Our Staff

With our 80 bed space capacity, the Centre is small enough to provide very welcoming and personal attention to visiting schools, which is particularly appreciated by some of the younger pupils on their first residential school trip – away from the comforts of home perhaps for the first time.

The staff at Medina Valley Centre are here to make you feel very welcome and help you make the most of your visit to the Isle of Wight.

Teaching and Instructional staff are all qualified to a high level. They are all First Aid qualified and carry a first aid kit and other emergency aids, at all times. We are DBS compliant and each member of staff wears an identification badge or Centre logo.


Frank Cope
Joint Centre Manager

Kate Cope
House Manager

Frank Cope BEd, RYA Senior Instructor, Level 3 Kayak Coach,
Level 2 Canoe Coach

Kate Cope – NNEB, Level 2 Canoe Coach

Frank and Kate joined the Centre in July 2007 as resident house managers and Frank as Sailing School Principal. They have extensive previous experience in youthwork and outdoor pursuits, including as resort managers in Turkey for Mastersun and proprietors of a watersports company in Wales. Both Frank and Kate learnt to sail at Medina Valley Centre in the late sixties and early seventies.

They are planning to retire later this year and return to Wales.

Dave Sinclair
Joint Centre Manager

Dave originally joined the Centre as one half of the Host Couple but has now taken on the role of Joint Centre Manager. He has considerable experience in both youth work and leading multi-activities, and is currently working alongside Frank Cope with the intention of taking on the role solely later in the year.

He is currently also the Centre’s Chief Sailing Instructor

Field Study Tutors

Keith Marston
Head of Field Studies & Deputy Centre Manager

BA (Hons), PGCE, British Orienteering Coach

Keith joined the staff in 1986 with responsibility for developing and teaching the Geography fieldwork at the Centre and was appointed Head of Field Studies in October 2006. Previously, he has taught in secondary schools in Tanzania & Buckinghamshire and co-led the Geology section of the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society. As an experienced ornithologist, Keith has published several major reports on the birds of the Medina Valley.

Steve Taverner
Field Studies Tutor

MA MSc PGCE, British Orienteering Tutor/Assessor,
BCU Canoe Coach

Steve has taught Biology and Geography courses at the Medina Valley Centre since 2003. Previously Steve has taught in a number of Island schools and at the Isle of Wight College.  He will often come up with a poem or two for a course.

Josh Osborn
Seasonal Field Studies Tutor

BSc Geography, PGCE Primary

Josh joined the team in August 2014 and is responsible for teaching Geography for all ages through to year 13. He has taught in primary schools for four years where he has co-ordinated the outdoor education programmes. Josh has worked professionally in woodland management as a tree surgeon, and has a keen interest in woodmanship and wood crafts. He enjoys sailing, kite surfing and offroad biking.

Beatrice Selwood
Seasonal Field Studies Tutor

BSc Agricultural Botany, PGCE

Beatrice joined the staff in April 2013, and is responsible for teaching Biology for all ages through to A2. She has taught in secondary schools in Sussex and London, and has field studies experience in the Lake District, Shetland and Kenya.

Chloë Searl

Field Studies Tutor

BA Geography; MSc (Conservation Management); MEd (Geography Education); PGCE; FRGS

Chloë joined the Centre team in April 2017, having spent many years teaching Geography at secondary level. She has also worked for environmental conservation charities both in the UK and overseas as well as for the Royal Geographical Society. She is the author of the RGS “A Student Guide to the A Level Independent Investigation” and many other published A level and GCSE resource packages. Chloë sits on the Fieldwork and Outdoor Learning Special Interest Group for the Geographical Association and enjoys finding new ways to promote learning outside the classroom.

Office Staff

Sandie Woodford
School’s Liaison Officer

Sandie joined the team in February 2010, primarily to deal with all the school bookings and liaise with teachers and group leaders. Due to her vast experience in all admin roles she also undertakes many of the general administrative tasks. Being an “Isle of Wighter” she has a lot of local knowledge and of course a love for the water. Her hobbies are swimming, sailing, kayaking and walking, but her greatest love is travelling and she has been all over the world.

Geoff Jackson
Finance Officer

Geoff looks after the Centre accounts and finances, and also provides IT support in addition to trying to keep 25 plus Centre computers running and up to date. He is originally from the North East, and arrived on the Isle of Wight due to more than just one or two coincidences! If you can catch him out of the office, do ask him to tell you how he came to be at Medina. Rachel, Geoff’s wife, occasionally works as a Kitchen Assistant at the Centre.

Activities Staff

Simon Creedy
Maintenance Technician

RYA Senior Sailing Instructor, RYA Powerboat Instructor

Simon first came to the Centre to learn to sail during his summer holidays and has now been working here since 2006, doing site maintenance and teaching RYA Sailing and PB2 Powerboat courses.

Kitchen Staff

Martyn Hillman
Head Chef

NVQ Level 3

Martyn started working at the Centre as a Kitchen Assistant in August 2009, then started training as a Chef in June 2010. He has a NVQ level 3 in Professional Cookery and his specialities are cakes and desserts.

Shannen Attrill
2nd Chef

Shannen Attrill is our full time second chef and is at college one day a week training to do a NVQ level 2 in catering.  Shannen then hopes to go on to do a NVQ level  3

 

Kitchen Assistants

Jenny, Peter, Rachel, and Sam, are our team of Kitchen Assistants who help Martyn and Shannen keep the Kitchen clean and tidy and set up the Dining Room for meals

Domestic Staff

Mandy and Tracey are the hardworking team that keeps the Centre clean and tidy.

Seasonal Staff

We have a team of up to 40 seasonal sailing instructors who regularly work for the Centre throughout the year. They are all RYA qualified as either Senior Instructor, Advanced Instructor, Instructor or Assistant Instructor. We also run a training/briefing weekend once a year for these instructors.