Our aim is to provide environmentally sustainable and low impact outdoor experiences which inspire, challenge and motivate people. We deliver the activities personally, with a small team of skilled and cheerful instructors each of whom has various specialist areas as well as an excellent overall knowledge of the outdoors. We primarily use our own venue, but also use larger conferencing and farmland facilities nearby, as well as having access from our base to the footpaths and open land of the area. All our activities are based in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we love it here and think you will too. Here are just a few members of our team:
MEET THE TEAM
Ady runs our Go Wild activities company and organises our team of Go Wild instructors - with difficulty, as they are all a bit of a handful!
Adrian is a Landscape Ecologist. He has a degree in Geography & Environmental Management and a Masters in Research and was previously a university lecturer & researcher in conservation & biogeography. He has also worked for Natural England and the Countryside & Higher Level Stewardship Schemes, helping landowners gain environmental benefit from their land. He has designed nature trails for several local schools and charities. Adrian has published academic papers at the International Association of Landscape Ecology and British Ecological Society, and writes a regular monthly article for regional magazine, The Mendip Times. His first book, 8 Wild Walks, was commissioned by the Mendip Hills AONB and he is currently writing a book on Wild Camping. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Adrian specialises in wild food and natural history, and leads all our corporate events with fantastic clients as diverse as Yeo Valley Organic, Clarks and Price Waterhouse Coopers. Adrian develops all our outdoor events to make sure that our groups have a great time. In addition to group events Adrian runs seasonal wild food forays.
Renée started out in management training & development, working with a wide range of clients, and served as Branch Secretary for the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Following an MBA in International Business, Renée worked as a management consultant/project director at the dawn of the internet age with organisations such as Microsoft, Intel, BT, and so on, combining her interest in technology and business with a deep knowledge of how people grow, learn and change. She designed the standards that became the entry requirement for the National E-commerce awards, was a popular speaker and writer on the future of work and has been featured in most of the leading business magazines.
Nowadays, she does our marketing and works with our suppliers as well as developing new activities for our groups. If she's not in the office, she's probably baking bread, making chilli jam or growing food in the garden...
Sean Mulhall - Bushcraft, archery, wild food
Sean (The Silver Fox) has worked with us for several years and is our chief bush craft instructor. He has taught all over the UK and in the US and our groups really appreciate his enthusiasm and specialist knowledge in outdoor living skills, as well as his sense of fun and professionalism. Sean has exceptional skills in bush craft, and is a talented crafts man, making all kinds of things such as cups, spoons, etc, from leather, wood, etc.
Dave Parke - MTB, Orienteering, Bushcraft
Dave Parke (Dangerous Dave) is our Lead Mountain Biking instructor, he also leads orienteering and bushcraft activities. Dave offers a confident lead on the more challenging trails the Mendips have to offer, as well as encouraging and coaching less experienced bikers to have fun & build their skills. He has a very approachable style and really motivates groups.
Will Hawkesby - Bushcraft, Archery, Bush Tucker
Will (Bear Wills) brings a great sense of humour and fun to events, as well as a very professional attitude. He has a great personality, and specialises in bush tucker trials where he is extremely imaginitive and creative!
Dave is a great member of our Go Wild team, with his confident style and sense of humour loved by all our groups. After a winter season in Australia, with a fantastic new job teaching outdoor pursuits, he returned in 2013.
Nigel Singer - Facilitation, Conflict Resolution, Team & Individual Development
Nigel has worked with us for over 20 years and is probably the best facilitator we have ever met. Our clients value him highly, and so do we.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
In 2012 & 2013 we sponsored Yellow Submarine, an award-winning young charity providing holidays and respite for young people and children with learning difficulties, autism and down's syndrome, by providing two holidays at cost with free activities.
Adrian supports Survival International on an ongoing basis and Renee has supported Amnesty International for many years, where her particular area of interest is women's rights.
All fees from Adrian's speaking engagements for charity / not for profit organisations are donated to charity.
It's not too hard for us to be green - all our properties and activities are within 5 minutes drive of our office (and all our own accommodation is within walking distance of our activities), we are close to fantastic public transport links, we use local suppliers for local produce, accommodation, transport, activities, etc. If you want a virtually carbon neutral event, we're the place for it!
In our own activities and properties we meet high standards of environmental friendliness, using Ecover cleaning products, energy saving fuels including all our electricity from Ecotricity, and our HQ is heated by a fantastic Eco Angus wood gasification boiler. We operate extensive recycling practices from recycled paper in the office to composting food waste on site at our own properties. We grow fresh herbs & flowers on site for our properties. From longlife lightbulbs to rainwater recycling, we are getting better all the time at conserving energy & natural resources.
Our activities are all about helping our groups have fun, but also enabling them to learn new skills. Whether lighting a fire without matches, foraging for wild food, learning how to shoot, making pasta from scratch, baking home-made cupcakes, willow weaving, dry stone walling, or creative craft activities, we hope our groups go away from our events inspired and feeling more connected to nature, each other and themselves.