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Graham CookWho We Are

Graham Cook – Founder & CEO
Chartered FCIPD, MInstLM, MIoEE, Cert Ed

Graham first became involved with USA based Therapeutic Wilderness Programmes over 9 years ago when he was approached by a UK based client to assist with the placement of a 13 year old “troubled teenager” who was causing severe disruption to the family unit. This led to a detailed analysis of the wilderness industry and proved to be the start of a journey that has led to friendships and working relationships with some of the finest and most dedicated professionals in their own field. Almost by default Graham has become a leading expert in the intricate workings of this amazing industry.

He started corporate life in Local Government but he soon switched to the Finance and Automotive sectors. Following a highly successful career with Ford Motor Company he held a number of Director / General Manager positions with major Automotive Groups and Independent Finance Companies. Since 2007 he has worked as a Business / HR & Education Consultant engaged on projects in the UK, Canada and the USA.

An experienced Coach and Trainer he has a great empathy with young people and a genuine desire to help them into the world of work and to see them climb the career ladder. Graham has owned and run a number of businesses so he can identify and empathise with the real challenges now facing the self-employed and SME’s in the current economic climate.

He is an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria Business School, where his area of specialism includes HR, Leadership & Management and Graduate Employability. Graham is a member of the Society of Education Consultants.

Graham has previously acted as an External Consultant to Venture Trust of Scotland, where he has helped develop and launch their Wilderness Programme, now delivered by their non-profit offshoot Venture Mor.

Outside of work, he is a Director of Northumberland Credit Union and an Honorary Life Member of Children North East. He spent a number of years as a Lay Member of Northumberland Local Safeguarding Children Board. He is a past Captain of Morpeth Golf Club.

“Once I had made the decision to send my son to the USA, Graham was a constant source of support. When we felt the the service we were receiving was not what we expected he acted as an intermediary. I found him highly effective and professional at all times. Dealing with challenging problems within your family can be very stressful and indeed isolating. Graham was always there on the other end of the phone offering a friendly ear and deep understanding of the issues and challenges we were facing.”
Fiona – London

Terese CookTerese Cook – Clinical Director
BSc Hons, Dip HE, NP, RN

Terese has over 40 years experience as a Clinician, working both in the NHS and also in the Private Sector.

Her career began in Nursing, gaining the majority of her experience in a “Primary Care” setting. This provided Terese with a wealth of knowledge and experience across a plethora of specialities i.e., Community Nursing, Mental Health, Social Care, Palliative Care and Bereavement Counselling.

In 2005 she made the strategic move into senior management within the Ambulance Service, where she worked in the Clinical Governance and Patient Safety directorate.

After taking early retirement in 2011, Terese formed her own Training Consultancy and embarked upon the national delivery of various programmes and initiatives in partnership with the NHS.

Terese can talk to Parents and put them at ease as both an experienced Clinician and more importantly as a Mother.

Gemma ElliottGemma Elliott – Marketing Director

Gemma began her career in 1998 working in general administration at Northumbria University. Over a period of 6 years she gained valuable experience carrying out a variety of roles, providing administrative support across a range of departments and services.

In 2004 she joined Jisc infoNet a Jisc advisory service working as an Administrator before progressing to Operations Manager. In 2015 funding for the Jisc infoNet service ended and Gemma was successfully recruited to Jisc as a marketing executive where she currently works.

Gemma is enthusiastic about personal development and actively seeks opportunities to develop her knowledge and learn new skills.

Whilst in full-time employment Gemma achieved a HNC in Business, a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice and an Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 coaching qualification.

Gemma is also passionate about helping others and is currently a mentor for the Association of University Administrators (AUA) Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice programme

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal" Henry Ford


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