AALA Review Update
Update on the review of AALA following the HSE Board meeting on 12 September 2018 read more...

SAAF & Scottish Government Open Forums on the Review of AALA February 2018
The Scottish Adventure Activities Forum will be hosting three National forums supported by Scottish Government. We would welcome anyone to attend. Please note, with reference to the new proposals from the HSE review, one of the options may impact on activities and activity providers who previously were not required to obtain a licence.   We would urge […] read more...



John Hamilton – Chair

John was previously Outdoor Education Advisor for West Dunbartonshire Council and now runs his own business providing a range of outdoor activity and coaching

He has over 25 years experience of working in the outdoor education/learning industry and is a past chair of the Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education and chair of the Scottish Canoe Association Coaching Committee. An accomplished paddler and keen skier he is still involved in training and assessing for NGB awards.


Dave Horrocks

Dave runs an Adventure and consultancy business in the Cairngorms.

He escaped from a classroom environment and spent the next 20 years working in outdoor education within the local authority sector. For the last 15 years he has run a small adventure activity and consultancy business based in Strathspey. He is a lifelong paddler but has more recently gravitated (or sunk) to bigger boats. He is currently a member of SAPOE.


Debbie Williams

Debbie is a director of Glencoe Outdoor Centre which is operated by an independent charity.

Based in the West Highlands of Scotland, the Centre provides residential outdoor learning programmes to schools and youth groups.

Her personal passion in outdoor activities is for skiing and sailing. She is an RYA Yacht Master, Senior & Advanced Dinghy Instructor and Principal of the Centre’s RYA recognised Training Centre. Debbie is committed to making Outdoor Education Modern Apprenticeships (MA) available to young people seeking a route into the outdoor industry.

She has worked with the West Highland College and other West Highland outdoor providers to further this aim, Glencoe Outdoor Centre is an SDS contracted MA provider. Debbie is also a member of the SkillsActive Scotland Employers committee.

In line with her desire for continued professional development, she is currently undergoing the Institute of Outdoor Learning (IOL) leading professional (LPIOL) process and currently mentors aspirant accredited professional (APIOL) candidates.


Ian Ross

Ian was previously Head teacher at Lagganlia Centre for Outdoor Education.

He has worked in Outdoor Education since 1975. Initially, with a passion for sailing and then with a growing love of the hills and climbing, he was drawn into the world of instructing. Realising it was his career of choice he was given the good advice of completing teacher training at Bangor, North Wales, where he also developed a new interest in kayaking and canoeing. 

Moving to the Cairngorms to live and work in the late seventies, inevitably he developed an interest in skiing, snowboarding and xc skiing. Being a member of Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team for 20 years brought a new dimension and depth to his understanding of the hills. Sailing, however remains a main activity, and he has been commodore of Loch Morlich Sailing Club, helping many young members gain places in Scottish and British squads. He still competes locally and occasionally internationally.

After more than 30 years at Lagganlia, he is still convinced that the powerful outdoor experience in a remote, natural environment can provide a spark for young people that will start a fire inside them for life. That is the motivation that keeps him involved in Outdoor Learning. He believes it is a privilege to share that belief and his experience through the efforts of SAAF


John Armstrong

John is based in the Cairngorms, works in the outdoors and offers guiding, instruction and safety consultancy.

He has been involved in the delivery of NGB awards for over twenty years and is an active member of Cairngorm MRT.


Mike Dunthorne

Mike has 15 years experience of starting and growing private sector outdoor adventure companies, he holds a wide variety of NGB awards. One entity of his current business runs two high ropes adventure parks and another entity operates as a mobile multi-activity provider.  Mike has served on various tourism and activity sector boards over the years and this is his second stint volunteering with SAAF.

Mike’s main passions in the outdoors are open boating, gorge swimming and snow boarding – and in particular sharing these amazing experiences with his own kids.


Myles Farnbank

Myles is Head of Guides & Training for one of the UK’s leading adventure travel companies – Wilderness Scotland.  Myles has over 30 years experience of working in the outdoor sector and has personal experience of sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing and mountaineering in many of the worlds wildest places.

As well as being an adventure travel guide, Myles has been a head of an outdoor education centre, Professional development coordinator for Institute of Outdoor Learning, youth development worker, and adventure tourism lecturer.  In recent years he has become a consultant to adventure travel businesses and DMO’s around the world.

Myles is very involved in staff training, both bespoke and ‘off the-shelf’ products for practitioner and academic audiences. His main area of current work is in adventure guide training both in the UK and overseas.  This includes creating the UK’s first Adventure Guide training programme.  He is the UK representative on the governance board for the ATTA Adventure Travel Guide Qualifications & Performance Standard.  He is also an associate instructor at Glenmore Lodge and was very involved in the creation of British Canoeing’s new Guide Endorsement scheme. 


Nick Cole

Nick runs a small independent outdoor provider business near Blairgowrie.

He has had previous careers in the Army, Scottish Office Home and Health Department and Tayside Police. Since taking early retirement he has been building up a small outdoor trekking and training business and running the Paths for All, health walking group based in Blairgowrie. This provides walking opportunities from a ‘barely able’ up to very ‘serious hill bagging and long distance trails.’

As a Winter Mountain Leader he organises the Blairgowrie Walking Festival. He is in the Southern half of the Cairngorms National Park every week throughout the year and enjoys showing people around the various hills, glens and other localities.

He has been convenor of the Perth and Kinross Outdoor Access Forum since it was established in 2004, and has recently joined the CNP Access Forum. As a sole provider he is active within Outdoor Angus, a business grouping of small businesses operating across the Angus and East Perthshire area.


Nikki Stewart

Nikki works for RYA Scotland


Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education Gordon Smith
Adventure Activity Licensing Service    Jane Campbell Morrison
Scottish Sports Association    Roger Scrutton
Health and Safety Executive   Frances Kelly
Scottish Government    Andrew Sinclair
Sportscotland Shaun Roberts
Institute of Outdoor Learning  

Mike Strang

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Barry Fisher

SAAF may be contacted through the Secretary