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Team Acclimbatize

Acclimbatize is a stakeholder business!
This means that all permenant staff have a vested interest in ongoing business success - to the customer this translates to best value being delivered routinely by commited outdoor professionals.      


Daryl GodfreyDevelopment & Training - Founder of Acclimbatize 1999.
Daryl began his career in the outdoors back in 1988 when for five winter seasons he worked as a member of ski staff for a British Tour operator in European  Alps.
Returning to life in Derbyshire, Daryl took a position with the youth service establishing a successful outdoor education project. He later went on to work in two highly respected outdoor education centres.
More recently Daryl worked as an associate lecturer at the University of Derby, as a guide for a British Expedition company and continues to train and advise other outdoor organisations.  
Daryl – has responsibility for safety management systems, staff training and strategic direction.
To compliment his outdoor activities Daryl is a keen 'amateur' photographer and has a keen interest in things environmental. 
Personal mountaineering & caving experience: Greenland, Pakistan, America, Tanzania, Morocco, Kenya, Jordan, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Iceland, Slovenia, Spain, Sardinia, Mallorca, Greece, Norway and recently Nepal.

Qualifications: International Mountain Leader Award, Mountain Instructors Award, Mountain Leader Award (Summer and Winter), Single Pitch Award.
Cave Instructors Certificate, Local cave and mine leader levels 1 & 2, Canoe Coach Level 1
Diploma in Youth and Community Work.
Daryl has attended the M.I.C raining and is now working towards assessment.
Daryl is approved to provide the following accredited leadership courses:
British Caving Association - Approved Trainer and Assessor for all 6 modues of the LCMLA (Local Cave and Mine Leaders) scheme.
Mountain Training UK - Approved Course provider for the Single Pitch Award (S P A) scheme.
Mountain Training UK - Approved Course provider for the Lowland Leader Scheme.

Sam Mitchell – Operations Manager & Director
Sam is a gifted and highly effective organiser he handles most of the incoming enquiries all the way through to successful delivery.
Sam began his career in the outdoors in 1986, during the early days Sam was engaged  delivering development programmes to older teenagers and apprentices.
Continuing to use the outdoors to promote learning Sam became active working for a number of management training organisations and training colleges countrywide.
Drawn towards America by the climbing, Sam lived in San Francisco for two years enjoying California’s warmer climes and climbs.
Locally Sam was involved in the lobbying for and the design and establishment of a publicly funded indoor climbing facility, where he continues to coach young people from the surrounding community.
Prior to becoming a director at Acclimbatize Sam was engaged delivering adventurous project work to schools in the Derby City area. Sam is currently progressing through the Cave Instructors Certificate (C.I.C) scheme.
Sam brings a creative element to our team building courses and progresses many of our courses from the initial enquiry through planning to delivery.

Personal Mountaineering & Caving Experience: Experience has been obtained in America, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Canada, Corsica, Mallorca, Sardinia and Switzerland.

Qualifications: Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award, Cave Leader Levels 1 & 2,European Ropes Course Award, Industrial Rope Access Technician Level 2







Cynthia Bruce –  Business Administrator

Cynthia has been involved with Acclimbatize since the business start up back in 1999.
Eventually persuaded away from her management job at a residential outdoor pursuit centre within the Peak District, Cynthia has kept the more delicate side of the business here in fine working order ever since.  
Cynthias understanding of the adventure activity industry is first rate. Cynthia is extremely well organised and keeps the boys in the office on task and our freelance staff pool paid. All things financial or with risk of headache should be routed in this direction.

In a previous life Cynthia owned and managed a successful garden centre where she honed her business and administrative skills.  
Away from the Acclimbatize office Cynthia is involved with local charity work and enjoys a flutter on the horses..       


Peter Thorpe - Advisor

Pete has enjoyed a long and sucessful career in the outdoors. Formerly the outdoor education advisor to the Inner London Education Authority. Pete moved to Derbyshire and was the architect behind the scenes for outdoor provision within the local Youth Service. In semi retirement he worked at White Hall Center and for at least 10 years has lead groups on expeditions to the developing world. Destinations include: Tanzania (Kilimanjaro), India Himalaya, Nepal Himalaya, Bolivia, Venezuela, Uganda, Mongolia, China, Kenya and Vietnam.           Petes exceptional expedition expertise alongside his backround in outdoor management place him first on the call list when advice or guidance is needed.

