The Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team

...The most dynamic and diverse outdoor TEAM in Wiltshire - Guaranteed! 


Darren Oram- Director.

Worked for many LEA’s in various youth work settings and pupil referral units. Started to develop 'The Team' in 2005.

  • Youth Development Worker
  • PSHEE tutor
  • CWA
  • SPA
  • MIAS Level 2
  • BCU UKCC Level 2 Coach plus SUP
  • 4 star kayak WW
  • Coastal & Countryside
  • GNAS
  • High Ropes
  • Powerkiting
  • Forest School Level 3
  • First Aid Instructor
  • Gold D of E Assessor



Matthew Laird - Senior Instructor

Over 10 years experience working in a variety of outdoor activity centres, working with The Prince’s Trust, Youth Offending teams, Police Cadets as well as corporate and management training groups. Later joined Wiltshire Council as part of the Outdoor Education Team in Young People's Support Service.

  • BCU Level 2 Kayak Coach
  • Level 2 Trainee Canoe Coach
  • GNAS
  • Power Kiting Instructor
  • MIAS Level 1
  • Forest School Level 3
  • WGL Training
  • SPA Training and High Ropes
  • First Aid Instructor
  • ERCA High ropes Instructor
  • ERCA Rescue Qualified
  • Vertex and Capestone High Ropes Operational Inspectors course
  • Archery GB Instructor
  • South West Mountain and Moorland Summer leader training

Alastair Bell - Behaviour Development

Extensive experience of working with children in this and other countries. Specialises in working with those who are vulnerable, at risk and display challenging behaviour. Coordinates our Forest School provisions.

  • Forest School Level 3
  • Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention
  • MIAS Level 2
  • Hill & Moorland Leader trained
  • Archery GB Instructor
  • Summer Moorland Leader

Ed Elliott - Instructor

Over 6 years experience of working in the great outdoors; an experienced ropes instructor, a U.S. camp counsellor, a 'lifty' in Canada and as a ski rep/technician for British school groups in the French Alps.

  • Archery GB Instructor
  • UKCC Level 1 Paddlesport
  • MIAS Level 2
  • Summer Moorland Leader

Joe Gregory - Instructor

Loves being out on the water kayaking. When not going down a waterfall you'll find him instructing out on the lake or walking in the mountains.

  • 4 Star White Water Kayak Leader
  • UKCC Level 1
  • Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)
  • White Water Safety and Rescue Training (WWSR)
  • MIAS Level 2

Kiefer Mockford - Instructor

Infamous cow rescuer

  • UKCC level 1
  • MIAS Level 2

Louise Fisher - DofE Award Co-ordinator

Louise joined us after ten years with Wiltshire Council, initially as their DofE Award Development Worker and then promoted to DofE Manager, overseeing the county’s 55 DofE centres. She has a wealth of experience in managing, organising and delivering the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and knows the DofE inside out! When not working she can be found walking in the countryside, camping in her converted Riot Van or going to outdoor music festivals.

  • NVQ3 in Youth Work
  • Coastal & Countryside Walking Leader Award
  • DofE Expedition Assessor at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels
  • DofE Leader Training Course Director
  • Expedition Supervisor for Bronze and Silver expeditions

Bill Fryer - Instructor and Director

Human Scientist, Marketing Director and co-founder of the Oxford Stunt Factory and the UK’s first commercial bungee jumping company.

  • BCU Level 1 Canoe Coach
  • 4 Star White Water Kayak Leader
  • Part of leadership of the Warminster Adventure Sports Club

Gerard Hurles - Outdoor Development Specialist 

Worked in outdoor education for over 20 years with a wealth of expereince in SEN settings.

  • ML
  • SPA
  • MIAS 2
  • GNAS
  • High Ropes
  • Powerkiting
  • BCU level 2
  • D of E Gold Assessor
  • First Aid Instructor

Scott Stevenson - Senior Instructor

Scott has been working in the outdoors for over 15 years across the UK and abroad. He loves travelling to unfamiliar places, mountains, rocks, trees and water, and loves a good teambuild session.

