Denise Leonard

Mrs Denise Leonard BSc (Hons), PGDip, APIOL

Lecturer – B.A Outdoor Adventure Education

Tel: 01267 225122

I am an experienced outdoor practitioner with over 20 years experience across a broad range of settings. I have worked in every aspect of the sector including; primary through to tertiary age groups, corporate team development, youth at risk including alternative to custody programs, expeditions and guiding.

My dominant professional focus has been on mental and emotional wellbeing. This has included working with both harder to reach young adults, using the outdoors to foster positive behaviour change; as well as developing outdoor programs to integrate with existing mental health intervention.

I hold a BCU Level 4 white water coaching qualification as well as Level 3 in Sea Kayak and Open Canoe. I am a 5* Sea Kayak Leader and can assess up to 3* across these disciplines. Alongside this, I have achieved Mountaineering, Climbing and Mountain Biking qualifications. I have worked professionally in the UK, Canada and New Zealand and competed at a Regional, National and International levels in kayak slalom and white water rafting. I am an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and a mentor for IOL members. Currently, I am studying to complete my MA dissertation focusing on gender equality in line with Welsh Government policy.

My lecturing responsibilities include leading on one first year module, ‘Adventure a risk worth taking’ and two second year modules, ‘Expedition Leadership’ and ‘Discovering Outdoor Lifestyles’. During the year I will take the students on several residential trips both as part of the module delivery and as extracurricular opportunities to gain personal skills in areas such as Winter Mountaineering and Sea Kayaking. I represent the University to the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group and am the school lead for Coasteering. I have delivered practical aspects of the MA and International programs and am Admissions Tutor to the BA Outdoor Adventure Education program