Paul joined the Brathay Trust in 2006 after serving 28 years in the RAF. He is Brathay’s Learning and Development Consultant. At Brathay he was ‘privileged’ to deliver the first of many F4H courses and still does so, 10 years and over hundred courses later. He has an MA in Leadership Studies and has gained over 35 years’ experience in the planning, design and delivery of experiential leadership, team and personal development programmes. He now works closely with F4H and a wide variety of public and private sector organisations.
Paul has a real passion for all aspects of development training and, away from work, he enjoys canoeing, walking and climbing in the mountains of the Lake District, Scotland and Wales. ‘I am honoured to have been invited to be an Ambassador for F4H’.
Innes served with The Staffordshire Regiment and attended the F4H course in Nov 2016 after a breakdown and 18 months of self-isolation, only being able to leave the house for minutes a day before anxiety and panic set in. The 4 days at Brathay gave ‘…me back my life’. Two years on he has a new career, has attended his first motorbike rally and music festival in years and has not had a panic attack for over 12 months. ‘F4H does not solve all the problems, but it does give you tools to handle life’s ups and downs and gives a support network second to none’.
Attending the course in the calm and serenity of Brathay – as well as returning each year for the follow up course whilst also supporting the Brathay Windermere Marathon – with great food (‘breakfast is legendary’), makes life’s journey so much clearer and manageable.
Paul is a former university researcher and first became involved with F4H when he was asked to undertake an evaluation of its programme in 2011. Since then Paul has taken part in many courses and has run Job Hunting Skills sessions to highlight how participation in the F4H programme really does improve employment prospects.
He says “F4H made me rethink how to facilitate learning, particularly the relationship between outdoor activities and ‘classroom’ sessions. I introduced a lot of F4H techniques into my university teaching, and the standard PowerPoint approach was supplemented with things I learned from the F4H trainers”
Kev Hartley (Snr)
Kev Senior (Kev Junior also works for our charity) became involved with F4H almost from day one. The then CEO asked if he could introduce his candidates to the courses (Kev works also with the RFEA). Kev began signposting individuals to F4H and when they returned they were hugely enthusiastic and were happy to tell him how it was a moment that changed many of their lives. Kev thought he needed to see more. Visiting Brathay with his wife, Paul Bate gave them both a tour of the facilities and introduced them to our programme. Kev was immediately sold on our programme with one reservation ‘What about disabled candidates’? As a disabled veteran, the then 62-year-old applied for a course – it had everything his candidates said and more. Although he thinks he cannot help us as much as he would like (wrong!) he is proud to have been appointed an Ambassador of F4H and works tirelessly for us. [Kev has been disabled for a number of years; our course is fully inclusive for all with any disability, including WIS.]
John joined the army in 1970 and served almost 23 years with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He trained initially as an armourer but changed trade to Regimental Duties, involving the training of both officers and soldiers in all military matters. Service life took John on postings across the globe and on prolonged operations in Northern Ireland in the 70’s. Saudi Arabia followed along with deployment to Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf War. Upon leaving the Armed Forces, John entered the world of financial services and held senior training positions in large insurance and independent advice companies.
John attended an F4H course in 2010. Afterwards he felt that there could be an element of extra added value and consequently was instrumental in the introduction of mentors, writing the initial mentor programme requirements. Funding delayed their introduction but now they are a key aspect of our course and its aftermath. John has continued to support F4H ever since in his role as Ambassador, regularly holding fundraising events and championing our cause.