CLOtC Board Members

Paul Airey:

Paul trained as a teacher of Geography and Environmental Science some 30 years ago and is now an Adviser for Outdoor Learning for West Cheshire and a Consultant for LOtC for Halton Borough Council.  The intervening years involved teaching a wide range of Outdoor Education activities to all ages from early years to adult, mostly in the mountains and around the coast lines of Snowdonia and Anglesey.  Paul has chaired Mountain Leader Training Wales and the Outdoor Education Adviser’s Panel and continues to play active roles in these and other outdoor related organisations.  He is a Leading Practitioner for the Institute of Outdoor Learning, has been a mentor and assessor for both this scheme and the Accredited Practitioner of IOL since their inceptions.  Paul is an advocate for educating young people in risk awareness and risk management as opposed to risk aversion.  This interest deepened during researching material for a Master’s degree which focussed on heightening learning and engagement by exposing learners to higher perceived risk activities.  Most recently, Paul has been contributed to the publication ‘Nothing Ventured.’   This document, authored by Tim Gill, has been supported by the English Outdoor Council, the Outdoor Education Adviser’s Panel and the Council for LOtC and was launched in March 2010.  It promotes the notion of ‘Risk Benefit Assessment’ and focuses on Risk Management in the Outdoors.  Paul lives on Anglesey and still enjoys getting out and about in the outdoors whenever possible.

Justin Dillon:

Justin Dillon is professor of science and environmental education and Head of the Science and Technology Education Group at King’s College London. After studying for a degree in chemistry he trained as a teacher at Chelsea College and taught in six inner London schools from 1980-1989. Professor Dillon joined King’s to work on the National Environmental Database Project and on the PGCE course in 1989 and has worked at King’s ever since.

Professor Dillon’s PhD examined the management of science teacher professional development. He has been involved in research into learning outside the classroom for many years and contributed to several influential reports including A Review of Research on Outdoor Learning (with Mark Rickinson et al.), Initial Teacher Education and the Outdoor Classroom. Standards for the Future (with Steve Tilling) and Outdoor Science (Association for Science Education Outdoor Science Working Group). Professor Dillon is currently directing King’s involvement in three EU-funded projects looking at: interests and recruitment in science; developing exhibitions in museums and science centres aimed at promoting women in science and technology, and, inquiry-based science education in botanic gardens. He is one of the co-directors of the ESRC Targeted Initiative in Science and Mathematics Education (TISME) and sits on the scientific committee of the EU’s Fibonacci Project.

Professor Dillon is a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and a Fellow of the The Linnean Society of London. He is a co-editor of the International Journal of Science Education and in 2007 was elected President of the European Science Education Research Association for a four-year term ending in September 2011. Professor Dillon is a trustee of the London Wildlife Trust (until November 2011) and was Chair of its Council for 8 years. He was also a trustee of the Field Studies Council and Sustainable and Environmental Education and is currently Secretary of the Bankside Open Spaces Trust.

Professor Dillon’s recent co-edited book, The Professional Knowledge Base of Science Teachers, was published by Springer in March. He is one of the four co-editors of the first ever International Handbook of Research in Environmental Education (Routledge) – a work commissioned by the American Educational Research Association. He is on the editorial board of Environmental Education Research, the Australian Journal of Environmental Education, the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, the Journal of Environmental Education, the Southern African Journal of Environmental Education and Tópicos en Educación Ambiental.

Steven Dool:

Steven has been a teacher for 26 years and a head teacher for the last 6 years, which has given him extensive experience in a wide range of activities that have enhanced learning and made a significant contribution to high achievement for young people. Steven’s career has included 8 years in a mixed secondary modern school, 8 years in an inner-city comprehensive and advisory work in schools across Merseyside. He is currently head teacher of Neston High School in West Cheshire.

His commitment to learning outside the classroom and its implementation at Neston High School led to the school being recognised at the LOtC Awards for Excellence and Innovation in 2011 as runner up in the best secondary provision LOtC category. The school has also been awarded the LOtC Mark (Silver) and is the subject of a good practice report on the Ofsted website.

