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Clare Hicks Clare Hicks

Clare Hicks

Head of Education

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Clare Hicks

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 Ames Mark Ames

Mark Ames

Teacher / Personal Tutor

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Mark Ames

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  McMaster John  McMaster

John McMaster

Teacher / Personal Tutor

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John  McMaster

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

Alex  Murphy Alex  Murphy

Alex Murphy

Teacher / Personal Tutor

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Alex  Murphy

Alex trained with Rockley on the Dingy Instructor and Windsurf Instructor Intensive Training Course back in 2012. He then worked a season for Rockley at AzuRivage in 2013 followed by a season at Rockley Point in the summer of 2016. He then returned the following summer as a Centre Senior at AzuRivage. 

He admits to having had the best three years of his life at Plymouth Marjon University where he received a First Class Honours Degree in Sport Development (Physical Education) and has recently completed his Teacher Training PGCE in Secondary Physical Education at the University of Southampton.

In his spare time he enjoys getting out on the water as much as possible and spends a lot of time surfing in Devon and Cornwall. His firts love is, however, hockey and plays at Bournemouth Hockey Club where he has played since the age of six. The highlight of his hockey career was playing for the Marjon Uni first team in its varsity game against Plymouth Uni.

He also happens to be a HUGE AFC Bournemouth fan!

As to why he accepted the role to work for Rockley's Education Department - "This role is extremely exciting for me as it is a mix of my two passions - teaching PE and watersports. The opportunity to work in such a unique learning environment is incredible.

Qualifications: RYA Coach Assessor; RYA Dinghy Instructor; RYA Windsurf Instructor; BSUPA Instructor

At Rockley Since: August 2019

Lee Timothy Lee Timothy

Lee Timothy

Teacher / Personal Tutor

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Lee Timothy

Lee studied an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and School Sport followed by a PGCE to gain Qualified Teacher Status at Sheffield Hallam University. After graduating he worked for the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club teaching sailing and touring the UAE race coaching. After that, he worked in Bermuda for an Education Charity, working with primary schools across the island delivering an expeditionary learning programme in addition to managing a start-up sailing school. Since moving back to the UK in January 2019 he worked at RS Sailing in the Marketing and Events team where he travelled across the UK and Europe to deliver events and create media content for the RS Sailing brand.

A keen sportsman, his favourite sports are football, watersports and running and despite Covid ruining his dreams of running the Barcelona Marathon, he still went ahead with his own one, and, with the support of all his colleagues and students at Rockley, crossed the finish line in a brilliant time! Well done Lee! 
As to why he relished the opportunity to work for Rockley's Education Department - "being a Teacher on Rockley’s further education programmes is a unique environment, combining professional watersports training with a door-opening academic qualification. Working with driven young people who want to have a positive impact on children’s lives is inspiring."

Qualifications: PE Teacher, RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor (keelboat endorsed), RYA Start Windsurfing Instructor, RYA Powerboat Instructor, BSUPA Instructor, RYA Day Skipper

At Rockley Since: August 2019

Josh Banner Josh Banner

Josh Banner

Practical Co-ordinator

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Josh Banner

Josh started with Rockley back in 2014 at one of our centres in Framce. After gaining his RYA Dinghy Instructor qualification in 2015, he came back for another year. Josh has continued to gain further qualifications working as a Senior at AzuRivage in 2016, Activity Manager at Le Lac Mimizan in 2017 and Activity Manager at Le Lac Mimizan more recently in 2018

He is super excited to be taking on this new challenge in the UK with the Education team however has conceeded that he will need a hair cut courtesy of the windier conditions of Poole Harbour! He is looking forward to passing on all of his experiences and knowledge to the next wave of potential instructors and helping them to realise their potential. 

He is passionate about the outdoors, hates being cooped up inside no matter what the weather and loves the mountains and beaches! He is passionate about all watersports, especially windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding and really loves skiing! 

Qualifications: RYA Senior Instructor, RYA Powerboat Instructor, RYA Windsurf Instructor,  SUP Instructor and Kayak Canoe Coach. 

Been at Rockley Since: 2014 and don’t plan on leaving any time soon (unless I get kicked out!) love the family feel of the company and you get really well looked after. 

Liam Cure Liam Cure

Liam Cure

Practical Co-ordinator

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Liam Cure

Liam has worked for Rockley since 2012, working in all the centres across France and UK. Prior to his Rockley days he was a GB level Laser Sailor sailing at national, euro and world events all around the world. He has a BTEC in Outdoor Education and a degree in Watersports from Solent University.

Liam has an absolute focus on helping to mould the instructors of tomorrow and enabling them to reach their full potential. He feels that through his role as Practical Co-ordinator he has the ability to achieve this. He loves all types of water sport and you'll often hear him say that he enjoys being on the water more than land.

Qualifications: RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor, RYA Powerboat Instructor, RYA Dinghy Instructor, RYA Windsurf Instructor

At Rockley Since: 2012

Lucy Horne Lucy Horne

Lucy Horne

College Administrator

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Lucy Horne

Lucy graduated from Rockley's 11-week Leap for Success course in 2017 and worked a season at Rockley Point as an RYA qualified Windsurf Instructor. She has a real passion for the outdoors, and is never happier than when she is on the slopes skiing and snowboarding. She loves scuba diving and spends much of her weekends bike riding.

Lucy is a keen traveller and loves listening to music - you'll often find her at a gig

Qualifications: RYA Windsurf Instructor

At Rockley Since: 2017


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