Who we are

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Tracy Grant

DofE Manager

I have a strong belief in the DofE Award, and have seen the benefits from participation first hand in my own 3 children. I have been involved as the DofE leader for the Centre since Sept 1996….. I was asked if I would be interested in running the group with 8 participants. We now have around 100 participants every year at all 3 DofE Award levels.

I come from a background of teaching(secondary science and years 3-6 primary) and youth work. I have always had a strong interest in the outdoors and the benefits that being outside and working as a team in challenging circumstances has on young people. It builds their confidence and self-esteem, enhances their risk management and eases their transition into adulthood.


QTS since 1989

Qualified Youth worker since 1989

Mountain Leadership Award(Summer)

32 Hour remote Wilderness first aid certificate

Winter intro to Mountain leadership skills

Climbing Single Pitch Award.

Alpine Ski Leader

MIAS level 1 and 2 cycling leader

Sailing Level 1 and 2

Paddlesport leader

Bushcraft leader


Ted Weber


A retired RAF officer now working in wildlife conservation, I have over fifty years of active participation in outdoor activities, particularly mountaineering and walking in the UK and on expeditions abroad. I have been a volunteer leader for the DofE for over ten years and am a strong believer in the value of outdoor experiences in the personal and social development of young people.


Mountain Leader (Summer)

Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness Living Skills Instructor

Outdoor Emergency First Aid

DofE Assessor at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of the Award

MiDaS Minibus Awareness Scheme


Martin Brown

Volunteer and Chair of trustees

A retired Secondary School teacher from Cambridge, I have over forty years of experience of helping young people develop their walking, mountaineering and expedition skills in both the UK and abroad. I am a qualified Mountain Leader (Summer) and a D of E Assessor at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of the Award.


Jonathan Tole

Volunteer and Trustee

I have been involved with DofE since 2016. I was attracted to DofE as I wanted to help make a difference to young peoples futures by supporting them attributes such as resilience, grit, community and commitment.

DofE provided a great opportunity to combine my love of the outdoors and a passion to help others succeed.


NNAS Tutor

Outdoor first aid

DofE Expedition Assessor - Bronze / Silver / Gold

Countryside Leader Award

MiDaS Minibus Awareness Scheme

Undertaking Hill and Moorland Leader qualification


Leanne Bartlett

Volunteer and Trustee

I have been teaching in secondary schools since 2003 and volunteering with the DofE in St Ives since 2017. I have a passion for nature and a strong belief in the importance that outdoor pursuits have in the development of self confidence and resilience. 



Outdoor first aid

Countryside Leader Award

DofE Expedition Assessor - Bronze and Silver


Lesley Maxwell


I've been volunteering with the St Ives DofE Group for over 10 years assisting with Training and Expeditions. I'm also Brigade DofE Advisor for North Wales with the Army Cadet Force.

I've Assessed for numerous teams over the years at all levels in the UK and abroad meeting some fantastic young people along the way as well as making some great friends.


  • Assessor: Gold/Silver/Bronze

  • DofE Verifier

  • NNAS Tutor/Director

  • ML(Summer)

  • First Aid Trainer

  • Currently working towards Winter ML


Damon White


A former member of the British Army, I've been walking around with a pack on my back and a map in my hands since 1987!!

I've been involved with the DofE since 2013, and passionately believe that all our participants come away with firm life skills, including the ability to work together, empathise with others and a good level of self-confidence. Not to mention an appreciation for this wonderful countryside of ours!

After a hard week at work, I find the enthusiasm and outlook of our participants a fantastic tonic!

Hill & Moorland Leader Trained
Outdoor Emergency First Aid
DofE Assessor at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of the Award
MiDaS Minibus Awareness Scheme