Staff Profiles

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.”

James Seaman

Role: Outdoor Learning Facilitator

James joined Harmeny Outdoors in November 2017.

He grew up in the rural Scottish Borders where the seeds for adventure and exploration were planted, but he found his love of the Scottish mountain environment living in the Highlands.

He has many years’ experience delivering, leading, coaching and instructing adventurous activities to a wide range of ages and abilities in the UK and abroad. James is passionate about adventure and the learning that happens through experience of challenging environments and situations.

James is qualified in mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking and cycling as well as paddle sports. He has also undergone training assessments for coasteering and canyoning and is a qualified lifeguard. James knows and shares the benefit of adventure activities for engaging with people and the environment along with the opportunities for learning, development and discovery that they create. He is really at home when outside in any environment and weather – on a bike, climbing, in the sea or rivers and surrounded by the calming and collectiveness of nature.

James joined Harmeny Outdoors to share his passion, experience and motivation for learning through adventure as well as share and explore the benefits that come from being immersed in the outdoors.

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.