Qualifications: BSC (Hons) Geography, First Aid at Work
After studying physical geography at the University of Southampton, I spent time volunteering with the education departments of two Wildlife Trusts and leading adult conservation groups as a Volunteer Officer with The Conservation Volunteers. I was fortunate enough at this time to gain memorable experiences teaching in a range of environments; from festivals to urban nature reserves. I joined the FSC as part of the Trainee Tutor scheme in 2013. After becoming a Tutor at Slapton in 2014, I have had the chance to develop and hone my teaching skills and gain local knowledge of the South West.
“South Devon is a great place to learn about the environment and the people that interact with it -from its stunning coastline to the Tors and valleys, there are many places to draw inspiration from.”
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Geography, First Aid at Work
I first began working for the FSC alongside my studies at university, volunteering at the Snowdonia centre ‘Rhyd-y-Creuau’. The centre inspired me to seek a career within the charity, and I joined the charity in a full time position from September 2015. I grew up in Somerset, with my father taking me and my brother to the hills of South Wales, which fed my need to be outdoors. This was consolidated after 5 years at the University of Edinburgh – 4 years exploring the highlands, and an exchange year at the University of Cantabria, North Spain, in the foothills of the ‘Picos de Europa’. I have a great passion for environmental education, and have previously worked with the Avon Wildlife Trust, been a leader of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and led after school clubs in Edinburgh. Each of these opportunities encouraged me to continue to pursue a continued career in education after completing my degree.
“Here in Slapton Ley Field Centre, I have found a place where every day is different, and every day is rewarding. From the wet and wild to the warm and dry, each fieldwork day provides something new, and always is enjoyable. The experiences that we can offer to students who come here to study are fantastic.”
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Biology with maths, PTLLS, First Aid at Work
After leaving university I took a year out, using the time to explore a bit of the world and consider what I wanted to do as a career. I realised it was a love of the outdoors that I wanted to form the basis of my work, and so started working in field studies and outdoor adventure activities. After a stint leading Biology and Geography experiences at another Field Centre I moved to Devon and started working at Slapton in 2008; I was originally employed as a Geography tutor but have been teaching Geography, Biology and all that goes between since 2009 in this beautiful Westcountry landscape.
“I enjoy meeting loads of different people and going out and about. I love that every day is different and being able to see the landscapes change over time“
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Biology, First Aid at Work
Inspired by a field trip to FSC Dale Fort I studied Biology at Sheffield University. After university I worked at a field centre teaching both Biology and Geography in Norfolk before joining the FSC in 2012. I have worked at Slapton ever since. The stunning coastline, nature reserve and varied landscape make Slapton an incredible place to work and teach.
"The natural world is an amazing place – I feel incredibly lucky to have a job which allows me to help people explore and understand it”
Qualifications: Biological Sciences, MSc Biodiversity and Conservation, First Aid at Work
Having studied Biological Sciences at Oxford, I pursued my interest in ecology by completing a Masters in Biodiversity and Conservation at Leeds. The next couple of years saw me spend a lot of time in Africa, working as Project Coordinator of a conservation research programme in Tanzania and leading expeditions to Namibia for sixth-form students. It was during this time that I realised my passion for teaching and working with young people, and this led me to join the FSC’s Trainee Tutor scheme. Having initially worked at Juniper Hall, I have now returned home to South Devon, the area I grew up in.
“I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to work in such a stunning and inspiring location, sharing my passion for the natural world with so many young people. I hope they are inspired too! “
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, First Aid at Work
After being inspired by many brilliant field trips at both school and university, I joined the FSC in 2012 and have been working at Slapton ever since. I take great pleasure and pride in teaching geography, biology and everything in between as well as having fun teaching a variety of primary groups. The stunning surroundings of South Devon with its moors, beaches, cliff tops makes this a wonderful place to teach and learn.
“I have always loved the natural world we are surrounded by and I enjoying being able to share it with all those who visit Slapton.”
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, Summer Mountain Leader, RPIOL, First Aid at Work.
After studying Environmental Science at Lancaster University (and a year exploring New Zealand!) I spent several years working in serval different outdoor venues, specialising in field studies and outdoor pursuits. I joined FSC Slapton in January 2015.
“Working in the outdoors is a great pleasure and a real passion of mine- what’s better than being out and about?”
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Geography, PGCE, First Aid at Work
I studied Geography at the University of Sunderland and gained my PGCE at Newcastle University. I am passionate about geography and the environment, and have spent time living, working and travelling abroad, including places like China, Thailand, and Malaysia. Before joining the FSC I spent over 6 six years as a Geography teacher, where I also ran the schools Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and spent time leading a local explorer scout’s unit.
“I love working at Slapton, with such diverse biological and geographical sites and seeing the students awe and wonder when experiencing them for the first time.”
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Biology, First Aid at Work
Since leaving university last century with a Biology degree, I have worked in outdoor education for the last 20 years, the last 15 of those with the FSC, and am now the assistant head here at Slapton and lead the education team. I have always enjoyed learning about the places that I live and work in, discovering the secrets of the landscape, the history of its inhabitants and the wildlife that lives there. I have been lucky to be able to do this in locations across the UK, including the Isle of Arran, Dorset, Yorkshire Dales and now South Devon, and been able to share this knowledge with a huge range of groups over the years.
“I consider myself lucky to be working in an environment like Slapton Ley and to be able help a wide variety of groups engage with and learn about the importance of the landscapes around them.”