About us

Jonathan Tompkins

Rough Edges is owned and run by Jonathan Tompkins. His original career was as a land surveyor on a land seismic crew working for an oil exploration company and after a decade of working abroad it was time for a change. On the advice of a friend he completed his SPA in summer 2004 and began a career in outdoor pursuits. Playing outdoors and converting this into a career was fantastic but it's the satisfaction and joy from introducing people to the outdoors or helping people develop that keeps the job exciting.

His experience in helping groups and individuals enjoy the outdoors is wide ranging. From primary school groups to pensioners, from the enthusiastic to not quite so enthusiastic, from simple activities to team events. A constant part of his freelance work has been with Prince's Trust teams during their week two residential. He has worked with upwards of 100 Prince's Trust teams since 2010.

He holds the following qualifications: Single Pitch Award, Mountain Leader (Summer) Award, Local Cave Leader Award (Level 1 and 2, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales), British Cycling Mountain Bike Level 2, a current First Aid Certificate and has a recent Criminal Records Bureau check. He is a member of the Mountain Training Association and completed his Cave Instructor Certificate training in January 2013. He has been hill walking since the early 80's, rock climbing and mountain biking since the late 80's and began caving and fell running in about 2000. All these activities have
been conducted in the UK as well as various locations abroad.

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Freelance Staff

Additional staff are freelance outdoor pursuits instructors who hold the relevant NGB qualifications for the work they do, including a valid first aid certificate and a recent CRB check. 

Using freelance instructors is easier for a small business but it also keeps instructors interested and motivated. They don't become stale because they aren't working in the same locations and for the same type of client every day. Different clients require instructors with different skills and using freelance instructors allows us to easily do this. All the instructors that Rough Edges use are known personally to Jonathan. He has worked with them and found them to be experienced, enthusiastic and motivated instructors who enjoy the work they do.

Not all instructors make the grade.