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Who we are 

Every one of our team members are dedicated to creating transformational learning experiences for young people so they are ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Put simply, we love working with young people to help them discover themselves and grow in confidence while developing their essential skills.

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Our Team Members 

Meet the ALC Team – whether working behind the scenes or ‘on the ground’ with groups, we’re united in a mission to deliver quality and fun outdoor learning experiences at our three Active Learning Centres.

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Pat Milston
Managing Director

Pat has over 35 years experience of delivering, designing and managing outdoor learning experiences for young people. Never happier than working to develop individuals and building high performing teams, his passion for the outdoors is reflected in his mission to make every Active Learning Centre experience special. In his spare time Pat loves to explore the mountains of the UK and further afield.

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James Reynolds
Head of Sales & Customer Experience

Looking after schools from the first enquiry, throughout the buildup and ensuring a great experience once there, James is here to help. He is passionate about giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors at one of our beautiful centres!

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Simon Caple
Head of Catering

I have worked in the food industry for nearly 30 years, starting in fine dining and then more recently in outdoor education. Working with ALC gives me a chance to indulge two of my great passions of cooking healthy contemporary food and spending time in a beautiful and fun outdoor environment. I’m really looking forward to the next exciting season and beyond.

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Mike Combellack
Head of Operations ALC

A passion for the outdoors and adventure led me into the management of operations, living and working in Tanzania and Malaysia, and then returning to the UK to manage international school expeditions. I believe strongly in the positive impacts challenge and adventure can have in a young person’s development; a belief reflected in the Active Learning Centre programmes.

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Rob Milston
Sales Manager ALC

Rob has over 15 years’ experience in Outdoor Centre operations, programme development, school sales and liaison. On top of this, Rob has experience working as a glacier guide in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, and a host of different expedition settings. He has recently brought this experience to ALC to liaise with schools and to ensure they get the best possible experience while developing their students’ character skills and wellbeing at the three Active Learning Centres.

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Sam Zebedee-Dowdeswell
Finance Controller ALC

Sam has over 20 years working in finance, albeit in very different industries from Manufacturing to the Motor Trade. She is excited to now be putting her experience to use with a company that is on a mission to deliver such great outdoor learning products. She has a real love of the outdoors, and firmly believes in the benefits of being outside in the fresh air. If she isn’t spending her free time in the garden, then she will be walking in the forest with her Husband and two dogs, or wild camping by the side of a beautiful mountain river.

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Joe Armstrong
Sales Manager

Having worked in the school adventure industry for 15 years, Joe is a firm believer in the benefits of outdoor learning. As well as assisting Schools choose the right opportunities for their students, Joe learnt his trade on the ground as a trip leader, seeing first-hand the positive impact that education through exploration can have on a young person’s character and wellbeing.

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