About Us

After working in the outdoor industry for 30  years I continue to up-skill myself in order to remain at the cutting edge of climbing and coaching.

During that time I’ve amassed considerable experience climbing and working in many countries including Ireland, Russia, China, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, South America, Canada, Fiji, Bali, Borneo and Europe, including Austria, England, Iceland, Finland, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Spain, Corsica and Switzerland.

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  • Qualifications :
  • Education:
    • PhD Researcher at Ulster University School of Business (2020)
    • Level 9, MSc – International Business, Ulster University (2020)
    • Level 8, BA (Hons) – Adventure Education & Facilitation, University of Chichester (2019)
      Check Awards for details.
    • I have previously held the position of Director of Mountaineering at Tiglin, Ireland’s National Mountain Centre and I worked as an associate instructor at both Glenmore Lodge and Tollymore Mountain Centre (Scotland and Northern Ireland’s National Mountain Centre’s).
    • I am now based in Ireland’s premier outdoor adventure sports county, Donegal, where I guide people to unique places on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
    • I also work providing expert evidence, as a technical expert within the Irish court service, were technical expert reporting is required for cases involving accidents at climbing walls, rock climbing / outdoor adventure centres and or during hillwalking or mountaineering trips/expeditions, be they with children or adults.
  • Professional membership:
  • Bren’s CV:
    • PhD Researcher at Ulster University (Impact of COVID-19 & Brexit on Donegal Tourism SMEs)
    • Level 9, MSc – International Business, Ulster University (2020) 1:1
    • Level 8, BA (Hons) – Adventure Education & Facilitation, University of Chichester (2019) – 2:1
    • Wild Sea Europe – Tour Guide Training & Assessment (2019)
    • Failte Ireland, Local Expert Training (2019)
    • REC First Aid, Level 3 (2018)
    • Sports Ireland – Safe Guarding 1 (2018)
    • LYIT, Level 7, Tourism Concepts (2018)
    • LYIT, Level 6, Failte Ireland – Local & Regional Guide (2018)
    • NWRC, Level 3 Digital Photography, NCFE (2017)
    • LYIT, Killybegs School of Tourism (2016)  – Level 6 Certificate in Marine Tourism – with Distinction
    • North West Regional College (Derry) – City & Guilds, Level 2 Photography (2016) – with Distinction
    • Ulster University (Jordanstown) School of Business – Level 5 Advanced Certificate in Management Practice – (2015) – with Distinction
    • UN International Mountain Day Environmental Award (2015)
    • MTUK – Foundation Climbing Coach Award – (2015)
    • CYQ – Level 2 Personal Fitness Trainer – (2015)
    • Trail Cycling Leader Award Training – (2014)
    • Safe Guarding Children in Sport – (2014)
    • BMC Climbing Fundamentals 2 – (2014)
    • BMC Climbing Fundamentals 1 – (2014)
    • MTUK Foundation Climbing Coach Award Training – (2014)
    • HNC Diploma – Sport, Health, Exercise & Fitness – (2014) – with Distinction
    • Leave No Trace Advanced Trainer – (2014)
    • Coaching Ireland, Mountain Tutor Trainer – (2014)
    • Leave No Trace Trainer – (2013)
    • Remote Emergency Care Level 3 – (2013)
    • Rescue & Emergency Care Level 3 – (2010)
    • Mountaineering Instructors Certificate – MIC (2003)
    • BASI – Alpine Ski Instructors Training (2003)
    • NZMGA, Summer Alpine Guides Training (2002)
    • International Mountain Leader – IML (2002)
    • Mountain Instructors’ Certificate Training (2001)
    • Winter Mountain Leader Award (2001)
    • PADI Assistant Instructor (2001)
    • Canadian Ski Instructor (2000)
    • Level 1 Avalanche Award (1999)
    • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (1999)
    • NZMSC, Alpine & Abseil Instructor (1999)
    • PADI Dive Master (1999)
    • NZOIA Rock 2 Instructor (1998)
    • Mountain Instructors Award – MIA (1997)
    • ENSA, Alpine Instructor Award (1995)
    • Orienteering Leader (1994)
    • Mountain Instructor Award Training (1994)
    • Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Leader (1993)
    • Mountain Leader Award (1993)
    • Rock Climbing Leader / Single Pitch Award (1992)
    • Mountain Skills (1991)
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