The Q Team


Meet the team behind the Quay…

We are all passionate about climbing and outdoor adventure.  Running a climbing wall has been a dream of ours for many years.  Tall buildings are hard to find in the South West so acquiring the Old Electricity Building and transforming it into the South West’s largest indoor climbing centre for you all to enjoy has been a great privilege for us.  With the support of our team of instructors, our goal is to provide a safe, welcoming and vibrant environment for climbers of all ages, abilities and experience so that you can develop and master your climbing skills and most importantly – have fun doing what we love doing! Come and meet us at the centre – we are around most days and welcome your thoughts and feedback.

Gavin Atkins

Centre Manager

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Being born over 200 miles from the nearest natural crags, climbing was an obvious choice for Gavin! After many years and many climbing trips in the UK and Europe, he became an outdoor instructor in his spare time. 10 years later this evolved into his full time profession, along with route setting. He comes to the Quay straight from East Anglia, where he was involved in the redevelopment of the region's premier climbing venue.

Tom Bunn

Deputy Manager

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Tom has spent over 6 years working in the outdoor industry. Many of you will recognise him from The Barn Climbing Centre where he did pretty much every job associated with running an indoor wall and plenty of route setting and coaching. A well known climber on the SW scene Tom is also the man behind the popular www.rustypeg.co.uk website.

Jacob Straw

Deputy Manager

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Jacob has been a longtime climber and member of the team at the Quay. He's worked as part of our evening and weekend team, on reception, in the kitchen and as lead instructor for clubs. He's now enjoying life as a Deputy Manager at the centre! You can find him instructing every Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and when he's not instructing you can often see him hanging off the prow or out on local crags!

Mikey Cleverdon

Coach and Route Setter

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Mikey is well known in the South West climbing scene. Mikey has many years of indoor wall experience having instructed and set routes at the Mill Adventure Centre South Molton and the Barn Climbing Centre in Tavistock. Mikey is the lead coach at the Quay and is also responsible for ensuring that routes are regularly set and re-set. You can see him at the centre every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Damian Johnson

Managing Director

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After spending 10 years in physics and 15 in the finance industry, Damian is realising his (day) dream of opening an indoor climbing centre. A climbing and mountaineering enthusiast, Damian has spent his holidays wandering mountains, climbing ice fields or hiding in caves dreaming of the day when his own wall would amount to more than a few bolt-on holds in the garage.

Alison Smith

Director

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Alison manages the marketing, human resources and events for the Quay. Like Damian, she has spent most of her career in the finance industry and is enjoying her new investment in the centre. A keen runner, surfer and enthusiastic but novice climber and mountaineer, Alison is looking forward to improving her climbing when she can get time away from the office!

Pen Farthing

Technical Director

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Pen has worked and played in the outdoor industry for over 25 years. He manages his own outdoor business, The Adventure Fitness Company which provides training and assessment courses for the MLTE and BCU and safety cover for overseas charity treks. When not climbing Pen can be found in Afghanistan walking dogs for the Nowzad dogs charity...but that is another story!

Aaran Eade

Director

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A keen outdoor enthusiast since his days in the Army, Aaaran is one of the founding directors at the Quay. He now splits his time between his new venture, Rock Up, and the Quay.

Leslyn James

Centre Administrator

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Leslyn, has been a member of the team for over four years. A novice climber she’s keen to try to get on the wall when she can. When she’s not in the Centre you’ll find her exploring North Devon whether it’s on a bike, in the sea, horseback or walking.

Paul Reah

Instructor and Chef

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As a keen climber and a chef, Paul is the pefect person to take care of the menu at the Quay. He's been cooking since the age of 7 and has worked in restaurants across the UK and Europe. Paul combines his passion for climbing and cooking at the centre. When he's not in the kitchen you can find him instructing on the floor! You can see Paul in the centre on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Tami Wells

Instructor/Centre Receptionist

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Tami is a keen climber who can regularly be found out on Dartmoor. When she's not climbing she enjoys yoga and walking her dog, Tryfan, as well as spending time with her family most of whom are keen climbers too. Tami has recently set up her own yoga business, Yoga with Tami - you can attend one of her classes at the centre on Thursday evenings! Otherwise you can see her in the centre from Monday to Friday during the day.

Jennifer Thomas

Centre Receptionist/Instructor

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Jen didn't quite know what she got herself into when she got the job at the Quay...a climbing virgin the team threw her in at the deep end and she was leading on her 3rd training session! She works in the centre every Tuesday and Wednesday where you may find her instructing, working at reception, instructing or sending out your invoices!

Will Martin

Instructor

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Ben Sprague

Instructor

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Ben has been at the centre for over 4 years dedicating most of his time to Clip n Climb. As a keen climber, Ben has developed his professional skills and qualifications and now is an instructor both Clip n Climb and The Quay. Ben enjoys bouldering sessions on Dartmoor with his fiance and 2 children, as well as exploring the delights of Devon and beyond.

Elliott Vanstone

Instructor

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Elliott has been hooked on climbing since the age of 8 and now climbs as often as he can! He climbs enjoys visiting local crags with current projects at Cheddar, Brean and Ansteys Cove. Elliott completed a 3 year outdoor adventure course at Bicton College and the CWA, CWLA and SPA qualifications. He's been part of the Quay team since he was 15 and is now a fully fledged instructor and youth squad leader.

Rory Bascombe

Instructor

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Rory has been a keen climber since a young age, developing his skills through various climbing activies. He first joined us a member of the Quay Youth Squads and has developed to join us as a member of staff. Rory can regularly be find sampling the local climbing, often projecting some hard climbs!

Huw Evans

Instructor

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Huw started a Quay Climbing Member, climbing mainly indoors for over 2 years. As a Climbing Wall Award holder, Huw can be found running various sessions around the centre. When not on a session, he'll likely be in reception making someone a very good cup of coffee!

Charlie Webber

Cafe, Reception & Clip 'n Climb Instructor

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Evie Stripp

Cafes & Birthday Parties

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Evie is another of our staff team that first came to the centre as a Quay Club Member. When she's not working, you'll probably find Evie in the centre climbing or chilling/ studying in the workshop cafe. Evie loves cooking and enjoys learning from Chef Paul in the kitchen.

Emily Vandendorpe

Centre Reception/Cafe

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Emily is a keen member of the Friday Night Squad at the Quay and can regularly be found taking part in local climbing competitions. An accomplished climber she is now turning her hand to working at reception and in the café in her spare time - you can find Emily at the centre on Saturdays!

Jack Woodcock

Clip 'n Climb Instructor and Receptionist

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Jack is one of our newest members of staff. Having spent a fair amount of time having fun with Clip n Climb sessions, Jack has recently passed his Climbing Wall Award - this means he can instruct Quay Climbing sessions! Jack is really keen to keep improving his own ability and can be seen training in the centre and absorbing knowledge from his colleagues.

Gabe Matthews

Work Experience

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Gabe has been with The Quay as volunteer & work experience for over a year. As a Corporal in the Army Cadet Force, Gabe is well versed in the outdoors and enjoys developing his skills, especially for climbing. Gabe enjoys exploring the forest, going on camps and just about anything that gets him in the outdoors.

Tom Corras

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Cameron Reynolds-Beer

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James Hembury

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