  • Mountain Leader
  • SPA climb instructor
  • Canoe & Kayak level 1 coach
  • European Ropes Course Award
  • DofE supervisor
  • Bushcraft skills
Bill Harmsworth - Forest School Leader 

Forest School leader who uses bushcraft skills to promote learning and development.

  • Forest School Level 3
  • YPS Air Rifle Instructor
  • Archery GB Instructor
  • Walking Group Leader trained
  • A Scout Association Outdoor Skills Instructor with 20 years’ service
  • Incorporated Engineer
  • Photographer
  • Proud Grandfather
Kevin Hydish- Senior Instructor

An ex educational professional with many years experience working with various groups (including young people and adults) as a college lecturer and sports coach. Kevin also has extensive experience and knowledge delivering outdoor adventurous activities as a freelance instructor and is very passionate about it. His hobbies are mountain walking and climbing, but also he apparently is a keen dancer and competes regularly.

  • BSc 1st class honours
  • PGCE
  • ML
  • CWA
  • DofE gold assessor
  • Powerkiting instructor
  • BCU 2 star
  • Archery GB Instructor

Chris Beckett - Instructor

Pure outrageous adventurer! Comes with great smiles and a passion for getting people involved.

  • SPA climb instructor
  • BELA (basic expedition leader)
  • MIAS level 1
  • Power Boat level 2
  • Ultimate Frisbee coach

Peter Chamen - Outdoor Instructor

Peter is an experienced outdoor instructor who enjoys a wide range of disciplines. He is a Level 3 Kayak Coach, holds a UK Mountain Leader (Summer) Award, is a Gold D of E Assessor and a Mountain Bike Trail Leader.

He is also an experienced sailor with dinghy, yachting and powerboat qualifications, as well as being a qualified teacher. He also enjoys working with people.

In his spare time, he also enjoys climbing, walking, mountain biking and skiing.

  • Mountain Leader Award 
  • BCU level 3 canoe / kayak coach
  • Gold D of E Assessor
  • CTC Trail Cycle Leader
  • RYA Day Skipper
  • L2 Dinghy & Windsurfer instructor

Luke Newman - Bushcraft Instructor

5 years experience working with kids in both school and outdoor environments. Luke has a deep passion for bushcraft and nature connection. Plants and trees are of big interest and he can often be seen looking for tracks and sign. 

  • Advanced Bushcraft Award

Arthur Belbin - Senior Canoe Coach

Previously a Senior NHS Manager, a wide range of management experience and team building facilitation skills within his portfolio. Active member of the Frome Canoe Club, and swaps his kayak for a bike when there's no water in the rivers!

  • Management Consultant
  • BCU Level 3 Coach
  • 4 star WW kayak
  • 3 Star Open Canoe
  • MIAS Level 1
  • Archery GB Instructor
  • High ropes instructor
  • First Aid Instructor
  • WASP RightCoach Accredited Coach

Jacob Dombkowski - Instructor

Can be found either winning in a tree hugging game or planning his next adventure overseas. This wannabe Canadian is committed to furthering his experience instructing in the great outdoors.

  • BCU level 1 Canoe Coach
  • Bronze Cross Lifesaver
  • Canoe Tripper
  • Archery GB Instructor
  • Best tree hugger in town!

Steve Murtie - Bushcraft and Caving Guru

Inventor, creator and setter of some of the best Geo-Caches in the Wiltshire area. Rumour has it that he spends so much time below ground he's beginning to turn pale!

  • 'Nutty Professor'

Scott Finch - Instructor

Previously paddled whitewater for Team GB but has been known to do lots of activities on dry land!

  • UKCC level 2 coach
  • MIAS level 2

Robbie Daw - Instructor

Mountainboard, Kayak and High Ropes Instructor and all round friendly farmer


Nicola Jones - Admin Manager

Previously worked for Wiltshire Council and now brings order and brains to the WOLT!