I was born and raised in Scotland and went on to serve around the world as a Scottish infantry officer, gaining considerable experience of operating in the outdoors over a decade long career. On leaving the military I realised a long held dream to move to the Scottish Highlands (and to grow a beard). I consider myself hugely fortunate to live and work in the Cairngorms National Park, and relish the opportunity to share my knowledge of it.
I am a qualified mountain leader and a full member of the Mountain Training Association, which includes a commitment to continuous professional development and ensures that I am kept informed of the latest developments in industry practice. I also hold the British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award and the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance Level 2 Instructor qualification. I am a Leave No Trace trainer and National Navigation Award Scheme tutor, as well as holding an outdoor first aid qualification, civil liability insurance and an enhanced disclosure and barring service check. I am also a Cairngorms National Park Volunteer Ranger.
Whilst never compromising on safety, I like to take a relaxed approach to time spent in the hills; appreciating the whole experience, rather than rushing to simply bag the summits. I love the simplicity offered by the routine of the mountains, and the space for thought which is generated.