Cumbria Outdoors - meet the team

Role: Housekeeper

Years of Service: 2 years (plus a few more before she left and returned!)

Hobbies and Interests: Camping in her trailer tent, DIY and relaxing in her hot tub.


Allison

Role: Housekeeping Assistant

Role: Housekeeper

Years of Service: 3 years

Hobbies and Interests: DIY, walking her cocker spaniel and baking

Special talent  - Claire's homemade pizzas are to die for


Role: Business and Projects Manager

Years of Service: Deborah has worked for Cumbria Outdoors and the County Council for a decade or two, let's say it's in excess of when you stop counting the years.  She joined when her son was a toddler as an Administrator/Bookings Clerk on part time, term time basis.

Hobbies and Interests: Deborah really enjoys walking in the hills, but doesn't get to do it often enough!  In another life she may have been a gardener, chef or cat breeder - so in this life all three are her interests and hobbies

Special Talent: It's fair to say Deborah has a talent for cooking, and has produced one of two majestic puddings in her time, hence having the 'handle' of @queenmeringue on Instagram!

Typical day -  "I don't think there is a typical day - that is why I am still here!"


Deborah Hunter

Role: Head of Operations

Years of Service: 17 years

Hobbies and Interests: Paddling, climbing and generally being outdoors

Typical day - "Living the Dream"

Gav

Role: Business Support

Years of service: 11 years

Hobbies and Interests: Fell walking, mountain biking, dog walking, yoga and travelling the country in her camper van. Currently attempting to conquer all 214 Wainwrights.

Typical day - No day is the same in the office! Role includes taking bookings, running the social media accounts, finance, procurement and supporting the delivery team. This year Helen is undertaking a Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management.

Role: Assistant Housekeeper

Years of Service: 27 years

Hobbies and Interests: Wordsearches, puzzles and shopping

Special talent - negotiating the country roads on a snow day!


Role: Housekeeper

Years of Service: 9 years

Hobbies and Interests: Football and football.

Special talent - Karl is famous for his sticky toffee pudding and steak pie recipe.

Karl

Role: Housekeeping Co-ordinator

Years of Service: 12 years

Hobbies and Interests: Yoga, gym bunny and spending time with her large family. She also loves taking her Cockerpoo Ted for country walks.

Typical day - Lesley is responsible for the day to day running of the Housekeeping team. If you want to know anything about dietary requirements and allergens - Lesley is your woman!

Lesley

Role: Duke of Edinburgh's Co-ordinator

Years of Service: 5 years at Cumbria Outdoors, 10 years for Cumbria County Council

Hobbies and Interests: Pilates, reading, going to the cinema and seeing bands from the 1980s that she didn't see first time around! 

Typical day - Lisa's role as Duke of Edinburgh's Award Co-ordinator for Cumbria  is varied and includes approving awards, answering queries by email or phone, visiting schools and if she's very lucky a trip to a Gold Award Ceremony in London or Scotland!


Lisa

Role: Outdoor Education Leader

Years of Service: 14 years

Hobbies and Interests: Cycling - both road and mountain biking, playing in the woods and fell walking. Mia has recently qualified as a Forest School leader and introduced it to Cumbria Outdoors with a local school.

A typical day - Arrive 8.45, attend the morning meeting, meet the group, get them kitted out, do an activity session, get them back for lunch, do it all again in the afternoon!


Mia

Role: Business Support

Years of service: 4 years at Cumbria Outdoors, 6 years for Cumbria County Council 

Hobbies and Interests:  Keeping fit, anything equestrian - including caring for her two resident ponies - and family days with her new grandson.

Special talent:  Making special cakes for people

Typical day - Front line office duties. Natalie is the money lady and organises all the invoices together with taking bookings and liaising with customers. The list goes on…


Natalie

Role: Outdoor Education Leader

Years of Service: 1 year as a permanent member of staff, 2 years previously as a casual and seasonal

Hobbies and Interests: Enjoys events with his local church and spending time with his family. Loves walking, climbing and biking when he can find the time.

Special Talent - Very practical and can turn his hand to most things. Can make a mean roast dinner.


Role: Maintenance Technician

Years of Service:  6 years

No job too big or too small for a man of Williams talents!

Role: Outdoor Education Leader

Years of Service: First year as a permanent member of staff, 9 years with Cumbria Outdoors

Hobbies and Interests: Climbing, Paddling, Caving and having adventures. 

Special Talent - Fastest nappy changer in the west

Woody