The Advisors

  
 
    Andrew Cullen MBE - Professional Gundog Trainer

Based in the picturesque countryside of Northumberland, has many years experience of teaching and working his own gundogs. Andy has gained numerous field trial awards and successfully tutored his clients to similar achievements.

In 2011 Andy was voted Gundog Trainer of the Year and awarded the Keith Erlandson Memorial Trophy. Andy has also represented Scotland at the Game Fair.

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Simon Whitehead - Professional Demonstrator

Simon Whitehead is an exception to the rule. A rabbit controller by trade, his demonstrations at events over the Summer months are ranked amongst the finest on the show circuit. He writes for The Shooting Times, shoots and edits his own films, as well as acting as a consultant for media and production companies across the UK on rabbit and ferret related matters. Every part of Simon's work is based upon always trying to improve on what you have already achieved. Through his writing, books, films and talks, Simon's work and influences will be seen, read about or witnessed across not only the UK but the world.

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    Adrian Rose - North West Bushcraft

An organisation set up to promote Bushcraft, Wild camping, Wild Food Foraging and Preservation, Historic Living Skills,Wildlife and Natural skills. Adrian Rose who is the founder of NW Bushcraft is extremely knowledgeable and is probably the North West’s leading authority within this area and is often called upon to share this wide a varied understanding of outdoor knowledge. 

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    Matthew Goodall - Reaseheath College

Reaseheath College in Cheshire is one of the country’s leading specialist land based colleges. We are well known for the excellence of our countryside courses and have great contacts in the industry ensuring plenty of hands-on work experience.

The College gained an ‘Outsanding’ Ofsted inspection in September 2017 confirming our first rate standards of care. We have also recently invested £80m on specialist facilities and resources. All this significantly improves the chances of our students gaining employment in their desired industries. 

The Countryside department, in particular, the Game Management students, has benefitted greatly from our association with Ridgeline. Ridgeline clothing stands up to all the activities which our students undertake from practical work like predator control and habitat improvement work to shoot days on grouse moors and lowland pheasant and partridge shoots. 

 

Hannah Jackson - Contract Shepherdess 

Introducing Ridgelines Ambassador Hannah Jackson.

Hannah is a first generation farmer who grew up near Liverpool and swapped the city life for the Lake District hills to learn how to farm. Since then she has built up her own successful contract shepherding business, and got her own small holding with 120 commercial sheep and 4 highland cattle and built her own brand ‘red shepherdess’.

Last year she was shortlisted in the top 3 for young farmer of the year. She recently was one of the first women to compete of channels 4s SAS Who Dares Win, getting through to the final.

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Royce Kirkley - Estate Stalker

I’ve been shooting since I was 8 years old with my dad James Kirkley who still is a great inspiration in my life I enjoy fly fishing and game shooting, I’ve worked for Swillington Shooting Supplies as a Estate Stalker for the last 17 years at Pine Forest Lodge in Perthshire 

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Zoë Colville - Farmer/Shepherdess

Zoë and Kriss started building their flock back when she was a hairstylist & colourist in Soho, London and since then have managed with blood, sweat and tears to grow their stock to such a point where they can support the both of them financially and begin to branch out into their new venture, a butcher's shop, finishing the cycle from the field all the way to the fridge ensuring the produce is treated with the respect it deserves. 

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Ali Hill - Traditional Farmer/ Farm Manager

I am a farm manager in Somerset in the chew valley. We run about 1000 acres and we are a mixed farm with sheep, beef, arable and a couple of pigs. Since taking over the running of the farm I have increased the flock to 450 ewe (looking to reach 800) and reduced the suckers herd down to 80 currently. This will hopefully mean that both enterprises have an equal part in the business and support one and the other through harder times. Before this I was a stock manager on an intensive beef farm. We started with finishing 400 Angus calves a year and by the end of my two years there we were finishing 1000 Angus calves a year. This wasn’t what I really wanted to be doing in farming so decide to come up to Somerset and work with nature a bit more as well as producing some fantastic animals. I grew up on a dairy farm in Dorset so have always had a passion for farming.

Outside of work I have recently got on to the Next Generation Ambassadorship scheme with the NSA so looking to open my eye and learn more about the sheep farming sector. I also spend a big part of my winter out shooting and beating.

My Instagram page. I have recently invested in a few new toys (drone and GoPro) so I am able to capture more of what I get up to on the farm. My main reason for doing instagram is to show and teach people what happens on a farm day to day. I am also involved with FaceTime a farmer which involves me doing a FaceTime chat with a group of school children every couple of week showing them what were are up to on the farm and where their food comes from. I have really enjoyed doing this over the last couple of years and seeing the kids reactions to what we are doing. 

Future Plans. I am looking to start my own flock of sheep currently and then steadily grow that into a business for me and my other half to have as our own. We hope to raise our kids on a farm we can call our own in the future as I believe it’s a fantastic place to grow up and explore. We have a 3 month old girl that has now become my driving force to look towards the future.

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