North Wales Active - Staff



North Wales Active... We are a leading outdoor adventure activity provider based in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia.

We have been going for over 15 years with some staff having 25 years of adventure activity experience and qualifications.


North Wales Active Staff... All our instructors dont just teach part time they live for the outdoors and are full time instructors. They are enthusiastic and professional and are fully qualified and experienced to safely take you on every activity we advertise. Their passion will ensure your adventure with us is unforgettable.

Below are just some of the staff that work for us...



Jamie - Manager Director

Jamie has over 25 years of climbing and outdoor experience and has his uncle to thank for his love of the outdoors!  His first job was running the climbing wall in Llanrwst Leisure Centre when he was only 16. Soon after that he joined the army and was given the opportunity to gain his climbing and mountain walking qualifications. Before long he was taking his fellow soldiers climbing, mountain walking and mountain biking in some of the most incredible parts of the world: spending time in Kenya, Europe, United Arab Emirates and of course back home in Wales. Jamie has climbed in Spain (many times) France (many times) the U.A.E, Oman, Kenya and many parts of the U.K. He has worked and trained the British, American and U.A.E armed forces in outdoor activities, fitness and development. Jamie also consults for BP on health & fitness in the middle east.


In 2007, after his time in the armed forces and after many years working with other outdoor providers he set up North Wales Active with the goal of providing exciting courses designed to the needs of his clients. Since then, North Wales Active has grown into the successful activity provider it is today.


RCI (Rock Climbing & Abseiling Instructor)

ML (Mountain Leader) trained and assessed

MIA Trained (Mountain Instructor)

JSRCI (Armed forces equivalent of Mountaineering Instructor)

Kayak Instructor level 2

Canoe Instructor level 2

3 star sea kayaking

4 star sea kayaking

Mountain bike instructor (level 2)

Gorge Walking/canyoning Instructor (15 years experience including canyons in Spain, France and the U.A.E)

Coasteering instructor (15 years of experience)

Swift Water Rescue Pro (Rescue 3)

BCU - White water safety & rescue

Personal trainer and Ex Physical training Instructor in the Armed forces

First Aid

BP fitness consultant 

IRATA Rope Access Level 1

Cave & Mine leader trained

Cave & Mine horizontal, vertical and Tyrolean trained

Catherine - Managing Director

I say - Cat is very enthusiastic, knowledgable about the outdoors as a whole and loves nature.


Catherine has recently completed her Master's degree in Social Psychology in which her research led her to study impact outdoor adventure activity has on physical and mental well-being. Catherine has experience instructing in the UK and overseas. Her work ranges from delivering motivational, personal development programmes, to working with young adults with emotional and behavioural problems. Catherine is currently working towards becoming qualified in adventure therapy so watch this space for a new addtion to North Wales Active! Catherine also co-ordinates the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group. The charter group unites activity providers who wish to ensure sustainable development of the outdoor sector.



Trainee Psychotherapist with the South Manchester Centre for Psychotherapy

Msc Social Psychology - 'An Investigation into Rock Climbers' Motivations, Well-Being and Environmental Attitudes'

SPA (climbing instructor)

Gorge Walking


Mountain leader - Trained

First Aid

6 years of Adventure activity instructor experience

Tom - Instructor

We say - Tom has worked for the company for many years. Tom has the patients of a saint.


Tom - Tom was born in Birmingham but thankfully his parents made sure that every day of the school holidays was spent somewhere amazing.

With annual visits to the Lake District, Peak District, Devon and Cornwall, Tom’s love of the great outdoors grew and grew. Now with almost 18 years of mountain walking experience and eight years of lead climbing experience Tom has swapped the office for the playground that is Snowdonia!  Toms other interests include mountain biking, bouldering, surfing, slack lining and renovating his 30 year old camper van.


SPA (Climbing) Award

ML (Mountain Leader) Award

REC (Outdor First Aid)

Gorge Walking


Swift water rescue

Tree surgeon qualified

Jodie - Instructor

We say - Jodie has worked for the company for a few years gaining more experience over the last 2 years. Jodie is our Nature geek.


Jodie. I am passionately interested in many aspects of outdoor recreation, especially rock climbing, running and mountaineering. I also love camping and bivouacing in wild places and enjoy mountain biking.


I love sharing my passion for the outdoor environment with others, hence for the last 6 summer seasons I've been working in Italy for a personal development company for young people, as a motivational presenter and abseil guide.Over the last 3 years I have gained my Single Pitch and Mountain Leader Award, as well as a Wilderness First Aid qualification to enable me to continue to share my love of the outdoors, and extend my outdoor instructing career.


I have traveled throughout the World, rock climbing in Morocco, Spain, France, USA and Italy, and have developed a love of our cultural place within the Nature. I have just returned from 6 months traveling in New Zealand, having had some amazing experiences in the incredible landscapes the country has to offer.


