Our Team

Our Team

We are lucky to have a fantastic team here at RYG, not only of instructional staff, but also of domestic staff to look after you during your stay.

Teaching Staff

Our instructors and teachers are experienced outdoor practitioners and qualified to a high standard. For them it is a full-time career choice and a passion. Children visiting the centre are able to work with the same instructor throughout the course, building a rapport with them. We find this makes teaching more purposeful as activities can be tailored, and challenge or support given more effectively. We see amazing changes in children throughout their stay which make us extremely proud.


Ed has always had a love of the outdoors since he was young he was a keen paddler at a young age and took part in many expeditions as a scout and also DofE.  

Ed has worked in the outdoors for over 30 years, and has developed a huge amount of experience over that time as a teacher, instructor and now as Head of Centre at RYG for the past 18 years.

Ed completed a degree in Geography and Earth Sciences before qualifying as a teacher. He then went on to work as a trainee instructor and continued to work at a number of centres across North and South Wales before gaining a teaching post at RYG. It was after several years after this that RYG, a Local Authority Centre, faced closure. It was at that point the Ed put his own personal love of the outdoors on hold somewhat to ensure that many thousands of children could still benefit from visits to the centre and have even just a snapshot of what had inspired him so much. He always puts the children first!

Ed is a keen Whitewater kayaker and experienced sea kayaker. He has enjoyed designing and running sea kayaking expeditions around the west coast of Scotland as well as some adventurous trips of his own when he has time. “I love working with groups outside and watching them learn about themselves, and the world around them.”

Outside of work, Ed has coached at the local Canoe Club in Bala for 16 years where he is a member of the committee and enjoys what the children get out of being on the water and progressing in the sport. Ed also likes to spend time with his family, surfing, kayaking and riding his bike up the steep hills around North Wales (faster than other members of the staff team). 


Adam has been working in the outdoors since the early 1980’s. He brings a large amount of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the team. Adam has always had a love for the outdoors, spending his youth climbing and adventure racing all over the world. He decided to combine this personal interest with his philosophical beliefs of the importance of the outdoors to young people and the future of society, and created a very successful career as a teacher in the outdoors. In his own time Adam is a cycling machine, enjoys running, rock climbing, and has climbed all of Scotland’s 282 Munros!

“Seeing young people reveal hidden talents and grow in confidence is one of my favourite parts of this job, but also seeing teacher – student relationships enriched through shared experience beyond the classroom.”


It all started for Amber when she went on a residential trip with her primary school, and after finishing college she joined a trainee scheme at an outdoor centre in South Wales. For Amber the draw to a career in the outdoors is the sense of achievement that the children get from challenging themselves and succeeding. She also loves being a part of giving people from cities new experiences of the great outdoors in the countryside. Outside RYG Amber loves rock climbing, mountain walking and caving, and is also a big fan of fancy dress outfit.

“My favourite part of this job is being in the outdoors, spending time surrounded by the beautiful scenery we are lucky to live in.”