Pete has an honours Degree in Fine Art (London) and completed the Murray House course in Outdoor Education (Edinburgh) and attainted both the Mountaineering Instructors Award (M.I.A) and  the Winter Mountain Leaders Award (WML). Pete has caved and climbed extensively throughout the UK and Europe and holds the Cave Leader Level 2. Petes more recent direction in life has seen him qualify as a Yoga teacher - He applies this craft to local climbers to maintain and improve their performance.


Leon Zablocki - Core Freelance Team

Leon Zablocki was bought into the freelance team on a more regular basis in 2009, Leon works on a part time contract for the White Hall Centre in Buxton, Derbyshire. Previous positions have been held at outdoor pursuits centers in North Wales and the YHA in Edale.  
Leons persoanl and professional experience is absolutely first rate!  He has an unassuming calm personality with an ‘unusual’ sense of humour.  Perhaps these character traits have helped him cope with the challenges that working with young people in care can throw up?
Outside work Leon writes songs and plays guitar for an elusive Punk Rock band…. Tramp Sandwich.
Qualifications: Mountain Instructors Certificate (M.I.C)  Cave Leader Award Level 2, BCU level 2.  Leon is qualified across the board and is progressing through the Cave Instructors Certificate (C.I.C) scheme.


Tom Monck - Resource Manager,  permenant member of staff.

Tom began his career in the outdoors in 1998 as an apprentice / trainee worker at Dukes Barn Centre in Beeley. Tom established himself firmly on the local outdoor scene as a freelancer working for Derby and Sheffield LEA’s and was much in demand by other smaller providers. In more recent years Tom concentrated his efforts working on Acclimbatize courses and became an irreplaceable asset.  He works in a full time capacity and is a key worker on youth development courses.
Tom has caved in France (Vercor) Spain (Cantabria) and Mallorca. His mountaineering has taken him around the UK and into the Swiss, Italian and French Alps.

Tom is a member of ‘WUKSART’   (Watersafe UK Search and Rescue Team) and volunteers his free time in support of the police and are Fire and Rescue Services. He is qualified in Swift Water Rescues
Tom is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the company’s equipment stores and its vehicle fleet.

Tom is qualified in the following areas:
Mountain Leadership (Summer), Rock Climbing (SPA), Caving (LCMLA 2) Powerboat and Bell Boat (RYA) European Ropes Course Award (ERCA)
Archery (GNAS)  a qualified bike mechanic (NVQ2 in applied Mechanics) and very keen amateur automotive engineer. 

Chris Carter
Chris graduated from the University of Derby as a Geologist. His fascination with rocks has took him on a professional journey of work to Chad (central Africa) and offshore in the North Sea before returning to the sediments of the Peak District to work as an outdoor instructor.
Chris is a lifelong friend of Tom (Above) sharing adventures to France, Spain, Italy, Mallorca and across the UK either on mountain bikes, ski’s in boats or boots.
Chris is also a key member of ‘WUKSART’  (Watersafe UK Search and Rescue Team) giving much of his time to help others or train junior members of the team.

Rock Climbing (SPA), Canoeing, Kayaking and Bell Boating (BCU level 2 Coach), Caving (Local Cave and Mine Leader Award level 2) Lowland Leader Award and the European Ropes Course Award (ERCA)


Peter Montgomery - Advisor

Pete is our watersports expert, a qualified teacher and a very competent management trainer. Formerly Pete worked at 'Peak Training for Management' and has a genuine talent for drawing out learning opportunities from the activities we provide. Pete's organisation is meticulous and his programmes are both coherent and tangible to the customer. Having a rich history of 'big' kayaking expeditions worldwide (Canada, New Zealand, America, Nepal, France, Spain, India) and with current coaching involvement with the British Canoe Polo Team is well placed to give realistic advice. Pete was formerly a top level competitor himself    


Max Holliday - Freelance

Max is an accomplished and well travelled mountaineer. Max completed the Mountain Instructor Certificate (M.I.C) back in the 1980s. Max is approved by MLTE (Mountain Leader Training England) to provide and Direct the Mountain Leader Courses we run here at Acclimbatize. Max is contracted part time by White Hall Center in Derbyshire. Max has an evident background in outdoor leadership development but also has refined management training expertise strectching back years. His competent delivery style has a unique and high spirited charm, groups always respond well to Max's energising magic.  Max is a graduate of the Bangor outdoor Education course and is qualified teacher.


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