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 married his wonderful fiancee in June 2016.

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), UKCC Level 1 Coaching Certificate and Off Site Safety & Management Course. He now oversees the planning, organisation and logistics of all the expeditions and residentials that Inspired Expeditions offer. In his spare time he also builds and races light hovercraft in the UK National Championships.

Charlie Metcalfe
Operations & Logistics Manager

Charlotte is the Office 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.

Charlotte Leadbeater
Office 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 Level 1 in paddle sports (with White Water Safety & Rescue) as well as other in house qualifications. Leaving Scotland he became the Assistant Manager of Cotswold Outdoor in Reading where he developed his passion for outdoor clothing and equipment, as well as training staff in both their knowledge and their customer service skills. After meeting the Inspired team, Rich quickly became a Learning and Adventure Facilitator for them, and now heads up the outdoor learning program for the company. He also loves the forest and is a bit of a crack shot with a throwing axe.

Rich Leadbeater
Outdoor Learning Coordinator

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 International Leader. He has also traveled in and led expeditions to Kilimanjaro,Peru, USA, The Alps,Morocco, Australia, New Zealand and is leading a private client group on a Everest Base Camp trek in 2018.

paul reeve
Paul Reeve
Expeditions Manager

Reece join the Inspired Team in 2015, Reece has demonstrated from day one his passion for the outdoors, leadership skills and outdoor know how. During his time here he has facilitated for clients of all ages and abilities on land and water, on DofE expeditions, outdoor learning sessions and international expeditions. Reece has worked hard to build on his experience by achieving more NGB qualifications such as his British Canoeing Level 2 Coach Award, Open Water Lifeguard, Lowland Leader, WWSR, as well as his NVQ in Activity Leadership. After spending seven months working in the Middle East developing his group management experience along with his personal climbing skills and paddling skills Reece will be returning as our Lead Water Sports Learning & Adventure Facilitator for the 2018 season.

Reece Game
Lead Watersports, Learning & Adventure Facilitator

Gary has spent over 30 years working in the corporate and outdoor industry, developing and coaching very successful teams and is integral to the senior facilitation team at Inspired. His involvement in the outdoors started from a very early age via his association with the Scouts and as a junior leader. These skills were enhanced with family walking expeditions in the Lake District, Snowdonia, Beacon Beacons, and Scotland. Through a management, training programme he was introduced to the outdoor industry where he has gained valuable knowledge and experience that has enabled him to gain a number of NGB qualifications in both water and land based activities. Kayaking, Canoeing, Walking, Coasteering, Mountain biking, Powerboats. Gary is a BC Level 2 Paddlesport Coach, Three Star Sea, WW and Canoe leader, South West Mountain Moorland (With Camping Endorsement) Leader, holds a RYA Level 2 powerboat qualification (with safety boat endorsement), as well as being a qualified DofE supervisor and assessor at Bronze, Silver
and Gold levels.

Gary Fitch
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)!

Adventure Dog


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.


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.

Dear Matt and all the team at Inspired, I wanted to write and thank you for all your support and hard work organising both the Scotland and Norway expeditions this summer for Hannah and Ellie. It was an amazing experience for both of them which they thoroughly enjoyed. Whilst challenging at times, I know they felt supported and they have become more confident and hardy as a result. I couldn't recommend the trips more highly to others. They have amazing memories and photos all which would not be possible without your professional hard work! Thank you.

Kate & Richard Peperell, 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.

Thank you Matt, Charlie & Debs! I just wanted to drop you an email to say thank you so much for everything on this expedition. It really opened my eyes to what I myself could achieve and what our group could achieve in the face of challenging conditions. I know I surprised myself and I'm sure the whole group realised afterwards what a difficult expedition that was and how well we tackled it.
Your continued support, stories and banter really was welcome! Looking back now I'm so grateful for the opportunity, the staff that accompanied it and just the fact that we did it!

Matthew, Open DofE Gold Participant 2017