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The Bendrigg Family

Our staff, trustees and patrons – We’re all part of one big family, the Bendrigg Family!


Creativity, patience, empathy and a “can do attitude” are the key qualities of the people that work at Bendrigg. We have always attracted and retained highly motivated, hardworking and talented people. Our visitors regularly tell us that it is because of these amazing people, they continue to return to us year in, year out.

– Nick Liley, Bendrigg Principal


The commitment and passion that every single staff member at Bendrigg Trust portray is an absolute privilege to witness. To see the impact this organisation has upon the children and young adults that have the opportunity to experience this wonderful environment is overwhelmingly special. Every single member of staff goes that extra mile to ensure my role as Project Leader is made as easy as possible and that the children and young people achieve a huge amount whilst having the time of their lives.

– Rebecca Hargreaves, Phab National Projects Manager

Our Staff

Our Staff


Nick is the Principal of Bendrigg. He first came to Bendrigg as a volunteer in 1995.


Pip is Nick's black Labrador. You're likely to see him out and about at lunchtime and he loves to play!


Dave is the Senior Tutor with a strong belief in supporting people to grow through meeting challenges.


Jonny is the Bendrigg Alternative Co-ordinator as well as a Tutor. He holds the belief that memories are better than dreams.


Bridget and her Cloud help raise funds for Bendrigg all the way from distant Devon


Libby is Senior Cook (pictured on the left with Val)


Emily is our Artist and helps groups to bring out their creative side. She also has a local 'Scrapstore' and glamping site


Martha is our Marketing & Fundraising Officer. When she's not working hard she's out enjoying anything "outdoorsy" with loved ones.


Vicky is a Tutor and has been at Bendrigg for 5 years. She loves being outdoors playing (almost) whatever the weather!


Oya’s favourite day of the week is Monday as it means coming to work and making friends with the latest visiting group!


Sarah is the Senior Fundraising & Marketing Officer and joined Bendrigg in 2015. In her spare time she likes to go walking with husband Dave, daughter Amy and dog Lara


Val is one of Bendrigg's cooks (pictured on the right with Libby)


Kate is our Volunteer Coordinator.


Jo is our Bookings Administrator.

Liz B

Liz is one of Bendrigg's Tutors. "Being outside makes you happy inside"


Craig is a Tutor and a big kid with expensive toys! As an outdoor instructor, mountain bike guide and kite surfer his mantra is 'Work Less, Play More'


Vic is a Tutor at Bendrigg. She loves the great outdoors and "Van Life" exploring the beautiful Lake District and beyond!


Steve is one of Bendrigg's cooks. He was previously a Tutor.


Ed is the Site Supervisor & on his days off he loves going out on his kayak or canoe on the nearby lakes and rivers!


Jenny is a Tutor and Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator.


Rex is a Tutor and loves playing his guitar around the campfire! You'll often hear him singing baby shark too!

Liz D

Liz is a Activities Co-ordinator and was previously a Tutor.


Mel is a Tutor.


Evie is Mels gorgeous dog!


Stig is a Tutor.

Steve G

Steve is a Tutor, occasional cyclist, singer; mostly human :)


Holly is a Tutor. She is always super bouncy and loves kayaking and the outdoors in general.


Gill is Bendrigg's Bursar and has been at Bendrigg since 2010, athough it feels like longer! She is an avid skier and a reluctant runner.


Jennifer is a Housekeeper.


Vini is a Housekeeper.


Carolyn is a Cook.


Leonie is a Domestic Assistant


Lee is a Tutor.

Our Trustees

Our Trustees

Rachael Hodgson

Rachael is the Chairman of Bendrigg Trust. Her background is in Education & she loves outdoor activities!

John Holmes

John is chairman of the projects committee. He is a trained Quantity Surveyor with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Tom Hibbert

Tom is a qualified accountant & has been actively involved in various roles at Bendrigg since the 70's

Kim Parry

Kim is a graduate chartered accountant & MBA. He is currently the director of Finance & Resources for Outward Bound Trust.

Anne Fleck

Anne has hands on experience working with disabled people doing outdoor activities. She has a degree in Chemical Engineering & MA in Computer Management

Tim Lowe

Tim's connection to Bendrigg goes back to the very beginning. He has over 40 years of experience as a trustee for several charities - including Bendrigg.

Brian McDonough

Brian has worked in further education for over 30 years. He also has a keen passion for the mountains!

Judy Rayner

Judy has been involved in a number of various community projects & charities, helping to raise awareness & fundraise. She has a valuable insight into Cumbrian communities. Her passions include sailing, squash, walking & being a grandparent

Adrian Walter

Adrian has been a regular volunteer at Bendrigg on the Tutorial team which gives him a great insight into the activity delivery at Bendrigg.

Peter Bates

Peter is a solicitor specialising in property law. He is also a trustee of the Hartley Trust which supports projects in Africa.

Clare Millington

Clares background is in education and the outdoors. She is also the chair of the UK DDX3X support group. Clare is the mum of 2 twins with DDX3X and has been a regular visitor to Bendrigg since 2004.

Shelagh Mcgregor

Shelagh is a sector chartered accountant with an interest in strategic resource management. Shelagh has skills in Business Admin, Finance and running services effectively and efficiently.

Our Patrons

Our Patrons

Jamie Andrew

Jamie is a Mountaineer & Quadruple Amuptee. He has supported Bendrigg over may years and has supported individuals at Bendrigg with progression in climbing.

Claire Hensman

Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria - Claire became involved with Bendrigg in 1980 when local trustees were being sought. She has been a fan and supporter of us ever since!

Karen Darke

Karen is a Paralympic Silver Medallist for British Para-Cycling. We are thrilled to have her on board as a Bendrigg Patron.

Sir Chris Bonington

Sir Chris is a British Mountaineer & long standing Patron of Bendrigg