Find out more about Recognised Centre Advisor Team below.

Helena Burrows

I’ve been orienteering for over 20 years and have taught orienteering whilst working in outdoor centres, schools and to teachers in training. I’m a level 4 coach and currently the coaching officer for the WOA. I have been a coach educator, assessor and internal verifier for British Orienteering for a number of years. When not involved with orienteering matters I enjoy doing mountain marathons, long distance walking and patchwork.

Bill Hanley

I started orienteering on the permanent courses in Greater Manchester in 1984. Since then I have enjoyed all the varied  formats that orienteering increasingly offers; including long distance, classic and medium distance, score, relays, sprint, and urban. Equally I enjoy competing at local as well as national events and international events.

I have also had some successes; winning the UK Orienteering League and UK Urban League in my age class, international representation  and a Bronze Medal  in Sprint Orienteering at the World Masters Games.

I worked as a Chartered Town Planner before qualifying as a teacher in Outdoor Education, an International Mountain Leader, and an orienteering coach.  For the past 24 years I have worked at outdoor and environmental education centres in the Peak District,  the last eight as Head of Centre. This has included striving to make orienteering an integral, enjoyable and purposeful part of the programme of activities.

Jim Hayward

Aged 52 from Winscombe near Bristol. I bring to the role experience of coaching, centre management and assessment to specific criteria. I hold or have held coaching qualifications in orienteering, kayaking, archery caving and hillwalking. I am employed as  Financial Manager at Mendip Outdoor Pursuits, a multi activity centre which I founded and ran for 22 years. I am actively involved with coaching orienteering in a centre, school and club environment and work for British Orienteering as a course tutor, assessor and internal verifier.

Pat Mee

I am a qualified teacher who was head of Manchester’s urban outdoor centre and was a part time instructor at Ghyll Head. I continue to offer outdoor education through my freelance outdoor business. As an external verifier, I monitor outdoor apprenticeship qualifications on a countrywide basis with responsibility for observing sessions, advising on good practice and checking on quality assurance systems.

I deliver British Orienteering’s ‘Teaching Orienteering’ courses for school staff along with training in the delivery of ‘Outdoor and Adventure in the School Curriculum’ which includes orienteering. I am also involved with the training, assessment and verification of UKCC Coach Courses and with the development of UKCC qualifications.

I look forward to supporting and advising centres on the delivery of high quality orienteering sessions that schools will value as a mainstream centre activity.

Martyn Pegg

Active member of East Lothian Orienteers – ‘Scotland’s small friendly orienteering club’. Have been involved in introducing young people to the sport of Orienteering since 1997.

I have worked in and for: commercial residential activity centres; non-residential activity providers; Local Authority run centres – Oxfordshire, North Yorkshire and East Lothian; Secondary Schools. I know what is possible to deliver at centres in terms of orienteering and how centres can make that first experience fun, exciting, engaging and challenging.

I am a teacher of secondary Mathematics and regularly used Orienteering to engage pupils in the wonders of maths through high quality sport. In my work as a teacher in centres I have been able to witness firsthand the variety of orienteering delivery that happens within a variety of centre types. At each of the organisations I have worked I have strived to constantly improve both the quality of delivery and the profile/image of orienteering.

Through my work as an advisor for British Orienteering I hope to be able to help support centres in their delivery of High Quality Orienteering and help them to encourage an ever greater number of young people to make their first experience of orienteering not their last.

Lynne Walker

I have spent all of my working life in the area of education; I have experience of the outdoor education industry from two sides - one as a customer taking school groups to centres and the other from working in one. I am an active orienteer, training and competing most weeks as well as regularly planning and controlling events (from local to Scottish 6 Days). I am involved in coaching the sport to a wide variety of participation athletes of all ages. I am also a coach educator (and assessor) for all orienteering UKCC courses and am involved in the delivery of Teaching Orienteering and the Young Leader Award.