Terry Harris-Ellis – Director and Senior Instructor
Helen Harris-Ellis - Director and Schools Coordinator

The Adventure Service was established in 2011 by Terry and Helen Harris-Ellis.

They met whilst working in Social Care: Adult Learning Disability Services in 1999. Since then Terry became a Health and Social Care Manager and Helen a Further Education Lecturer, specializing in people with learning disabilities.

Both Helen and Terry are keen outdoor enthusiasts who have spent years developing the skills and knowledge to lead The Adventure Service. They have also both recently passed the Royal Yachting Association Level 2, Basic Skills in Dinghies.

Terry is an experienced Bushcraft Practitioner, is SPA trained, an Archery Instructor, Mountain Leader and Mountain Bike Leader. He has recently earned his British Canoeing 2 Star Award and also completed his Weaselling training.

Helen holds a BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences (Sociology/Social Psychology) and is a qualified teacher as well as a Level 3 Forest Schools Practitioner. Helen is working towards her Hill and Moorland Leader Award and has recently qualified as an Archery Instructor.



Sarah Francis - Day Service Manager (Top Valley) and Instructor 




 Sarah is the manager of the Top Valley Day Service.

She has had an interest in the outdoors from an early age and volunteers as a group leader for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Sarah holds a Mountain Leader (Summer) and Archery GB Instructor Award, while more recently gaining her British Canoeing 2 Star Award and completed Weaselling Training.




Warren Bradley - Day Service Instructor

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Warren joined The Adventure Service Team in November 2015, following a period volunteering within our services.

He previously worked providing activities for young people at Summer Schools.

He is a qualified Archery GB Instructor. He is a keen hiker and is currently undertaking various outdoors training, including, Hill and Moorland Leader Training.

Warren has recently earned his British Canoeing 2 Star Award and completed FSRT training!


Lynne Whittaker – Day Service Instructor

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 Lynne joined The Adventure Service Team in February 2015.

 She has a Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. She also has her Trail Cycle Leader, Archery GB Instructor and a Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning disabilities.

 Her favourite passion is Bushcraft.



Mala Ramsamooj – Day Service Manager (Mansfield Woodhouse) and Senior Instructor 

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 Mala is the manager of the Mansfield Woodhouse Day Service.

 She has two degrees: BA(Hons) in both Silversmithing & Jewellery and BA(Hons) in Media; Production & Communication.

 Mala is a qualified Hill and Moorland Leader, Archery Instructor and holds a Mountain Bike Leader Award. She has also recently earned her  British Canoeing 2 Star Award, whilst also completing FRST Training and Weaselling Training.


Margaret 'Mags' Lamb - Day Service Instructor

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Since starting work at The Adventure Service in September 2014 through a Sure Trust program, Mags has become a permanent member of the team.

She has gained a Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities, as well as Makaton Skills, Managing Actual and Potential Aggression Training and an Outdoor First Aid qualification.


Kelly Johnson - Day Service Instructor

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Kelly started at The Adventure Service in 2013 as an Activity Support Worker.

Since then she has completed courses in Outdoor First Aid, Safeguarding, Makaton, Fire Safety, Managing Actual and Potential Aggression, Bladed Tool use and a Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities.

She is also a qualified Archery Instructor.


Steve Allcock – Administrator

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Steve joined The Adventure Service in November 2015 as our Office Administrator.

Prior to joining our team, Steve worked at the local council in the Purchasing & Stores department.

He has gained several N.V.Qs. in Business Administration, Information Technology, Accounts and Customer Services.

He now constantly battles with untidy Outdoor Adventure Instructors to maintain order and decorum. 


Lee Ellis - Day Service Instructor and Chief Maintenance Engineer

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Lee has worked at The Adventure Service since it opened in August 2011.

He is a keen outdoorsman who possesses a wealth of information about bushcraft and the outdoor environment.

He is a qualified level 2 Mountain Bike Leader and Hill and Moorland Leader. Lee is also an Archery Instructor and is trained in Weaselling.


Amy Hancock – Administrator

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Amy joined the Adventure Service as an Administrator in 2013 on a Work Choice Programme through Shaw Trust.

Amy works in our office making sure all the paperwork is in order and supporting staff with resources.

Amy's confidence in her own abilities has grown from strength to strength both in and outside the office.

In the summer she joined the fundraising abseil event and completed two independent abseils!


Lenka Middleton – Financial Administrator and Adult Short Breaks Coordinator

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Lenka moved to England in 2002.

She has worked in research, customer services, logistics and has taught ESOL.

