What is your job and briefly what does it involve?
I am an Area Production Manager for a global Agribusiness called Syngenta looking after a part of the Huddersfield site. My role is to ensure that we make the right quality product on time and in full by ensuring I get the best out of the team I lead.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Adventurous. Laid-back, Restless!
Food – Curry
Music – Indie/eclectic
Interests - Kayaking (of course), Nature, Music, ûFood!
Movies – Blade Runner, Aliens, all things Sci-fi!
Books – Sci-fi, American crime
Favourite TV shows: The Wire,Breaking Bad
What does sea kayaking offer you?
A chance to immerse yourself in nature. A feast for the body, mind and soul. Relaxation and exercise all at the same time. It also offers a chance to meet some great people, see great things and go to places no-one has seen before.
What have you achieved, to date through paddling with Roger and Coastal Spirit?
Started as a complete novice, through to 3 star and now getting closer to the 4 Star standard. Most of all it has improved my confidence on the water and improved my paddling skills immensely.
Why Coastal Spirit?
Friendly laid back knowledgeable coaching where people are treated as friends rather than clients.
What are you looking forward to and where would you most like to paddle next and why?
Would love to paddle in the Med around some Greek islands
The idea of seeing some great scenery and combining it with rocking up at Greek tavernas to eat some fresh fish whilst drinking a cool glass of wine combines so many of favourite things together!
3 words to sum up your time with Coastal Spirit?
Fun. Inspiring. Exciting!
"And I'm probably learning more from his mentoring now, as my paddling horizons expand, than ever before. I can't count how many questions I've asked... and he's answered. Roger has the knack of making that suggestion that radically changes your thinking and moves your paddling on in leaps and bounds."
"I've just completed a two day 4* Sea kayak training course with Roger. Having been coached by Roger in the past, I choose to do this course with Roger because I knew I would get a great deal from the course. My expectations were certainly well and truly met"
"There are a number of wonderful things about Roger. He has a very light touch in his coaching, and he's always smiling and encouraging you to relax into the enjoyment of the day"