We expect the GSE Team to arrive for a weekend of activities on Saturday, March 10 through to Monday, March 12.
Here are their profiles:
Team Leader - Olly Tayler
- Colin Vallance
- Ben Cuddy
- James Hull
- Lydia Stone
TEAM LEADER - Olly Tayler
Olly was born on February 10, 1972, in Basingstoke, Southern England. Olly's father moved the family to Devon, when Olly was two years old, to become a primary school teacher at a small country school. Being one of six children, Olly found life was rarely dull during his early years.
After leaving school, Olly trained as a professional chef and still has a love of food and cooking when time allows. In 1993, Olly swapped the kitchen for a police car, and has been in the Devon and Cornwall Police ever since. He is currently a patrol sergeant in a small market town in WSouth Devon. During his 19 years, Olly has done a variety of jobs, inclouding specialist operations and youth work.
Olly joined the Rotary Club of Ivybridge six years ago, and was the Club President for 2010/11. Before Rotary, Olly completed a number of charity challenges, including taking a team of four huskies 300 miles across the Arctic in 2005.
Olly is married to Emma, and they have two sons, Charlie, aged 13, and Joe, aged 11. When he's not at work or involved in Rotary, Olly is a keen musician, playing the cello when he can, and enjoying snow boarding when he can get to the snow.
Colin Vallance was born in South Devon in 1982, where he was brought up on the family dairy farm with his brother. The family moved to West Devon in 1996, where he now lives in the rural village of Ashwater, close to the Devon/Cornwall border.
Colin completed A-levels in Maths, Biology, and Geography at Launceston College, Cornwall, before working for South West Lakes Trust, the region's largest combined environmental and recreational charity. Working for the Trust's limited subsidiary, Colin's roles have included supervising catering outlets, purchasing for gift shops, negotiating mobile vending licences, and latterly, as Assistnt Manager of their wedding and conference venue at Roadford Lake.
Whilst working for th eTrust, Colin has completed various training, including NVQ's in retail and hospitality, and he has been through the company's management development programme.
Colin is currently General Manager at Wheal Martyn, a subsidiary charity of South West Lakes Trust. Wheal Martyn is the UK's only China Clay mining museum. His role includes the day-to-day running of the charity and its training subsidiaryl The site includes a fully accredited museum, outdoor visitor attraction, cafe, shop, and conference facilities.
Colin is a former committed member of the local Young Farmers' Club, and is now a member of Bude Jive Club. In his free time he enjoys the great outdoors, including walking on Dartmoor as well as socializing with friends.
Ben was born on the 2nd of August, 1980, in Kent and he moved to Devon at the age of one year. His mother runs a nursery, and his father is a retired teacher. They still both reside in South Devon. Ben comes from a family of eight, which includes five sisters and two brothers.
By the age of 20, Ben had completed a Degree in Geography from the university of Portsmouth. He returned to Devon and started work with the local council which covers a diverse area including moors and beaches. He has worked in several departments, and currently works in IT.
Ben has travelled extensively; this has included a year in Australia where he worked his way around to help fund his trip. Other countries Ben has visited incude Japan, New Zealand, India, and Thailand.
Ben recently married his girlfriend of five years in Greece. They live together with their two tortoises. In his spare time, Ben enjoys running, going to the gym, watching live music, and exploring Devon and Cornwall.
Pet allergies: Slightly allergic to cats.
James Dominic Hull was born on November 27, 2979, in the UK. His father, Peter Hull - Captain in the Merchant Navy - and his mother, Cheryl Hull - who studied literature at Oxford University - raised their family of five children on the Somerset Levels, South West of England.
James went on to study Tourism Management at Plymouth University, where on completion of his degree, he was invited to join the management team of Kents Cavern, an up-and-coming attraction in Devon. Nearly 10 years later, Kents Cavern is one of the leading tourist attractions in Devon, achieving many quality awards and obtaining UNESCO Geopark status.
James co-founded a youth organization focused on Devon's history and archaeology. Through this organization, thousands of pounds of charitable funds have been raised and donated back into the preservation of historic sites in Devon.
In 2010, James was elected vice-chairman for ABIS (Association of British and Irish Showcaves), an orgnization that protects and promotes the underground environment.
He is married to Kerry, a paramedic, and they have a one-year-old daughter, Sarah. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, cycling and playing the occasional game of golf.
Lydia Stone was born in Truro, Cornwall, in 1980, and she lives in Torquay, South Devon. Torquay is one of three towns that comprise the seaside resort of the English Riviera, and Lydia is currently Brand Marketing Executive for the English Riviera Tourism Company. Her role involves developing the Agatha Christie offer: Christie was born in Torquay in 1890, and the area is full of historic landmarks. Lydia also markets the UNESCO Global Geopark, together with maritime leisure, business tourism, and events.
Lydia grew up in Torquay with her parents and younger sister, Jessica, who recently married an American journalist and now lives in Minneapolis, USA. She graduated from university with a degree in Environment Management, and subsequently worked in France for two years on a goat farm before spending time in Spain teaching English. Lydia returned to the UK to work in tourism, and has a keen interest in adventure and eco-tourism.
In her spare time, Lydia plays football for a ladies' team, and enjoys sailing and watersports. She is a fan of world music, and is currently taking guitar lessons. She lives travelling, discovering new cultures and learning new languages, and is looking forward to the Rotary Caribbean experience.