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Tracey has defined and developed the strategic direction of the Outdoor Partnership since its inception back in 2005.

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.

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Tracey Evans
Chief Executive Officer
Mark has been involved with the Outdoor Partnership since its inception back in 2005. for over 14 years, he was Gwynedd’s Outdoor Activities Development Officer. During this time, he has 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.

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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.

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Elin Humphreys
Finance Officer
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.

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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.

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Bethan Logan
Outdoor Activities Development Officer - Mid Wales
Brett comes to us with a background in delivering outdoor intervention programmes and qualifications, DofE assessing, youth work and more recently, working on employability programmes.

Brett is looking forward to developing the “Opening the Doors to the Outdoors” programme in Gwent to enable more people to gain from the amazing benefits of outdoor activities.

Outside of work, Brett enjoys spending time with his growing family exploring nature. He is a keen fell runner, hiker and climber, holding his mountain leader, climbing wall instructor and mountain bike instructor qualifications.

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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. She has also been working with Slalom Inspires over the past few years, aiding with events, safeguarding and mentoring projects.

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.

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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.

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Roger Pierce
Outdoor Activity Development Officer - Conwy
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.

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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!

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Sian Williams
Volunteer Officer
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.

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Simon Jones
Training Officer
Dafydd has been involved with the outdoors from an early age, as a climber, mountaineer, fell runner and mountain biker. He worked at a number of outdoor centres in Wales and Scotland from the early eighties until 1994. Dafydd then went to work for the Forestry Commission, where he developed the world’s first mountain bike trail centre at Coed y Brenin, and later trail centres at four other locations in Wales. For his work with FC Dafydd was awarded an MBE in 2004.

He started his own trails consultancy business in 2004 working worldwide on trail development planning, design, construction, and management. He was responsible for developing local, regional, and national strategies, master plans, designs and policies associated with trails around the world. He has always been passionate about connecting people and communities to landscapes, environments, and places at all levels and in sustainable ways. He has won awards for his work in the US and is a member of the International Mountain Biking Hall of Fame.

He has always been very keen on getting people into the outdoors and is very aware of the health and community benefits of outdoor recreation and activities. He has a passion for the landscape of North Wales, and is a prolific landscape artist, and has exhibited at several galleries. He is an active climber, mountaineer, mountain biker and runner and has climbed and mountain biked all over the world.

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Dafydd Davis
Healthy & Active Officer
Bethan has over 6 years’ professional and personal experience of working with children, young people and adults with pan disabilities.

Since joining the team in March 2017, Bethan has played an instrumental role in helping the charity achieve the Disability Sport Wales Insport Bronze Accreditation and is playing an influential role in improving access to the outdoors for women & girls and people with pan disabilities in North Wales.

Bethan is passionate about sport and inspiring others to get active. When not working Bethan spends a lot of her time travelling up and down the country competing in rugby and currently plays for Firwood Waterloo Ladies, RGC Ladies and is part of the Welsh Womens 15s and 7s Squads.

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Bethan Davies
Programme Support Officer
Caoimhe joins the team with over 10 years’ experience of youth and community work, using the outdoors as an outlet for people to develop themselves personally. She has worked in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Canada with various outdoor education centres and providers.

Caoimhe is the first of three new Outdoor Activities Development Officers that will be joining the team as part of the UK lottery expansion project ‘Opening the Doors to the Outdoors’. Based at the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre in Northern Ireland, she will cover the areas of Newry, Mourne and Down – Ards and North Down – Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavion.

The role will involve establishing, and supporting existing local community outdoor clubs and groups, schools, and youth groups encouraging participation in a wide range of outdoor activities using the natural environment on their doorstep.

Caoimhe holds the Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award, BCU Level 2 Canoe and Kayak coach, Sea kayak leader, Sea kayak coach, Canoe leader and MBLA Trail Cycle leader.

Outside of work Caoimhe can be found trail running with her dog, on the sea in her kayak, mountain biking, climbing, or paddling down a river.

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Caoimhe Connor
Outdoor Activity Development Officer - Northern Ireland
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.

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Claire Bryant
Outdoor Activities Development Officer - Cumbria
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.

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Vincent Mcwhirter
Ayrshire Outdoor Activities Development Officer