Staff Profiles

Rob Eastwood

Role:Outdoor Learning Facilitator (Skills for Life & Work)

Rob joined Harmeny Outdoors in November 2015. Originally from Worcester, he and his wife moved to Edinburgh to experience the beautiful city and its surrounding countryside.

Rob has facilitated a variety of exciting new opportunities for children and young people of all ages and all walks of life, allowing them to better understand themselves and the world they live in. Projects have included working trips to Thailand, sports festivals, coaching, small scale building projects and a variety of work place experiences. He especially enjoys coaching sports and helping children to grow in confidence and realise their own unique potential.

Rob is a qualified tree surgeon and spent five years maintaining parklands in the West Midlands. He loves the outdoors and in particular playing rugby for his local team. Other past times include a growing enthusiasm for gardening and getting stuck into a good book.

Katie Micklethwaite

Role:Outdoor Learning Facilitator

Katie joined Harmeny Outdoors in September 2017. Originally from Darlington she is a qualified teacher of outdoor education and an outdoor instructor with a passion for travel and the natural environment. She has worked in two schools in the North East of England, one specialising in secondary education with students with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, and the other within primary and secondary education working with students with special educational needs.

Katie moved to Edinburgh and Harmeny Outdoors to pursue her vision of introducing children to the wonder of the natural world and the skills that can be developed through real adventure.

She is most comfortable when climbing and mountaineering, either in the UK or abroad. Katie spent time working for Himalayan Outward Bound and, most recently, leading expeditions to Peru and Bolivia. She hopes to share these experiences with Harmeny’s young people to inspire them to try more outdoor activities and experience the natural world for themselves.

After all, as John Muir put it: “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

Jake Lamb

Role:Outdoor Learning Facilitator (Community Garden)

Jake joined Harmeny in November 2018. He grew up in the North-East of England, and has worked with young people in the UK and abroad in a variety of outdoor settings, discovering passions for climbing, hiking, and generally getting his hands dirty. Jake moved to Edinburgh in 2017 to complete his MA in Outdoor Education.

Having previously worked as an outdoor activities instructor, Jake ran the vegetable garden at a camp in the U.S., which also became a personal hobby.

He seeks to utilise Harmeny’s community garden as a therapeutic, educational space, encouraging the Harmeny students to love their surrounding environment, get involved in producing their own food and see a tangible result from their efforts.

In addition to his gardening role, Jake assists the outdoors team on trips off-site.

Sam Brown

Role:Outdoor Learning Facilitator

Sam joined Harmeny Outdoors in May 2019. Originally from Surrey, Sam and his partner moved from the Lake District to Edinburgh to enjoy Scotland and the opportunities it has to offer. He has lived and worked in the UK, USA, Norway, and Oman as an outdoor instructor and academic. Sam has also worked as a support worker and as a keyworker for children with Autism and other emotional and social difficulties. He is currently completing his MA in Outdoor and Experiential Learning.

Sam’s passions range from mountaineering and cycling to storytelling and cooking. Sam moved to Harmeny to promote a holistic understanding of the environment and our young people’s stories through outdoor and experiential learning. He is keen to inspire our children to make great memories and have fun. And possibly learn a thing or two.

And he quotes Gandalf, who says, “I have found it is the small things. The everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love.”