Phil is a committed and highly qualified outdoor professional, well known in the UK outdoor education industry. Involved in all areas of Outdoor Education and safety management in his long career, he holds the highest level UK awards in climbing and caving delivery. Passionate about the value of outdoor experiences especially for young people, Phil has worked in schools, youth services and education units as a teacher, instructor and manager. He acts as technical advisor for a number of organisations and has carried out inspections on behalf of the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS).

Phil trains/assesses adults in national climbing, mountain walking and caving leadership awards, and is actively involved in the development of these schemes in various national roles. He has had a number of articles published in national outdoor journals and magazines over the years.

Phil is an active climber, mountaineer and caver with experience spanning the last 35 years. He is a veteran of expeditions around the world including European Alps, Alaska, Albania, Turkey, big walls in Yosemite (including El Capitan twice) and first ascents of ice climbs in Norway. He was one of two UK cavers on an international expedition to Abkhazia (2012), descending Krubera Cave (2196m deep) over ten days –at the time the deepest known cave in the world.

Outdoor Qualifications/Positions:

  • Mountain Instructors Certificate (MIC)
  • Cave Instructors Certificate (CIC)
  • Provider / Course Director for Mountain Training England awards in climbing and mountain walking
  • British Caving Association trainer/assessor for all national caving awards
  • Chair of National CIC Trainer/Assessor Panel and Acting Chair of BCA Qualifications Management Committee
  • Chair Elect – Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI)
  • Freelance AALS inspector
  • Accredited Practitioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning (APIOL)
  • ITC First Aid at Work