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Developing Remarkable People

Berkhamsted has a national reputation for Developing Remarkable People.  Our commitment to providing an education is not just for our school pupils, but for our staff and our corporate programme delegates.

Our Outdoor Leadership and Development programme is tailored to the objectives of each company. It enables staff to excel in leadership.  It is a unique opportunity to experience the Outdoor Education and development training that is making Berkhamsted the envy of the Independent School Sector.

Outdoor Away Day

Using our exceptional outdoor education facilities, we put clients through activities that will help them to become more confident and to develop better relationships at work.

Whether you are a seasoned mountaineer or the highest you’ve climbed is the 8th floor of your city apartment, our experience will challenge you and develop your business skills. We ensure the day at Berkhamsted is positive and beneficial for everyone. If you book an adventure with Berkhamsted, it will be unique for your organisation. We always recognise that there will be a variety of outcomes and needs for your business.



“The best way to develop leadership and develop team building and bonding is through experience.”





Leadership Development Objectives

  • Are your team leaders effective?
  • Do your team members understand leadership and what the leader is trying to achieve?
  • Do you have middle leaders who just need that extra confidence boost and self-belief?


Leadership is both complex and simple. It may require predominantly interactive skills as a developer of the capabilities of other people, or it may require inspirational insight in pushing the boundaries of human knowledge alone in a laboratory.

At Berkhamsted we believe in developing leadership through experiential learning, backed up by comprehensive reviewing. Using a combination of team-building tasks and high ropes activities, we put clients into stretch and through reviewing explore how he/she might be more effective.  This style of learning is fun and productive, working on developing awareness of self and others.

No person in an organisation should be labelled ‘the leader’. Team members may not always aspire to become leaders, but if they are aware of what a leader does, it increases the probability of the team to become stronger.  In different contexts, the requirements of leadership will draw differently on a palette of skills and abilities which may be described, practised, and reflected upon, which is why we believe so strongly in reviewing without judging.

Failing is seen as simply a step closer towards success.  Allowing clients to practice being under pressure and by reviewing decisions made, use of language is a great way to help leaders, or future leaders to become more self-aware.  Through this we aim to develop leaders who are:

Innovative and resilient
Adventurous and motivated
Ambitious and compassionate
Overall, we want to help leaders who are innovative and resilient, ambitious but also compassionate and this applies to adults as much as children. Doing this will develop remarkable people.



Team building Objectives

  • How productive is your team?
  • Is there any conflict between your staff and does it impact on their performance?
  • Are the relationships in your teams strong enough to weather difficult times?


At Berkhamsted we believe in developing remarkable teams of people who can work in cross functional teams and understand diversity. Using our high ropes facility, and surrounding grounds, we put clients through activities that will help them to become more confident and to develop better relationships. Conflict in teams can cost time and money, but you can improve your team by working on their relationships. We do this by getting people outside of their comfort zone and through shared experience, relationships bond.  Team members will often work better when they have shared some mutual adversity.  That is what we can deliver, and we can make it fun too!



Build an Outdoor Leadership and Development programme based on your business needs and objects.

If you book an adventure with Berkhamsted, it will be unique for an tailored to your organisation. Our programme is designed to challenge and develop everyone.

Actives include :

High Ropes Bushcraft Team building and other activities
Quick jump Fire lighting Archery
Trapeze Butchery (on special request) – large game and small game Outdoor team-building games
Pole Shelter building (basic) Orienteering
Crate stack Shelter building (advanced) Camping
Climbing walls Survival skills Team games
Big Zip Bed building
Little Zip Traps
Gladiator Sharps
Abseil Wood chopping
Adventure Park

Course leaders

The success of this course is credited to the illustrious team of course leaders. Every member of the Outdoor team is highly experienced, qualified and engaging.  Spearheaded by our Director of Leadership Duncan Hardy, his military experience, relentless enthusiasm and business expertise are qualities that are reflected upon the staff at Berkhamsted.

Duncan Hardy – Deputy Head, Leadership and Adventure

Duncan is an experienced leader with a background in training. Currently the Deputy Head of Leadership and Adventure at Berkhamsted School, he is responsible for the provision of leadership development for pupils and staff. A former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines Commandos, he served for 24 years in a variety of appointments including with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Brussels and as one of the Directing Staff at the UK Defence Academy. He joined Berkhamsted School in 2012; regularly working with pupils and adults, helping them to develop self-confidence and to unlock their potential.  A professional outdoor pursuits instructor with a track record in team-building, coaching and leadership; he believes in creating the conditions for success by working with individuals and teams to help them to become more effective through experiential learning and reviewing.

Simon Payne – Director, Outdoor Education

Simon has a background in facilitation and outdoor education having spent 8 years in the industry. As a registered practitioner with the Institute of Outdoor Leadership, Simon is very experienced in the development of team-building, leadership and risk management. He brings a very high level of enthusiasm and involvement to developing teams, complimented by his years of experience and knowledge. Simon is a professional instructor and guide of outdoor activities previously guiding business groups such as Barclays Bank, Thales and Sky Sports on international events, as well as working on the development of British Army recruits at the Soldier Development Wing in the Brecon Beacons. Simon has professional training in facilitation, he guides and instructs in multiple disciplines and has worked as an associate at approximately 20 outdoor centres and business over the course of his career. He now leads the Outdoor Education team at Berkhamsted as Director, as well as being lead trainer and expeditions officer for the school. At his core is a desire to develop peoples understanding and to encourage people into the outdoor environment both to develop and to play.



Nestled in the woodland area surrounding Berkhamsted, our Outdoor Leadership Development programme takes place within a dedicated space of our expansive Haresfoot site.

Just a 15 minute drive from the M25 Junction 20, its great location provides easy links to London. There are direct trains from London Euston to Berkhamsted in 30 minutes, and we can collect your group from the train station.

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For more information please contact our switchboard tel: 01442 358000

Alternatively, please complete the contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Berkhamsted Outdoor Leadership Development Enquiry Form

  • Lead contact for the booking
  • Approximate size of group, if known
  • Please include details of any requirements which would make the experience perfect for your organisation