© Celtica Mapping 2011 - 2016
Helena trained as a P.E. teacher at I.M. Marsh College (now part of John Moores University). and has taught in both primary and secondary schools, as well as lecturing in the outdoor education department of Bangor Normal College (now part of Bangor University). She has also worked as the Active Young People Officer for Anglesey, and been responsible for the PESS (P.E in School Sport) , DragonSport and 5 x 60 schemes.
She is a keen orienteer, and was Chair of the Welsh Orienteering Association (2006 - 2011) and Chair of the local orienteering club. She was one third of the British Relay Champions team in her age category in 2011, has been Welsh Champion in her age class on a number of occasions, as well as regularly representing Wales in the Veteran Home Internationals.
She is the most highly qualified orienteering coach in Wales (BOF Level 4), was lead
coach for the Welsh Juniors Squad for a number of years, and Manager for one of the
British Orienteering summer coaching camps in Scotland. She has represented Wales
on the British Orienteering Development Committee and Coaching Committee. In 2012
she was Safety Officer for the major week long orienteering event held every four
years in Wales, and has planned courses for numerous events including the Senior
Home International Relays.
She is an accredited tutor and assessor for the British Orienteering's "Teaching Orienteering" and UKCC Orienteering courses and tutor for their "Event Safety Workshops", as well as an internal verifier for British Orienteering courses and an Advisor for the British Orienteering Recognised Centre scheme.
She also holds an Advanced Diploma in Outdoor Education, has worked as an instructor in a local authority outdoor centre.
Oliver worked in research and development electronics before studying archaeology at Cardiff University. He then went on to do research in Anglo-Saxon numismatics at New College, Oxford. He has since done a PGCE course at Bangor University, and is a trained physics teacher.
A keen climber, he worked as an instructor at Plas-y-Brenin when he first moved to Snowdonia, and having worked for a considerable number of years as manager of Joe Brown’s climbing shop in Llanberis provides the business experience for the partnership .
He also is the report writer, the mapper, and runs the permanent course marker side of the business, as well as looking after the I.T. He frequently assists on courses (he is an accredited Teaching Orienteering tutor) and helps with Festivals.
Celtica Mapping is a partnership run by Helena and Oliver Burrows. Between them they have a wealth of outdoor experience