Staff & Trustees

Hugh Unwin members
Steve Watts volunteers-seasonal-staff
Allan Bond trustees
John Byer trustees
Jackie Cole - Chair trustees
Ken Cole trustees
Richard Lake - Deputy Chair trustees
Adam Osborne volunteers-seasonal-staff
Emily McKean volunteers-seasonal-staff
Jeanne Webb trustees
Ricky Wilkinson members
John McKean - Manager staff
Matt Tebbutt - Deputy Manager - Conservation & Education Assistant staff
Cathy Durrant staff
Paula Wright staff

Over the past two decades the name Ray Mears has become recognised throughout the world as an authority on the subject of Bushcraft and Survival. He has also become a household name through his various television series, including Tracks, World of Survival, Trips Money Can’t Buy with Ewan McGregor, The Real Heroes of Telemark and many more.

These programmes have reached out and touched the hearts of everyone, from small children to grandparents. They are enjoyed by many because of Ray’s down to earth approach, his obvious love for his subject and the empathy and respect he shows for indigenous peoples and their cultures. It is obvious to some, and a surprise to others to discover that Ray has spent his life learning these skills and is truly a master of the subject he calls Wilderness Bushcraft.

Through activities such as shelter building, fire lighting and cooking outdoors over open fires, Whitwell Hall aims to get kids engaged, learning skills that Ray himself uses.

Find out more about Ray.