David Key
BA (Hons.), MSc (Dist.), FCHE.

At heart, Dave is an outdoor educator. He is happiest outdoors working with groups to facilitate personal and social change for sustainability. His unique programme designs and engaging facilitation style have earned him an excellent reputation, in the UK and beyond. He holds international qualifications in mountaineering and rock climbing and has over fifteen years experience leading groups in wild places.

He also teaches Ecopsychology at Schumacher College, is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and maintains various independent research interests to support his professional practice.

Raised in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District, Dave started his career as a marketing consultant in London. Luckily, in 1994, he ‘escaped’ to a career in outdoor education and management training in New Zealand. Close call.

After winning a bursary, he came back to the UK in 1998 to attend a course at Schumacher College with the late Arne Naess before returning to New Zealand to train outdoor leaders in eco-education at the National Outdoor Training Centre (“OPC“) and Outward Bound NZ.

In 2000 he moved to Scotland and graduated from the Centre for Human Ecology (CHE) ( in Edinburgh in 2003, with an MSc (with distinction) in Human Ecology. Dave went on to become a Director and Teaching Fellow of the CHE and co-led the post-graduate course in Ecopsychology that the CHE ran collaboratively with University of Strathclyde until 2010.

His special interest is in the transformative power of wild places to shift people towards sustainable lifestyles, and he has worked internationally and published numerous articles on this subject. His most recent work is the Natural Change Project with WWF-Scotland.

Dave’s been a rock climber since he was 11 years old, although has now semi-retired to easy climbs with good views! He’s a passionate Telemark skier and loves running wild rapids in his Canadian Canoe. He’s also a keen sailor, cook, sometime poet, and guitarist.

Dave lives in Cornwall with his partner Libby and eight-year-old daughter Maia.

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