The Association is led by a Board of six Directors elected from across the membership. They are elected to represent all the different types of membership, from large multi site providers, day camp operators, through to single site providers, all with differing needs.
The Directors have various roles including Chair, Treasurer and Association development, as well as Quality and Safety.
Supporting the Directors is the Chief Operating Officer, Paul Marshall, who is responsible for the overall administration of the Association, including organising the accreditation and inspection systems.
Paul leads and is supported by a small team of five inspectors, who all have a wide range of experiences, knowledge and skills that are used when inspecting members sites for accreditation such as the Adventuremark Quality Badge and the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. Inspectors have been recruited for their expertise and have been inspecting for many years and they all retain an interest in adventure activities in their own time as well!
Finance is managed by our administrator, Liz who sends out all the invoices and ensures certificates, membership renewals and other finance related items are dealt with including reconciling the accounts for HMRC and VAT submissions.
Chair of BAPA
Director and Ops Director, Château Beaumont.
My parents took me to the top of Snowdon and out into the African bush - it's safe to say that they planted a seed and it's never stopped growing. My experience in outdoor provision for schools is via our two centres. I've picked up French qualifications and a sound insight into the French activities sector and am also an accredited volunteer for Epilepsy Action.
Helping people exceed their own, self-expectations is what drives me. Put simply I'd like to help the outdoor sector achieve mainstream, legislative recognition with outdoor learning as an integral part of curriculum requirements.
Having started as an Activity Instructor, I am now Head of Safety and Standards for PGL, with responsibility for the development and implementation of our Health and Safety Management Systems and ensuring all our programmes meet the expectations of our guests. With operations in UK, Europe and Australia I also company lead on Safeguarding, Inclusivity and Data Protection.
My involvement with BAPA started in the early 90’s managing Centres undergoing Inspection. I later joined the Board and have represented 3 separate companies in the last 20 years.
I have also represented BAPA on AAIAC and currently represent BAPA at UKAIG.
After spending 10 years in the IT industry I finally saw the light and I have been working in the Outdoor Sector for over 16 years. During this period I have held various management positions across both the voluntary and private sector. Since 2011 I have been a Centre Manager at Kingswood. Throughout my career I have been privileged to see the incredible benefits that are delivered through high quality outdoor learning and I am continuously amazed by the achievements of young people.