Outdoor Team

What sets us apart from our Competitors is the Quality and Experience of our Staff. We are extremely proud of our reputation as a High Quality Training Provider with the very best delivery Staff.


Gary Evans

Gary is a highly experienced Instructor across all the activities that we deliver. His specialty is Caving and he has caved all over the UK, Europe and the world, including 3 Expeditions to Belize. He is both CIC and a LCMLA Level 1 & 2 Trainer/Assessor and he is also an Advanced First Aid Trainer/Assessor for Cave Rescue, having been involved in Cave Rescue in South and Mid Wales for over 20 years. Gary is also a Technical Advisor for Caving, Coasteering and Gorge Walking for numerous other Outdoor Activity Providers.

“Having been first introduced to walking and camping outdoors, then to outdoor activities in my early teens as a Scout, I have been involved in some kind of outdoor pursuit ever since. It was walking and horses for many years and then something of an obsession with Caving set in. I enjoy anything outdoors – caving, climbing, walking, skiing, paddling – whatever, but I always come back to caving in the end. Having set up the business in 1990 following a career in Engineering, it has developed so that Hawk Associates handles the People & Team Development side of the business and Hawk Adventures deliver all the outdoor activity aspects.

I hope our enthusiasm and the quality of the events and activities we provide is evident on this website – we really want to be able to give you an amazing experience, in a safe and sustainable way.”

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Steffan Davies

Steff is the Development Director of Hawk Associates and a key members of Instructional staff, his thorough and calm approach ensures the very best delivery quality. Steff has been working with Hawk Associates since 2005 and has consistently enabled us to bring enjoyable, challenging and safe activities to our clients.

“I had my first real wilderness experience when I completed the Expedition section of my Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Ever since then I’ve been hooked on the outdoors. I love being in an environment that is constantly changing, and dealing with all the challenges that this brings.”

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Matt Woodfield

Matt has worked with Hawk Associates since 2005 and is now our Senior Instructor. he’s a qualified Mountaineering Instructor who’s specialist subject is rock climbing, although he’s equally at home in rivers and underground.

He’s climbed across Europe, led expeditions to the Indian Himalaya, Peruvian Andes, South East Asia and Africa, including new routing in the Moroccan Anti Atlas. Closer to home he’s author to the local rock climbing guide book, a technical advisor to climbing centres and outdoor providers, as well as being a member of the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team.

Matt’s energetic and fun approach to delivery ensures that a great time is had by all.

“I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors, first walking, then rock climbing in college. Things spiraled out of control after graduating from university and now I find myself with the best office going – the outdoors. I love taking people on adventures, sharing my skills and experience and helping them develop. ”

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Ian Barker

Ian is one of the UK’s top Outdoor Development Tutors and Instructors. He is very much in demand for his skills and his remarkably effective pragmatic and supportive approach to his work. Ian has worked for Hawk Adventures for over 20 years and is a much valued member of the team. Ian has considerable experience of leading Mountaineering and Wilderness Expeditions all over the world including trips to Everest, Antarctica and countless trips to virtually every region of the World.

“I feel passionately about development training and see experiential learning in an outdoor environment as an exciting tool that enables organisations to grow and develop their talents within the workforce. Individuals can also benefit immensely from it and take away memories and learnings that last a life-time.”


Andy Chapman

A qualified Mountaineering Instructor and International Mountaineer, with more than 25 years experience in leading personal and professional groups in some of the world’s highest and harshest mountain environments. Andy has led many successful Mountaineering Expeditions to the highest places on the Earth including Everest, Cho Oyu and numerous other Himalayan Mountains.

Andy also works as a Technical mountaineering/climbing advisor and is skilled in developing safety and risk assessment systems in the outdoor s. He is the Technical Advisor for Hawk Adventures for Climbing, Abseiling, Scrambling Mountain Walking & Mountaineering and works in the delivery of both our Outdoor Activity events and our Development programmes.

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Mark Hendry

Mark is a Mountaineering Instructor and BCU Level 3 Coach. He has worked for Hawk Adventures and Hawk Associates since 2005 and brings strong technical expertise combined with a calm and measured approach which is greatly valued. Mark has provided an invaluable member of the team and regularly receives exceptional feedback from participants.

“Having originally trained as a photographer, I very soon realised busy London studios weren’t for me. So for over 20 years how I’ve worked full time as a mountaineer and kayaking coach. The work continues to take me all over the world and allows me to work in some extraordinary environments often with some remarkable people.”

Fiona Meikle

Fiona has been involved with Hawk Associates since 2010 and has excelled at the role of Assistant Instructor since that time. Fiona combines her background in a variety of Sports and her qualifications in Sport and Exercise Psychology with her ability to learn and adapt quickly in the outdoor Environment to provide a high quality experience for all participants on our activities.