Meet the team

CMC Adventure has a team of highly qualified, enthusiastic and dedicated staff. We are here to help make your time with us smooth and problem free. We will be communicating with you every step of the way from the moment you enquire to the very end of your stay. Whilst you are with us, you will be well looked after, both out on activities by our instructors and back in the centre where welcoming, warm, comfortable accommodation and home cooked meals await you.

All of our staff are Christians and if you would like them to share their experience of being a Christian, then we would be more than happy to do so. This may be in the form of a short thought for the day, a Bible reading, a personal testimony or a simple question and answer session.

Guests visiting the centre will be treated with gentleness and respect. No one will be forced to take part in activities by our staff and we will be as sensitive as possible to the individual needs of our guests. It is our hope that you will have an inspirational and meaningful visit that you will remember for the rest of your life.

Centre Director

Mark

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!

Finance Officer

Jane

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!

Senior Instructor

Hannah

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 Senior 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.

Having recently taken up the role of Senior Instructor Hannah is now responsible for the delivery of the activities programme for our guests.

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

Cook

Rob

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!

Cook

Hugh

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!

Instructor

Tom

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!

Development Director / Senior Instructor

Ruth

Ruth joined CMC Adventure as a Trainee Instructor in 2006 after completing a degree in Geography at the University of Southampton. She now fulfils the role of Development Director as well as a Senior Instructor. Ruth has introduced a great many people to the joys of the outdoors and supported them through to assessment as qualified outdoor instructors. Ruth is also our RYA Chief Instructor and loves to be in a sailing boat! 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! Ruth has led 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: Ru loves to take her dog Paddle Boarding. (Roxy loves it too!)

Instructor

Caleb

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!

Trainee Instructor

Rachel

Rachel, originally from Scotland, joined CMC Adventure as a Trainee Instructor in September 2020 after working in 2 other outdoor centres. During this time, she assisted instructors on activities and discovered a passion for taking people into the outdoors, so she decided to train to be a qualified instructor herself.
Rachel particularly enjoys climbing and mountain biking and looks forward to improving her climbing ability.

Random Fact: Rachel speaks 5 foreign languages and is currently learning Gaelic.

Trainee Instructor

Alex

Alex spent many weekends adventuring at CMC as a teenager with his youth group so he knew what he was in for when he joined the Trainee Instructor Programme at CMC Adventure in September 2020.
Alex is one of our local Trainee Instructors having come from just up the road on the North Coast. He is a fluent welsh speaker and has grown up playing football for Wales and enjoying competitive matches against many top clubs!
Here at CMC Alex is particularly enjoying learning to kayak!

Random Fact: Alex has played football matches against some of the top footballers you see on the TV!

Trainee Instructor

Jack

Originally from Glasgow, Jack was a mechanical engineering apprentice in a shipyard before leaving to work in maintenance at another outdoor centre in the highlands. It was here that Jack made the decision to pursue a career as an instructor!
Jack enjoyed every opportunity he had growing up to go to an outdoor centre with his school and is now excited to be training to be able to give other kids those opportunities. He joined the CMC Adventure team in September 2020 as a Trainee Instructor and is happiest climbing up a rock face!

Random Fact: Jack started learning origami when he was 6 years

Trainee Instructor

Jess

Jess joined CMC Adventure in September 2020, after living in various parts of the UK and a couple of years in Germany as a child. She studied History at the University of Kent and had been working in the arts & culture sector, particularly with young adults, before moving to Wales to pursue a career in outdoor education. She grew up hillwalking with her family and especially enjoys being in the mountains.

Random Fact: Jess was a volunteer at the 2012 London Olympics

Trainee Instructor

Meg

Meg joined CMC Adventure in September 2020 as a Trainee Instructor. She grew up in Anglesey, North Wales, and her favourite thing to do is kayaking! She is bubbly and loves to have fun!

Interesting Fact: Meg can speak Welsh and has a metal collar bone!

Trainee Instructor

Dan

Dan joined CMC Adventure in September 2020 as a Trainee Instructor. He grew up in Bristol and moved to Bolton in his teens. Dan is really enthusiastic and loves to kayak!

Fun Fact: Dan used to play rugby nationally in the Army Cadets.