South West Outdoors Group
Nick Murphy
Manager, Exmouth Forest School

Nick is the Manager and Practitioner at Exmouth Forest School works hard to offer a range of activities to encourage children and parents alike to venture into the local woodland. Nick has also built strong relationships with local schools.

Arwen King - South West Outdoors Group
Arwen King
Company Administrator & Practitioner

From our very first open day in 2011, Arwen has been involved with us. After 18 years working for Devon County Council, she has taken the plunge and come to work with us. Arwen is a qualified practitioner.

Emma Sheffield - South West Outdoors Group
Emma Sheffield
Manager, Exeter Kindergarten

Emma manages our kindergarten and has over 7 years experience working with children, 6 of those being in the outdoors. Emma has hands on experience forest school experience and works in partnership to enable the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Katie Robertson
Assistant Manager, Exeter Kindergarten

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.

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