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Jason Ingamells - FRGS

Jason Ingamells - Bushcraft Instructor

BUSHCRAFT
INSTRUCTOR / DIRECTOR

Full Time Permanent

With a skills base that has been called upon on many occasions to work with mainstream media; including the BBC, and many educational production companies. Plus regular invitations to undertake talks and demonstrations at leading establishments throughout the UK, including The Royal Geographical Society, Universities, the Eden Project and the National Forest, plus invites for main stage presentations at The Bushcraft Show and The Great Outdoors Show, you can be assured that with Jason and his team you are in the best hands.

Jason is also contracted to write for the Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine, and has been invited to comment on issues in Scouting Magazine and numerous other publications. Jason has also appeared in many mainstream red tops and broad sheets including The Times, The Daily Star, The Mail and more.

In 2015 Jason was honoured to have been nominated and awarded as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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KEVAN PALMER

Kevan Palmer - Bushcraft Instructor

HEAD OF COURSES
Full Time Permanent

Kev is recognised within the industry as being one of the UK's leading Bushcraft Instructors. An Approved Assessor for the Institute for Outdoor Learning Foundational Bushcraft Competency Award, a leading expert in Flora incorporating Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants, a highly accomplished woodsman, craftsman and naturalist, you can rest assured you will be working in the woods with one of the most knowledgeable bushcraft instructors in the industry.

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Brian Whitehead

Brian Whitehead - Marketing Manager and Business Administrator.

Retail Manager
Full Time Permanent

Brian joined the team as our Retail Manager in 2015 following attendance on a number of courses. Brian has a passion for Bushcraft and the Outdoors that gives him the background and knowledge to choose, test and review the quality of all of the equipment that we stock. Brians role overseas the whole retail operation in both our Bedford and Bakewell stores, as well as our online sales. You’ll often find him out in the woods with us on courses as he feeds his passion for wild places, he also leads on our show delivery.

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Adam Logan

Adam Logan - Senior Bushcraft Instructor

SENIOR BUSHCRAFT INSTRUCTOR
Full Time Permanent

Over the years Adam has practiced and experimented relentlessly to gain what is today a huge collection of wilderness knowledge and skills.

Almost a decade spent living in the English Lakes provided Adam with a wild landscape to hone skills and acquire more conventional outdoor training in climbing, canoeing, kayaking, off road driving, first aid and mountaineering.

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Danny Hodsgon

Danny Hodsgon - Bushcraft Instructor

BUSHCRAFT INSTRUCTOR
Full Time Permanent

Danny has been an active member of the instructing team for a number of years now. Beginning as a customer on a course, Danny identified his career path as naturally leading into Bushcraft, coupled with his mountain leading experience and countryside management academic background Woodland Ways was an obvious choice for him to pursue this career. Danny is another of our full time permanent instructors, he is out in the field (and deserts, and savanah, and boreal forests) nearly every working day, 363 days of the year (we let him have Christmas off). Since joining us a customer on those first courses many years ago Danny’s skill set has grown and grown into an incredibly fine and capeable instructor, working through our apprenticeship in order to gain that much coveted, but rarely awarded, instructors shirt. So much so that he actually now delivers not just on our basic and intermediate programs but also co delivers on some of our advanced courses… including the week long, the 2 year woodland wayer and the primitive skills year. He is the lead instructor for the advance Pioneer Course, of which working with the management team he led on the design off.

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Ian Nairn

Ian Nairn - Bushcraft Instructor

BUSHCRAFT INSTRUCTOR
Full Time Contracted

Ian has had a love of the woods since his early childhood. Spending many summers in the Lake District or Scotland, camping with his parents, Ian’s love of the outdoors sprouted and grew continuously. His father bought him his first knife at the age of 5 and taught him the importance of this vital tool. Ian was fortunate to have an upbringing that allowed him to follow this passion and he spent many hours lost in woodlands, building shelters, watching birds and animals. Camping trips with his father became more basic with a back to nature, foraging and fishing for food theme; Ian was “doing” bushcraft before it was called bushcraft.

