Elspeth is a Leading Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning who's main area of expertise is now training and professional development. She is editor of IOL's professional development publication 'Horizons' and has an active interest in canoeing, spirituality, forest schools and backwoods skills. 
 
Elspeth has qualifications in many outdoor activities including BCU Level 3 Coach, FSRT Examiner, Mountain Leader and is in the local Mountain Rescue Team. As an experienced first aider and trainer Elspeth delivers a wide range of courses from AED training to paediatric first aid and is the HSE approved Director of Training for Casualty Care First Aid Training.
 
Elspeth is qualified to deliver MBTI and Lifo psychometric tests and has completed training in Counselling Skills (AQA intermediate and advanced). She has a Lancaster University Certificate in Leadership and Management and an ILM L5 NVQ.  She is an NVQ Assessor and was the Internal Verifier for the University of Cumbria Graduate Apprenticeship Programme and†for Adventure Education Training NVQ Programmes.
 
As Chair of the Northern Council of Outdoor Education Training and Recreation, in 2000 Elspeth was one of the founding trustees of the Institute for Outdoor Learning. Between 2001 and 2005 she was involved in developing the Institute for Outdoor Learning Accredited Practitioner Qualification and in developing the Mentor and Assessor training for this. In 2005 Elspeth was appointed as the editor to set the agenda for the Institute for Outdoor Learning's Professional Development Magazine 'Horizons'. In 2008 she was elected to the IOL National Executive and now takes an active interest in the development of new special interest groups including the Spirituality in Outdoor Learning group. 
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