Speaks Welsh
Tracey has defined and developed the strategic direction of the Outdoor Partnership since its inception back in 2004.

She has led the organisation from a small unincorporated body to a nationally respected charitable company, improving economic, health and social well-being for both communities and thousands of individuals throughout the home nations of the UK.  As well as a passion for the outdoors, Tracey brings a wealth of experience to her role through her lifelong involvement in sport. She has a professional background in sports development and has represented Wales as an elite performer and commonwealth medallist.  Outside work Tracey enjoys running, skiing, hill walking, rowing and cycling.

Her volunteering roles include membership of the Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee and as a Welsh Government Appointed Board Member of the Snowdonia National Park Authority.

Tracey Evans
Chief Executive Officer
Mark has been involved with the Outdoor Partnership since its inception back in 2004. For over 14 years, he was Gwynedd’s Outdoor Activities Development Officer. During this time, he established many voluntary outdoor activity clubs, mentored and supported hundreds of volunteers, planned, led, coordinated, and managed several programmes, including disability specific activities.

He has worked with Public Health Wales and the NHS, on health projects and referral schemes. He has successfully acquired thousands of pounds worth of grants for capital projects, such as building storage facilities for several outdoor clubs, as well as projects improving access to water, and to provide outdoor activities for residents in North West Wales.

Before joining the Outdoor Partnership Mark had over 10 years’ experience working full-time and as freelance Instructor at Outdoor Centres across North Wales. He currently holds the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, UKCC level 2 Moderate Water Endorsement, and the Trail Cycle Leader qualifications, and is one of very few Welsh speaking REC First Aid Instructors.

In his new role as the Outdoor Partnership’s Programme Manager, Mark will lead a project to replicate the charity’s ethos and success in North Wales, to other regions of the UK. This is part of a 7 year project under the heading ‘Opening Door to the Outdoors’, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

When not at work, Mark enjoys, hill walking, climbing, paddling, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding.

Mark Jones
Programme Manager
Elin has played a fundamental role in the charity’s achievements over the last eight years. She has gained broad third-sector financial and performance management experience including monitoring large EU funded projects.

Elin plays a central part in managing and monitoring half a million pounds of income and expenditure annually. She has extensive knowledge and experience of SAGE financial management system and is qualified to AAT Level 4.

When not buried under a pile of invoices Elin enjoys sampling a bit of culture on her travels (when she can find her passport 😊), socialising with her friends and singing in her local choir. Elin also enjoys walking, especially if there is a pub at the end of the journey.

Elin Humphreys
Finance Officer
Dan has worked in numerous projects throughout his career helping young people, from tackling homelessness, helping children from the looked after system settle into foster care, running a mobile youth project to running adventure programs for young people with psychosis across north Wales.

Dan is passionate and dedicated to using the wild spaces and community to help people improve their own lives and find connection with one another to improve peoples mental health, emotional welfare and ability to empower themselves.

He is a keen footballer, mountain walker & cook and enjoys spending time in the wild spaces of north Wales though wild swimming, foraging and camping and loves to spend time at sea whenever he can.

Dan Bartlett
Program Support Officer
Since graduating with a Sports Studies degree and moving to Northern Ireland over 20 years ago Victoria has worked with various sport, youth and disability organisations. She has gained experience in sports and club development, event and project management and working with a range of individuals and organisations. She is passionate about encouraging people from all backgrounds and abilities to access sport and activities. Victoria is looking forward to starting her new role with the Outdoor Partnership and working with the various groups and organisations to develop outdoor activities across Northern Ireland.

Having grown up in the Highlands of Scotland Victoria has been involved in outdoor activities from a young age such as skiing, hill walking, cycling and canoeing and loves to visit Scotland regularly. A keen runner she regularly takes part in many races, hill runs and has done a few marathons. Victoria enjoys nothing more than to have adventures to the many beautiful beaches, forests and hills around County Down. She also likes exploring new places on family camping trips – preferably somewhere near a beach where she can swim, paddle board or surf!

Victoria Kelly
Outdoor activities development officer - Northern Ireland - South East
Sam has joined the Outdoor Partnership after working in the world of outdoor education for the last 9 years. He started as an apprentice in the New Forest, moved up to Scotland and ended up as a senior instructor in North Yorkshire.

Whilst working as an instructor Sam has dabbled in most outdoor sports but found his calling in caving and prefers nothing more than to be underground, unless it’s raining, then he may be found in a local bouldering wall.

