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Aiming Off Expeditions officers

Mal Mason

Mal is a Geography graduate. After working in academic research he qualified as a teacher in 1985 and worked in a secondary school in Sussex before moving into Outdoor Education. After 15 years as an Instructor/Fieldwork Coordinator in a Centre in the Welsh borders an injury forced a change of direction and he returned to teaching briefly, before taking up an appointment as Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award Development Officer for Herefordshire. While in this post he was registered as Course Director for the Basic Expedition Leader Award (BELA) and course director for DofE Expedition Assessor training. He then worked as DofE Manager at Hereford Cathedral School and is currently DofE Manager at Hereford Sixth Form College. Mal has organised and led DofE expeditions at all levels by foot, horseback and canoe. He holds a summer Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Supervisors Award (SPA) and is a DofE Accredited Assessor. A keen walker, he has led walks for two local Walking Festivals. Mal holds enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) status.

Nic Howes


Nic graduated in 1977 and qualified as a Geography teacher in 1978. He taught in a Herefordshire school and was appointed Head of Department in 1984. Nic gained his summer ML in 1986 and he is now a DofE Accredited Expedition Assessor. He has worked as a consultant, attended conferences, written several articles and contributed to textbooks on the school Geography curriculum and learning outside the classroom. The school was nominated for the National Award for excellence in Learning Outside the Classroom. Nic was appointed as a member of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority editorial board for Geography in 2004. He has been involved in leading the school DofE group since 2003 and has organised and supervised numerous expeditions at all levels. . Nic retired from his school post in 2011 and has since worked as a supply teacher and now part-time tutor at Hereford Sixth Form College. Nic has led walks for two local Walking Festivals and other groups including the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Nic holds enhanced DBS status.