Roger Orgill MBE
For over 40 years Roger has been active in the field of outdoor education, adventure and recreation training in both the statutory and voluntary sectors, including his role as Chief Instructor at Plas y Brenin National Mountaineering Centre in Snowdonia. He took early retirement in 1996 as head of Countryside and Water recreation with the Sports Council. Roger served on many government working parties and acted in an advisory role to the youth service and, on retirement was invited to serve on the board of the New Opportunities Fund of the National Lottery.
Between 1980-90 Roger served as chair of the National Association for Outdoor Activities and was a key player in the emergence of the Foundation for Outdoor Adventure which he chaired for six years. The Foundation, in collaboration with the Rank Foundation and Endeavour Training, established the Stoneleigh Project aimed at developing young leaders through a new and radically different experiential approach.
He was until very recently a Trustee of the NGO -World Youth Service and Enterprise and the Global News Education Trust, the charitable arm of the newspaper Positive News – now a Co-operative. He acted as chair of a Steiner Waldorf School which later became the first state funded – Steiner Academy Hereford.
Michaela da Cunha
Founder & Director
Landscape and Outdoor Physical Activity Consultant.
Using environmentally therapeutic settings Michaela promotes child-centred physical activity programmes. Disillusioned twenty years ago by the lack of research in a child's real physical needs, she has since collated evidence-based research to understand, amongst many other significant findings, the importance of promoting mothers and girls in physical activity to whole family participation. Finding out ‘how’ this could be achieved has taken her many years to answer. In September 2018 Michaela will be going on to study for an MA in Outdoor Education at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David.
From 1989 Michaela designed Landscape Masterplans and Playground Design Solution and Implementation Plans for primary schools. In 2000 she founded the only community multi-sports club for girls in England, with an understanding of the importance of quality coaching for under twelve year old children in a carefully considered environment, to be key to a life-long love of sport and/or physical activity. She also believes local community clubs for local families, linked to larger central clubs, will create the foundations for a much healthier and happier country with many more children being able to access and enjoy physical activity at all levels. A bi-product of this approach is more children reaching elite levels in sport on reaching adulthood.
Founder of Club Fever Multisports for under twelve year old girls, Michaela sought to fill gaps in provision for the girls from twelve years onwards and thus played a significant role in promoting the establishment of junior sections of clubs for both boys and girls in Ross-on-Wye between 2000 and 2010 with the support of A4A and Small Grant Funding. These include Ross Junior Rowing Club and Ross Junior Cricket Club which continue to thrive today.
Michaela's passions are orienteering, mountain biking and videography story-telling.
BSc(Hons) Psychology. 2gether NHS Foundation Trust. Here in Motion, Dance Movement Psychotherapist practitioner.
Rebecca is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society with a background in the expressive and creative arts, teaching exercise to music, fitness, dance, riding horses, cycling ‘and so much other stuff’ in her 46yrs. She has two children and a uniquely gorgeous Bedlington Terrier - all keeping her busy with walking, mountain biking, Aerial hoop lessons, drumming, singing, enjoying her beautiful rural surroundings, and lots and lots of friends. Rebecca firmly believes that life should be spent learning about who we are, and who others are, through a process of shared experiences, open communication, reflection, open mindedness and empathic relating. Her involvement with Wye Ventures was a natural progression of her interest for engaging the body alongside the mind which has been her passion since the discovery of Dance Movement Therapy (DMP) in the late 80’s. At that time America was leading this groundbreaking approach to therapeutic work, with little written in the UK.
On finishing her degree in Psychology, her somewhat disillusioned perspective on the limitations of (the then) psychological theories was challenged by the introduction to the practice of DMP, eventually working and training alongside one of the UK Pioneers. After almost 20 years in this profession, Rebecca felt ready to finish her Psychology training, and to which end, sought work with NHS to support her Doctorate journey. Most recently, Rebecca is often heard discussing and reflecting on the TED talks she absorbs, or the array of growing research about the importance elements of wellbeing which now cements the necessity of physical health, creating a sense of purpose, self efficacy, motivation, the neuropsychological perspectives and (in her opinion obvious!) the mind-body interchange which makes us human. Rebecca reflects on how much has changed in the last 30yrs when such open and innovative conversations about emotional health, personal resilience, mental health and wellbeing would not have occurred. Her belief is that emphasis on the ‘whole and true’ wellbeing of young people will enable them to have a voice as well as their health for the future in this rapidly changing and challenging world.
“It’s a brave new world with a daring, yet necessary, mental health vocabulary to match...let’s nurture one another into a healthy prosperous future...”