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Denea Wright Managing Director
“In 1978, I had taught in a large progressive Comprehensive School in Devon which grounded me. Two years in a High School in Jamaica, not a glamorous tourist part, made me question all my beliefs and values. I spent a ‘gap year’ cruising in a catamaran around the Mediterranean, reflecting, and came back with the passion for outdoor learning which has driven me ever since.
“A post came up as a Sports Organiser at a commercial Activity Centre in Swanage which I always expected to be temporary. I have never wanted to leave. I became Managing Director in 1996 and now hold a variety of influential positions in the outdoor learning sector. I am Chair of the British Activity Providers Association, a Member of the British Outdoor Council and I sit on the Learning Away Consortium who have a fantastic new campaign pushing the benefits of learning away from the school environment and how Brilliant a Residential can be. I am still enthused by the concept of the ‘good old fashioned’ school trip and how much children can (and do) learn away from school. I guess that’s why I come into work everyday; to help drive that vision forward.”
Ian Bell Business Development Manager
Ian has been an Outdoor Instructor in the UK, France, Canada and Austria. He studied for his degree in Youth & Community Work in Belfast and has worked for Derbyshire County Council, PGL and Kingswood and is now at Allnatt for the second time. He runs our East Dene Centre and is lead on our marketing activity and public image. He is married with two children. Lisa his wife, who he met when they worked together in Swanage, is a Geography Teacher and author. His passion is walking and spending time on the water. After nearly 40 years of messing about in boats you would think he’d had enough soggy socks to last a lifetime but not so.
“I am completely at home out of doors, whether i’m camping with my kids or planning a route over the open moors, I am a lover of fresh air and all the benefits it brings for my mind and body. If I can pass on only a fraction of my enthusiasm to a younger generation then I’ll be satisfied with that.”
Leah Rutter Centre Manager, Swanage
“I finished my Bachelor of education in 1999. When I was teaching I found I got the most out of my class when we left the classroom behind, so I took the decision to move into the ‘Great Outdoors’ and focus my skills on being an outdoor educator. I started my time at Allnatt as a Seasonal tutor in 2001 and have worked my way up to Manager of the Swanage Centre. During that time much has changed and I am proud of the improvements I have made to facilities and introducing a seaside focus to our outdoor learning and company branding. I still really enjoy teaching in an outdoor classroom, in particular training new tutors and seeing their careers develop with us”.
Karen Chislett Head of Teaching, Isle of Wight
Karen started life at Allnatt as a seasonal instructor, coming from an environmental and sports background. Following a second season at Allnatt she jumped at the opportunity to stay on the Isle of Wight and further develop the teaching team at East Dene. She is now fully settled on the Island, her daughter attends the local primary school and they enjoy exploring the Island’s hidden gems and bakeries.
” I do enjoy the variety I get from my job and seeing programmes happen for each individual group from first contact, through planning, to delivery and beyond the residential”.
Nikki Rutter Head of Teaching, Swanage
Nikki is a Marine Biology graduate and it was her passion for the sea, coast and Swanage that brought her to a seasonal tutor position with Allnatt. 8 years later and she is still just as enthusiastic in her role as head of teaching. Nikki has an interest in Field Studies and currently sits on the committee for the Field Studies Professional Practise Group (Part of the Institute of Outdoor Learning) and the regional IOL group. Becoming a lifeguard trainer in 2015, Nikki has discovered a love of training that she can share with the new staff each year. In her spare time, Nikki loves to be in or around the sea and coast, snorkelling, swimming, rock pooling or just exploring the cliff top walks.