Our team

The Adventures Await team combine a passion for adventure along with a history in hard nosed business practice.

Paul Brighouse is our outdoor woodsman, he runs our sister company Mucky Knees Adventures taking children (and adults!) off for adventures on nearby Kersal Dale – den building and fire lighting are second nature to him. He also revels in getting very small children (aged 2+!) into climbing. This is the 3rd social enterprise he has set up and has a passion for using business to make life changing differences to people – all stemming back to the early days of The Big Issue in the North West, where he set up their advertising and fundraising department in the early 1990’s.

Tom Stewart is our mad mountaineer. He loves nothing more than clinging to an impossible hold on a climbing wall, on the grit or half way up one of snowy mountains he was the first person to conquer. He runs Rock Over Climbing, one of the North West’s (and we think the countries) best bouldering centres after setting it up nearly 7 years ago. He has expanded the centre and it now features a stand alone childrens soft play area, a funky climbing Adventure Zone and brand new rope climbing walls. Rock Over Climbing is another one of our sister companies helping us to deliver our dream.

Emma Smith lives and works in Salford. She is a freelance consultant with vast experience of the social enterprise and health and social care sector. She loves swimming, cycling and is tackling her fear of heights to do the odd climb! Adventure Awaits offers opportunities for all to overcome barriers to achieve their goal!

Charles Stewart is our background guru, enabling us to operate efficiently. He was a Solicitor, now retired and no longer holding a Practising Certificate.

Merlin is our resident wolf. He tries not to eat too many small children by eating toasted marshmallows in the woods instead. Merlin thinks that he is in charge.