Managing Director and Adventure Education Manager
Mountain Monkeys Ltd was set up by Innes MacDonald who has extensive experience working in various industries and organisation in the fields of outdoor adventerous training, education and supported housing and child care. Innes MacDonald graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BSc (Honours) degree specialising in Outdoor and Environmental Education. He is a fully qualified Winter and Summer Mountain Leader and also holds the rocking climbing qualification SPA, GNAS, Level Paddle Sports, as well as the recognised adult teaching qualification PTLLS certificate.
John is a fellow Director of Mountain Monkeys Ltd and has shared many adventures with Innes over the years, originally when they were both Scouts. John and Innes have spent a great deal of time together in the wilderness such as the West Highland Way a lovely 94 mile walk from Glasgow to Fort William in Scotland TWICE! (for some daft reason!) As well as many climbing trips in summer and winter including most of the UK, the Alps and Morocco.
Originally from Kent, Tom has travelled all over the UK before choosing settle in the North. Tom's adventure started when his mum dropped him off at Beaver Scouts for the first time. In the 20+ years since, Tom has gained experience in; Environmental Studies, Adventure Therapy, Development Training, Recreational Ecology, working with S.E.N. programmes and the National Curriculum. He has also recently completed the Liverpool John Moores University degree in Outdoor Education. Tom is currently qualified in Kayak, Canoe, Archery and Fencing and works across all of our programs.
Dedicated Monkey Bunch
Our dedicated bunch of monkeys man the computers and phones from the tree tops throughout the year, and get wilfully paid in bananas
The Teacher Troupe
Mountain Monkeys has at its disposal a fantastic close knit team of brilliant instructors who are carefully hand picked and chosen for each activity, event or challenge. The team has travelled all over the world, from working in the youth work and teaching sectors to global businesses. Mountain Monkeys is also committed to using locally sourced staff for all our events and will endeavour to provide work to the local population of our activities weather in sunny Wigan to the beautiful Lake District and abroad.
LJMU Student Instructors
Our Student Tribe
For over 7 years we have had a fantastic relationship with Liverpool John Moore University Outdoor Education Course of being able to offer paid work opportunities to students throughout their time at university and afterwards to work with ourselves in gaining experience of working with groups generally on our onsite school program days and events as well as assisting on our adventure days. We are very proud to have seen over 60 students work with ourselves for several years before moving out of the area and into the wide outdoor adventure industry. We now have some very good friends not only across the UK but around the work currently some of which are based at Everest Base Camp, Thailand, The Antarctic and the US