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Operations Manager

Jill Corso –  founder of the original project and co-founder of VoA. Jill has been working in the outdoors for more than 30 years and holds a wide range of NGB qualifications. Passions include climbing, caving and ironman triathlon. She has also raced on the triathlon GB Age-Group team.  

Jill C caving

Office Staff

.Lucy hiding behind the many trophys won at Manchesgter City

Lucy Tonkin –  grew up in the Lake District but was lured away by the bright lights of the city and moved to London for a few years. She then headed off to Australia travelling and ended up living in Sydney for 8 years, enjoying the beach lifestyle. Eventually, realising that she really missed the vibrant shade of green that you get in countryside where it rains for most of the year, she returned to Cumbria.

She has extensive “back office” experience from a variety of roles including over 10 years in advertising account management in London and Sydney, 3 years trust fundraising at The Outward Bound Trust and other general administrative positions.

Outside of work her main interests are her two dogs, knitting, various other crafts and supporting her football team Manchester City.

Freelance Staff​

Liz Barlow – Has worked in the outdoors for many years and also holds a wide rage of NGBs. She has worked on the original project from the beginning. Liz is a keen climber, caver and has also raced in the GB triathlon team. Liz Barlow canoeing
Dave B with his triathlon medal Dave Barker  – Dave is a well qualified instructor with many years experience. His passion is winter mountaineering and he holds the MIC qualification. He has worked on the project for several years. Dave is currently training hard for next year’s Bolton Ironman triathlon.
Paddy Finn – Retired Business study teacher and management trainer. He races for the GB Age-Group triathlon team and is a coach at the Kendal triathlon club. Paddy also coaches on our triathlon training events. Paddy running in his GBR outfit
 Rex Pickles preparing to go caving Rex Pickles – Rex has spent his whole working life instructing outdoor activities with a focus on disability. He is also an excellent cook and has supported on several of our expeditions.