Embers bushcraft staff
At Embers Bushcraft we have the immense luxury or having access to a large variety of staff that are not only qualified and experienced in their areas but also add an individual dynamic to each specific course that we deliver. We believe that In using specially skilled and experienced staff for specific work we are able to provide a level of quality that ensures everyone accessing our provisions receive exceptional services. Each of our staff members bring a unique skill and personality to each piece of work delivered which ensures all participants whether adults or children have access to a wide range of skill sets and ‘life experience’ that can support, encourage and inspire.
All staff hold mandatory training such as: First aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding, health and safety and conform to all Embers requirements. Additionally, all staff undergo enhanced DBS checks.
Embers Bushcraft is owned and run by Ian Gosling. As a fully qualified and experienced bushcraft instructor, Ian’s aim is to develop a business that not only feeds his passion for the outdoors and the subject of bushcraft and outdoor living and what it has to offer but more importantly, to offer it as a means to engage, educate and inspire young people and adults alike.
With an incredibly diverse life experience that has taken him around the world through travel and working abroad, Ian has also been afforded a variety of working experiences and career opportunities from banking to agriculture and hospitality to charity work, with a great deal of these roles in a managerial capacity. Over the last 15 years year he has been heavily involved in working directly with vulnerable client groups and now wants to use the subject of bushcraft as a medium of engagement that can reach hard to reach groups and mainstream alike. Ian understands that through outdoor education, which involves stimulating, creative and inspiring topics we are able to re-connect with not only the natural world around us, but more importantly how we feel and perceive ourselves. ‘Working in this environment gives us the opportunity to separate ourselves from the daily grind and responsibilities that define our daily lives, therefore allowing us to reflect upon or lives, review our life choices and directions and redefine who we choose to be and what we wish to achieve.‘
‘Activity for activity’s sake is limited without, passionate, dedicated and focused engagement. Empowering others with motivated and supportive engagement is key, as it’s the catalyst for inspiring change. Accept nothing less!’
Ian continues to pursue his passion for the outdoors with further education and experiences that he hopes he can continue to share.
- NCFE Level 3 Advanced Bushcraft Award
- NCFE Level 4 Bushcraft Leadership Award
- NCFE Level 4 Wildlife Identification and Tracking
- Deer Management Qualification Level 1
- Cybertracker, Level 2 Track and Sign
- Cybertracker, Level 1 Trailing
- Cybertracker, Level 1 Tracker
- NCFE Basic Counselling
- NCFE Level 3 Advanced Counselling
- ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid
- Level 2, Food safety
- Designated Safeguarding Officer
Ian is still pursuing his passion for the outdoors with further education and experiences that he hopes he can continue to share. He is currently undergoing the NCFE Level 4 in Ethnobotany plus ongoing Cybertracker track and sign and trailing training.
- BTEC Nat. Cert and Nat. Diploma in Countryside management
- Forest School Level 3
- Level 2 NVQ Diploma in professional cookery Level 3 award in supervising and training in professional cookery
- Intermediate apprenticeship in hospitality and catering
- Supervisory Food hygiene certificate
- Level 2 award in health and safety
- ITC Wilderness first aid
- Fire safety
El is a qualified Youth Worker with 18+ years experience working with children, young people and adults at risk as both youth worker, teacher, and instructor. After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA (hons) in Education and Professional Development, El moved to Dorset working with an International Outdoor Education Company as an Activity Instructor and then Guest Care manager. During this time El developed her knowledge and experience of Professional Development qualifying as a First Aid trainer.
Following a move to Hampshire, El worked with many charities and organisations in the third sector as well as Local Authorities, providing care and respite activities to children and adults at risk whilst also taking on more responsibility for staff management, fund raising and business development. Throughout this time El has worked with both children and adults with disabilities, those under the care of social services and groups from both mainstream and private education.
In her current guise, El is working with a local charity to develop sports volunteering across the county. She also supports the business development team providing support and guidance on funding and bid writing to increase and develop sport and physical activity across Hampshire and IoW.
Duncan has had a varied career that’s been based around natural history and wildlife. His interest in Bushcraft and Natural history started from a young age, reading Gerald Durrell’s books (the amateur naturalist was a favourite), Lofty Wisemans ‘SAS survival Handbook’, and being transfixed by any programme with David Attenborough. Duncan completed his Zoology degree from the University of Aberdeen at 25.
Duncan travelled widely in Africa and Europe after university and worked on numerous education and research based projects, including the study of the mating behaviour in African Leopards and social behaviour in African hunting Dogs.
Duncan then went into the Tree surgeon/Forester industry, which resulted in setting up his own business! After 8 years Duncan sold the business and started to develop his strong interest in personal and professional development and took the role as a key account manager and coach for a large pharmaceutical company working primarily with NLP techniques.
In recent years he has now returned to the world of natural history and is now a qualified level NCFE 11Q level 4 bushcraft instructor. Looking for a way to bring together his love of Natural History, outdoor living skills, traditional environmental management skills and personnel development, his hope is to now use the skills he has attained and lived for the last forty years, to help others to develop through learning about themselves and their natural surroundings, so that they can engage and enjoy their environment on a much deeper and mutually beneficial level
- BSC Hons in Zoology
- NCFE Level 4 Wildlife identification and Tracking
- Qualified NLP Coach and Practitioner
- Level 2 from Institute of Leadership
- NPTC Level 2
- NPTC Level 3
- Aerial Tree Cutting
- Treeclimbing and Aerial Rescue
- Chainsaw License, Maintenance and Croscutting
- ITC Outdoor First Aid
- Level 2 Food Safety
Born and brought up on a farm in Africa. John spent much of his early life in the African bush hunting, fishing & ‘messing about’. As a first job he was as a conservation officer (Game Ranger) in the Kafue National Park, Zambia.
John’s early professional life in the UK was as an officer in HM Forces. On leaving the forces he completed a BSc (Hons) in marine engineering and an MSc in engineering safety and moved into a career as a safety engineer. He then spent 20 years advising and leading projects for a range of industries from heavy industry to British wild life parks.
Additionally John has run, advised and provided logistical support for a range of expeditions in Central America (Belize), North Africa (Sahel region) and the Caribbean. Whilst teaching bushcraft, John has been involved in delivering training such as Scuba Diving, lifeguards, Karate and Sailing
Qualifications and training
- BSc Marine Engineering
- MSc (Ergonomics & Safety Engineering)
- Chartered member of Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (CMIOSH)
- Swift Water Rescue Technician (level 1)
- Commercial Diver (Parts 3 & 4)
- BSAC Advanced Diver & Joint services Sub Aqua Diving Supervisor (military)
- Yacht Master Ocean
- K38 swift water and open water PWC rescue boat operator
- Expedition Leader (military)
- Field Guide Association of South Africa (FGASA) level 1 field guide
- Member of British Deer Society & DSC 1 certificate holder
As a Qualified Forest school leader level 3 Alex has spent the last few years learning all the benefits that the great outdoors has to offer to the development of young peoples development.
Since finishing his qualification in Forest School he has started School Beneath the Pines which uses outdoor education to help inspire, educate and develop children from a very young age. His passion for the great outdoors was passed on from his grandparents and childhood memories and he uses that as his motivation to get children back outdoors and having fun while learning.
Alex knows that by inspiring children at a very young age and introducing them to the outdoors, this not only allows them to explore their own sense of selves and environment by discovery and exploration but is also integral to their learning and development as they move through their early years.