Steven’s career has included leading many groups of students and staff on skiing trips, outdoor education courses and expeditions, sports tours and water sports holidays. Now, as a school leader, he enables staff to lead and manage a huge range of LOtC activities

Steven also has significant experience in leading and facilitating leadership programmes for school leaders, as a tutor with the Centre of Educational Leadership at Manchester University and delivering several National College programmes.

Graham Lodge:

Graham trained as a geography/PE teacher between 1976-79. Following this he was employed as an outdoor education instructor, teaching a wide range of activities including, climbing, mountaineering, canoe/kayak, sailing etc.   The role soon developed to include managing and developing a large outdoor education centre in Gloucestershire as well as being their Outdoor Education Adviser for twenty years.

Graham still holds a wide range of technical outdoor activity qualifications including: RYA Dinghy Coach Assessor, RYA Windsurf Instructor & Powerboat Instructor. BCU Level 5 Coach Kayak- L4 Canoe, MLC. Snowsport ASCL. Dragon Boat Helm. Graham also held a position as a school governor over a period of 8 years and has led a range of exchange visits, ski visits and other overseas activities.
Since June 2007 Graham has been the Adviser- Educational Visits for Norfolk County Council and he is currently a member of the Outdoor Education Advisers Panel Executive. He has represented OEAP on the English Outdoor Council for 6 years.  On the 1st April 2010, Graham became the New Chair of LOtC Quality Badge Sub Committee. In what little leisure time exists, Graham still participates in a range outdoor activities, in particular, ski and sail, as well as training and assessing instructors and centres for the RYA.

Brian Ogden:

Following a degree in geography with history and geology and a diploma in education, Brian began a teaching career in Warrington and quickly progressed through the ranks in both academic and pastoral roles. Brian spent over twelve years as Head at Spennymoor, an 11-18 comprehensive school and during this time he was a member of the NEAB Examinations Council, AQA Examinations and Training Committee, Chair of its North Region Committee and of the Subject Advisory Committee for geography. Brian benefits from expertise gained as an OfSTED Inspector and Associate Lecturer of the Open University in Initial Teacher Training as well as school governorship. He is also Chair of the Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC), the award holder for its own Adventuremark and the new LOtC Quality Badge.  He sees fieldwork as an essential component of geography and history teaching and has a deep appreciation of the outdoors. His experience in teaching, with school management, curriculum and assessment development, inspection and school progress is a base that allows a broad view of learning beyond the classroom.

Ian Pearson:

Ian is currently the General Manager of the School Travel Forum, one of the Awarding Bodies for the LOtC Quality Badge. Founded in 2003, the School Travel Forum is a democratic, not for profit organisation of leading school tour operators that promotes good practice and safety in school travel.

Previously he worked for a leading company specialising in educational travel and as part of the senior management team, was responsible for health & safety in overseas travel and activity centres.  Within that role he was instrumental in developing and promoting a tour operator safety management system (SMS), which was developed into the core parts of the School Travel Forum’s own SMS. Before that he was Commercial Manager for Chubb Fire, which provided the basis of his understanding of real-world health & safety management in organisations.

Ian is a past pupil of William Hulme’s Grammar School, where he discovered girls, cigarettes and Manchester United, although not necessarily in that order.  Leaving 6th form before taking A Levels resulted in an acute understanding of opportunities lost and gained, personal use and commitment to life-long learning, having returned to education several times for management and other vocational qualifications.

This experience has provided him with an extensive practical knowledge in how to influence opinion formers, identify and develop opportunities, manage organisations and maintain good corporate governance.

Anthony Thomas:

Anthony has worked for 37 years in the field of learning outside the classroom with the last 25 years as the Chief Executive of the Field Studies Council.  He actively supported the gathering and dissemination of research on learning outside the classroom (LOtC) and has been involved in lobbying for the place of LOtC in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.   Anthony has been a past member of SEC; SEAC; SCAA; NCC and ACAC committees on geography and environmental education and has assisted in establishing residential and day field centres in Hungary and Slovakia.  Similarly, he has helped to develop partnerships to share good practice in learning outside the classroom in China; Japan; Singapore; India; Slovenia and Poland.  Anthony recognises the importance of ensuring a varied entitlement of LOtC experiences for ALL children and students throughout their formal education.   In his leisure time, Anthony has interests the ballet, opera, photography, travel, rugby union, cricket and good wine.