Staff

Rik Beament – Managing Director

After working in the holiday industry in France, Rik has worked at Newlands since 1990. There are not many jobs at Newlands that Rik hasn’t done and the high standards we are renowned for are testament to his drive and commitment to the company.

Debbie Beament – Director & Climbing Wall Manager

Joining the team in 1997 and has been with us for over 20 years, Debbie has wide experience working in the outdoor industry, hospitality and customer care. Debbie has also taken on the management of Keswick Climbing Wall and has led the company’s sustainability drive that has won national awards and recognition.

Iain Brooks – Director & Newlands Manager

Iain joined the team in 2000 as an instructor and became Centre Director in 2013. Iain is responsible for all aspects of the activities, Instructors, kit and training and also the day to day running of the centre. The consistent high quality of our activities and instructors is due to Iain’s dedication and diligence.

Gayle Brooks – Director

Gayle worked as a Domestic Assistant at Newlands in 2001, before qualifying as a Staff Nurse. Now working at Keswick Hospital, Gayle can often be found on her day off in the office at Newlands dealing with enquiries.

Paul MacDonald – Chef

Joining the Newlands team as our Chef in 2006, Paul is an essential member of the team. Whether it is a school party staying for the week or a sit down wedding supper for 100, Paul delivers freshly made, wholesome and very tasty meals that achieve 10/10 weekly from our guests and has achieved a consistent 5 stars for food hygiene standards since becoming our Chef.

Jack Beament- Assistant Newlands Manager

Jack actually grew up at Newlands Adventure Centre and after travelling the world for 5 years, has returned to work for us! Gaining valuable experience from working as a Cave Guide in New Zealand to helping run and manage a tour company in Paris, Jack is ideally placed to tackle most jobs at the Centre .

Sam Arthur – Assistant Climbing Wall Manager

Sam joined the team in 2014 and was promoted to Assistant Manager in 2018. He has become a highly valued member of the team at Newlands and the Climbing Wall. Sam and his wife also celebrated their fantastic wedding at Newlands 2016.

Jack Ramsden – Full Time Activity Instructor

Jack has worked for Newlands since 2019 and has been in the industry all his working life so far! His biggest passion is climbing, so you can always find him at a local crag or setting routes in the Climbing Wall. Jack is always up for a challenge, he has recently completed all 214 wainwright routes within 2 years!

Jessie – Resident Dog

Joining the team in 2007, Jessie has spent many years chasing sticks and balls and going walks with thousands of our visitors. This year, Jessie has gone into semi retirement and likes to spend her days snoozing at the Climbing Wall, or standing guard outside the kitchen in hope of a sausage from Paul!