specialists in educational outdoor activity programmes and overseas expeditions for schools and youth groups. We provide Team-building and Multi Activity Days including: Coastal Activities, Bush Craft & Survival and Transitions Days for Year 6. We also provide Leadership & Prefect Training and Residential Camps. The activities are suitable for a whole range of ages and abilities.
giving young people the opportunity to develop essential life skills such as team work, leadership and communication, outside of the classroom environment.
We were established in 1997 and since then have worked with over 9,000 young people every year. We have many happy customers.
When we say Outposts is based in a beautiful rural location on the Quantock hills we really are. Take a peek at our 'Outposts from the air' video to see just what the location is like that you would be coming to for your schools' outdoor activities. Unbelievable that we're only 10 minutes drive from the M5 yet totally secluded.
Our instructors and facilitators are all inducted and vetted by us to ensure their training and qualifications are current and that they are DBS checked. With years worth of experience working with young people on outdoor educational programmes, they bring a breadth of knowledge and life experience to draw upon to help inspire and encourage.
On completion of a full military career, during which he commanded a UK Special Forces Regiment, Michael founded Outposts Ltd in 1988. Since then the company has expanded to provide outdoor training to over 8500 clients annually. It simultaneously mounts overseas expeditions.
Michael's wide military experience encompasses the conventional and the unorthodox. He has led challenging expeditions in many parts of the world, particularly in the deserts and mountains of the Middle East and Africa. His life has always been an active one and he fully appreciates the need in peoples' lives to be able to work alone or to benefit from working as a team. His extraordinary military background and expertise in expedition leading make him well qualified for the task.
He is an Accredited Practitioner of The Institute of Outdoor Learning, Honorary Colonel of the RTMC and Clerk of the Cheque & Lieutenant of The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeoman of The Guard.
Responsible for the planning, contracting, operations, logistics and compliance of all UK operations and programmes, James ensures that every activity we offer is underpinned by the highest safety standards including operational procedures, risk assessments, insurances, and equipment.
He ensures the compliance of operations and programme content (of accredited or endorsed programmes), which are regularly vetted and audited by industry regulators, awarding bodies and associations. This responsibility includes ensuring that instructors hold the appropriate and required national governing body awards and qualifications, are DBS vetted (Enhanced) and hold first aid qualifications.
James is a qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader (IML) having led and escorted numerous treks and expeditions across the European Alps and through Nepal & the Himalayas.
A key member of Outposts Ltd, Katie is most likely to be the first point of contact for any enquiry, query or reference received from clients. Additionally she is responsible for the smooth operation and administration of the office and Outposts' UK Programmes.
Katie graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in Cultural History and International Relations before spending two ski seasons chalet hosting in the French and Swiss Alps.
Katie spent her Gap year travelling through Brazil and India as well as working for a mission charity in Lucknow. She has been Assistant Leader on expeditions to Nepal and South Africa.
Chris has had extensive experience in team work training and leadership development. He started out in the Marines, recruiting and training commandos. He moved into training consultancy, specialising in leadership and is now owner of Success Creation that works in the education industry, Owner of Vision and Performance specialising in sports coaching, Performance Director of the Young Racing Driver’s Academy and Director of The Business of Sport.