Clare joins the team as Head of Education. Having previously worked as Head of Curriculum at a local sixth form college and also having worked for Pearson, our exam board, Clare brings a wealth of knowledge to team and an overarching approach to quality. In other words, she’s gets us organised!
Clare’s background is not only in teaching, but having travelled the world as an Instructor and Ski Rep, she really knows and understands what the outdoors industry can bring to someone’s lives. Clare lives and breathes what she preaches and describes herself as surfer, snowboarder, day dreamer, traveller, coffee lover, creative thinker and definitely one of life's positive thinkers!
Qualifications: RYA Dinghy Instructor, RYA Windsurf Instructor, PE Teacher, Hockey Coach!
At Rockley since: August 2018
Mark has over 17 years experience of teaching from middle school, secondary, college and degree level. As a fully fledged sports enthusiast he has an interest in almost all sports and in his younger days would always be seen on the football pitch playing football or on the cricket pitch. Unfortunately age has taken his toll and these days you are more likely to see him on the golf pitch.
Any spare time away from work and family is now spent playing golf which started as a leisure activity, turned into a previous job and now is a borderline addiction! A particular highlight of this year so far is going to Paris to watch Europe win the Ryder Cup.
Qualifications: Various levels of NGB coaching in Cricket, Golf, Football, Dodgeball, Athletics, Disability Football
At Rockley Since: September 2018
John spends most of his time delivering the practical side of our College courses, which includes cycling around Poole Harbour on glorious sunny days! Tough job isn’t it?
Would like to get back into racing “his” RS400 with Liz, he also ran the London Marathon a few years ago ago along with his wife - a great achievement!
Qualifications: RYA Coach Assessor; RYA Powerboat Instructor; RYA Centre Inspector; RYA Windsurf Instructor; RYA Yachtmaster
At Rockley Since: 2010
Steph started in the outdoor industry volunteering at a water sports centre where she worked her way up to Chief Instructor. After school she studied Outdoor Education at Duchy College and Adventure Education at Chichester University. During her time at University she completed a year in the industry working as a Sailing and Windsurfing Instructor in New Zealand as well as working with the Harbour Master based in Tauranga. Upon leaving University she trained as a PE Teacher in Cornwall before completing 4 years as a teacher at a secondary school and leading Outdoor Education assesing Duke of Edinburgh. She has now worked in the Outdoor industry for 13 years instructing water and land based activities.
Steph's family are farmers so she has grown up in the outdoors. She loves all sport and the freedom that it gives people - her main sports are Rugby and Windsurfing. She believes everyone should have a chance to explore the world.
At Rockley Since: 2022
After working in North Wales for a year it was time for Matt to move onto another challenge which lead him to an Activity Instructor role at Rockley Point in march 2017! The rest as they say, is history! He is now the Education Practical Lead
As well as being active on the water, Matt has always loved being in the water! He has spent many years scuba diving which has taken him to so many amazing places including: Egypt, north west Scotland, west coast of Ireland and Wales. However is absolute passion is windsurfing. You will ofetn find him blasting out on the water during his lunch break, after work and on the weekends with fellow colleagues and windsurf enthusiasts.
At Rockley since: March 2017
Megan first came to Rockley in 2017 as a student on the 3 year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Outdoors) course. After graduating she worked a season at one of Rockley's French activity centres before joining the Apprenticeship programme in 2019. She is now a Practical Tutor, teaching the current college students.
As a youngster, Megan used to tap dance and can play the flute!
She loves "doing anything where I’m doing something......and camping"
At Rockley since: September 2019
After a year working at plas Menai, Pete joined the Rockley crew in March 2017 and has been here ever since! He's worked at many of Rockley's centres teaching a variety of courses and is now a Practical Tutor for Rockley College.
His absolute passion is windsurfing, especially freestyle and he will be out on the water at every opportunity - lunch breaks, after work.......whatever the weather! And when he's not on the water, he loves to make windsurfing and other watersports related videos.
At Rockley since: March 2017
Before Rockley she was travelling around Australia and Southeast Asia. Having worked for a watersports company in Bondi, and being forced to cut her travels short due to Covid, she discovered working by the beach at Rockley Point the next best thing! here's a little insight into Katie -
The 3 people she would invite round for dinner - David Attenborough - the most incredible man on the planet! (Don’t tell my partner I said that!). I just adore his passion and care for planet earth. Kate Middleton- I’d love to have a Sunday roast and wine with her. I just feel like we’d get on well. Ocean Ramsey- I’m so fascinated by her. I feel like she’d have the most incredible stories to tell.
Her perfect day if time, money or travel was not an issue - Early morning sunrise in Hawaii with a smoothie bowl for breakfast. Then surfing and scuba diving during the day followed by a sunset sail in the evening...and then endless pina coladas…!
Her biggest indulgence in the past 6 months - A new wetsuit and paddleboard!
The best book she's read - What you should know about sharks, by Ocean Ramsey. Her dream is to one day swim with sharks and free dive, without the cage!
The super power she would want to possess if she could - To breath under water
3 things she would take to a desert island - Food, water, sun cream
At Rockley Since: April 2022