Our Team

The Team is comprised of a broad range of people varying in age, experience and personality who combine to provide a friendly and caring environment.


Many of our staff team have been with us for a number of years providing comfort  to Teachers and Group Leaders who are welcomed by familiar faces each time they return with a new group.


We are also assisted by an established core of local Freelance instructors who form an excellent complement to the full-time team.

Kurt Mockridge

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Starting in post at the Centre in March 1999, Kurt is entering the 4th decade of his career in the Outdoors. During this time he has worked both in the UK and abroad in a variety of Centres building up a wide range of outdoor and management experience. Along the way he has gained various relevant coaching qualifications including, RYA Dinghy Coach and Advanced Powerboat Instructor, BCU Level 3 Kayak Coach and was also  an APIOL mentor/moderator for the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

Maureen ‘Mo’ Overton

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Mo is our Administrator and is likely to be the voice on the end of the phone when you call the office. She has lived in the Torbay area for the last 11 years. She cannot imagine a nicer place to be and so she is here to stay.

Darryll Farley

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Born and bred in Brixham, Darryll is the longest serving member of the Instructional team becoming the Deputy Manager in 2007. He is always popular with the school groups as well as the staff. His qualifications include RYA Dinghy Senior Instructor as well as Keelboat and Powerboat Instructor, NCLA Cave Leader Level 1, MLTB SPA, and BCU Level 2 Kayak Coach. The charity has always been strongly linked to the sea and is extremely proud of Darryll being a member of the Brixham Lifeboat crew.

James Wakely

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James joined the centre in 2018 and has over 12 years’ experience in the industry working around the UK and France. Studying at South Devon, this developed James’ passion for paddle sports and led him to achieve a degree in Applied Marine Sports Science. James has taken on the role as Maintenance Manager at the centre to complement his skills in DIY. When not at work, you can find James by the sea, surfing or snorkelling. He also enjoys playing cricket for a local team.

– BSC Applied Marine Sports Science

– FDSC Outdoor Education

– UKCC Level 2 Kayak and Canoe Coach

– Open Canoe and WW Kayak Leader

– RCI Trainee

Vicky Jewitt

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2019 was the year Vicky joined us with her energetic nature. With 10 years’ experience working around different centres in the UK and abroad, she is a dynamic member of the team. Vicky enjoys helping children develop their potential, during activities, and encourages them to adopt the same attitude back at home. She has a passion for the mountains, sea and can often be found long distance running in her spare time.

– BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership

– BC Level 1 Paddlesports Coach

– NCMLA Level 1 Cave Leader

– Rock Climbing Instructor Award

– Summer Mountain Leader

Steph Stewart

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Arriving at the centre in 2012, Steph spent summers at Grenville House volunteering, in amongst travels abroad, before becoming a full-time member of staff in 2018. Steph is a vibrant member of the team, who brings positive energy to the sessions. She’s driven in bringing the children the best experience, while giving them encouragement to push out of their comfort zones. She enjoys all aspects of the outdoors, spending most of her free time walking and exploring new places near and far.

– BA (Hons) Children’s Physical Education

– BC Level 1 Paddlesports Coach

– HML Trainee

Callum Job

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Callum joined us through his Apprenticeship with South Devon College and was offered a full-time position after his course in Summer 2021. He quickly became a valued member of the team, whilst developing his skills and experience as an outdoor instructor. Callum enjoys all things water sports and brings his energetic nature to the sessions. In his own time, Callum enjoys watching and playing football.

– BC Level 1 Paddlesports Coach

– NVQ Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development

– Level 3 Apprenticeship Outdoor Activity Instructor

Daniel Hatherley

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A newer member of the team, joining in October 2021, Dan had brought to Grenville House his water sports skills and experience. From links with South Devon College, Dan spent time working on the Ardeche River in France where he immersed himself as a canoe leader. On return to the UK, Dan spends weekends working with youth groups coaching with a local canoe club, which lead into his arrival at our centre.

– BC Canoe and Kayak Leader

– BC Level 1 Paddlesports Coach

– SPA Trainee

Laura Tucker

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Starting in late 2021, Laura joined Grenville House on a voluntary basis to gain new skills on different activities with children. From working as a swim teacher for many years, she brings to the centre a calming nature and a love for the water. In 2022, Laura joined our team as a part time employee, bringing extra energy to the centre when bigger groups are in. She spends her spare time canoeing and sailing.

– BC Level 1 Paddlesports Instructor

Housekeeping Team

Cheryl Cash

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Taking on the role of Head Housekeeper, Cheryll takes pride in presenting Grenville House at its best, being supported by her strong team of housekeepers. Her background in hospitality and catering shows in her great cooking. Being local to the area she has a love for its natural beauty and enjoys the sea views.

Jane Sturtridge

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Having been with us for number of years, she is the life and soul of the kitchen! Jane’s bubbly nature can make everyone feel at home. From baking with her family, she has a real love for producing sweet treats, a great addition in our kitchen.

Kim Farley

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Joining us as we emerged out of lockdown, Kim took on the role of Head Housekeeper which was complimented by her organisational skills and high standards. With ambitions to head off to study soon, she took a step down from the role and continues to be a valuable part of the housekeeping team.


The Charity is overseen by a Management Committee of Trustee/Directors who meet regularly as required. The main purpose of this group of volunteers is to direct the manner in which the Charity meets its’ objects and to ensure that it remains financially secure.

Dick Dyke • Chairman

Gareth Brown • Trustee/Director

Peter Busby • Trustee/Director

Anne Dyke • Trustee/Director

Peter Johnson • Trustee/Director

Anthony Prowse • Trustee/Director

Joanna Reynolds • Trustee/Director

Martin Rogers • Vice-Chair/Director

Frank Sobey • Trustee/Director




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