Image by Derek Thomson
Image by Derek Thomson

Time to turn things on their head

We believe in the power and value of transformative social change.  It's what drives us.  We specialise in equitable access to outdoor spaces, outdoor learning and adventure growth and voice, and projects that make the world a happier, fairer and more equitable place for everyone.

 

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WHAT WE DO

Key services include project design, project facilitation and delivery, research and theory of change modelling, education advice and guidance for outdoor learning, and consultation and engagement activities.  Our well connected business draws on a pool of specialist consultants who come together to meet the bespoke needs of our customers.

Project

Management

Research and 

Evaluation

Outdoor Learning

Growth

Consultation and

Engagement

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Gina McCabe

Director

Over 20 years of experience driving health, wellbeing, inclusion and equality with a focus on outdoor and adventure learning and youth and community development.  Place Innovation is the result of a career that has spanned the public, private and charitable sector in the UK and internationally.  Gina thrives on positioning social impact at the heart of schools, businesses, and charities through innovative partnerships, and an adventurous spirit for disrupting the accepted norm.  She is the Project Lead and Founder of Place Schools Trust, and catalyst for Social Impact Training, co-created with her Associate partner Dave Harvey.

In her spare time, Gina is the Inclusion & Diversity Lead for the national Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres, Chair of the Community Interest Company for a flagship multi-million pound community activity centre, a Whitehaven Harbour Commissioner and Adventure Director for a major USA Summer Camp.

 

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Dave Harvey

Senior Associate

An outdoor learning specialist for almost 30 years, both as a qualified teacher and practitioner and in multiple senior leadership roles.  Most recently this included Head of Residential Services for the Brathay Trust.  He is a passionate supporter of the sector designing and delivering countless coaching, accreditation and development opportunities to maximise quality, reach and impact of outdoor learning. 

Dave is a founding member of Place Schools Trust.  He is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Cumbria looking into the reach and potential for Outdoor Learning.

 

In his spare time he has been the National Chair of the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres, is a regular contributor to Horizons Journal and a current Primary School Governor. 

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An open invitation

 The best projects come from exciting and ambitious partnerships.  Change happens when we collaborate.  So, if you like the sound of who we are please get in touch to explore how we can work together. 

The Team