- International Mountain Leader
- Summer Mountain Leader
- Rock Climbing Instructor
- MIA Trained
- BCU Level 2 Canoe
- BC Mountain bike leader Level 2
- DofE Assessor
- First Aid
- First Aid for mental health Level 2
How did your career in the outdoors start?
I grew up in the Netherlands and always been sporty and active. While watching TV one day, I saw someone climbing, and knew that was what I wanted to do! I asked for my next birthday for an indoor climbing session and from that moment I was hooked!
After I finished school I continued to Sports College and focussed on the great outdoors! This has given me so many opportunities and eventually I decided to carry on in the UK with my qualifications and now I am working all over the world with young people or adults! What a job :)
What's been your most memorable outdoor experience?
Ooh this is a hard question. There are so many! The beauty of being able to work and play in the outdoors. I once had a bivi on top of Helvellyn in the winter with a very keen group of young people! That was pretty amazing as they totally embraced the experience in the freezing cold. Also I love a good sunset/sunrise in the mountains and Africa is proven to be a pretty ace location for that.
What's your one piece of 'can't do without' kit?
Headwear! Choosing this means I can get 2 'can't do with out' pieces in! I do love a good beanie and can't go on an adventure with out a buff, they are so versatile and I can use it in different situations.