An introduction to the dedicated staff at CMC Adventure!

Mark – Centre Director

Centre Director

Mark first started at Pensarn Harbour as a Trainee Instructor, and he was Chief Instructor when CMC Adventure moved from Tremadog to the Harbour in 1998. Since then, he has worked his way through various roles until becoming the Centre Director in 2002. Mark has always been very active in the outdoors and particularly enjoys winter mountaineering and fly fishing. He has also volunteered as an expedition leader for The British Exploring Society on the Yukon rivers and in the Jungles of the Peruvian Amazon.

Random Fact: Mark is a keen amateur herpetologist!

Sophie – Centre Administrator

Centre Administrator

Originally from Birmingham, Sophie joined the CMC Adventure team in January 2018. She grew up in a pro-outdoors family, and she has done a lot of outdoor adventuring around Western Europe - a particular highlight was reaching the Hörnli Hut on the Matterhorn when she was 16. Since joining CMC Adventure, Sophie has rediscovered her love of rock climbing and now gets out on the crags with other members of staff as much as possible.

Random Fact: Sophie is an avid equestrian and is hoping to start competing with her horse, Womble, very soon!

Jane – Finance Officer

Finance Officer

Jane joined the CMC Adventure office team in 2008, and now looks after everything financial. Although Jane was born in Wales, she spent some formative years in Sweden before moving around with her family. She also lived and worked in South Africa before setting her roots here in North Wales. Jane is a keen outdoors-woman, and particularly enjoys skiing and going on adventures with her son.

Random Fact: Jane is a secret artist!

Sarah – House Manager

House Manager

Sarah comes from Nottingham, and completed a Time for God gap year placement in Sussex before going to Swansea University. From there, she worked in Derbyshire and the Lake District before becoming the House Manager at CMC Adventure in 2016. In her spare time, Sarah likes swimming, hiking and volunteering with a local Scout troop. Sarah enjoys doing charitable work overseas, and has volunteered in Brazil and Uganda.

Random Fact: Sarah is CMC Adventure's answer to Mary Berry and is a pro at baking birthday cakes!

Matthew – Maintenance Coordinator

Maintenance Coordinator

Matthew has a very long-standing connection with CMC Adventure, having first started coming to the Centre as a guest with his youth group. From there, he became a Trainee Instructor but unfortunately had to 'retire' from instructing due to numerous  injuries (mostly self-inflicted!), so he became our resident Maintenance Man in 2016. Matthew splits his time between CMC Adventure and at home on the north coast, where he helps to run his family business. 

Random Fact: Matthew is a complete petrol head and adores anything with a loud engine!

Rob - Cook

Cook

Rob is one of CMC Adventure's longest-standing employees, having been helping to feed and take care of our guests since 1995! He was born and raised locally, but he worked in various places around the UK throughout his career before coming home and joining CMC Adventure. Rob is always keen to help guests and staff to improve their Welsh!

Random Fact: Rob is a member of a number of local male voice choirs!

Hugh - Cook

Cook

Originally from the Midlands, Hugh has been with the CMC Adventure team since 2009, and worked at the Bryn-y-Moel site for nine years before that when it was still 'The Ranch'. Before moving to Wales, Hugh went to catering college in London and then stayed in the city for fifteen years, working in different hotels. He especially likes cooking meat and pastry dishes - which go down very well with groups and staff alike! When he's not in the kitchen, Hugh enjoying cycling, trout fishing and walking in the local area. 

Random Fact: In his spare time, Hugh ties his own flies for his fly-fishing adventures!

Ru - Chief Instructor

Chief Instructor

Ruth joined CMC Adventure as a Trainee Instructor in 2006 after completing a degree in Geography at the University of Southampton. Ruth has worked here as an Instructor and now holds the role of Chief Instructor. Responsible for the training of instructors at the Centre, Ruth has introduced a great many people to the joys of the outdoors and supported them through to assessment as qualified outdoor instructors. Born to be outdoors, Ruth can often be found out in the bay in her sea kayak, flying over the water in a catamaran, climbing rocks or walking her dog, Roxy, on the beach or even on a paddle board! Ruth has lead groups of young people in the jungles of Borneo for Raleigh International and the deserts and snow capped volcanoes of Iceland for The British Exploring Society.

