Staff profiles

David Sharp
David Sharp

Job Title: 
Chief Executive.

Date Started:
March 2002.

Experience:
15 years as a part time youth worker, 12 years working in local authority leisure services, 8 years voluntary sector which include 5 years as Deputy Chief Executive.

Responsibilities: 
Everything but mainly the strategic direction of the organisation.

Favourite part of your job: 
Meeting new people and helping young people realise their potential.

Hobbies:
Mountain biking, Climbing Mountains, Sci Fi.

Mark Faulkner
Mark Faulkner

Job Title: 
Head of Centre.

Date started:
Jan 2009.

Previous Experience/ training:
34 Years in the Army; retired as a Colonel.

Responsibilities:
Managing the day to day operations of Carlton Lodge to provide day and residential programmes of adventurous activities to our customers.

Favourite part of your current job:
The interaction with the huge variety of customers who visit Carlton Lodge.

Hobbies:
Cricket, golf, gardening and bridge.

Favourite quote: 
'Education is that what is left when what you have learned has been forgotten.' Albert Einstein

George Plant
George

Job Title: 
Chief Instructor.

Date Started:
March 2008.

Qualifications:
Fifteen years experience, SPA, ML, CIC, BCU level 1 Coach.

Responsibilities:
Managing staff and ensuring activities are conducted in a safe environment.

Favourite part of your job:
Working with David!

Favourite Book:
Too many to list but currently Terry Pratchett books.

Favourite Quote:
'If you try, you risk failure: if you don't you ensure it.'

Bex Avery

Job Title: 
Senior Activities Instructor.

Started:
April 2011.

Qualifications:
10 years experience, 4* Canoe Leader, L2 Paddlesport Coach, L2 Cave Leader, Gorge and Ghyll Leader, SPA (Single Pitch Assessment) Trained and First Aid.

Responsibilities:
Managing seasonal staff and ensuring things run smoothly.

Favourite Book:
Touching the Void.

Favourite Quote:
'I haven't been everywhere yet, but it's on my list.' 

Judith Worrall
Judith Worrall

Job Title: 
Facilities Manager.

Date Started:
January 2005.

Responsibilities:  
Ensuring the buildings are clean and prepared for our visitors and the catering requirements are met for groups.  Making sure everyone has a comfortable and memorable stay.

Favourite part of your job: 
Seeing smiley happy people amd listening to children telling me about their day.

Hobbies:  
Cycling, Horse riding, baking and reading.

Favourite thing to do:  
I love riding with my cycle club (Yorkshire Lasses) and my husband. Spending time with my family and friends.

April Lishman
April Lishman

Job Title: 
Chef.

Date Started: 
April 2017. 

Responsibilities:  
Making sure that everyone staying gets a home cooked meal. 

Favourite part of your job:  
Baking.

Hobbies:  
Walking, baking, music, movies, cross stitch, arts and crafts.

What do you like to do on your days off:  
Walking, shopping and socialising with friends.

Gillian Harrison
Gillian Harrison

Job Title
Office Administrator [Part-Time].

Date Started:
April 2008.

Experience:
Since leaving school I have mainly worked in Administration - in the Health Service; Ministry of Defense; Foreign & Commonwealth and Home Office. I also volunteer at the local Baptist Church, coordinating events and editing audio recordings for website podcasts.

Responsibilities:
Main Reception, if you telephone the office there is a good chance I will be the first person you speak to. 

Favourite part of your job:
Meeting people and being the welcoming first-face for visitors enter the office.

Hobbies:
Travel, walking, cycling, gardening, music & TV.

Favourite things to do:
Spending time with family and friends.

Caitlin McClurg
Caitlin

Job Title:
Seasonal Instructor. 

Date Started:
Feb 2018 - Second season. 

Experience:
Before working at Carlton Lodge I studied Outdoor leadership at the University of Cumbria. I have been on many expeditions including Canoeing in Scotland and walking in Morocco.
 
Responsibilities:
Running sessions and making sure the students get the best experience possible. 

Favourite part of the job:
Watching students gain confidence in themselves

What I do on my days off:
Climbing and socializing with friends

Tell us an interesting fact about yourselves:
I have kissed Olly Murs and sang with S Club 7 for Children in Need. 

Lee Preston
Lee

Job Title: 
Seasonal Instructor. 

Date Started:
Feb 2018. 

Experience:
Life.

Responsibilities:
To make people enjoy the activity.

What is your favorite book?
3 men in a boat - Jerome K Jerome.

