Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre
Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre has been providing outdoor education, training and recreational opportunities for over 40 years. The Centre has come a long way since its early days when activities ran from two wooden huts located a short distance away on Haven Road.
In an innovative partnership between Devon County Council and Exeter College, the Centre is now located in a brand new purpose built waterside facility on Exeter’s historic Canal and river side
Haven Banks continues to provide Exeter, Devon and the wider community with an extensive range of outdoor and adventurous activity opportunities and courses throughout the year and being part of Exeter College, the Centre now also provides full-time further education outdoor and adventurous activity courses for 16-19 year olds.
Additionally, Our state of the art facilities and experienced staff team provided and compliment adult and corporate training, staff incentives and "away days", as well as a variety of meeting and conferencing spaces, each with unique views or the River Exe and/or Exeter Canal.
Haven Banks has a continued commitment towards every aspect of outdoor and adventurous activity delivery, with the health, safety and welfare of our customers and students being our number one priority.
Haven Banks Staff Team.
Ben HeddenCentre Manager
A passion for the outdoors and adventure activities was instilled in Ben during his time at secondary school. Now, (just a few years later), having worked in residential, public and private sector centres Ben manages Haven Banks, a centre he visited himself many times as a young person. Ben holds a variety of National Governing Body coaching and leadership qualifications and is a qualified youth and community worker and holds a post 16 teaching qualification. When not at work, Ben enjoys time with his family, watching rugby and time out on the moor with his dog.
Tom EagleLead Instructor
Having worked in the Outdoors since 2004 Tom is now happily settled here in Devon. Working at Haven Banks allows him to showcase and challenge students and clients in all the environments the South West has to offer. Tom has recently been putting a lot of time and energy into planning and leading sea kayaking expeditions and will be taking a group up to the Ilse of Skye later this year. In his free time Tom explores some of the lesser known surfing locations in the area, with varied success!
Alice MorganInstructor (Advanced Apprentice)
Alice developed a love for the outdoors through the Ten Tors Challenge and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Alice took her next steps at Haven Banks as a student, where she accomplished a Level 3 award in Outdoor Adventure. As an exemplary student, Alice progressed on to a two-month fast track instructor scheme where she found her love of mountaineering. Alice returned to Haven Banks and successfully completed her Intermediate Apprenticeship and has now progressed on to an Advanced Apprenticeship. Alice epitomises the success of progression in the industry, She is passionate about the outdoors and believes it develops confidence and wellbeing in all individuals.
Suzie CorkeryDeputy Centre Manager
Following studying outdoor adventure at college, Suzie progressed on to an advanced apprenticeship at Haven Banks before gaining a full-time position at the Centre in 2006. Suzie is now responsible for programming and line managing apprentices but still finds the time to head out on activity sessions and courses. Holding a number of National Governing Body land and water-based awards, with her preferred activities being paddle sports and sailing. During her spare time Suzie enjoys surfing and cycling and is happiest when she is by the sea.
Ian DoveyLead Instructor
Ian can be found canoeing, climbing, caving, walking, biking... and the list goes on. He is multi-skilled and can turn his hand to anything if given the opportunity. Ian is particularly well qualified in climbing and canoeing. He holds his Mountain Instructor Award and various high level Canoe and Kayak Coaching awards. Ian has recently become a father which hasn't slowed him down. He takes his son out with him on lots of new adventures and literally shows him the ropes!
Dan MooreInstructor (Intermediate Apprentice)
Dan, has recently joined the team as an Intermediate Apprentice. He is a diehard outdoor enthusiast who seeks to find his next limit. Dan has a passion for mountain biking and this runs deep into his roots. He has competed at enduro race events locally and nationally including the most infamous Mega Avalanche in Alp D’Huez. His passion for the outdoors doesn’t end on land. Dan can also be found paddling on the water in his kayak, anywhere from the creeks and rivers to the open seas of the West Country. Whether it is land or water, Dan's enthusiasm and passion can't go unnoticed and all this will no doubt stand him in good stead to becoming a first class instructor.