Staff

Thurston Staff Profiles.

 

 Andy Sallabank B.Sc, PGCE. Head of Centre

Qualifications: Mountain Instructor Certificate, BCU Level 4 Coach (canoe), Scottish Mountain Bike Leader, BCU Level 2 Coach (kayak), RYA Level 4 Powerboat, RYA Assistant Instructor, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, NCA Level 2 Cave Leader, MLTE Course Provider. DofE Assessor. First Aid Certificate.

Experience: Andy has worked in Outdoor Education for over 30 years and is Water Safety Officer for one of the local Mountain Rescue Teams.

Richard Croft. B.Sc (Hons). Permanent Instructor

Qualifications: Mountain Leader (summer), Single Pitch Award, BCU Level 3 Coach Inland, OTC Level 2 MTB Leader Award, RYA Dinghy Senior Instructor, RYA Power Boat Instructor, RYA Safety Boat, DofE Assessor. First Aid Certificate

Experience: Richard has worked in Outdoor Education for over 20 years both in the UK and abroad.

Mac Knowles. Cert Ed. Permanent Instructor

Qualifications: Mountain Leader (summer), Single Pitch Award, BCU Level 4 Coach (canoe) and Level 3 (kayak & sea), RYA Dinghy Senior Instructor, NCA Level 1 Cave Leader, NLP Practitioner, First Aid Certificate.

Experience: Mac has 30 years’ experience working in France, New Zealand and Hong Kong as well as the UK.

Jen Steventon B.Sc (Hons), MA Ed. Permanent Instructor 

Qualifications: Mountain Leader (summer assessed, winter trained), Single Pitch Award, BCU L2 Coach & 4* White Water Leader (canoe and kayak), RYA Day Skipper, RYA Safety Boat, RNLI Command & Advanced Power Boat, DofE Assesor, NLP Practitioner, First Aid Certificate.

Experience: Jen has been working in the outdoors for over 10 years both in the UK and abroad. Her main enthusiasm is for water based adventures and she is keenly interested in the educational opportunities outdoor education provides for young people.

Cheryl King. Administrative Assistant

Qualifications: Mountain Leader (summer). Single Pitch Award (training). BCU Level 1 Coach. British Cycling Level 1 Coach. OTC Mountain Bike Leader. British Orienteering Federation Level 1 Coach. RYA Power Boat. NLP Certified. First Aid Certificate.

Experience: Cheryl has been working at Thurston since 2001.

Nick Burrows. Head Cook

Qualifications: HND – Hotel and Catering Management. First Aid Certificate.

Experience: Nick has over 40 years’ experience of management and craft skills within the Hotel and Catering industry, both in the UK and abroad. He has managed hotels and catering establishments, including his own Catering and Banqueting company for 25 years. He has lectured and mentored in his craft through most of his career and believes himself very lucky that his work is his vocation.

 Helen Sodeau. Cook

Experience and Qualifications: Helen has been working at Thurston since June 1984. First Aid Certificate.

Jackie Barrow. Housekeeper

Experience and Qualifications: Jackie has been working at Thurston since 2001. First Aid Certificate.

Jon Woddy. Caretaker

Jon started working at Thurston in 2015 and brings a wealth of maintenance skills and experience with him.

Trainee Instructors/Centre Assistants

Currently our Trainees are Coralie Neil and Josh Rothery.