CTC Trainer: Phil Berry

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CTC Trainer Phil Berry enjoying the winter sun
CTC Trainer Phil Berry enjoying the winter sun
Phil has a wide background in outdoor education and now specialises in mountain biking, climbing and winter sports. Previously Head of Outdoor Learning for Devon, Phil now concentrates on his preferrences - spending his time skiing, leading climbing trips and, naturally, running CTC courses.

Key attributes

  • Runs outdoor business TrekWild
  • Former Head of Outdoor Learning in Devon
  • Specialises in MTB, skiing and climbing
  • A CTC trainer since 2008

Phil has been a keen cyclist since his school days - every winter he built 'trackers' from various parts, including hub brakes and fixed wheel, and spent the summer pounding around local farmland and woodland.

Before becoming Head of Outdoor Learning with Devon County Council, Phil had several jobs in youth and community work, developing programmes to introduce young people to the outdoors.

His areas of expertise include expeditions on foot and on ski, climbing and mountain biking.

His work in mountain biking brought him into contact with CTC, whose learner-centred and practical approach he found to be the most successful.

Once retired from full time and corporate work, he teamed up with his wife Sally to run TrekWild, an outdoor business specialising in leader training and trips off the beaten track.

Phil says it seemed a logical progression to do the CTC Leader Trainer course. It's a real bonus for him to work with such a range of experienced people; he finds the enthusiasm for leading infectious and learns something new in every course.

And thanks to the CTC maintenance courses, he has updated his skills and gone full circle back to his 'tracker' building days, rescuing neglected bikes, doing them up and selling them on at cost, so that people who can’t afford a new bike have something decent and affordable to ride.



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