Now Lenka supports The Adventure Service with their financial affairs and offers advice on natural crafts and foraging!


Helen Taylor-Housley - Education Instructor

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Helen Taylor-Housley started out in the outdoor industry in 2003 by completing 4 years at West Nottinghamshire College completing an NVQ level 3 and Foundation Degree in Outdoor Education whilst working summer seasons for an outdoor adventure company.

At the end of college, she worked one winter season chalet hosting before settling into working for the Nottinghamshire Learning Centres for young people excluded from school within the County Council's Adventure Provision.

Helen currently works on behalf of The Adventure Service in two schools, delivering a variety of programs aimed at re-engaging young people in their education.

Helen is a Mountain Leader, hold a Single Pitch Award, Level 2 Mountain Bike Leader, Archery GB Instructor, Level 3 Forest Schools Practitioner, Level 2 Kayak Coach, Level 2 Canoe Coach, Level 1 Cave Leader and has completed her FRST Training!


Andy Rigley - Education Instructor and Education Services Coordinator

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 He is a Hill and Moorland Leader, Mountain Bike Instructor and Archery GB Instructor and also holds a Level 3 Award in Education and  Training and an MA in Creative Writing.

 During his time at The Adventure Service, Andy has completed Weaselling Training and has earned his British Canoeing 2 Star Award!

 Andy particularly enjoys teaching bushcraft skills such as shelters, fires, traps and animal tracking.

 Andy works with young adults with support needs as well as mainstream schools. 

 When not at work, Andy makes video games, analogue music, enjoys writing, and anything else remotely creative.


Lyndsay Reid - Day Service Activity Support Worker

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Lyndsay is an Activity Support Worker and holds a Diploma in Child Care and Education Level 3 (NNEB). She has worked with children and young adults with learning disabilities since qualifying in 2003.

Since then Lyndsay has continued her training through courses such as Managing Challenging Behaviour and has gained a level 2 certificate in the Principles of Working with People with Learning Disabilities.


Chrissie Morrell - Day Service Activity Support Worker

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Chrissie has a BSC (Hons) in Mathematics along with a multitude of training relevant to her present role and is experienced in supporting people with disabilities.

Chrissie says: “I enjoy working at The Adventure Service because I love to see how much the clients benefit from learning skills in the outdoors. We have a lot of fun here!”


Clive Belford - Day Service Activity Support Worker





Clive has worked in youth provisions for over 20 years.

He has completed a wealth of training which includes; Motiving Behaviour Change and NOCN in Community Work.

Clive constantly amazes us all with his skills and life experience!



Lauren Ingram - Social Media and Digital Marketing Apprentice. 

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 Lauren joined The Adventure Service in November 2016 as our Social Media and Digital Marketing Apprentice. 

Her job is to find new ways to promote the business through using Social Media tools such as Facebook, Website, newsletters, flyers and picture/video content.

She loves playing around with modern technology and being creative! 





 Luan Windley - Day Service Activity Support Worker


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Luan has been a volunteer at The Adventure Service since October 2016. He helps organise activities, support clients and helps with equipment checks.

Luan has a goal to join The Army and has been on many training causes to achieve this.

He has completed his Outdoor First Aid Training, Makaton Training and Epilepsy Awareness Training.






 Trish Forster-Nardi - Day Service Instructor

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Trish has been a teacher for 40 years! In the 70's she designed a movement programme that was implemented in many special schools throughout the country. 

She worked at West Notts College for 20 years as head of part-time provision.

She is a keen naturalist and has helped at The Adventure Service since it was founded. 





 Dave Craggs - Day Service Activity Support Worker

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Dave has just joined The Adventure Service in October 2017. He has spent many years living outdoors at shows and festivals around the country, teaching and performing circus skills.

He enjoys many activities and sports including walking, cycling, climbing and various martial arts.





Amanda Clifton - Day Service Instructor

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Amanda also joined us in October 2017. She has been an instructor in the Sea and Marine Cadets and has also helped out at various outdoor places.

She has got her 1 and 2 star in kayaking and is working towards her Hill and Moorland.

She has just done her outdoor first aid course.




Broc - Adventure Dog

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Broc joined TAS in Dec 2014, from Ireland and quickly settled into his new role of Adventure Dog here at The Adventure Service! He enjoys long walks, chasing squirrels, sitting on comfy chairs and getting lots of attention from the Adventurers. 







All The Team are Qualified in Outdoor First Aid, Managing Actual and Potential Aggression, Makaton and Safeguarding.