Our staff

Our staff team

Our staff are undoubtedly our greatest asset, and we are passionate about finding the right people to help us achieve our vision. Below you can read case studies of some of the diverse people who help us to achieve this vision.


Mike Strang - Head of Operations

Mike joined the Venture Trust team in November 2016.

What does your job involve?
Strategic Leadership of Venture Trust as part of the Senior Management Team, and heading up Venture Mor, our social enterprise. I'm responsible for the field teams leading our phase 2 wilderness journeys, along with their learning and development, and policy design/development.

What attracted you to Venture Trust?
I've always held Venture Trust in high regard and am very happy to have had to opportunity to join the organisation. I believe Venture Trust delivers life changing programmes to those who need it most… all in the communities and wilderness of Scotland, a unique programme.

What do you find rewarding about your role?
The most rewarding part of my role is joining the groups for the final review on return from their wilderness journey. Having met them 10 days prior, the transformation is spectacular. So much enthusiasm, positivity and increased self confidence.

...and most challenging?
Balancing priorities and spending so much time inside!

Tell us about your favourite wilderness space in Scotland...
The sea is my favourite way to experience wilderness, in Scotland it’s difficult to decide but a close run thing between West Skye and the North West coast. Rounding Cape Wrath and heading towards John O’Groats presents a fairly intimidating coastline offering a level of remoteness, exposure and challenge which is hard to rival.

Ian Gray - Development Trainer

Ian joined the Venture Trust team in Autumn 2009.

What does your job involve?
Plan and deliver the personal development wilderness journeys for our groups of participants. I guide people through and share the beauty and challenges Scotland has to offer. By exploring some of its wild places I get to support people learn, improve and recognise the strengths and skills they have.

What attracted you to Venture Trust?
Venture trust were recruiting for outdoor staff. It just felt right, a company with amazing morals and ethos and willing to put in the hard work to right some deeply entrenched social wrongs. The outdoors has been a powerful positive part of my life and I have the honour of passing the passion onto others and seeing people do more than survive but thriving in the great outdoors.

What do you find rewarding about your role?
The freedom to create programmes and journeys that inspire and challenge me and increase my appreciation for the beauty of our country and seeing others embracing new adventures and opportunities to develop themselves and reflect on life and have great chats around a campfire.

...and most challenging?
The snow and cold feet are hard, the ticks are a nuisance, the midge can be horrendous. But it's part of our environment we want to live in. We work with people through challenging times and sometimes people are not willing or ready to be open to the opportunities of the course. I am challenged when people leave early, and I feel we could have done so much together and they could have got a lot from it.

Tell us about your favourite wilderness space in Scotland...
The West Coast near Arisaig and Aallaig has a special place in my heart. I love the expeditions we do in Moidart and Glenfinnan. There is also something soulfully enriching about spending time in what remains of our native Caledonian forest.


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