Our Team

At Outdoor Genius we are passionate about the benefits of outdoor learning, particularly for young people. We believe that it is essential to incorporate time spent outside into every child’s educational journey whether that is through activities at school, in the local area or further afield.

By developing programmes and activities that link with the National Curriculum for school groups, and offering team building opportunities for adult groups we aim to encourage everyone to experience the genius of the outdoors!

We pride ourselves on our high quality delivery, personal service to customers and commitment to developing new and innovative educational programmes.


Corporate Social Responsibility

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Meet the Team

Mike Gray

mike-grayMike has over 30 years’ experience of working in a variety of instructing and management roles within the outdoor industry at a range of organisations. He holds many NGB qualifications encompassing mountaineering, climbing, kayaking and mountain biking, and is also a qualified REC First Aid trainer and D of E Assessor.

Mike is regularly to be found mountain biking around the Peaks or trying to re-live his climbing glory days in Snowdonia, before his two sons get better at it all than him.


Carmel Gray

carmel-grayCarmel has a background in project management and is also a qualified Science teacher. She has 20 years’ experience of working in Senior Management roles within outdoor expedition companies, working behind the scenes to design programmes and organise the logistics for hundreds of outdoor UK based activities for school groups.

Carmel spends her spare time bringing up two young boys to have adventurous spirits and dreaming about travelling the world in a camper-van.


Our Staff


We are proud of our instructor team who are dedicated to training young people. We only employ highly qualified and experienced instructors to deliver our programmes.

Each year we also train a group of new outdoor instructors to help us deliver our 7 week programme of NCS activity camps. This provides valuable real world learning for students at the University of Derby and offers an insight into the professional world of work.