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Meet the team and find out why they enjoy supporting young people in these exciting adventures.



All team memebers hold relevant outdoor activity qualifications are mountain first aid trained and DBS checked.

Andy Bacon

A Director and Chair of Rezilient Ltd

A qualified Expedition Leader and Mountain First Aid Trained, but sadly DofE passed me by when I was younger.

I love the Outdoors and have done many walks, treks and challenges.

Seeing young people complete their D of E and the amazing experiences they get from it is my reward. I love being able to facilitate this opportunity.

And finally enjoying spending time with an amazing team of staff and all the banter with likeminded people who passionately want to help young people achieve, is inspiring. 

Craig Francis 

I've been passionate about the outdoors from a young age. It started with building dens and camping locally as a teenager. This led to walking and camping in South Wales and North Wales. I decided to gain qualifications - Mountain Leader, R.C.I - Rock Climbing Instructor  and C.W.D.I - Climbing Wall Development Instructor awards.
I'm currently working towards my Winter Mountain Leader Award..
I've worked and enjoyed the outdoors all over the UK, and overseas trips China, Morrocco, Peru and Nepal.
My greatest adventure has been Trekking to Everest Base Camp then climbing Island Peak at a height of 6165 meters

I'm passionate about teaching The DofE to young people, it’s a great fun way to learn about the outdoors and what you can achieve as an individual and part of a team.

The DofE should be enjoyed not Endured.
I believe in a fun and practical approach when teaching.

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Katie Barlow

Kate has always enjoyed spending time outdoors - walking, swimming and camping. She introduced her 4 children to outdoor adventures from an early age and encouraged them to learn basic map reading as soon as possible. She joined the Rezilient team in 2019 and is relishing the opportunity to help other young people discover the fun, challenge and reward that comes from exploring. 

Dave Skirvin

Dave helps out with Rezilient because he wants to give young people an appreciation of the outdoors and ensure that they have the skills needed to keep them safe on their expeditions. He enjoys getting to know the participants and seeing them grow and develop as they progress through the award. 

Helen Harrison

Hi, I’m Helen and I started my long association with the DofE Award back in 1994, when I embarked upon my Gold Award.  I have always loved being outdoors and I see the DofE as a great way of helping young people appreciate the benefits of spending time outside, building resilience and achieving a shared goal.  Rezilient staff really take the time to nurture young people and support them on their DofE journey, which is why I thoroughly enjoy being part of the team!

Jess Baker

Hi my name is Jess. 

When I am not sailing my weekends are spent out with Rezilient helping out on DofE practices and expeditions. I have worked through the DofE qualifications myself and in 2017 I completed the 3 peaks challenge taking on a peak a month to be awarded the diamond award. 

Philip Stoneman

I joined the team initially to help complete part of my Gold award section, three years and I’m still here(!) supervising expeditions. I love the outdoors and supporting Rezilient gives me the chance to escape the Monday to Friday grind! But even more than that, I love supporting young people and I know the benefits the Award can bring.As a supervisor I help participants with all aspects of their expeditions, from pre-expedition sessions – running safety and navigational workshops & carrying out those skills during the expeditions, making sure they have a safe yet engaging time outdoors, whatever weather! 

Alexis Cowie

I have been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award since 1996 when my own daughter took part. As time went on I became more involved, qualified as a Leader and an Assessor, ran Bronze Silver and Gold groups in a large school, before retiring and joining Rezilient as a Volunteer Leader and an Assessor. There is a great deal of pleasure in seeing participants grow and gain confidence in their own capabilities which is why I continue doing this as a Volunteer. 

Rohan Parmar
Rohan Parmar

Basic info about me:

- I enjoy climbing and have climbed up to E5 and onsight 7b+

- Since leaving school I have worked in the outdoors and educational settings alongside continuing to progress with qualifications and CPD and my degree.

- I have worked on 50+ DofE expeds. not including the training days!

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