Cumulus Crew

Our staff and instructors have many years of experience working in the corporate and private sector. In addition to their facilitation skills they hold relevant national governing body qualifications to run the more adventurous side of our training and activities.

Sam Thompson

Our Managing Director, Sam, has a lifelong background in all things ‘outdoors’. He is an experienced water-sports instructor with instructing qualifications in activities which include sailing, windsurfing, surfing, power-boating, coasteering, kayaking and more. Sam became involved with Cumulus Outdoors back in 2010, after completing his Business Management degree in outdoor adventure at Bournemouth University. Sam has developed and steered the business into its current position, offering outdoor adventures to school groups and private groups to both fulfil and encourage a love of the outdoors amongst everyone involved. His favourite activity is Canoeing.

Tom Campbell-Hill

Operations Director, Tom, is very passionate about the outdoors and has a skillset like no other in the Cumulus team. Tom came out of the Army as an Officer where his hard work and determination led to many varied adventures from the Jungles of Borneo to the snowy peaks of Mt. Tongariro. In recent years, Tom has focused on the education of young people in the outdoors, hoping to energise and invigorate the next generation of enthusiasts. Tom’s background leaves him uniquely placed to oversee the smooth running of residential camps and his dedication to going above and beyond for our groups ensures they always leave having enjoyed a brilliant and fantastic trip. Tom never lets a task faze him, from summiting our giant nordic teepee’s to transforming trailers into industrial kitchen units, to instructing rifle shooting, he really does have a skillset like no other! His favourite activity is Bushcraft.

Peter Boyce

Peter, Financial Director, was an officer in the Territorial Army serving in Iraq in 2003. He was a green beret ‘Army Commando’, qualified in parachuting (including many times into Studland Bay!), skiing and diving. After many years working for Kodak in the UK, USA and Switzerland, setting up a number of successful businesses, Peter Boyce joined the board of Cumulus Outdoors, bringing his extensive experience and business knowledge to the company. His favourite activity is Kayaking

Steve Thompson

Marketing Director Steve has over 30 years marketing experience, running his own marketing business for 25 years before deciding to combine his professional experience with his interest in the outdoors and outdoor adventure. As a member of The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing, he’s well placed to steer the Cumulus marketing strategy as the company looks to expand its ever growing customer base. Steve is keen on most water sports and also enjoys running and walking with the family flatcoat! His favourite activities are Kayaking and Coasteering


Jackie Lane

Jackie’s role as Office Manager is multi-layered and central to everything running like clockwork. You will probably talk to her on the telephone or by email whilst booking in your activities and residentials and also answering the many queries received. Jackie comes from the hospitality industry and has extensive experience in administration and customer service. She is a keen hiker and photographer and as such is addicted to the scenic beauty of the Jurassic Coast and the Dorset countryside.

Jess Gundry

Jess is our new Senior Instructor and has grabbed the role by the shoulders working diligently to make sure everything is ready for your activity experiencies this season. Jess has previously worked for Cumulus as a Seasonal Instructor is extremely well qualified in all areas of adventure activity and outdoor learning. In her spare time Jess can be found with her fellow adventurers enjoying the outdoor life along with Apollo, a black and white (rapidly growing!) Sproodle puppy. Jess’s favourite activity is climbing which she enjoys all over the world.

Neil Demmar 

Neil has been climbing, walking and Mountaineering for over 30 years. Although he had a career in the fire service for over 30 years he has spent a lot of his spare time working in the outdoor Industry. He has mainly been involved in land based activities and development, being  a qualified Mountain Leader and Climbing Instructor. Neil has been working with Cumulus Outdoors for the past 3 years and is the Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Co-ordinator.
Since 2013, Neil has delivered training, instruction and assessing D of E expeditions both in the UK and abroad. He also teaches, instructs and coaches climbing and related activities. His personal passion is trekking with a favourite trekking location being the Spanish Pyrenees

Ian Purdey 

A bushcraft & Survival Specialist, Ian became infatuated with the outside environment at a young age and the bounty of knowledge he could gain from it, enjoying this environment so much he joined the Royal Marines in 2011 and has remained as a reservist ever since.  As his passion to pursue this as a career grew, it brought on the drive to take up the role of an instructor and he sought out where he could achieve the necessary accreditations. The Level 4 Instructor’s course as accredited by the NCFE was his route in and through the multitude of courses he attended to obtain this, he began surrounding himself with likeminded individuals whilst training and travelling to remote areas of the world to learn some indigenous ways. The result being a selection of Bushcraft experiences led by someone with a genuine passion for what he does.