Favorite quote:
We don't inherit the earth from our parents, we hold it in trust for our children.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself:
I was living in Hong Kong at the time of Bruce Lee's funeral. I didn't receive an invite! Just as he feared me in life he spurned me in death. 

 

Felicity Leigh-Hudson
Felicity

Job Title:
Seasonal Instructor. 

Date Started:
Feb 2018. 

Experience:
Four years previous outdoor experience and a Level 3 National Diploma in Outdoor Education.

Responsibilities:
Providing a safe and fun learning experience.

Favourite part of the job:
Sunny days outside.

Favourite book:
The Gruffalo.

Favourite quote:
'A helmet that's not done up is just a hat.'

Becca Haberfield
Becca

Job Title: 
Seasonal Instructor. 

Date Started:
Feb 2018 - Second season. 

Experience:
Three years of working as an outdoor instructor.

Responsibilities:
Ensuring that all participants get an equal chance of giving an activity a go by adapting it so they can take part regardless of age, gender, disability etc.

What I do on my days off:
Climbing and sight seeing - being a real tourist!

Hobbies:
Climbing, Walking the dog, Volunteering for an events company. 

Favourite quote:
'Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.'  Winnie the Pooh - Christopher Robin.

Connor Cannings
Connor

Job Title: 
Seasonal Instructor. 

Date Started:
Feb 2018 - Second season.

Experience:
Three year's studying outdoor education, one year spent gaining my qualifications and was in the Scouts.

Responsibilities:
To ensure all members of my group have a safe but enjoyable time / session and they all come away with a positive experience and learn something new. 

Qualifications:
Level 1 Paddle sport coach, Level 1 Cave training, Single Pitch Assessment, Mountain bike leader level 1, Gorge and Ghyll trained.

Favourite book:
King of the Cloud Forests - Micheal Morpurgo.

Favourite quote:
'The person at the top of a mountain didn't fall there.'

Matt Salmon
Matt

Job Title: 
Seasonal Instructor. 

Date Started:
Feb 2018 - Second Season.

Experience:
Having been raised by a bear and a black panther I have gained extensive experince in the outdoors and have learned not to trust scar faced tigers and pythons!

Qualifications:
BCU level 1 Paddlesport Coach. Single Pitch Assessment, Level 1 Cave trained.

Favourite thing to do:
Going on outdoor adventures with friends and relaxing afterwards. 

Tell us an intresting fact about yourself:
I can't play basketball - that will make sense when you meet me!

Jake Roberts
Jake

Job Title: 
Seasonal Instructor. 

Date Started:
Feb 2018. 

Experience:
Three years outdoor leadership course and three years as an outdoor instructor. 

Responsibilities:
To promote outdoor education in a fun and safe environment.

Favourite thing to do:
White water paddling.

Favourite book:
The killing joke - Batman Graphic novel.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself:
I worked at the London 2012 Olympics and Para Olympics and met the Team GB football team and the Gold Medalists of the Mexico Olympic football team. 

Sam Allum
Sam

Job Title: 
Seasonal Instructor. 

Date Started:
Feb 2018.

Experience:
I have been an instructor for 4 year, starting as an apprentice and working my way to this job.

Responsibilities:
To run sessions and make sure the group have a great stay.

What I do on my days off:
I like getting lost!

Favourite book:
The Encyclopedia Britannica.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself:
I was accidently a model in Rohan outdoor shops and their advertising. 

"I particularly enjoyed the zip wire because i felt like i was flying"

Tom W, Aged 12 

“I am writing to say a giant THANK YOU for making Carlton Lodge the best experience of my life!”

Jasmin, aged 10

We can honestly say this is the best residential we have ever attended. 

Thorpe Primary School - June 2018

Everyone loved it and didn’t want to leave, even with the snow.

12th Harrogate, St.Marks, Brownies

“The rooms were excellent and the food was gorgeous!”

James, Aged 9

“The instructors made me smile because I knew I was safe in their hands.”

Kaitlyn, aged 10

 “Always a real pleasure to come to Carlton Lodge. A lovely setting, amazing friendly staff and comfortable accommodation. Can't wait for next year for more of the same.”

Ings Primary School - May 2018

"The group were all encouraged and supported to achieve their goals - amazing instructors!"

College Tutor, North Yorkshire

"We were extremely impressed by the professionalism, enthusiasm and patience that your instructors showed in every activity."

Youth Worker, Hull

“It was the best school trip ever, I would like to go back and do it all again.”

Maddison, aged 10

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