Our People

Leadership Team

The Inspiring Learning leadership team and Advisory Group brings together experience from business and academia.

Martin Robinson

Chairman
Martin Robinson

"I have always been a great believer in the benefits of having an outstanding education and believe this only to be possible if the theory of the classroom is supported by learning outside the school environment. My role at Inspiring Learning, therefore, finally enables me to make my own small contribution to the world of learning."

Education: BA/MA, Geography, Oxford University. MBA, INSEAD

My most inspiring...

Destination: Central Anatolia in Turkey, I visited this wonderful place when I was only 19 years old and even after my subsequent 30 years of travel, it remains the most amazing place I have ever been.
Activity: Cycling across France in support of a cancer charity.
Learning Experience: An Interail journey throughout Europe during my gap year. It really drove the benefits of practical learning home to me.

John Bentley

Director - International (former CEO)
John Bentley

"Independence, self-reliance, ambition, inspiration, challenge, wonder, friendship. I have been fortunate to experience the many of the benefits of well-run residentials, whether as part of a school trip to France, or as part of a sports team to Leeds. I am a passionate believer that life’s lessons learned outside the classroom can transform attainment once back in the classroom and provide motivation and interests for life."

Education: BA/MA, Modern History and French, Oxford University

My most inspiring...

Destination: The long road to Machu Picchu, Peru.
Activity: Sky diving above Lake Taupo, New Zealand.
Learning Experience: A year of living, working and teaching in France before university

 

 

Tim Gibson

Chief Executive Officer
Tim Gibson

 
"I am deeply passionate about positively influencing the lives of today's young people - helping them build confidence, encouraging them to believe in themselves, enabling them to discover new skills and equipping them with the ability to build and develop friendships in an inspiring learning environment. Joining the team at Inspiring Learning is a very exciting opportunity for me and I believe that the exceptional experience we provide deserves to be available to as many young people from across the world as possible."

Education: BCom Finance and Marketing, university of Auckland, New Zealand

My most inspiring...

Destination: Marlborough Sounds, a stunning collection of sunken valleys and woodland in New Zealand
Activity: Climbing Mount Snowden
Learning Experience: Backpacking through Asia, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and enjoying a huge sense of freedom!

Charlie McLean

Chief Financial Officer

Charlie McLean

"I have two daughters now aged 16 and 13 and I have seen first hand how important a well balanced education is to their development as confident young girls who have the courage to take on new things. Outdoor residential centres have been an important element of this and I have always enjoyed hearing their sense of delight when they have overcome and conquered their initial fears. We aim to bring out the best in everyone through active learning and this has to be a good thing for our nation's young people."

Education: BA Economics & Politics, Exeter University. Chartered Accountant and member of CIMA

My most inspiring...

Destination: Knight Inlet in Vancouver, Canada, quietly watching humpback and orca whales together, as well as black and grizzly bears. Awe inspiring.
Activity: Skiing in the Swiss Alps. Ski pass, ski map, a metre of snow and the whole mountain to explore. Heaven!
Learning Experience: A year working and living in the USA on a number of kids camps including teaching basketball to the American children.

Jason Andrews

Chief Operating Officer

Jason Andrews

"Ever since my first visit to an outdoors residential centre in North Wales as a youngster I have lived with an inner calling for the outdoors and the world of adventure. Those early memories and learnings will stay with me for life. This has now come full circle for me, as I have the privileged responsibility to ensure our young people that visit us today are inspired to stretch themselves and will leave us also with learnings and memories that they will hold onto for life!"

Education: Bridgend Technical College, City & Guilds. Member of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management

My most inspiring...

Destination: Standing at the edge of the caldera on the Island of Santorini while I married my wife.
Activity: Scuba diving
Learning Experience: Being given the lifesaving skills to save someone's life thanks to a St Johns ambulance first aid course.

 

Neal Young

HR Director

Neal Young

"I have always been passionate about how sport and outdoor activities can help the young develop and grow, having seen it first hand many years ago as a Youth Group Leader and more recently as a DofE Expedition Assessor. I continually enjoy supporting, encouraging and seeing how such experiences can provide so much enjoyment and sense of achievement"

Education: MA, HRM Strategic Management, Thames Valley University.
Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD), Member of Institute of Hospitality (MIOH), ICF/EMCC Accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Executive Coaching, DofE Expedition Assessor

My most inspiring...

Destination: Istanbul
Activity: Cycling from Le Havre to Romagne (nr Poitier) to raise money for a Hospice Charity
Learning Experience: Joint facilitating workshops with Dave Francis (author of Improving Working Groups)

Jerry Brennan

Corporate Development Director

"I am a big believer in Kingswood’s Theory of Change. I attended an outdoor education centre for several days when I was 12 years old near where I grew up in Connecticut, USA. The experience of being away from home and being challenged with high rope activities, obstacle courses and all of the other adventures that were made available provided me with an important sense of independence and a boost to my self-confidence. I am pleased to be working with the team at Kingswood to expand our geographical reach so that we can provide these important life experiences to as many young people in the UK as possible.”

My most inspiring...

Destination: Ireland
Activity: Running in and completing (just!) the Brighton Marathon
Learning Experience: The challenges of being a grass-roots football coach for a group of under 9’s offer me many learning opportunities!

 

 

 

Academic & Activity Advisory Group

  • A unique structure in the private sector
  • Consists of industry leaders and participants
  • Provides access to sector, curriculum and product knowledge, advice and guidance on service development
  • Helps to validate academic and activity standards of our programmes
  • Collaborates on and shares analysis of the impacts and benefits of out of the classroom learning experiences
  • Supports engagement and education of our staff on good practice across the group