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Our Trustees

Paul Airey

Paul Airey

CHAIR / DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & RISK MANAGEMENT

Paul’s career in the outdoors has progressed from handyman in the 1970s to his last full time post as Outdoor Education & LOtC Adviser for Cheshire West & Chester Children’s Services and Halton Children’s Services. In the intervening years of teaching, Paul has at various times been Chair of the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel (OEAP), Chair of Mountain Training Cymru, and the regional chair of the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC).

Paul is also a Trustee for the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and helped develop the LOtC Quality Badge and LOtC Mark for Schools. He is a trustee of the Field Studies Council and a governor of a large secondary school in Cheshire which is committed to delivering much of the curriculum through outdoor learning. Some previous roles include chairing the Mountain Leader Training Board for Wales and he was one of the original authors of National Guidance for the OEAP. Paul has been a member of AAIAC and the Managing Forum for AAIAC. A firm believer in lifelong learning, Paul has learnt Welsh and completed a Master’s degree in Education at Bangor University in 2000. He has also been part of the development groups for both APIOL and LPIOL and is a Fellow of the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

Amanda Davies

Amanda Davies

VICE CHAIR / DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Amanda has contributed towards the Outdoor Partnership since it was established. She is currently the Managing Director of the Gwynedd Leisure Company, and prior to this worked in Community Regeneration, was a Senior Lecturer in Leisure Management at Bangor University and a Sports Development Officer.

She lives in Gerlan and is a mother of two. She enjoys a number of outdoor activities, including walking, skiing and sailing.

Joan Edwards

Joan Edwards

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Joan Edwards, Qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience in a variety of public and private sector organisations is also co-owner of Bryn Bella, an eco-friendly, award winning Guest House in Betws-y-coed.

A former trustee of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and Llanrwst Almshouse she enjoys a number of outdoor activities,including running (including 2 Snowdonia marathons), cycling, climbing, walking and triathlons.

Jo Owen

Jo Owen

DIRECTOR OF INCLUSION

Jo is a Mum to 2 boys with differing disabilities ie. autism and wheelchair user. This has given her the passion and genuine drive to see inclusivity become the “norm” for activity provision and recreational life for those with disabilities.

Jo and her husband set up Conwy Sea Rowing Club 5 years ago which is an inclusive rowing club and have achieved Insport Silver Award. Jo is involved in running the club as both secretary and Welfare Officer and lots in between!

Jo is also involved with Penmaenmawr Sailing Club Committee with regards to more inclusive provision and has recently been voted in as Chair for Disability Ski Wales. She aspires to work within best club practice and ensure it works for the members!

Jo enjoys the Outdoors and as a family participate in hillwalking, climbing, surfing, sailing, biking, camping and much more. They are used to thinking outside the box with regards getting the wheelchair places! They have a genuine ethos to share information and experiences to enhance inclusivity in the Outdoors

JIM JONES

JIM JONES

DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL & MARKETING

​Llandudno-born, Jim is an Ex-Welsh Guardsman on a new mission to sell North Wales to the world. After leaving the forces he worked for local government, in North Wales and London – eventually returning to head up the tourism and communities department at Conwy Council which he did for 6 years. He developed and implemented the first Destination Management Plan in Wales, which contributed to elevating Llandudno to number 3 in the UK’s Top 10 places to visit, and Conwy town being the only place in the UK to make the Japanese top 30 most beautiful places to visit in Europe. The Conwy tourism economy also grew in the same time from £560 to £790 million per year.

Jim is currently Managing Director of North Wales Tourism, the largest destination management organisation in Wales. He is passionate about working in partnership to promote the region's spectacular landscape, heritage, culture, food and drink, accommodation along with the adventure and family attractions. In his spare time he is also one of the most experienced Anti doping officers in the world having just returned from his fourth Olympics in Korea.

LEAH WATKINS

LEAH WATKINS

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

STUART WALLACE

STUART WALLACE

DIRECTOR OF LEGAL OPERATIONS

​Stuart went to sea in 1985 and served in both the Royal and Merchant Navy. This included 10 years working in Polar waters with the British Antarctic Survey, including an overwinter as Boats Officer at Rothera Research Station. He gained his Master Mariner’s certificate in 1994 and sailed as Master in High Speed Craft before coming ashore.

Stuart subsequently worked in ship management and marine consultancy, predominately taking instructions from underwriters and lawyers but also working in marine logistics and port development. 2016 saw a move closer to home to work with the RNLI where he is now the Area Lifesaving Manager covering Ynys Mon and Pen Llyn.

Having gone away to sea at 16 Stuart read law as a mature student graduating with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2008. He is an enthusiastic Welsh learner and is also a Trustee of Caernarfon Harbour Trust.

Stuart scuba dives, paddles a sea kayak and carries surf boards around for his kids.