Derek Stansfield has been the Director of Training for the NCBA for the past eight years and will be stepping down from that role at the NCBA AGM in November.
Early retirement was taken in 1992 when he set up his own management and development training business as well as concentrating on obtaining RYA qualifications such as Yachtmaster and setting up his own RYA Shore based School. However, the lure of a new challenge followed with the establishment of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority and Derek became one of the eight Senior Inspectors. Thus, began a new chapter in trying to ensure that adventure was not totally eliminated from activities and that young people were still able to manage risks for themselves.
It was as the new millennium dawned that Derek first became involved with canal boats when he volunteered for SCAD, a local charity. He looked at the qualifications recommended by the MCA Small Passenger Boat Code and whilst the ones he held were acceptable he felt that the NCBA Certificate in Community Boat Management was the most appropriate. As always, he decided not only to obtain this but also to work his way through the NCBA qualifications structure eventually joining the NCBA National Training Committee and eventually becoming the Director of Training. During this time, he has overseen the review and reorganisation of the Trainers Course, re-established Refresher Training for Trainers and more recently the producing of a Training Manual that covers all the NCBA courses.
Now he feels it is time to hand over the tiller to someone new to take the NCBA to the next stage. Derek says “I have been fortunate throughout my career: Fortunate to have had visionary teachers at both primary and secondary school who introduced me to the outdoors and gave both help and encouragement; fortunate to have had parents who allowed me at the age of eleven onwards to spend weekends away wandering the hills alone and unaccompanied: fortunate to have been in on the early days of NGB qualifications in outdoor activities: fortunate to have worked with dedicated, enthusiastic and vastly talented colleagues throughout my career: and fortunate to have been able to provide the opportunity for young people to experience the benefits that activities in the outdoors can give”.
The NCBA Annual conference and AGM will be held on the 18th November at Pirate Castle in London. Derek will be giving the Keynote talk entitled “How Things Have Changed – a personal journey through adventure activity regulations”. Other items on the agenda will be presentations from Pirate Castle, Canalbility and Ethel Trust as well as workshops on the new website. Details are available from Bob Ratcliffe at firstname.lastname@example.org.