Colin higginson - centre manager

Colin joined Dukes Barn in 1989 as part of the instructor team and is highly qualified and experienced in the delivery of primary and SEN outdoor adventure activities. 

Colin has had a lifetime involvement with Dukes Barn and has always played a key role in its development both as an instructor and senior instructor assuming responsibility as centre manager in May 2016.

Colin's passion for the outdoors and in particular climbing has meant extensive travel in particular Europe climbing in the Dolomites and Alps. 

Andy Nettleship - Deputy Centre Manager

Andy joined Dukes Barn in 1999 and worked as a freelance instructor at Dukes Barn until taking on the full time role as Deputy Centre Manager in October 2016.

Andy has a great depth and knowledge of the outdoors and environment gained from the enjoyment and experiences of groups and individuals over the last 20 years. ‘Nothing is a problem as there is always a solution’-an ethos Andy embraces whether he is delivering outdoor educational activity courses or corporate team building events.



Heather joined Dukes Barn in 2002 as a Senior Administrator with a background in outdoor instruction. Heather has a passion for both Dukes Barn and the Outdoors and is a keen hill walker.

Heather assumed her current role as Administration Manager in 2008 and has been key in both the growth and development of the centre and is always happy to be involved with and help the groups who attend to ensure a positive memorable experience is achieved.


debbie hawksworth - house manager

Debbie joined Dukes Barn in 2000 as the Domestic manager and has been a valued member of the team ever since. Debbie has undertaken extensive worldwide travel and backpacked across both Australasia and Europe with a trip to India planned.

Debbie enjoys cycling and walking and has been actively involved in fundraising for Dukes Barn.


freelance Instructors

Dukes Barn draws upon the services of local freelance instructors to work on many of its courses. They are selected for their suitability to work with the specific group involved. The minimum qualifications we require for instructing the following activities are:

  • Hill walking  Mountain Walking Leader Award (summer)
  • Rock climbing MLTB Single Pitch Award
  • Abseiling MLTB Single Pitch Award
  • Canoeing BCU Coach level 1
  • Caving Local Cave & Mine Leader Award (relevant to the cave/mine trip)

All instructors will have a current first aid qualification. Assistant instructors working on any course will have relevant experience and will have received appropriate training.