Meet the Team


  • Steve

    hidden woods - steve sutherland photoOriginally from the Bath area, in 2002 Steve left a successful career in event management in order to pursue his passion for the great outdoors, with a view to eventually combining the two. Since then he has qualified and worked in a wide range of adventure activities, including mountaineering, expedition leadership and bushcraft.
    Having returned to Bath with his young family in 2011 in order to develop Hidden Woods, his goal is to provide similar opportunities to those which were so formative in his own childhood – getting muddy, climbing trees, learning about the natural world around us and all the opportunities and surprises it presents.
    Steve is a Level 3 Forest School leader with enhanced CRB disclosure and numerous outdoor leadership and First Aid qualifications. He is supported by a highly experienced team of outdoor practitioners, Forest School leaders and play workers, whose combined skills enable us to deliver exceptional events at our truly stunning woodland camp. Steve has is First Aid trained and has enhanced DBS disclosure.

  • Barney

    hidden woods - barney- photoBarney has been a key member of the Hidden Woods team from the very beginning. He has many years’ experience working within a variety of settings for a number of local organisations, gaining a legendary status amongst local children and their parents in the process. His sense of humour, communication style and knowledge of the natural world make him a fascinating person to spend time with and to learn from.
    Barney is a Level 3 Play leader with enhanced CRB disclosure. He also has training and qualifications in Outdoor Paediatric First Aid, Basic Food Hygiene, Inclusion, Challenging Behaviour, Green Woodwork and Bushcraft. As Hidden Woods continues to grow, he is committed to offering inspiring opportunities in this beautiful woodland environment. Barney has enhanced DBS disclosure.

  • Lily

    hidden woods - profile photo-lilyLily grew up in the countryside, just a stones throw away from the Hidden Woods base itself. Having developed a keen appreciation for the natural world from a young age, Lily went on to study a BSc in Applied Zoology. Since then she has taken on various roles surrounding her love for the outdoors including; working as an ecologist, working on the popular BBC Springwatches programmes and spending time in Minnesota, USA, working with wild American black bears. She wants to help inspire the next generation of nature lovers by getting out in the woods and teaching people of all ages about the wonderful wildlife and nature that we are lucky enough to have right on our doorstep! Lily is First Aid trained and has enhanced DBS disclosure.

  • Julie

    hidden-woods-lukeJulie is an environmental artist whose work reflects her fascination with ecosystems, sustainability and the fractal nature of our world. Specialising in willow, wood and other reclaimed materials. Julie is First Aid trained and has enhanced DBS disclosure.

  • Luke

    hidden-woods-julieLuke is passionate about all things outdoors. After completing an Advanced Level Bushcraft Award, he re kindled his love of nature and the woods. Luke has 5 years experience working in primary schools and has good understanding and experience of working 1 to 1 and working with SEN and challenging behaviour. Luke loves to share knowledge and has a keen interest in primitive living skills and plant medicine. Luke has DBS disclosure.

  • Steve

    hidden woods-steve-photoSteve loves sharing his enthusiasm for the great outdoors with young people. Steve is a Level 3 Forest School leader with enhanced DBS disclosure, he is also a qualified science teacher with almost 20 years of experience and has significant experience of working with young people with challenging behaviour. He also has training and qualifications in First Aid and is an Archery GB Archery Leader. Steve is First Aid trained and has enhanced DBS disclosure.

  • Julia

    hidden-woods-juliaJulia is a Level 3 Forest School leader and outdoor learning practitioner based in Bath. Committed to creative child-led play and learning, Julia is experienced in working with children of all ages and abilities and has experience of working with SEN and challenging behaviour. Julia is First Aid trained and has enhanced DBS disclosure.