MEET THE TEAM

Matt is the founder and driving force behind Inspired Expeditions. After completing his Gold DofE at school he spent the summer in the Lake District as a Freelance Watersports Instructor. Subsequently joining the Royal Navy as an Officer, specialising as a Pilot. Whilst serving in the Royal Navy he gained his JSML (Joint Service Mountain Leader) qualification and lead several trips for the military. Upon leaving the military Matt worked for two FTSE 100 companies as a business development executive and gained his ML (Mountain Leader) Award, this then rolled into joining Thames Valley Police as a part time Police Officer whilst he set up Inspired Expeditions. Matt has always had a passion for the outdoors, being out on expedition, and setting up Inspired Expeditions has allowed him to help develop young people through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Matt is also a DofE Coordinator for two centres. He purchased Henley Canoe Hire in 2015, and he has just married his wonderful fiancee in June 2016. matt@inspiredexpeditions.co.uk

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Matthew Couling
Managing Director

Charlie was the first employee of Inspired Expeditions and has worked alongside Matt for most of his career! His passion for the outdoors started while he was at school doing his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He completed his Bronze, Silver and Gold Award while at school and as soon as he has completed his Gold expedition he wanted to become a DofE Leader. Whilst helping Matt set up and run the company Charlie gained valuable experience and qualifications developing his skills to where he is now. Charlie has completed his ML (Mountain Leader) Training, HML (Hill and Moorland Leader) and his UKCC Level 1 Coaching Certificate. His experience has now developed his role where he now plans, organises and facilitates all aspects of what Inspired Expeditions offer. In his spare time he also builds and races light hovercraft in the UK National Championships. charlie@inspiredexpeditions.co.uk

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Charlie Metcalfe
Operations & Logistics Manager

Charlotte is the Office and Expedition Manager for Inspired Expeditions. Her time is spent both in the office, planning and organising expeditions and facilitating activities and expeditions. She started as a youth worker in London, gaining a degree in youth work, and then moved on to instructing at multi activity outdoor adventure centres for 5 years in Scotland at first and then England. During her career she has gained in house and national qualifications for the activities such as climbing, abseiling, orienteering, bush craft, high ropes and zip line, night line, team building, archery, hill walking, watersports and fencing to name a few. In her spare time she loves going climbing and skiing when she can. charlotte@inspiredexpeditions.co.uk

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Charlotte Leadbeater
Office and Expedition Manager

Rich has been involved in the Outdoor industry since leaving school. He spent a winter season gaining his CSIA ski instructor certification and then worked as an activity instructor in Scotland for 5 years gaining his SPA Climbing award, UKCC L1 in Paddlesports (with White Water Safety & Rescue). He worked for Inspired Expeditions as a freelancer for 3 years and we liked him so much we gave him a job! He now heads up our Outdoor Learning Program. rich@inspiredexpeditions.co.uk

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Rich Leadbeater
Outdoor Learning Coordinator

Reece has been involved with water sports activities from a young age and has therefore gained lots of valuable experience and qualifications prior to working with Inspired Expeditions. Having spent lots of time on the water with groups Reece has developed strong coaching and group management skills. During his apprenticeship he is now developing his land based experience, skills and qualifications and applying this to DofE. He has a love and enthusiasm for being outdoors and helping people enjoy and understand it, good values to back his apprenticeship, making him a key member of the Inspired team on a day to day basis. Reece is an open water lifeguard, UKCC Level 2 Paddlesports Coach, 4 star touring leader, 3 star canoe and Lowland Leader. reece@inspiredexpeditions.co.uk

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Reece Game
Apprentice Learning & Adventure Facilitator

Ever since and early age Paul has always had a passion for adventure and travel. This started with family holidays to the Lake District, Scotland and later the French Alps. Professionally he has worked as an outdoor instructor and trekking guide for the last 18 years in both the UK and aboard having visited destinations such as Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia as well as extensive travel in South East Asia and Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. Paul holds the International Mountain Leader (IML) award as well as the Summer and Winter Mountain Leader Awards and is also in the process of getting ready for his MIA assessment. In his spare time he likes to run mountain Ultra marathons and have adventures with friends.

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Paul Gale
Senior Learning & Adventure Facilitator

Paul has facilitated expeditions with Inspired Expeditions since it was founded, his experience ranges from delivering team building events to directing multi day, dual disciplined expeditions in the UK and Norway. Paul is a key part of the facilitating team at Inspired Expeditions course directing many expeditions each year. Paul holds his Mountain Leader Summer award and is an aspirant IML and WML. He has also led expeditions to Kilimanjaro and planning Peru in 2017. In addition to this he has spent most of his career serving as a police officer. paul@inspiredexpeditions.co.uk

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Paul Reeve
Senior Learning & Adventure Facilitator

Monty is our trusty Inspired Labradoodle! He loves running, tennis balls and being on DofE. When he is not out and about on Expedition he is either at home or ‘helping out’ in the office. He is the epitome of self sufficiency on DofE with his rucksack carrying all he would ever need (+ a tracker, just in case)!

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Monty
Adventure Dog

INSPIRED ADVENTURE CENTRE

We have our very own centre based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, just outside the Chilterns on the River Thames.

At our centre in Marlow we have a campsite for up to 200 people as well as use of three lakes and direct access to the River Thames.

This gives us the capacity to run many of our DofE weekends, for walking, paddling and biking on site. Inspired Adventure Centre is also perfect for team building days, overnight camps and corporate days.

TESTIMONIALS

We would like to express our sincere thanks to you and your team at Inspired Expeditions for all that you have done for our two girls, Emily and Lizzie, taking them from Bronze to Gold in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. We have always felt that they have been in expert and trusted hands as despite them going off to far flung places on expeditions we have never had the remotest concern. Most importantly the girls have enjoyed their experiences and have grown in statue and confidence because of them. For Emily, who has been through the university interview process already, she said that it was of great interest to the interviewers as it showed her commitment and willingness to learn new skills beyond her usual comfort zone. As a parent we have been grateful for the updates and communication throughout the process, particularly when the girls have been away training and on expeditions. We wish Inspired Expeditions continued success as it really does do what it says on the tin - It really does provide ‘Inspired Expeditions’. Kind regards

Nick & Joanne Moss, Parents.

For our Sixth Form Induction Trip, Inspired Expeditions made sure all the pupils had a fantastic time. The team building activities were pitched at exactly the right level and the staff were extremely professional in the way they led the activities. The students got a bit damp, quite rightly, and in terms of value for money and the experience the students had, I don’t think we could have found better.

Jason Dance, Head of Sixth Form, Co-educational Independent School.

We had a lovely day and we would definitely love to return. We thought the activities were all well organised and all instructors were very professional.

Trip Leader, Year 4 Activity Day, Primary School.