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David Hopkins is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Education, University of London, where until recently, he held the inaugural HSBC iNet Chair in International Leadership. He is a Trustee of Outward Bound and is Executive Director of the new charity ‘Adventure Learning Schools’.  David holds visiting professorships at the Catholic University of Santiago, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Universities of Edinburgh, Melbourne and Wales and consults internationally on school reform.  Between 2002 and 2005 he served three Secretary of States as the Chief Adviser on School Standards at the Department for Education and Skills.  Previously, he was Chair of the Leicester City Partnership Board and Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Nottingham.  Before that again he was a Tutor at the University of Cambridge Institute of Education, a Secondary School teacher and Outward Bound Instructor.  David is also an International Mountain Guide who still climbs regularly in the Alps and Himalayas. His recent books Every School a Great School and System Leadership in Practice are published by The Open University Press.


Trish Franey has worked in both Primary and Secondary schools. As a head teacher in a challenging school she enjoyed leading a school team to raise achievement and attainment for all pupils in the school. The school became a national Beacon school for the professional development of teachers .  She extended her headship to lead across schools in order to promote collaborative approaches to improving schools. As the Director of an Educational Action Zone she worked with twelve schools promoting teacher enquiry teams across the schools to generate an action learning approach to improve classroom practice and outcomes for pupils.  This became the focus of her research as a National College for School Leadership, Research Associate . Subsequently she joined NCSL, initially as a lead facilitator on the Networked Learning Communities programme  and latterly as Assistant Director of the Primary Leadership Programme. This lead to working  nationally on the design brief as well as supporting  local authority introduction and implementation of  Primary Learning Networks. She currently works as a consultant to schools in London and Australia as well as being part of the ALS team to ensure that Adventure Learning is at the core of school design in the future.


David Exeter is currently a Senior Leader and Director of Outdoor Learning at Macmillan Academy in Middlesbrough (2005 onwards). David is an experienced senior educational professional who has led the design of the outdoor learning specialism at Macmillan Academy. Previously he was a Senior Training Consultant for The Outward Bound Trust (1997-2005).


Matt Ellis is currently the Outdoor Learning Adviser for Cumbria County Council and a member of the Outdoor Education Advisers\' Panel. He is a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge Inspector and a member of the Learning Outside the Classroom Council Quality Badge Committee. 


Steve Howe was a journalist before pursuing a career in the outdoors. He worked at Glenmore Lodge and for The Outward Bound Trust as an instructor, Head of Outward Bound Ullswater and finally Deputy Director. He continues to work with young people on outdoor programmes in the UK and abroad.


Doug Hardie is a former ALS School Head Teacher in Cumbria and is now working with aspirant ALS schools in Argyll and Bute where he is living.


Alan Moss is a former Head of Adventure Learning at Dallam School in Cumbria which was the first ALS school in the UK. Alan was responsible for the development of a sustainable approach to adventure learning in the school.


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