He is one of a rare breed. Yes, a Director of Mount Cook. He is often seen walking around, apparently aimlessly, but then all sorts of new things happen very quickly. He will often take the unwary by surprise and is able to predict the future. His hobbies include dog walking, fell running and motor biking. His secret wish is to write a book. His favourite colour is green.
Robin was born in Derbyshire and his love of the outdoors started young playing outside whenever possible. This love grew further thanks to opportunities provided by the Scout Organisation and Youth hostelling. It continued through family life as an active outdoor participant and keen sportsman. After a long and successful career as a CFO in industry, and voluntary roles including Venture Scout leader and Chair of school governors, he wanted to provide opportunity for others. He decided it was time to give something back and enable others to enjoy the outdoors as much as he had (and to get out even more himself!), thus the idea for Mount Cook was born. Now retired (sort of) he is a keen runner, walker, skier and trekker dedicated to fulfilling Mount Cook's mission.
Matt has worked in the Outdoor Activity Industry for more than 20 years. He started out as a tennis coach and moved onto low-level activity delivery, including Archery and High Ropes. Matt loves to walk his dog Casper and enjoys playing tennis whenever he can, along with Cycling and Trail Running. Matt took part in the Inaugural Ride London 100 mile bike ride in 2013 and has taken part in numerous half-marathon’s. He loves to spend time in the garden and relax in the evening with a pizza and a beer.
Having worked in Europe and North Africa in the hospitality industry for several years, Mandy was ready for a fresh challenge. At 26, she set off alone on a 3-month backpacking trip around China; which turned into a 6 year long, adrenaline fuelled journey spanning 5 continents. During this time, she revelled in many extreme outdoor activities such as glacier walking, canyoning and bungee jumping. Upon returning home, she found her perfect job which incorporates the excitement of adventurous activities whilst combining her love of meeting new people from diverse walks of life. Mandy now spends her time ensuring each visitor to Mount Cook leaves with the same passion for learning and adventure as her.
After completing her degree in Outdoor Education with Adventure Tourism, Mary decided to travel the world. She spent 4 years exploring America, New Zealand, Australia and Thailand. In between her travels she worked as a Mountain Biking Instructor, an Au pair and an English Teacher. When she returned home she decided it was time to pursue a career in the outdoors. Mary splits her time between coordinating bookings and delivering activities. At Mount Cook her favourite activities are Bush Craft and Orienteering. She loves a good dog walk in the Peak District!
Growing up near Sherwood Forest, Charlee has always loved travelling and being outdoors. She spent 3 years bouncing between summers in the Greek Islands and winters skiing in Andorra. In 2016 she decided to travel to New Zealand where she lived and worked for two years driving around the country in her own camper van. After moving back to the UK, she wanted to pursue her love of the outdoors at Mount Cook. Charlee loves camping in the Peak District and walking her Springer Spaniel Gus (and alpacas)!
Phil is a Duty Manager and experienced outdoor and educational instructor, having worked in Youth Hostels for many years. He helps Bernie look after the outdoor activity offering here at Mount Cook and is responsible for the educational packages that we offer. Phil’s hobbies include Climbing, Running, Hockey and Cycling; and entertaining his horde of dogs and children.
Growing up in Derbyshire, Toria has always enjoyed being outdoors and hiking in the Peak District. Her favourite walk is climbing up the Dragon’s Back (otherwise known as Chrome Hill), located North of the River Dove. After studying an English Literature Degree at De Montfort University in Leicester, Toria joined Mount Cook in 2016. She is passionate about getting children and young people outdoors, and her favourite activities are bush craft and rock climbing.
Raised in Snowdonia, Bryony loves nothing more than a Mountain. Despite this she went to study Classical Piano in London, playing in Musical theatre, Orchestras, on television and in several bands, before realising that the outdoors is much more enjoyable. She has explored many parts of the world from the Alps to the Andes, the Sierra Nevada to the Borneo rainforest. She once spent an entire month in a tiny tent, hiking various peaks in Patagonia. Aside from a love of running, beer, Asian food and puns, Bryony loves working at Mount Cook – a constant source of adventure.
This is Suki, a rather dim but very affectionate dog. She is keen on running, once completing the 30k Belper Rugby Rover in under 3 hours. She also likes hunting, and will find wildlife in the most unlikely places, and if left alone will eat them raw. Her special subject is shoes which she picks up and carries in her mouth, then hides them around the house.
Max is an aging German Shepherd; born in 2008 and brought up at Gradbach in the wilds of the Staffordshire Moorlands. In his younger days Max loved running and walking in the mountains; but is now enjoying his retirement in the quiet Derbyshire village of Kniveton. Max is as soft in character as his copious amounts of fur; and likes nothing more than a cuddle with his family, or younger brother Whisky.
Serial-malter. Moss is the happiest Blue Merle to have existed. You can typically find him in Darley Abbey park where he is on a constant search for the biggest stick in existence.
Likes: Dancing, Squirrels, Marmite
Dislikes: Bins, Waterfalls, Squid
Future goals include learning Spanish and not destroying a new toy within an hour of getting it.
Flopsy, the Springer Spaniel; is the baby of the brood and spends her time bouncing off Max and Whisky. She loves running and chasing sticks and curling up for cuddles with the children.