My professional life as an outdoor leader and skills instructor began with cross country ski leading for Waymark Holidays in 1991. I am also a Chartered Engineer with 30 years’ experience mainly in the police and aviation sectors. I now work freelance providing mountain, ski and sea kayak skills training and leadership to private groups and specialist companies.

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  • Summer Mountain Leader
  • Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition assessor
  • BCU 4* sea kayak leader
  • BASI Level 2 Telemark and Nordic ski instructor
  • BASI Level 3 Mountain Safety
  • First Aid at Work:HSE approved, expires 21/06/2014
  • NSPCC Keeping Children Safe / Scout Association Safeguarding
  • OSH Managing Safely
  • Chartered Engineer, mentor and Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) practitioner
  • UK car / minibus driving licence with MIDAS


  • Working as a leader for The Telemark Ski Company most years 2000 to 2013, I have led tours in all winter conditions and achieved high levels of customer satisfaction, regularly being asked for by returning clients. John Eames (Director) said in his reference for my ML ‘…Tom has led our ski touring groups in various mountain areas in Norway during March and April for many years. I have complete confidence in him to look after our paying clients in all respects on remote tours in mountainous, Arctic terrain. I would certainly recommend him as a reliable and very competent leader…’
  • Leading the development of Kirkby Stephen Scout Group’s adult leader team expanding from three in 1999 to seven plus 13 ancillary helpers in July 2010 and being instrumental in setting up a new Explorer Scout Unit for 14-18 year olds in 2010.
  • Organising and running many camps, trips and short expeditions for Scouts in all age groups (6 to adult): travelling on foot, bike, kayak and canoe and receiving a Scout Association Award for Merit in 2011.


  • Arctic tour leader March 2013 – developed a new product hut touring in northern Finland for TomOutdoors
  • Telemark Ski Instructor for British Army Winter Sports Association Rauris, Austria January 2013
  • Duke of Edinburgh expedition trainer, supervisor & Gold assessor for Bull Precision Expeditions and Scouts 2012-13 (ongoing)
  • The Telemark Ski Company – ski leader / instructor 2000-2013 (ongoing)
  • Dovrefjell, Tafjordfjell, Jotunheimen, Geilo / Finse and Hardanger Vidda (Norway) – 14 weeks of instruction and tours
  • Scout Association – leader / skills instructor 2000-2013
  • Lead Group / District camp events (UK) -  20 camps
  • Organise and lead Group / District walk / cycle / kayak / canoe activities (UK) – 56 days
  • Instigate & Lead Eden District expedition to Norway February 2014
  • Leader for Cumbria contingent to World Scout Jamboree Japan 2015
  • Ski leader Austria & Italy– 2 weeks
  • Mountain & Wildlife Ventures – leader / ski instructor 1994-1996
  • Hardanger Vidda (Norway) – 12 days mountain touring skills course
  • Jotunheimen & Osterdalen (Norway) – 5½  weeks of tours
  • Waymark holidays – ski leader 1991-1994
  • Norway: Haugastol, Kvitavatn, Sjusjoen & Synnfjell; Switzerland: Engadin, Sedrun & Kandersteg; French Pyrenees: Lac des Bouillouses – 12 weeks of day tours and racing
  • Lakeland Cross Country Ski Club – tour organiser & ski leader 1992-2001
  • 6 weeks of racing, day & hut tours (Cogne, Italy and Dovrefjell / Rondane / Hardanger Vidda, Norway)
  • Raleigh International – Communications Officer 1987
  • Expedition 10E Queensland, Australia – 3 months (including 2 months’ bush camp)
  • Family & friends
  • Independent personal and group travel (urban, rural and back country) in Morocco, Spain, the Alps, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Czech Republic, Poland and Japan


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