Summer Mountain Leader 

SPA - (climbing insturctor)

Gorge Walking

Coasteering Instructor

First Aid

Tim - Instructor

We say - Tim is one of our most experienced & Qualified instructors. He's been working for the company for a number of years.


Tim - Tim is a British MIC with many years’ experience in mountaineering and expedition leadership across the globe, including a number first ascents and personal expeditions to unclimbed peaks in the Karakorum. Tim is an avid traveller who is always looking for new places to climb and adventure, and a keen Biologist with a love of the natural world.


Gorge & Canyon instructor

Coasteering instructor

Climbing instructor

First aid 

MIA - Mountaineering instructor

MIC - Winter mountaineering instructor

Ed - Instructor

We say - Ed has worked a lot for us this last couple of years.  Ed is one of our most proffesional instructors.


Ed - Ed recently returned to the outdoor industry having left the forces after 6 years working as a medic for the army and RAF mountain rescue.

He's Climbed all over the world, from the Himalaya, to Uganda, and have first ascents in North Africa and Greenland.


Climbing instructor


Winter mountain Leader


Gorge & Canyon Instructor

Coasteering Instructor

Steve - Instructor


We say - Steve has worked for us for a few years now. A very experienced instructor in the water and on rock.


Steve - Steve always loved being outside, it wasn't untill I went to university to study adventure education that I learnt to rock climb, kayak and use navigational tools to get me round the mountains. It was at university I first came to North Wales and it's where Ive decided to stay. 
Spending two years as a trainee at outdoor centres I gained enough qualifications and experience to run most activities. My passion being rock climbing I always wanted to work at the highest level and really enjoyed the technical aspects to keep folks safe while doing high adrelain activities. 
I've now been climbing for over 10 years. Over 5 in gorges, canyons and around the coast scrambling and jumping in. 

UKCC level 2 
advanced swift water rescue technician
Mine leader
Gorge, canyon and coasteering instructor
Advanced first aid

Mick - Instructor

We say - Mick has freelanced for us for a couple of years now, we find him to be extremly reliable, friendly and hard working.


Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI) Training (M.T. Registration no: 194214)

Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI)

Winter Mountain Leader Training
Mountain Leader 

D of E Gold Expedition Assessors Award I.D. 2250804

Mine Leaders Award 

Mountain Bike Instructor

RYA Powerboat Level 2 (Tidal)+ Safety Boat

Level 2 Kayak / Canoe Coach + Level 3 Kayak Training

4 Star Kayak / Canoe

White Water Safety & Rescue (WWSR)

RYA Senior Windsurfing Instructor (Tidal)

First Aid (REC) Level 2 Certificate

DBS Update Service: Certificate No: 001439179530

Minibus & Trailer Licence D1+E

Ben - Instructor

We say - This is Ben's 2nd year with us. We were really impressed with Ben's first year so we asked him to work much more than originally intended. We only employ Instructors that we know or that are recommended to us and after socializing with Ben we find him to be very proffesional and enthusiastic.

Ben - Born in South Devon. I was introduced to the outdoors at an early age by my Grandad, but my passion for rock climbing began when I turned 14. Since then, I have explored and climbed in a multitude of acessable and remote venues in the UK.
I started out in indoor climbing, I quickly reached the heights of advanced competitions in my secondary school years. It wasn't until I attended college where I had my first sea cliff climbing experience, Baggy Point. Hooked hard from then on, the realism combined with extreme risk brought out the best in me. It channelled my focus and a belonging that mainstream sport could not.
I would later step into the professional light and work in outdoor education and climbing walls as both an instructor and route setter. Until deciding to move away from Devon, to study a BSc in Sport Science at Bangor, North Wales. Here I expanded on my skill set whilst attaining relevant NGB awards. A key part of my degree  was studying human physiology and psychology in sport. I enjoy combining this academia with the safely, instructing and technical aspects of outdoor pursuits. To that, I have always strived in working at the highest of standards. I have now been working in the industry for 11 years and I'm enthusiastic about coaching and guiding the most.
When I'm not working or can't go climbing I pursue long distance trail running, joinery, free diving, canyoning and adventuring in the mountains. I fully embody the outdoors and believe in being connected to it 100%.
I am currently working towards my pre requisites for WML, MCI and other qualification's. I am eager to follow the progression that these awards will bring to my portfolio. I also look forward to my next climbing trip and holiday and have big goals/ambitions for the future. See you out there!
-Mountain Leader Summer (ML)
-Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI)
-Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI)
-Gorge, Canyon and coasteering instructor
-REC3 Working at Height and in Confined Environments 
-D of E Expedition Acsessor 
-Paddle Sport Instructor (ukcc level 1)
-3* canoe award
-REC3 Advanced Swift Rescue Technician Pro
-First (REC) Aid 16hr 
-BSc In Sport Science and Outdoor Activities

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