About Us

John Allen

John Allen

John Allen, Head of Outdoor Pursuits at Birkdale School in Sheffield. John is an MIC and AMI member, Winter ML and has some old kayak coaching qualifications. He served the Independent Schools Adventure Activities Association both as committee member and secretary for 8 years, and now as Chair of Independent Outdoor. He is good at climbing up things, so long as they aren’t underground, but is quite afraid of open water.He has been working as a freelance AALS inspector for the North of England since Sept 2015

Eric Cittanova

Eric Cittanova is French, an administrative genius, and Head of Outdoor Pursuits at Manchester Grammar School. Eric is an International Mountain Leader, and his specialist area is desert trekking. He serves IO as treasurer

Rory Sellar

Rory Sellar headed up the extensive outdoor programme at Abbotsholme School in Derbyshire for more than ten years.

He is an MIC and level 5 coach in kayak and canoe. In a previous life he was outdoor adviser for Derbyshire. He and Eric can be found most winters in the Cairngorms introducing school pupils to the rigours of winter mountaineering. Rory is the IO secretary.