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Adrian Banford
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My name is Adrian and I am the main coach for Environmentors. I have worked in countryside and rural roles since 1984. I also work with a small number of associates as appropriate, to fulfil one off requirements or larger contracts.

Experience & Expertise

I am qualified in the following areas

  • Degree level – Geography & Geology
  • Post Graduate Diploma – Coaching and Mentoring (studying for a Masters)

I also have vocational qualifications in

  • Countryside management (INVQ)
  • Project management (PRINCE2)
  • Programme management (MSP)
  • Management of tourism (IoM)
  • Tourist guiding (Blue Badge – Cumbria)
  • Training & assessment (ITD)
  • Counselling

Work History

I began work with BTCV (the Coinservation Volunteers) as a volunteer and left as a training manager. I have experience in further and higher education teaching roles. I co-ran a co-operative environmental consultancy until foot and mouth. I then ran a EU programme of sustainable rural development in Cumbria for 15 years. I have also worked as a government advisor, education advisor, community development and heritage development manager.

Volunteer experience

I have been a practical work, and a committee volunteer in Sheffield, Suffolk and Cumbria. I am currently a trustee/ director of Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Cumbria Action for Sustainability, CWMET (a grant body) and Cultura (a Sustainable Development & Heritage Building Trust).


I consider myself something of an innovator, an original thinker and able to see the whole picture. Puzzling out problems, finding solutions and suggesting new or different ways forward comes naturally. I believe in trying to get to the nub of an issue, exploring a range of options and encouraging clients to go with what they feel, on reflection, is best for them. I believe learning is fun, finding out what we are capable of and rising to the challenges of modern, multifunctional land management.

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