Whilst working as an instructor Sam has found that his greatest enjoyment has come from engaging people from diverse backgrounds into activities, they wouldn’t normally have been offered a chance to try. Sam has seen the benefits these activities can bring to peoples lives and is very much looking forward to doing more of this in his new role.

Apart from outdoor activities, Sam enjoys spending time in his shed attempting some DIY, going to gigs, and cooking on the BBQ.

Sam Allum
Outdoor activities development officer - North Yorkshire Coast
Sarah has worked in education and outdoor education for over 20 years - getting people outdoors always being a key priority. After travelling around the world where she experienced challenges and adventure on a daily basis, she settled back in the UK, teaching in schools across all key stages, working in outdoor centres and holding the position of Deputy Head of the Outdoor Service and Outdoor Education Adviser for Coventry for 9 years. During this time, Sarah also managed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for all Coventry DofE centres. She has been involved in extensive leader training course and program delivery throughout this time, supporting people of all ages to access the outdoors as well as leading young people on overseas visits and expeditions across the world.

Until recently Sarah was the West Midlands development officer for the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom working with schools to support student wellbeing through nature connectedness and embed learning beyond the classroom opportunities in everyday curriculum delivery.

Sarah is a member of the Outdoor Education Advisers Panel, chairing the Midlands region for 6 years and remains an active member of designated working groups.

As a qualified outdoor professional, Sarah is passionate about making outdoor activity accessible to everyone. Opening pathways to outdoor activity for ever community in Coventry is an exciting prospect utilising the programs of the Outdoor Partnership

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys exploring the country with her husband in their campervan, finding adventure wherever they go.

Sarah Ramsey
Outdoor activities development officer - Coventry
Stuart has worked in the in the outdoor industry for over 35 years, running centres from Australia to Plymouth and a number of countries in between. Originally an engineer and youth worker in the west midlands, he fell in love with the outdoors whilst doing the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme and never looked back.

He has been an appointed RYA dinghy trainer and RYA centre inspector for over 20 yrs. and holds RYA Senior instructor qualification and instructor qualifications in Dinghy, keelboat, multihull, race coaching, powerboat, windsurfing and first aid, along with BCU kayak coaching qualifications. Also has been able to sail yachts all over the world taking part in some of the iconic yacht races.
Over the last 10 yrs. Stuart has been working in youth work and community development, enabling local organisations to development and fulfil their ambitions, with funding support, connections, networking and advocating for the voluntary and community sector in the Plymouth area.
Stuart and his family moved to Plymouth 20yrs ago, luckily his family share his outdoor passions, holidays mostly include walking, mountain biking, skiing and climbing in the alps, paddling the local rivers and racing their boats with the local clubs. Outside of adventurous sports, Stuart is a massive American football fan.

Stuart Jones
Outdoor activities development officer - Plymouth
After finishing his degree in Sports Studies at the University of Ulster he has had a keen interest in Sport and Community development ranging from various coaching roles to working within community services and the health and well-being sector. He is also currently training to become a coach developer/tutor for Cycling Ireland.

Gary is looking forward to being able to develop outdoor reaction within the Sperrins and watching local communities thrive and grow utilizing the Sperrins amazing natural resources.
Gary’s passion is for anything cycling related. As a youngster he spent most of his time in the Gortin Glens exploring the forest park and finding things to jump off. He has competed across various cycling disciplines which has taken him across Europe and further afield. His main discipline now is enduro mountain biking, this has allowed him to take full advantage of the MTB trail network the Sperrins has to offer. He recently finished 3rd place in the 2022 Trans Madeira 5-day stage race and is looking forward to competing in more multi day stage racing events in the future.

Gary Donaldson
Outdoor activities development officer - The Sperrins Northern Ireland
Leila started in the Outdoor Development Officer post for Central South Wales in 2021, having previously worked in Outdoor Education for over 15 years, locally and Internationally, previously working and living in SE Asia, Switzerland and Costa Rica.

Leila holds the Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award, Cave leader, UKCC BCU Level 2 coach in water sports, such as inland kayak, sea kayak, canoe and SUP and Forest School Leader. Outside of work Leila spends time enjoying trail running, mountain biking, surfing and having mini adventures with her family. In her role as Outdoor Activities Development Officer, she loves the idea of trying to help the Outdoor Partnership achieve their vision and become the glue that brings everything together, helping bind local communities together and create sustainable use and understanding of the environment.

