I am Martin Robinson, manager of Blackland Farm a campsite and activity centre owned by Girlguiding. The site is 120 acres and there are currently nine full time employees and up to 30 seasonal instructors during the summer season. The centre is AALA licenced and holds Adventuremark, LOTC and BCU accreditation.
I have been at Blackland for over 30 years, starting as assistant manager and progressing to manager in 1987. I have been involved with, originally Council of Campsite Wardens which rebranded to ASGC, since 1986 when I attended a meeting at Chalfont Heights. Over the years I have been a member of the ASGC committee for around ten years with a few breaks and chair for one year.
I am secretary of Southern Region of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and have been for 12 years. For those of you that know my secretarial skills, you will be surprised that no one better has stepped forward!
The Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC) has had me as a member since 1998.
In addition, I have represented the voluntary sector on Skillsactive Outdoor Employers Group for a number of years and was involved in designing the National Outdoors Diploma which was scrapped by the government shortly before it was due to be launched.
During my employment with Girlguiding I have managed staff at Waddow Hall and managed Foxlease, in addition to Blackland, when they were without a manager.