The Beyond Adventure Family
At Beyond Adventure, we are proud to say that we have some of the best staff around. To us they are more than staff they are part of the family.
Our core team have dedicated their lives to the outdoors and as full time highly qualified outdoor professionals, they are extremely experienced in delivering fun and valuable learning experiences to a wide range of clients. To support or core team we have a team of freelance and associate staff who as well as having top level qualifications and experience, match our core values and ethos here at Beyond Adventure.
We see it as our responsibility as an industry leader is to help nurture and support others on their pathway to becoming outdoor professionals, to achieve this we regularly work with individuals who are looking for support and mentoring as part of their pathway.
Out and about
Mark - Senior Instructor
Growing up in North Wales, the mountains, lakes and rivers, represented the adventure that I dreamed of as a child. Weekends spent in the mountains and on the water with my family, scouts and air cadets fuelled that passion, so when I had the chance to choose a career in this industry I enrolled on a College course, 20 years ago and well, ‘The rest is history’ as they say! Very quickly I realised that been on the water was where my enthusiasm lay. Since then kayaking and canoeing has defined my life, pursuing expeditions around the world.
The main reason I continue doing what I do is I get the opportunity to set foot in places that very few people have been and places that take effort to get there. Seeing people challenge themselves in new environments and try new things, and watch them show resilience and good humour, quite often in the face of adversity, because the sun doesn’t always shine!
My Qualifications allow to take people into these wild, beautiful, and remote places, and also train and assess the next generation of Instructors and guides
All this in the place I now call home, Scotland!
Photo - Jens Klatt
Grant - Senior Instructor
My true passion is paddlesports expeditioning, I love heading out on everything from micro adventures to big remote multi day expeditionsI’m really fortunate to have been able to guide and coach people in these beautiful and fantastic places, both here in Scotland and further afield.
I aim to inspire people using paddlesports and work with a number of other organisations including the Scottish Canoe Association and Scouts Scotland to support paddlesports in the community. I am also proud to be part of Hou Canoe as a brand ambassador
Photo - Jens Klatt
Behind the Scenes
Ross - Managing Director
I have been fortunate to turn my passion of the outdoors into my career, I love taking people out and inspiring them to challenge themselves in natures playground!
When not working I love to go on microadventures of my own, whether it is on bike, board or boat and usually with my family and friends!
Photo - Jens Klatt
Steve - Founder and Director
Steve has worked full-time in outdoor education for the past 25 years. He holds the British Canoeing Coaching Diploma (UKCC Level 4) as well as a British Canoe Union Level 5 Coach award as well as holding Scottish Mountain Leader Training Boards Summer and Winter Awards and various ski qualifications.
His particular passion is the outdoors and those activities which take place in an expedition or journey context, hence the emphasis placed on open canoeing and expeditioning in our Beyond Adventure programmes.
Steve also acts as Technical Advisor to many Outdoor Centres across the UK in both open canoeing and kayaking.
Julie - Office Ninja
Jules has been involved with Beyond Adventure almost from the beginning, her technological expertise has made her an invaluable and longstanding team member. Jules is the glue that holds together the Beyond Adventure team. She is really active and likes to hit the slopes when the snow is about and enjoys long distance biking journeys with good friends. Journeying and exploring are her passions and she keeps the team well fed with her delicious baking. Jules used to teach Maths and Computing so she is the perfect person to keep the Beyond Adventure office in good order.
Jason - Director
From the corporate world Jason brings a wealth of experience in supporting and enabling businesses to develop and prosper, as well as that Beyond Adventure essential; a real passion for the great outdoors. He works both in the office and with groups on the river or on the hill.