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Matt Adams

Matt Adams - Bushcraft Instructor

BUSHCRAFT INSTRUCTOR
Full Time Contracted

Matt joined us in 2011 on a weekend course with a passion for the outdoor life and a desire to learn more skills. Immediately he connected with the woodland and our instructors and made a successful application to join the Woodland Ways Apprenticeship scheme. From here Matt joined us on every weekend and mid week course he could further developing his skill set. This journey took him through 2 UK winters, springs, summers and autumns where he honest his skills, before then moving out to the larger landscape where he joined the instructors in the Sahara Desert implimenting the core Survival Skills he has learnt along the way. A return to the uk saw further courses from axe work to tree id, from foraging to navigation until ultimately Matt had won the right to teach these skills himself and lead his team.

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Jay Jenner

Jay Jenner - Apprentice Bushcraft Instructor

APPRENTICE INSTRUCTOR
Full Time Permanent

Jay first came to Woodland Ways as a customer on one of our Woodland Ways Bushcraft Weekends and has never looked back. His enthusiasm is endless and he throws himself into everything with boundless energy. He has a real talent for carving and can see things in a lump of wood which are invisible to anyone else.

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Joseph Philbin

Joseph Philbin - Apprentice Bushcraft Instructor

APPRENTICE INSTRUCTOR
Full Time Permanent

As the youngest member of the team, Joe came to us at the age of 16 years old already immensely passionate and full of energetic enthusiasm for Bushcraft. He knew that his future lay in teaching these skills. Always striving to learn more he dropped out of college at the age of 16 in Leeds, abandoning a government approved education for an education in Bushcraft and Survival Skills with Woodland Ways. In 2012 he joined our two year Woodland Wayer Bushcraft course, and upon successful completion of the course it was with no hesitation that we offered Joseph a job. Now 21, Joe is almost upon completion of his instructor apprenticeship as a full time permanent member of the instructional team.

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Davie McCrae

Davie McCrae - Apprentice Bushcraft Instructor

APPRENTICE INSTRUCTOR
Part Time Contracted

Davie heads up on our Scotland Courses and is our in country apprentice instructor. Before joining Woodland Ways Davie was operating his own Bushcraft company, and then using Woodland Ways for his ongoing CPD (Continual Proffesional Development). Working his way through a number of our courses, including the Primitive Skills Year and our Swedish Canoeing Expedition, Davie could see the value of being part of a larger dedicated team of full time instructors that is Woodland Ways. A big decision to take, but Davie didn’t hesitate when we approached him to consider merging into the Woodland Ways Team.

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Nathan Beard

Nathan Beard - Bushcraft Instructor

APPRENTICE INSTRUCTOR
Part Time Apprentice

Nathan has felt at home outdoors since he was knee high to a badger. As a boy, access to the farm woods managed by his Grandpa, and inspiration from ‘The SAS Survival Handbook’, enabled him to begin practising the skills needed to explore wild places with confidence. Since then, the joy of making things from wood, creating fire, using a blade, campfire cooking, and observing wild animals and plants has become an enduring passion.

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Nicola Strange

Nicola Strange - Bushcraft Instructor

APPRENTICE INSTRUCTOR
Part Time Apprentice

As a child, I spent every hour I could up trees and crawling through hedges, and this hasn't particularly changed! Having spent many long Summers travelling with my caravanning parents around the south-west, I spent my days exploring woods and fields and my nights sleeping outside.

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Joanne Ingamells

Joanne Ingamells - Bushcraft Instructor

HEAD OF ONLINE SALES
Full Time Permanent

Jo joined the Woodland Ways Instructors Apprenticeship after attending the Woodland Ways Weekend and then the Woodland Ways Week.

Being a keen angler Jo was used to Bivvying up under the stars and loved nothing more than being outside. Jo has also worked with the Princes Trust Volunteers to undertake conservation tasks and is a keen outdoor pursuits enthusiast, with canoeing, caving and being an award winning climber under her belt!

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