Random Fact: Ruth enjoys a spot of photography, focusing on the bird life around the local area.

Hannah - Instructor

Instructor

Hannah is originally from Kent, and first came to CMC Adventure with her local youth group to and later to complete her Gold DofE Award. After working in London for a while, she followed her calling back to the outdoors and volunteered as a Trainee Instructor here at the Centre. Hannah is now a full time Instructor for CMC Adventure, and is responsible for making sure all of our kit is up to scratch for our guests. Hannah has always been active in the outdoors, especially enjoying sailing. She spent much of her childhood and youth sailing all around the UK with her father, which developed her love for adventure.

Random Fact: Hannah used to work as a Rotational Pharmacy Technician in a London Hospital.

Tom - Trainee Instructor

Trainee Instructor

Tom joined CMC Adventure in January 2018 having completed a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management at Worcestershire University, and his dissertation is about to be published! He worked at an indoor climbing centre as an instructor and route setter before moving to Wales, and climbing is still his favourite sport now. His ambition is to work in Europe as an International Mountain Leader, and to work with people with mental illnesses. 

Random Fact: Tom is currently writing a book! 

Mike - Trainee Instructor

Trainee Instructor

Mike is from Blackpool, and joined CMC Adventure in 2017 after studying Manufacturing Engineering at college. He has volunteered for a Christian charity in Kenya and then had the opportunity to visit Uganda and whitewater raft along the River Nile. Mike has always been active and enjoys all adventure activities, especially rock climbing. He is hoping to progress into the more extreme sports world once he has finished his trainee scheme.

Random Fact: Mike taught himself to ride a unicycle and loves doing handstands on all kinds of inanimate objects!

Katy - Trainee Instructor

Trainee Instructor

Katy is from North Wales and joined CMC Adventure in 2017 after completing an Outdoor Adventure and Leadership course at college. Katy volunteered at a local outdoor pursuits centre and then worked there as an assistant instructor for a summer season before moving to CMC Adventure. She especially enjoys rock climbing and is hoping to get more involved with winter skills as she progresses with her trainee scheme.

Random Fact: Katy is left-handed!

Jack - Trainee Instructor

Trainee Instructor

Jack is our resident Scouser who joined CMC Adventure in May 2018. He completed an Outdoor Education college course before joining the Centre, and is an experienced whitewater paddler. He is also a very keen climber, and he summitted Mount Toubkal on a trip to Morocco with his college. Jack is never happier than when he is ordering new outdoor equipment! 

Random Fact: On the rare occasion that you see Jack without his beloved Berghaus bobble hat, his hair is actually past his shoulders!

Dan – Trainee Instructor

Trainee Instructor

Dan is originally from Shropshire and comes from a large family with eight other siblings. Growing up in the countryside, he always lived an outdoor lifestyle as a child which fuelled his passion for outdoor pursuits. Dan's favourite past times now include rock climbing and mountain walking. When he's not outdoors, Dan is a very talented musician and plays guitar, piano, cornet, harmonica amongst other instruments, and has recently joined a local male voice choir.

Random Fact: Dan can fit two climbing hexes in his mouth at the same time! Please do not ask us how we know this...

 

Caleb - Trainee Instructor

Trainee Instructor

Caleb joined CMC Adventure in October 2018 from Blackpool, having grown up in various locations around England and a stint in Australia. He studied Engineering at Durham University and worked in the IT department at a school before deciding to pursue a career in the outdoors. Caleb first got involved with outdoor activities through the Scouts, and from that has volunteered as an activity leader at camps in Estonia and the USA. 

Random Fact: Caleb has been known to dabble with fire-eating!

Jacob - Trainee Instructor

Trainee Instructor

Jacob comes from Wombourne, near Wolverhampton, and joined the CMC Adventure team in November 2018 after studying Biology, Statistics and Communication & Culture at college. Having taken part in several CCIW camps whilst growing up, Jacob decided to venture further into the outdoors world by starting the Trainee Instructor Scheme. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys skateboarding and playing guitar.

Random Fact: Jacob has a twin sister called Rosie!