Mick Collins APIOL – Centre Director
Mick’s adventurous character has been influenced by traveling to various regions of the world on expeditions and other adventures and by generally challenging himself in the outdoors. Having spent his early years in Singapore, being a ‘Chief Scout’ and being actively involved with rugby, canoeing and other pursuits he knows how important it is to get people interested in outdoor activities at any level.
After leaving the Army with an exemplary service in the Commando Forces, he continued his love of the outdoors by providing outdoor education in schools, managing outdoor centres, freelance instructing, leading winning teams in endurance events and helping to raise a family, whilst still keeping an eye on the next adventure!
Mick was one of the first Outdoor operators in the UK to be awarded the Accredited Practitioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning (APIOL)
Steve Cliffen– Executive Director
Steve is Executive Director at Outdoors@hay and has a marketing, financial and advisory role. After 30 years spent in Special Education he now has various business interests including bars, rock bands and women’s shoes! Steve is also Chairman and founder of The Cicely Foundation, a charity for vulnerable and deprived children. He spends a great deal of time in the outdoors particularly on The Solent and in the French Alps as well as a range of expeditions further a field.