Who we are, the people involved | Quest Skills for Life
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Who we are, the people involved

The People involved

Quest Skills for Life is a family owned and operated organisation dedicated to helping young people discover themselves and their ability to be great. We have a very experienced and vibrant crew and few of them are listed below.

Paul Thompson - Quest Skills for Life's Director and Founder
Paul Thompson - Director

Paul has been working in the Outdoor Industry for over 25 years as an Instructor, guide, consultant, developing school expeditions and outdoor education programs. A former Mountaineer & Skier based in Scotland where he worked for the Scottish Avalanche Information Service, conducting avalanche research, forecasts and mountain rescues. He also worked as safety supervisor in the oil and gas industry in the North Sea. He has been on climbing and skiing expeditions all over the world with some first ascents and descents, including leading school expeditions to Greenland, European Alps, Tanzania, Himalayas, Borneo, Cambodia and New Zealand. He worked as a Polar Guide and Safety Officer in Antarctica, both summer and winter seasons, for The British Antarctic Survey. Sailed across the Atlantic and is also a trained pilot with night, instrument and multiengine ratings. His biggest challenges now are being a good father and husband.

“Do not try to satisfy your vanity by teaching a great many things. Awaken people’s curiosity. It is enough to open minds; do not overload them. Put there just a spark. If there is some good flammable stuff, it will catch fire.” - Anatole France

Caz - Senior Program Coordinator & Facilitator Quest Skills for Life

Caz Castle - Senior Program Coordinator & Facilitator

 
Having found her calling early, Caroline has relished every opportunity to influence the lives of Australia's youth through outdoor education. Melbourne born and bred, "Caz" as she is affectionately known, has been on the team since the start of 2014. Caroline completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science and Graduate Diploma of Education and has worked on many outdoor education programs with a diverse range of youth and adventure programs.
 
“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence” – James Watkins

Michael Mumford Bio Photo - Quest Skills for Life

Michael Mumford - Senior Program Coordinator & Facilitator

Michael is an enthusiastic part of the Quest team with a love for all things out doors. Michael has a passion for surfing, boarding, diving and trekking and relishes the opportunity to work in these beautiful part of Victoria and abroad. Coupled with his pursuit of all things outdoors, his passion for the environment steered him to towards studying Eco-tourism and tour guiding at William Angliss in Melbourne. “Having the opportunity to take groups into these beautiful parts of the world, especially people who have never seen these environments before is really special. Rain, hail or shine the great outdoors will have something amazing to show you, maybe even something about yourself”. 

“Not all those who wander, are lost.” – J. R. Tolkien

Kyle Rhodes - Quest Skills for Life Team Member

Kyle Rhodes - Program Coordinator & Facilitator

Kyle has been a facilitator on the team since the start of 2013. His position as a facilitator is one he often talks highly of and enjoys as it allows him to be in the outdoors. Being outdoors is one of his biggest passions and this role allows Kyle to show just how good the outdoors are, especially for young people that might've never been camping before, “they get to experience a new environment”. Kyle has a passion for working with young people to help them develop their leadership and camping skills through outdoor education. Kyle also has a passion for sports with AFL and cricket being his two favourite sports. Kyle is involved in his local cricket club as a player and devotes some of his weekends to mentoring and coaching young aspiring players. Due to his interests in sport and the outdoors, Kyle completed a dual diploma in Sport and Recreation/Sport Development. He has committed himself to overseas travel on programs with Camp America and other leading globally recognised organisations. 

 

 
 

Bill Thompson - Program Consultant

If you have ever experienced a Ropes Course in Australia, or been involved in Team Building programs you can thank Bill Thompson. Bill was instrumental in bringing the Ropes Courses used extensively on School Camps and Teamwork Courses today over from America in the late 1980’s. A former early graduate of Bendigo’s  Outdoor Education course, a qualified teacher, and former Accredited School Camp Manager, Bill now works in Youth Development in Tasmania. Bills 30 years experience in Outdoor Education is a great resource for us to draw on when we are developing our programs and staff.

Dan Jones - Education Consultant

Dan Jones: Dan worked with Paul in the UK, developing Leadership and Development Expeditions and programs for British school students. He has led many school expeditions to far flung places on the globe. He is also a keen skier and mountaineer, regularly leading his own expeditions. Now a Lecturer in Outdoor Education in Manchester Dan helps us to keep up to date with the latest developments in Outdoor Education.
   
   

Lets not forget all of our amazing guides and Quest Skills for Life facilitators. We have a number of experienced Outdoor Educators working on our savvy team, delivering quality Quest Skills for Life programs.