Leila Connolly
Outdoor Activities Development Officer - Central South Wales
Bethan has joined the team with over ten years’ experience wearing a helmet in various outdoor settings across the UK. Since a childhood spent pestering parents to take her to a climbing wall, she now spends her days inspiring others to take part in outdoor activities. She has worked at outdoor centres in Southwest England and The Bendrigg Trust in the Lake District before returning to Wales and spending several years freelancing at multi-activity centres and for DofE expedition providers.

Over time, Bethan has seen how important, and even essential, taking part in outdoor activities can be for people’s well-being and physical health and is keen to work hard to ensure more people in mid Wales have access to these benefits.

Bethan holds Mountain Leader, RCI and other paddlesport, caving and orienteering coaching qualifications and is working towards her Climbing Development Coach Award. She is a registered director of climbing and hill-walking awards and courses for Mountain Training and tutor of navigation courses for NNAS.

When not working, Bethan likes to take a busman’s holiday – climbing, hill-walking, fell running and cycling around the UK or donning a rucksack or panniers to take on long-distance routes around Europe, the Pyrenees being a favourite. More recently, adventures have included squeezing two people and two whippets into a van and exploring islands around the UK, packraft in tow.

Bethan Logan
Outdoor Activities Development Officer - Mid Wales
Zac joins the OP team as a devoted outdoor enthusiast. Having grown up in North Wales and spending several years in the French alps, he has always been immersed in the outdoors and is constantly looking to take on a new challenge! His background in alpine ski racing saw him represent Wales and Great Britain across Europe at elite level. 

Zac, formerly an ambassador for the Outdoor Partnership and beneficiary of the coach education programme, looks forward to expanding the current outdoor provision across North Wales as he is passionate about outdoor recreation and its associated benefits.
Professionally, Zac has worked as a surfing and water sports instructor for several years and has recently been working at Adventure Parc Snowdonia as the Adventure Manager where he managed a large team of outdoor instructors across a multitude of activities. He was responsible for the safe operation of all activities on site, staff welfare and training. He is looking forward to bringing his skills and knowledge into the OP team and hopes to benefit the wider community. In his personal life Zac his passion now lies in surf trips and chasing quality waves. When not skiing or surfing he loves mountain biking and climbing and has recently taken on the new challenge of wing foiling! He isn’t shy about getting out in the elements!

Zac Pierce
Outdoor activities development officer - North Wales
Brett has a background in delivering outdoor intervention programmes and qualifications, DofE assessing, youth work and employability programmes.

Brett is passionate about supporting those who face significant barriers to accessing outdoor activities to experience the positive health and wellbeing benefits that engagement brings. He has been developing the “Opening the Doors to the Outdoors” programme in Gwent since June 2021.

Outside of work, Brett enjoys exploring nature with his family. He is a keen fell runner and climber, holding his Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications. Brett is also an operational member of Longtown Mountain Rescue Team who cover the Black Mountains area of Bannau Brycheiniog National Park.

Brett Mahoney
Outdoor Activities Development Officer - Gwent
Sioned joins the team with experience in Coaching, Aquatic Development and Sports Science. Working closely with Governing Bodies to ensure individuals living in rural areas are given ample opportunities to participate.

This work has gained her a position on the Swim Wales Consultation Panel and a Sport Wales Youth Panel. 

In her spare time, she enjoys Open Water Swimming at her local beaches and lakes, Trail Running at local forests and Hiking with her dogs.

Sioned is passionate about ensuring everyone’s voice is heard and is looking forward to getting started in her new role.

Sioned Thomas
Outdoor Activities Development Officer - Swansea Bay Region
Roger has been involved with the work of the Outdoor Partnership since its early days. During his 20 plus years working as a Sports Development Officer for Anglesey County Council, he saw the Outdoor Partnership come into existence and then became actively involved in many of the organisation's projects based on the island working closely with the Anglesey Outdoor Activity Development Officers.

He has been involved in both indoor and outdoor sports from an early age, participating, competing and coaching up to national standard. He holds a number of mountain and water-based National Governing Body awards and when not working spends his time surfing, climbing, mountain biking, alpine skiing and ski touring.

