Graham started to work in the outdoors as a trainee instructor over 30 years ago. He is currently Programme Director for the BA in Outdoor Adventure Education and also teaches on the MA in Outdoor Education.
A qualified teacher, Graham has managed outdoor education provision in a wide range of settings. Through his involvement with young people on the fringes of society and those excluded form education, Graham’s professional focus has been on the development of “alternative curriculum” opportunities and the promotion of wellbeing via outdoor education. He has worked in senior roles within a number of LEAs. As a freelance instructor he has worked throughout the UK and Europe and has managed an outdoor centre in Thailand. With a specific interest in personal and social development through journeying, he has led expeditions in the French and Swiss Alps, Patagonia, Canada, Honduras, Thailand, New Zealand and Tanzania.
Graham is a qualified BCU level 4 coach in canoeing, sea kayaking and surfing. In addition he holds a range of BCU endorsements for competitive coaching, assessing and working with young people. With considerable experience of leading groups in caves and mines he has previously worked with the Cave Rescue Organisation and is a swift water rescue technician. Holding mountaineering and climbing qualifications, he was an active member of the British Mountaineering Council’s Youth and Training Committee and a local Mountain Rescue Team. Graham is an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning and an assessor and mentor for both the APIOL and RPIOL awards. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.