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Meet Pete; our Centre Manager for Tawd Vale Adventure Centre

We're looking forward to welcoming Pete Richardson to the team as Centre Manager for Tawd Vale Adventure Centre on 2nd January 2019. 

Pete will assume full management responsibility for the site, working very closely with the existing volunteer team and the Tawd Vale Steering Group. It’s an exciting time for Tawd Vale and Pete’s experience will help us deliver step change; however we won’t be able to achieve our plans without the continued support of everyone who supports Tawd Vale, today, and we thank our team for the support they have shown for this decision.

In the meantime; we've been finding out a bit more about Pete...

Pete, welcome to Merseyside Scouts! How are you feeling about being the Centre Manager for Tawd Vale Adventure Centre?
I’m really excited, and looking forward to working at a centre that is already doing a fantastic job, providing opportunities for young people and adults across Merseyside and beyond.
What attracted you to Merseyside and Tawd Vale?
I think that Tawd Vale is at a really exciting time in its development and the chance to be a part of this is a fantastic opportunity. There are so many people who give so much time and enthusiasm to the centre and I am looking forward to harnessing that to provide greater opportunities and new adventures.
Tell our members a bit about yourself? 
I have been in Scouting since I joined Cubs at the age of eight. Since then I have always been involved despite moving around the country a fair bit. As an adult I have held roles as Cub, Scout and Explorer leader, night’s away adviser and ADC. I have also been involved in organising a number of events. I would say that the best experience was visiting Kandersteg as a Scout and a few years later as a Venture. My greatest achievement as a leader was reopening a troop in Gloucestershire with just seven members and growing the section over two years to a troop of over 40 Scouts and four leaders.
In my working life I originally trained as a primary teacher, but while at university spent my summers working at two different activity centres, and loved it. After two years of teaching the role of Assistant Manager at Broadstone Warren in Sussex became available. Broadstone grew significantly while I was at the centre, developing new activities and growing the staff and volunteer team. After six years I moved to Cranham in Gloucestershire. Here I managed the site which also grew, developing new customers and events on site. For the last two years I have been at Beaudesert in South Staffordshire getting a flavour of a bigger centre.
I have learnt a lot of things in my working and Scouting life, which I look forward to putting into practice at Tawd Vale.
Last album you listened to?
I am alternating between Calvin Harris’ Motion and Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell. I enjoy a huge range of music.
You’re stuck on a desert island, what 3 things do you take with you?
That depends on whether the desert island is deserted or not.
If you could choose any meal what would it be?
I love a curry. Spicy but not too hot to burn my taste buds off.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?
I’m quite keen on watching films. If that was an Olympic sport, I may do quite well.
Favourite Movie
The Fifth Element
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
When I have a little free time, I am quite keen on canoeing. I own my own boat, but canoe for fun rather than chasing qualifications. I could happily talk about my experiences.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
I think that the answer to that question is to push your boundaries. The thing that I really want to try is tandem parachuting. I know that I will struggle when I get to the door of the aeroplane (I’ve never been a fan of heights) but I am sure that the adrenaline rush and the views are amazing.
What is something that your friends would consider “so you”?
Apparently wearing shorts in winter!
What can you not get right, no matter how many times you try?
There are many things. The important thing is that I am still trying, and I admire anyone who does the same.
Do you have a claim to fame?
Ever met a famous person?
A few, but the most memorable was meeting Ray Mears. He was so calm and gentle; not at all what I expected.
If you could make a 20 second phone call to yourself at any point in your life past or future, when would you call and what would you say?
I wouldn’t – If you change anything in your past, you have the potential to be a completely different person now, and I like the person I am today. The future hasn’t happened yet. I’m happy to see what it’s like when I get there.