Dave Barham, Outdoor Education and Visits Consultant

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Dave Barham Consultancy Ltd


We offer professional expertise and advice for Academies, Trusts, independent establishments, local authorities and outdoor centres on all aspects of the management, organisation and delivery of educational visits, outdoor and adventure activities conducted in the UK and internationally.

Our work is at the cutting edge of national policy development for leadership, guidance and training.

All consultancy, development, strategy, advice and training is linked with the National Guidance and the Outdoor Education Advisers Panel, the lead agency in the UK for agreeing and producing the industry standards. This is supported by membership of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and alignment with the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and the adventure activity sector National Governing Bodies.

Legal Responsibilities, Audit and Monitoring

We have wide experience of the practical requirements of the Health and Safety at Work legislation as it is applied to the management of educational visits and the operation of adventure activity and field study centres. We have a particular expertise in risk management, risk assessment analysis, monitoring and training, together with assessment of high quality teaching and learning.

We can audit and monitor your arrangements, conduct a gap analysis of policy and operational guidance and provide Governing Bodies, Senior Leaders and EVCs with the confidence that their procedures will meet required standards or provide a clear action plan for development.


As training specialists, we provide bespoke training for Governors, Senior Leaders, EVCs, and Visit Leaders that covers legal, management and practical issues. Dave is a a national Educational Visit Coordinator trainer and Visit Leader Trainer for the Outdoor Education Advisers Panel. He is also a trainer/assessor for a wide range of land and water based adventure activities and is a specialist in expedition training. Additionally, he also leads CycleSureUK with a small team of highly experienced tutors. We provide mountainbike leadership training and assessment on behalf of the Mountainbike Instructor Award Scheme at all levels.


Following some 25 years in school and outdoor centre management, Dave has some 20 years experience as a Local Authority Outdoor and Educational Visits Adviser  and Consultant to a wide range of Academy Trusts. He has led this Consultancy now for 10 years working with Trusts and Academies throughout the North of England. He spends much of the winter period teaching skiing at an Austrian ski school.

He has wide experience as a manager of adventure activity centres and successfully chaired various professional groups and committees, including NE England Outdoor Education Advisers Panel  for 7 years and serves as a Director. He is now the Executive Treasurer for the OEAP. He holds a Masters Degree in Education Management as well as QTS, is trained in health and safety management, an LOtC Quality Badge Inspector, trained technical expert witness and is a Technical Adviser to holders AALA licenses. Qualifications include:

  • Master of Education Degree, Cert Ed., Dip.ML., IOSH
  • QTS
  • Accredited Member of OEAP
  • CCDU Train the Trainers
  • OEAP trainer for EVC, Visit Leader Training, Outdoor Learning Cards, MOVE
  • A wide range of land and waterbased leadership/instructor qualifications

Contact Details

Mobile: 07740 940 500 Telephone:44( 0)113 266 2530 Email: mail@davebarham.info

Dave Barham Consultancy Ltd
Dave Barham, Outdoor Education Consultant