Marcus Peel

Marcus recently ‘retired’ early from teaching having had twenty-six happy years – the last six as a headmaster – working in two highly regarded independent prep schools.  During this time, aside from teaching many varied subjects and coaching all sorts of sport and activity, Marcus developed a particular love for adventurous and outdoor education and led numerous activities, camps and trips for hundreds of children and a good few adults. Marcus is very much an ‘all-rounder’, but his particular areas of interest are canoeing, bushcraft, cooking and music. He is a qualified British Canoe Union instructor and has completed recognised training in Bushcraft activities and mountain leader training.

Louise Peel

Louise qualified and worked as a Remedial Gymnast (physiotherapist nowadays) before teaching with Marcus for more than twenty years. ‘Retiring’ early from her duties as a Head of Boarding and many other roles in a busy independent school, she now works part-time in a hospital and assists Marcus with MERP Adventure. She has worked on almost all the trips that Marcus has run and amongst other things, has taught cookery to children for many years.

Rory Corder

Rory is a very experienced and well-qualified outdoor professional with a real interest in bushcraft. He lives in the North-East and runs ‘Global Activities’. He has worked with Marcus and Nick on a whole number of occasions, including bushcraft camps in the North and in Suffolk.

Josh Hemingway

Josh graduated from the highly acclaimed Woodcraft School in 2012, having studied for the NCFE Level 4 Bushcraft Instructors course under the tutelage of John Rhyder. Since then he has been taking his skills into schools, sharing his passion for environmental education and encouraging others to venture into the wilds. His love of adventure was kindled early, when, as a boy, he spent his school holidays in the Swiss Alps, hiking in summer and skiing in winter. As a teenager he discovered bushcraft after attending a bushcraft course with Ray Mears, finding a sense of freedom and joy through living in the woods. Following formal studies in American Theatre Arts, Josh began working as a youth leader in the village in which he grew up, sharing his knowledge and passion freely, and drawing on his theatrical background to help communicate with young people. Both performance and youth work have heavily influenced Josh’s instructing style.

Survival is just the tiniest tip of the largest iceberg. Bushcraft has the power to unlock the natural resources all around us, and show us that every material thing that we could possibly want or need is available in nature.

- Josh


In 2014, Josh founded Pennine Bushcraft with his wife, Liane, with the aim of providing bushcraft and nature education to schools, youth groups and the wider public.

He is always keen to add to his skill-set, and is self taught in leather work and knife making. He recently added archery to his list of accredited capabilities. He now hopes to attain formal qualifications in canoeing and mountain leadership.

List of accreditations:

  • Enhanced DBS certificate
  • Venturer Medicine: Wilderness First Aid
  • Foundation Food Hygiene
  • Archery GB Instructor Award
  • NCFE Level 4 Bushcraft Instructor

Nick Matthews

Nick teaches Design Technology at a leading independent preparatory school and heads many school trips and adventure activities himself. He is a qualified British Canoe Union coach and has worked with Marcus and Louise on many previous adventures.

Ben Peel

Ben assists MERP Adventure on some camps and activities. He has a keen interest in outdoor activity – particularly skiing and skateboarding – and is a cabinet maker by profession. He also has expertise in music and has a ‘Music Production and Sound Engineering’ Diploma from Point Blank Music School in London.

Gabby Peel

Gabby assists MERP Adventure on some camps and activities. She is a qualified teacher of Fine Art and works in a senior independent school in Berkshire, where she is also a Housemistress and hockey coach.  As a youngster Gabby caught the ‘bug’ from numerous adventure, sport, drama and music trips. She now runs adventures for pupils in the school in which she teaches and has completed ‘World Challenge’ trips to both South America and Swaziland.