Meet the Climb Cornwall Team

Jay Jackson

Jay is the owner of Climb Cornwall and is ultimately responsible for the safe operation and high standards of all the services we offer. He is our internal technical expert and takes the lead role in mentoring and developing our staff team.

 

He began properly climbing in 1997 (discounting many tree-based escapades throughout his childhood) and hasn't really stopped since. Soon discovering a passion for instructing equal to that for adventure and the outdoor environment, he gained his first instructor qualification in 2004 and the idea of Climb Cornwall began. 

Outside Climb Cornwall Jay is a GB Climbing Coach, working primarily with the GB Development Squad and the GB Para-climbing Team.

He is also a Mountain Training Course Director, delivering NGB Instructing and Coaching qualifications and he sits on the committee of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors - promoting professional standards and good practice across the adventurous activities industry.

 

 

All our staff hold National Governing Body qualifications for the activities they deliver and operate under the Climb Cornwall insurance.

 

In addition, they are all members of an appropriate Professional Association, this means they must follow the professional code of conduct laid out by that association and stay up to date with current industry good practice.

 

Climb Cornwall staff all have access to ongoing mentoring and support to help them progress professionally - we provide CPD (continuing professional development) training courses to ensure their knowledge and skills are always up to date and provide as many opportunities as we can for them to assist more experienced staff.

Find out about Climb Cornwall's professional affiliations at the bottom of this page.

 

Henry Forrester

Henry is our senior coach, working closely with Jay to ensure our performance development programs and courses are of the highest standard. He also works on our instructional courses and supports the delivery of some of our technical advisory work. 

 

Henry began climbing in 2005 and competed at national standard before going on to gain his instructing qualifications and completing the Neil Gresham Coaching Academy courses. He has a wealth of experience in the management and operation of indoor climbing walls and is also an experienced route setter.

Matt Thomas

Matt is our senior instructor, responsible for the delivery of many of our climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering instructional courses. He often works with Jay to deliver bespoke climbing guiding and also gets involved with leadership and development training for our technical services clients.

 

Matt has been working in the adventurous activities industry since 2010. He has a wealth of experience in coasteering, paddle sports, bushcraft, mountain biking and hillwalking (and even managed to fit in a career in the Royal Marines too). He’s a keen climber at heart so you’re most likely to meet him at the crag or indoor wall.

Jenny Dart

As well as being a qualified climber and mountaineer, Jenny is a Speech and Language Therapist specialising in working with adults with learning difficulties. She often joins Jay to co-deliver the BMC’s disability awareness training course - Climbing For All - and to consult on adapted or accessible climbing and mountaineering activities.

 

Jenny is a founding member of the Women’s Alpine Adventure Club and lives in North Wales, so we're always pleased when she can find time in her busy schedule to come back to the South West and instruct on our climbing and mountaineering courses!

Kieran Woolley

The Duty Manager of a climbing wall in Plymouth, Kieran is a keen climber and great instructor. You will most likely find him working on our indoor climbing courses, but he also delivers taster and instructional sessions for us out on real rock too.

Jack Gray

Jack has been climbing in the South West since 2012 and has plenty of experience as a multi-activity instructor. His day job involves delivering adventure holidays for young people with challenging behaviours. When he’s working for us you will usually find him instructing on our outdoor climbing sessions.

 

Professional Affiliations

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Contact us to enquire further about our professional affiliations.

Representative body for climbers and hillwalkers in the UK, we run several of their courses for them in the South West.

Professional association for those holding the highest qualifications for climbing and mountaineering in the UK.

Awarding body for walking and climbing qualifications in the UK.

Climbing and mountaineering guides in Scotland.

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Climb Cornwall supports the following statement from the The British Mountaineeering Council.

"The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions."