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Meet The Team

Meet The SOLAR Team

SOLAR Team’s central administration base

College Street Centre,
College Street,
Nottingham NG1 5AQ
Contact us for general enquires @ SOLAR
Phone: 0115 9476202

Outdoor and Adventurous Experiences

Andrew Smith – Development Manager

Andrew has a degree in Sport Management and a lifelong involvement in sports.

He has worked in sport development and management within the public and private sector.
His extensive work gives testament to his passion for enabling young people to experience the opportunities and benefits of sport and the outdoors whilst offering the highest level of customer service to clients and partner organisations.

He is also the main contact for the Outdoor Learning Team

Contact Andrew Smith @ SOLAR
Phone:0115 947 6202 (Ext 238)


Claire Moores – School Swimming Manager

Claire is the School Swimming Manager, and has also taught children to swim for many years successfully, facilitating core life skills.

With over ten years operational experience she is passionate about the needs and goals of the clients and specialises in attaining achievable targets for the national curriculum to schoolchildren.Managing a number of successful projects including TOP-UP to Water safety week, focusing on every child having knowledge of water safety and self rescue actively reducing drowning incidents in the UK.

Contact Swimming @ SOLAR
Phone:0115 947 6202 (Ext 238)

Adventure Team

Marcus Broad – Adventure Team Manager

Marcus Broad is the Adventure Team Manager.

He is a windsurfing, sailing, powerboating and canoeing instructor and holds many other outdoor qualifications.Marcus has delivered adventurous activities to a range of clients for nearly 20 years both in England and various other European countries.

Marcus is passionate about getting young people into the outdoors to experience adventure and outdoor education activities.

Contact Adventure Team @ SOLAR
Phone:0115 947 6202 (Ext 238)

Risk Management

David Thompson

David is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner with over 11 years’ experience in supporting schools with their health and safety compliance.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Safety and Health Management which he studied at Nottingham Trent University. His philosophy is that schools should be able to manage risk sensibly in an uncomplicated manner so that they can concentrate on teaching and learning.

Contact The Risk Management Team


Nick Robb and Beckie Mason

Nick graduated from the Sports Science and Administration degree course Nottingham Trent University in 1994.

He has been employed at Nottingham City Council for the past 22 years working initially within Sports Development and since 1998 within PE & School Sport. His current role involves delivering the Governments School Games programme and working with all City Schools to develop a comprehensive PE, sport and physical activity programme for all young people in Nottingham.

Beckie has been involved in sport from a young age, she competed and was part of the British Gymnastics squad for 9 years. Beckie is a Level 2 Gymnastics Coach, Level 2 Netball Coach, STA Swimming Instructor and Personal Trainer. She has a love for most sports and likes to keep fit and physically active. Beckie has been the School Games Organiser for Nottingham City with a Primary focus for the past 5 years and thoroughly enjoys working with the local schools delivering competitions and healthy lifestyle initiatives.

For contact details see Sports

The PSHE Advisory Team

Contact details and scope

The PSHE Advisory Team have over 20 years of experience in teaching and supporting teachers and schools to develop practical, quality responses to social and emotional development, character and risk management for young people.

From backgrounds ranging from teaching (primary and secondary), research, health promotion, therapeutic intervention, SEN and dyslexia specialism, sexual health and drug and alcohol and public health consultancy, inspection and accreditation, the team is well equipped to support you in a broad range of subject areas.

Karen Smith
PSHE Team Coordinator
Mobile:  07939 986144

Sam Bowen 
Primary Specialist
Mobile:  07739 815360

Catherine Edwards
Primary Specialist
Mobile:  07505 620156

Jane Hyland
Primary and Secondary Specialist
Mobile:07939 986201

Catherine Kirk
Primary and Secondary Specialist
Leading on: Sex and Relationships Education, Anti-Homophobia, respectful relationships
Mobile: 07970 271360

Anna Power
Primary and Secondary Specialist
Leading on: Drugs and Alcohol and the DrugAware National Programme
Mobile: 07939 986115

Claire Trott 
Primary and Secondary Specialist
Mobile: 07939 986192

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