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)
Personal trainer and Ex Physical training Instructor Armed forces
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)
Mountain leader - Trained
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)
Swift water rescue
Tree surgeon qualified