Who we are

We are dedicated, intelligent professionals and our job is to provide Real. Exciting. Fun. We take advice from Plas y Brenin (the National Mountain Sports Centre) The Royal Geographical Society, Mountain Training UK and the BMC.

Ed Boyden

Ed is Rough Edge Operations Director. That means he’s in charge. He has the rare ability to help you keep going even when it’s really hard work! He’s an ML, SPA, CWA, Paddlesport Coach and an all-round nice guy! You are going to love working with Ed.

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Helen Alps

Helen Barnard
Helen is Chief Advisor to Rough Edge for all matters relating to Mountain Leading, DofE, Risk Assessments and so much more. Helen’s qualifications: MIA IML REC First Aid Trainer First Aid – advanced and HSE, Winter ML, Paddlesport Coach Level 2









Iona Pawson Iona is the funnest, friendliest, fastest and fittest person you’ll meet in the mountains. Not only super-qualified in mountaineering and climbing to MIA level, Iona is a winter Ski Guide specialising in awesome ski routes and based in Verbier throughout the winter. ML, SPA, Paddlesport L3, Winter ML, IML, MIA











Craig Letham Craig is passionate about climbing and mountaineering, both in the UK and in some of the furthest-flung countries of the world. He is also slightly fanatical about kit…don’t get him talking about lightweight fabrics, you may never get away! ML, SPA, Winter ML






Cath Wilson Cath is a qualified teacher and an awesome outdoor instructor with a clutch of qualifications: IML, MIA, Winter ML, REC First Aid Trainer, Paddlesport Coach Level 2

















Pete Catterral
Pete is one of the UK’s best paddlers and paddling coaches. He has paddled rivers most of us would run a mile from. Pete is Rough Edge’s paddling expert, providing solid, sound advice on all matters relating to safety and discovery on the water.


Bernadette Eccleston
Bern is the back office, the front of house, the side swipe, the middle centre and the goalie. When you ring Rough Edge it is most likely your problem or question will be solved or answered by Bern. A keen outdoors enthusiast, when she’s not at work you’ll find Bern with her husband and children on the coolest UK campsites in their VW camper. Screen Shot 2012-10-15 at 17.38.02















Richard Allen
Richard is an ML aspirant who is Rough Edge’s Home Contact Manager. Richard was ground control for the extensive China Recce and has experience leading groups in mountains all over the UK . Richard is First Aid qualified.














Dan Lane

Dan is not only a climber and mountaineer, but also a Bubbleologist, proving that some chemists can also climb hills… Dan is an ML, holds the SPA and is an aspirant Winter ML too.














Lindsay O’Hagan
Lindsay is our window on the outside world. He is our marketing manager, our voice of reason and our reason not to get too excited sometimes! Lindsay is the inspiration behind the Rough Edge logo and communications.

Jimmy Greenwood
Jimmy is a chief designer for graphics, print and web. He designed the t shirt you will be wearing – say hello!