Meet the Team: Leah Rutter

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Meet Leah Rutter, our Swanage Centre Manager

Leah is certainly no stranger to Allnatt, she started at The Chatsworth Centre back in the Spring of 2001 as an Outdoor Learning Tutor. This first experience as an Allnatt staff member was so great she decided to come back year after year and become Swanage Centre Manager in just a few years.



“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”

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Andover in Hampshire

Q: What was your dream job growing up?

A: Zookeeper

Q: Tell us something surprising about yourself?

A: I was High Jump county champion at school

Q: What is your favourite hobby?

A: Hockey, currently playing for Swanage and Wareham ladies first team

Q: Who’s your favourite 80’s / 90s band?

A: It has got to be Aqua!

Q: What do you love most about your job in two words?

A: The Seaside

Q: Favourite centre meal?

A: Breakfast

Q: What was your best memory of an overnight residential from your youth?

A: Overcoming my fear whilst caving and completing the water challenge

Q: What do you think is the key to a great school trip?

A: Rounded experiences with time to reflect on the experience

Q: What’s your favourite cheese?

A: Dorset Smoked Red

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