Cumbria Outdoors - meet the team

Role: Housekeeper

Years of Service: 2 years (plus a few more before she left and returned!)

Hobbies and Interests: Camping in her trailer tent, DIY and relaxing in her hot tub.


Role: Housekeeper

Years of Service: 3 years

Hobbies and Interests: DIY, walking her cocker spaniel and baking

Special talent  - Claire's homemade pizzas are to die for

Role: Business and Projects Manager

Years of Service: Deborah has worked for Cumbria Outdoors and the County Council for a decade or two, let's say it's in excess of when you stop counting the years.  She joined when her son was a toddler as an Administrator/Bookings Clerk on part time, term time basis.

Hobbies and Interests: Deborah really enjoys walking in the hills, but doesn't get to do it often enough!  In another life she may have been a gardener, chef or cat breeder - so in this life all three are her interests and hobbies

Special Talent: It's fair to say Deborah has a talent for cooking, and has produced one of two majestic puddings in her time, hence having the 'handle' of @queenmeringue on Instagram!

Typical day -  "I don't think there is a typical day - that is why I am still here!"

Deborah Hunter

Role: Head of Operations

Years of Service: 17 years

Hobbies and Interests: Paddling, climbing and generally being outdoors

Typical day - "Living the Dream"


Role: Business Support

Years of service: 11 years

Hobbies and Interests: Fell walking, mountain biking, dog walking, yoga and travelling the country in her camper van. Currently attempting to conquer all 214 Wainwrights.

Typical day - No day is the same in the office! Role includes taking bookings, running the social media accounts, finance, procurement and supporting the delivery team. This year Helen is undertaking a Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management.

Helen cain

Role: Assistant Housekeeper

Years of Service: 27 years

Hobbies and Interests: Wordsearches, puzzles and shopping

Special talent - negotiating the country roads on a snow day!

Role: Housekeeper

Years of Service: 9 years

Hobbies and Interests: Football and football.

Special talent - Karl is famous for his sticky toffee pudding and steak pie recipe.


Role: Housekeeping Co-ordinator

Years of Service: 12 years

Hobbies and Interests: Yoga, gym bunny and spending time with her large family. She also loves taking her Cockerpoo Ted for country walks.

Typical day - Lesley is responsible for the day to day running of the Housekeeping team. If you want to know anything about dietary requirements and allergens - Lesley is your woman!


Role: Duke of Edinburgh's Co-ordinator

Years of Service: 5 years at Cumbria Outdoors, 10 years for Cumbria County Council

Hobbies and Interests: Pilates, reading, going to the cinema and seeing bands from the 1980s that she didn't see first time around! 

Typical day - Lisa's role as Duke of Edinburgh's Award Co-ordinator for Cumbria  is varied and includes approving awards, answering queries by email or phone, visiting schools and if she's very lucky a trip to a Gold Award Ceremony in London or Scotland!


Role: Outdoor Education Leader

Years of Service: 14 years

Hobbies and Interests: Cycling - both road and mountain biking, playing in the woods and fell walking. Mia has recently qualified as a Forest School leader and introduced it to Cumbria Outdoors with a local school.

A typical day - Arrive 8.45, attend the morning meeting, meet the group, get them kitted out, do an activity session, get them back for lunch, do it all again in the afternoon!


Role: Business Support

Years of service: 4 years at Cumbria Outdoors, 6 years for Cumbria County Council 

Hobbies and Interests:  Keeping fit, anything equestrian - including caring for her two resident ponies - and family days with her new grandson.

Special talent:  Making special cakes for people

Typical day - Front line office duties. Natalie is the money lady and organises all the invoices together with taking bookings and liaising with customers. The list goes on…


Role: Outdoor Education Leader

Years of Service: 1 year as a permanent member of staff, 2 years previously as a casual and seasonal

Hobbies and Interests: Enjoys events with his local church and spending time with his family. Loves walking, climbing and biking when he can find the time.

Special Talent - Very practical and can turn his hand to most things. Can make a mean roast dinner.

Role: Maintenance Technician

Years of Service:  6 years

No job too big or too small for a man of Williams talents!

Role: Outdoor Education Leader

Years of Service: First year as a permanent member of staff, 9 years with Cumbria Outdoors

Hobbies and Interests: Climbing, Paddling, Caving and having adventures. 

Special Talent - Fastest nappy changer in the west