Staff profiles

David Sharp
David Sharp

Job Title: 
Chief Executive

Date Started:
March 2002

Experience:
15 years as a part time youth worker, 12 years working in local authority leisure services, 8 years voluntary sector which include 5 years as Deputy Chief Executive.

Responsibilities: 
Everything but mainly the strategic direction of the organisation.

Favourite part of your job: 
Meeting new people and helping young people realise their potential

Hobbies:
Mountain biking, Climbing Mountains, Sci Fi

Mark Faulkner
Mark Faulkner

Job Title: 
Head of Centre

Date started:
Jan 2009

Previous Experience/ training:
34 Years in the Army; retired as a Colonel

Responsibilities:
Managing the day to day operations of Carlton Lodge to provide day and residential programmes of adventurous activities to our customers..

Favourite part of your current job:
The interaction with the huge variety of customers who visit Carlton Lodge

Hobbies:
Cricket, golf, gardening and bridge

Favourite quote: 
'Education is that what is left when what you have learned has been forgotten' Albert Einstein

George Plant
George Plant

Job Title: 
Chief Instructor

Date Started:
March 2008

Qualifications:
Fifteen years experience, SPA, ML and CIC Trained

Responsibilities:
Managing staff and ensuring activities are conducted in a safe environment

Favourite part of your job:
Working with David!

Favourite Book:
Too many to list but currently Terry Pratchett books

Favourite Quote:
If you try, you failure: if you don't you ensure it.

Bex Avery
Bex Avery

Job Title: 
Senior Activities Instructor

Started:
April 2011

Qualifications:
10 years experience, 4* Canoe Leader, L2 Paddlesport Coach, L2 Cave Leader, Gorge and Ghyll Leader, SPA (Single Pitch Assessment) and First Aid.

Responsibilities;
Managing seasonal staff and ensuring things run smoothly.

Favourite Book:
Touching the Void

Favourite Quote;
'I haven't been everywhere yet, but it's on my list'. 

Judith Worrall
Judith Worrall

Job Title: 
Facilities Manager

Date Started:
January 2005

Responsibilities:  
Ensuring the buildings are clean and prepared for our visitors and the catering requirements are met for groups.  Making sure everyone has a comfortable and memorable stay.

Favourite part of your job: 
Seeing smiley happy people amd listening to children telling me about their day..

Hobbies:  
Cycling, Horse riding, baking and reading.

Favourite thing to do:  
I love riding with my cycle club (Yorkshire Lasses) and my husband. Spending time with my family and friends.

April Lishman
April Lishman

Job Title: 
Chef

Date Started: 
April 2017 

Responsibilities:  
Making sure that everyone staying gets a home cooked meal. 

Favourite part of your job:  
Baking

Hobbies:  
Walking, baking, music, movies, cross stitch, arts and crafts

What do you like to do on your days off:  
Walking, shopping and socialising with friends

Gillian Harrison
Gillian Harrison

Job Title
Office Administrator [Part-Time]

Date Started:
April 2008

Experience:
Since leaving school I have mainly worked in Administration - in the Health Service; Ministry of Defense; Foreign & Commonwealth and Home Office. I also volunteer at the local Baptist Church, coordinating events and editing audio recordings for website podcasts.

Responsibilities:
Main Reception, if you telephone the office there is a good chance I will be the first person you speak to. Organize bookings for the School holiday Activity Days and deal with the office’s general enquiries and day-to-day Admin.

Favourite part of your job:
Meeting people and being the welcoming first-face for visitors enter the office.
Seeing the change in the attitude from a nervous child’s first visit to Carlton Lodge for a day’s activities, to the excited child, anxious to tell their parent about all the fun things they and their new found friends got up to on a full day of activities.

Hobbies:
Travel, walking, cycling, gardening, music & TV.

Favourite things to do:
Spending time with family and friends.

"I particularly enjoyed the zip wire because i felt like i was flying"

Tom W, Aged 12 

“I am writing to say a giant THANK YOU for making Carlton Lodge the best experience of my life!”

Jasmin, aged 10

“The rooms were excellent and the food was gorgeous!”

James, Aged 9

“The instructors made me smile because I knew I was safe in their hands.”

Kaitlyn, aged 10

 “It will provide them with a life time of memories”

Primary School Teacher 

"The group were all encouraged and supported to achieve their goals - amazing instructors!"

College Tutor, North Yorkshire

"We were extremely impressed by the professionalism, enthusiasm and patience that your instructors showed in every activity."

Youth Worker, Hull

“It was the best school trip ever, I would like to go back and do it all again.”

Maddison, aged 10

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