Testimonials

Extraordinary Team Experiences

  • "Superbly creative, original and professionally executed with good humour. It did exactly what was needed for this team at its current early stage of maturity. It has started to give them a language and set of principles that we can build on.”

    Nick. Head Coach. Investment Bank.
  • "It was a unique experience and extremely worthwhile. It met the brief perfectly, and I learned so much. Trust levels in the team increased dramatically over the 2 days. And we've used many of the metaphors in the change work we are doing with our management model.”

    Lisa. Chief Operating Officer. Investment Bank.
  • "This was a real hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck moment! This dramatic and highly symbolic outdoor scenario was used to make us define and commit to the future we wanted and to ditch the behaviours that were getting in the way of effective team-working. We had conversations over those few days that we could never have had at work. It was eye-opening and uplifting.”

    Emily. Regional director. Retail Bank.
  • "The feeling of acting as a team for perhaps the first time, and the ensuing trust that is now part of the unit is palpable. A genuinely unique experience and one which we will never forget.”

    Gary. Executive director. Financial Services.
  • “Dave Stewart has been absolutely superb in bringing the best out of our team and is a pleasure to work with. He makes each session challenging but also immensely pleasurable. I have seen these sort of roles done to varying standards before, and without doubt I find him one of the best.”

    Jane. Senior executive. Global energy company.
  • "The team came away buzzing with the excitement and challenge of the day, and a lot of significant learning about communications, coordination and trust. These were exactly the outcomes I wanted. The pre-event engagement included one-2-ones with team members and this laid the ground superbly well. Key issues were identified which fed into the event’s clever design and expert facilitation. It has been an unforgettable and exceptionally valuable experience.”

    Keith. Managing Director. Adventure activities company.

Inspirational Leadership Journeys

  • “The 3-day Highland Hack was quite simply the best discovery and learning experience I have been on. It gave me the space and time to think, and the confidence to plan the transformation of our finance function. The small group format was powerful, as was the tremendous coaching support from Dave and Andy.”

    Steve. Head of Finance. National charity.
  • "In that moment, I had a real insight into my leadership style, and the leader I could become. I realised I needed to change. Thank you for helping me find and then take this big step!”

    Helen. Senior executive. Defence & Aerospace.
  • "It was a very special experience. It is only when one has space to think that you realise how much we are slaves to persistent interruptions in our daily lives. I found the Highland Hack hugely valuable for crystallising strategy and grand plans for the future. The walking conversations and evening “dragons dens” laid on for me were really powerful. Thank you all for the challenge and support. My vision of the future and the possible paths are now clearing like the morning mists in the spectacular landscape we walked through.”

    Matt. CEO. Professional services.
  • "Highland Hack was a really valuable experience on many levels. I loved the simplicity and rhythm of getting up each day and journeying onwards. The crisp air, clean water and stupendous views were energising and inspiring. And in meeting others at similar points in their lives, sharing our challenges, and working out options, I felt encouraged and uplifted. The Hack of course is not the end of my quest. It is the start of a number of streams of activity which I intend to pursue with a new-found perspective and zest.”

    Damien. Operations Director. International telecoms company.

Fresh Air Hack

  • "What a simple yet super-effective way to spin up some fresh ideas and meet some fellow business folks! It was a great couple of hours and set me up for a fabulously productive day. Thank you!”

    Joanne. HR Director.
  • “It was a bit of an effort to get away on this walk to be honest. But it was fantastic. Its amazing how walking and talking through some stunning countryside for a couple of hours can really open up the mind and let some cool and crazy ideas take flight. Don’t think I have ever been so creative! Huge thanks for making this happen. More please.”

    Frank. Partner. Law firm.

Highland Hack

  • “The 3-day Highland Hack was quite simply the best discovery and learning experience I have been on. It gave me the space and time to think, and the confidence to plan the transformation of our finance function. The small group format was powerful, as was the tremendous coaching support from Dave and Andy.”

    Steve. Head of Finance. National charity.
  • "It was a very special experience. It is only when one has space to think that you realise how much we are slaves to persistent interruptions in our daily lives. I found the Highland Hack hugely valuable for crystallising strategy and grand plans for the future. The walking conversations and evening “dragons dens” laid on for me were really powerful. Thank you all for the challenge and support. My vision of the future and the possible paths are now clearing like the morning mists in the spectacular landscape we walked through.”

    Matt. CEO. Professional services.
  • "Highland Hack was a really valuable experience on many levels. I loved the simplicity and rhythm of getting up each day and journeying onwards. The crisp air, clean water and stupendous views were energising and inspiring. And in meeting others at similar points in their lives, sharing our challenges, and working out options, I felt encouraged and uplifted. The Hack of course is not the end of my quest. It is the start of a number of streams of activity which I intend to pursue with a new-found perspective and zest.”

    Damien. Operations Director. International telecoms company.

TrekPrep

  • "I thought the TrekPrep weekend was superb. Everything was fantastically well organised and I can honestly say my expectations were exceeded with the attention your team gave us. Your personal enthusiasm is infectious too!”

    Jack. TrekPrep National 3 Peaks.
  • "I wish more of the team could have attended at least one of the weekends. Dave, Mark and Stef were absolutely fantastic. The training and back up they provided was brilliant.”

    Carol. TrekPrep Kilimanjaro.
  • "I want to email you and say that your course last November was invaluable to us and I'm glad to say that we all summited Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro!”

    Paul, Louise, Lorna. TrekPrep Kilimanjaro.
  • "The weekend has given me confidence and a clear understanding of what I am going to experience on the trek. The group sessions were great, as was the opportunity to speak on an individual basis with trek leaders and former participants. I would strongly recommend this weekend as it really helps you understand all aspects of the trip."

    Chris. TrekPrep Everest Base Camp.
  • "So much fun was enjoyed with such a lovely group of fellow trekkers and Fresh Air guys. I felt able to fully voice my needs and now feel hugely more confident and prepared. Fab, thanks a million.”

    Sarah. TrekPrep Kilimanjaro.

Mountain Rescue

  • "Superbly creative, original and professionally executed with good humour. It did exactly what was needed for this team at its current early stage of maturity. It has started to give them a language and set of principles that we can build on.”

    Nick. Head Coach. Investment Bank.
  • "It was a unique experience and extremely worthwhile. It met the brief perfectly, and I learned so much. Trust levels in the team increased dramatically over the 2 days. And we've used many of the metaphors in the change work we are doing with our management model.”

    Lisa. Chief Operating Officer. Investment Bank.
  • "The feeling of acting as a team for perhaps the first time, and the ensuing trust that is now part of the unit is palpable. A genuinely unique experience and one which we will never forget.”

    Gary. Executive director. Financial Services.

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  • "The team came away buzzing with the excitement and challenge of the day, and a lot of significant learning about communications, coordination and trust. These were exactly the outcomes I wanted. The pre-event engagement included one-2-ones with team members and this laid the ground superbly well. Key issues were identified which fed into the event’s clever design and expert facilitation. It has been an unforgettable and exceptionally valuable experience.”

    Keith. Managing Director. Adventure activities company.

Fresh Air Rehab

  • “You cannot appreciate how important your support has been. I can’t drive, and just getting out of town and into the countryside has been amazing. And then to set foot on some of the hills I used to walk so many years ago has been a huge psychological step. I was both anxious and excited, and I am now increasingly confident. It’s difficult to put in words but I have also found the experience spiritually uplifting. It is as if I have reconnected with the person I used to be. So many memories have been brought to life. Thank you for helping make this happen.”

    Brian. Former teacher.

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