Our Staff

Alex Phillips

Centre Director

Alex and his wife Holly founded Birch Hall Adventures in 2014. He has a wealth of experience in both education and the outdoors. His passion is to see children challenging themselves and growing in confidence and experience through outdoor activities. He is never happier than when sailing on a boat!

Naomi Lower

Centre Administrator

Naomi joined Birch Hall Adventures in 2019. She ensures the smooth running of office operations and on occasion helps out with instructing. She is married to David and they have four children. She enjoys anything to do with admin and the outdoors!

Chris Smith

Centre Assistant/ Instructor

Chris first joined Birch Hall in the spring of 2021! He loves outdoor activities especially den building and boating! If you need help with anything technical – he’s your man!

Our Trustees

Nick Singleton

Nick is a fire officer in Essex and he takes the lead on Health and Safety at Birch Hall Adventures. He is married to Abi and they have one boy. Nick enjoys the outdoors and in particular sailing and paddleboarding. He holds this charity close to his heart.

Rev. Andrew Winter

Andy is a Chaplain at an independent school where he also teaches Maths and coaches rugby. Andy and his wife, Mary, have three children. He is responsible for our safeguarding.

Dr Alasdair McKenzie

Alasdair is married to Linda and is a retired local GP. He occasionally volunteers as an instructor on water and climbing. He was once the expedition doctor on a trip to Greenland. Alasdair’s area of expertise is ‘activities’.

Mr Guy Main

Guy is married and has 3 children. He is passionate about education in all it’s forms as ‘you never stop learning’. In his spare time, Guy enjoys both running and sailing. With his legal background – Guy is our resident expert on risk & insurance.

Rev. Mark Holdaway

Mark has been involved with Birch Hall Adventures since its inception. He occasionally volunteers at our various events and enjoys the outdoors and all that it has to offer! He is married to Claire and they have six children. Mark keeps a close eye on our staff and offers support when needed.

Richard Myers

It’s great to have Richard on board. He has great business skills and is a great help with our accounting and finance!