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We are recruiting! See below for details of the following positions:

Chief Executive

Administration Support and Communications

Freelance Outdoor Instructors

Chief Executive (Initial 2 year fixed-term) 

The Organisation

The Lancashire Outdoor Activities Initiative is a thriving regional charity whose mission is to encourage the beneficial use of the outdoor environment, particularly young people and community groups, through participation in a growing range of water and land based residential and day visit outdoor learning activities. Operations are currently primarily based at the Anderton Centre with sole access to the Lower Rivington Reservoir, near Chorley in Lancashire. The Centre boasts an up to date 70 bed accommodation wing, excellent conferencing and training facilities plus a wonderful lakeside frontage with boathouse. The Centre now hosts over 11,000 visits per year with guests taking part in a wide range of outdoor activities, team personal development and other high quality training programmes.

The organisation is now seeking an accomplished leader and manager who can successfully consolidate the financial position of the organisation and provide support to the team and further enhance the quality of the Lancashire Outdoor Activity Initiative offering in line with the strategic plan.

The Role

The new role of Chief Executive will be exciting and challenging. The organisation wishes to extend its reach and profile within the Outdoor Education sector whilst increasing the depth and sustainability of the activities, facilities and services that it currently delivers. This needs to be done whilst maintaining an excellent team culture and supporting a positive and vibrant sense of purpose.

The person appointed will need to demonstrate a track record of successful leadership and an understanding of both strategic development and operational delivery. The role will be responsible for identifying, securing and maintaining new income streams as well as ensuring the existing funding is stable and sufficient for the charity’s needs.

The Person

The Chief Executive will be an inspiring, competent and collaborative manager with a track record of successful leadership, and demonstrate significant management experience,  ideally but not necessarily in the charity sector and/or an outdoor education environment .

Comfortable with managing change in a dynamic environment, you will need to have first class communication skills with the ability and enthusiasm to take others with you, whilst acting as an important ambassador for the organisation at all times.

You will also need experience of fundraising activity and the role will suit someone highly motivated, able to adapt quickly and thrive under pressure.

How to Apply

This post may be offered on a part time or full time basis and will initially be on the basis of a fixed- term contract period of 2 years.

For more details please see the role profile and person specification.

LOAI Chief Executive Role profile

To apply please submit your CV together with a supporting statement (no more than two sides of A4) detailing why you are applying for the role and setting out how you meet the requirements.

Applications should be submitted via email to to arrive by no later than 21st January 2018.

If you would like to discuss the role informally please contact the Chair of Trustees, Trevor Pledger on 07976 933159

Assistant Chef / Cook

We are looking for a passionate cook to join the team at the Anderton Centre. The main function of this role will be to assist the Head Chef with food preparation and service on a day to day basis and will suit someone with a real passion for food and all aspects of cookery.

The Anderton Centre is a charity run outdoor activity and conference centre based in Rivington on the edge of Chorley and Bolton providing residential and day visits to a wide range of clients from corporate delegates to primary school groups.

Duties will include (but not be limited to):

  • Food preparation and cooking
  • Menu development
  • General kitchen duties including cleaning
  • Deputy Head Chef during absences.

The successful candidate:

  • Will be confident in all areas of a kitchen and food service.
  • Able to approach the role with a positive and friendly attitude.
  • Have a good understanding of the food industry and current food trends.
  • Previous experience in fresh food establishment (min 1 year).
  • Able to work flexibly to suit the business needs.
  • Will hold a basic food hygiene certificate.


Working Hours: 30 hours per week –  5 days out of 7. This will include some evenings and weekends. Rotas are produced a week in advance. Overtime available as and when required. Hours negotiable.

Salary: £8.00 per hour

20 Days Holiday + 8 bank holidays per year.

To Apply:

To apply please submit your CV together with a supporting statement detailing why you are applying for the role and setting out how you meet the requirements.

Please ring for an informal chat on 01257 484 220.

Applications should be submitted via email to to arrive by no later than 27th January 2018

Administration Support & Communications

The Anderton Centre is currently undergoing a period of growth and due to increased business, we are now looking to recruit a capable, friendly admin support and communications person to assist the team.

Duties will include (but not be limited to):

  • Inputting client information onto the CRM system.
  • Producing reports.
  • Producing quotes and invoices.
  • Dealing with enquires over the phone and email.
  • Providing cover for reception as required.
  • Taking minutes and notes during meetings.
  • Ordering stationary.
  • Updating social media and website.
  • Supporting the management team as required.

Essential criteria:

  • Highly literate and numerate with strong proficiency in computer skills and Microsoft packages and be comfortable with learning new systems.
  • Able to work effectively as a point of liaison in a warm, friendly and courteous manner.
  • Previous experience in a customer service and/or administration role in a sports or leisure environment is desirable but not essential.

Working Hours: 22.5h per week – 3 days per week, some weekend work may be required.

Salary: £8.75 per hour

Closing Time and Date: 22 January 2018 at 10 am. Late applications will not be accepted. Interviews will be held on the 30th January 2018.

To Apply 

To apply please submit your CV together with a supporting statement  detailing why you are applying for the role and setting out how you meet the requirements.

Applications should be submitted via email to to arrive by no later than 21st January 2018.


Freelance Outdoor Instructors

We are on the lookout for talented outdoor instructors for our 2018 season at the Anderton Centre.

You will need:

  • A passion for the great outdoors.
  • Brilliant interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience of working with children, young people, youth groups and adults and groups with additional needs.
  • A good range of National Governing Body qualifications – i.e. Level 2 Paddlesport, SPA, HML or equivalent.

What we can offer:

There are opportunities for professional development with NGB awards run by Lancashire Outdoor Activity Initative (LOAI) – eg, Mountain Leader Training, Duke of Edinburgh Assessor award, RYA Power Boat Level 2, RYA Safety Boat, Archery GB, etc.  In-house training is offered on most on site activities and we also bring in external experts who specialize in areas like Bush Craft, Shelter Building, Knife Skills and First Aid.

How to Apply:

The first step is to get in touch and email us your CV to, listing your experience and qualifications.

If we think you fit the bill we will invite you to our start of season meeting on the evening on the 26th February where you can meet the team – You will be required to bring with you original copies of your certificates including First Aid and DBS check.


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