Our Instructors, Supervisors and Other Volunteers

Linda Chapman MBE Andy Blundell MBEAndy Blundell is the chairman of Tonbridge Gold and Linda Chapman is the secretary.  Both have both worked for the D of E Award in Tonbridge as Field Officers for over 30 years, delivering high quality advice, support and training for young people wishing to complete their Gold Awards.  

We also have a very experienced team of volunteer trainers, expedition supervisors, assessors and advisers to support you in your quest for Gold.  Some have been involved with the D of E Award for many years, while others have achieved their Gold Award relatively recently and are now working with the Tonbridge Gold team.  

Seven members of the team hold the Mountain Leader qualification (ML) and four others are in the process of becoming mountain leaders.  Four others are basic expedition leaders (BEL), nine are minibus drivers (MiDAS), and six are D of E expedition assessors.  Most of the team have first aid qualifications.  Several are themselves Gold Award holders.  All our leaders and volunteers are subject to enhanced DBS checks.

Andy Blundell was awarded an MBE in 2015 for his work as a DofE volunteer.  He is a retired headmaster, very experienced mountaineer and qualified Mountain Leader who specialises in expedition training and assessment.  He is also a qualified minibus driver.  He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Linda Chapman was awarded an MBE in 2011 for her work as a D of E Field Officer for over 30 years, advises participants on all the other sections of the Award and looks after much of the administration.  She is secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Tom Allwood is an IT Manager and a keen hillwalker.  He holds a Basic Expedition Leader qualification and is working towards his Mountain Leader qualification.

Chris Blundell is a retired teacher and an experienced hillwalker who has been involved with Tonbridge DofE training and practice expeditions for nearly 20 years.

Sarah Bowes is mostly involved with training and assessing at the bronze and silver levels of the Award in Kent.  She joined the Tonbridge Gold team in 2013 as a qualified minibus driver and to gain more experience in wild country.  Sarah is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Mike Cope is a retired teacher and experienced mountaineer and involved with orienteering at a national level.  Mike holds a Mountain Leader qualification and is also a qualified minibus driver.  He lives in Knaresborough.

Kitty Dowry is in her final year at university studying for a degree in outdoor education.  She completed her DofE gold award with Tonbridge Gold while at Hadlow College.  She is a keen hillwalker and climber. 

Marcus Gastaldello is an engineering graduate and keen hillwalker.  He completed his DofE Gold while at Judd School, including a very challenging assessed expedition in the Alps.  Marcus is one of our trainee leaders and is working towards his Mountain Leader qualification.

Andy Hill is a surveyor and completed his DofE Gold while at Judd School.  He is an experienced mountaineer and is working towards his Mountain Leader qualification.  Andy lives in North London and is also a qualified minibus driver.

Gordon Hill is an experienced hillwalker.  He was involved as an expedition trainer and assessor at bronze and silver level before joining the Tonbridge Gold team.  Gordon is also a qualified minibus driver.

Peggy Hill has been a member of the Tonbridge Gold team for many years and is responsible for processing all our bookings.

Chris Jesson is a geography teacher and completed his DofE Gold while at Judd School.  He is an experienced mountaineer, holds a Basic Expedition Leader qualification and is working towards his Mountain Leader qualification.  Chris is also a qualified minibus driver.

Mark Leach is an IT Manager in the City and an experienced mountaineer and qualified Mountain Leader.  Mark is also a qualified minibus driver.  Mark leads all the expedition trips in the UK.

Dr. Kate Marks is Head of Mapping & Modelling (Flood & Coastal Risk Management) at the Environment Agency and is an experienced mountaineer who holds a Mountain Leader qualification.  She has been a member of the Tonbridge Gold team for a number of years although she currently lives in Bristol.  Kate is also a qualified minibus driver.

Tom Masters completed his DofE Gold at Judd and is a qualified Mountain Leader. In 2018 he completed an MSc in astrophysics at the University of Nottingham and is currently involved in research at the university.

Alan Powell is a retired engineer and very experienced mountaineer.  He holds a Mountain Leader qualification and has been an assessor at bronze and silver level.  Al;an is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Jackie Powell is an experienced hillwalker and has been involved with Tonbridge DofE training and practice expeditions for many years.

Nic Ramsden is an all-round outdoor enthusiast.  He is not only an experienced paddler and canoeing instructor but also an experienced hillwalker and mountain leader.  He has been involved with the DofE Award for many years and is currently DofE Co-ordinator and Artist-in-Residence at Walthamstow Hall Senior School.  Nic heads up our paddling expedition programme.

Jo Rhoden completed her DofE Gold while at Weald of Kent Grammar School.  She is an experienced mountaineer and is a qualified Mountain Leader.  She is a partner with Deloitte but still finds time to be an instructor with Tonbridge Gold.

Ian Rudd works for Kent Police.  He is an experienced mountaineer, holds a Basic Expedition Leader qualification and is working towards his Mountain Leader qualification.  Ian is also a qualified minibus driver.

Terry Siney is a retired deputy head and very experienced mountaineer.  He has been involved in Gold expedition training in Tonbridge on and off for over 25 years.

Ken Taylor is a retired accountant and Gold Award holder.  He is a very experienced mountaineer and has been involved in Gold expedition training in Tonbridge on and off for over 30 years.  He currently lives in Ashford and is also a qualified minibus driver.