Roger Pierce
Outdoor Activity Development Officer - Conwy
Vincent joins the team with over 12 years’ experience with the Duke of Edinburgh`s Award programme as a Development Officer and DofE Manager for South Ayrshire Council in Scotland. Before that he worked in primary schools as a community worker and also in leisure and sports development.

Vincent is excited to be able to work across all of the three Ayrshire Authorities and develop the “Opening the Doors to the Outdoors” programme in supporting and developing outdoor activities, clubs, schools and youth groups across the County.

He has been an RNLI crew member of Troon Lifeboat for the past 15 years. He is a keen sailor, coastal rower and hillwalker holding the Walking Group Leader and RYA Coastal Skipper qualification.

Vincent Mcwhirter
Outdoor Activities Development Officer - Ayrshire
Tomos has over 12 years experience as an Instructor and Senior Outdoor Instructor. He has a variety of qualifications that include RYA Senior Instructor, Lowland Leader Award a UKCC Level 2 Paddlesports.

He started taking part in activities such as sailing and canoeing in his early teens. While studying for a degree in Tourism Management at Aberystwyth University, he discovered a love for skiing, and since then he has successfully gained the BASI Alpine Level 1 qualification.

Tomos is fond of having new experiences. He has travelled to many counties and had an extended period travelling South West Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In his leisure time, Tomos enjoys walking in Snowdonia, sailing and cycling. He is also fond of playing the guitar, cooking and socialising with his friends and family.

In his role as Outdoor Activities Development Officer, he is looking forward to working with the Outdoor Partnership, and continue to provide experiences and opportunities in the outdoors for the residents of Gwynedd.

Tomos Lloyd
Outdoor Activities Development Officer - Gwynedd
As the Volunteer Officer, she will be working to develop and support the work of the volunteers in Outdoor clubs, and spreading the word about the Outdoor Partnership and the opportunities it can provide across the whole of Wales, so that more people and groups can access the same great resources.

Having spent a number of years travelling and working abroad, mainly in the ski industry, she returned to Wales to work as a Sports Development officer, enjoying the opportunity to encourage children and young people in Gwynedd to take part in all kind of sporting activities.

Working with The Outdoor Partnership is a chance for her to specifically support and encourage individuals, groups and clubs to enjoy the outdoors, as she does. Outside of work, this is where you’ll find her! Either cycling quiet back roads, swimming in the sea or lakes, road tripping in the van, or running in the mountains and tackling fell races – often telling herself half-way up a steep climb, to find a new hobby!

Sian Williams
Volunteer Officer
An Outdoor Education professional since 2002, Claire is one of our newest recruits fulfilling the role of Outdoor Activities Development Officer for Copeland.

Having worked across England and Wales at various outdoor centres (including Outward Bound and The Calvert Trust), Claire brings her extensive knowledge of outdoor pursuits to the team.

Working on the UK Lottery Expansion project ‘opening doors to the outdoors’ Claire is excited to share her passion for adventure with others, and replicate the great things achieved in Wales, across West Cumbria.

Living in Cumbria with her young family (and dog) she tries to make the most of the amazing natural facilities on her doorstep. Passionate about helping others to be able to achieve and push themselves, your likely to find her canoeing on a lake or river, perhaps hill walking (not always to a pub) or just playing in the great outdoors with her family.

Claire Bryant
Outdoor Activities Development Officer - Cumbria
Simon has been contributing towards the charity’s achievements for almost 10 years, firstly in his capacity as Anglesey’s Outdoor Activities Development Officer back in 2009 and more recently as our Volunteer Officer.

Simon has over 10 years’ experience of working with volunteers and extensive knowledge and understanding of National Governing Bodies of outdoor sport qualification frameworks.

He currently holds the Mountain Leader Summer and Winter Awards, Mountain Instructor Awards and working towards his Mountain Instructor Certificate. Outside of work, Simon enjoys skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering, climbing, running and mountain biking.

Simon Jones
Training Officer
The outdoors has always been a part of my life. I was raised on a farm, in school I attended a lot of sports events.

I didn’t do any outdoor sports until I went to college, I did an Outdoor Adventure level3 course. Since then, I’ve been working towards some qualifications that would allow me to work in the outdoors industry.

During my time at college, I had a brilliant opportunity to experience and develop myself, like I said before I hadn’t done anything outdoorsy. I got to kayak, canoe, sail, climb, hill walking and did some winter skills up in Scotland.

Megan Bown
Anglesey Swim Safe Officer