Staff profiles

Rik Beament ~ Managing Director

Rik Beament ~ Managing Director

After working in the holiday industry in France, Rik has worked at Newlands since 1990. There are not many jobs at Newlands that Rik hasn't done and the high standards we are renowned for are testament to his drive and commitment to the company.

Debbie Beament ~ Director and Keswick Climbing Wall Manager

Debbie Beament ~ Director and Keswick Climbing Wall Manager

Joining the team in 1997 and has been with us for over 20 years, Debbie has wide experience working in the outdoor industry, hospitality and customer care. Looking after the bookings at the centre, Debbie has also taken on the management of Keswick Climbing Wall and has led the company's sustainability drive that has won national awards and recognition.

Iain Brooks ~ Director

Iain Brooks ~ Director

Iain joined the team in 2000 as an instructor and became Centre Director in 2013. Iain is responsible for all aspects of the activities, Instructors, kit and training and also the day to day running of the centre. The consistent high quality of our activities and instructors is due to Iain's dedication and diligence.

Gayle Brooks ~ Director

Gayle Brooks ~ Director

Gayle worked as a Domestic Assistant at Newlands in 2001, before qualifying as a Staff Nurse. Now working at Keswick Hospital, Gayle can often be found on her day off in the office at Newlands dealing with enquiries.


Brian Robinson ~ Activity Manager

Brian Robinson ~ Activity Manager

Brian joined the team in 2011 and was promoted to Activity Manager in 2018. Brian is responsible for the day to day running of the activities at both Newlands and Keswick Climbing Wall. Brian also assist Iain in the selection process and training of the new staff members.


Paul MacDonald ~ Chef

Paul MacDonald ~ Chef

Joining the Newlands team as our Chef in 2006, Paul is an essential member of the team. Whether it is a school party staying for the week or a sit down wedding supper for 100, Paul delivers freshly made, wholesome and very tasty meals that achieve 10/10 weekly from our guests and has achieved a consistent 5 stars for food hygiene standards since becoming our Chef.

Tina Gould ~ Housekeeper

Tina Gould ~ Housekeeper

Tina joined the Newlands team at the start of the 2017 season and has become an essential and highly valued member of the team. Always making sure the centre is at its best, Tina leads a hardworking team that look after all areas of the centre, inside and out. A keen walker and photographer she is full of knowledge of the local fells!

Sam Arthur ~ Assistant Climbing Wall Manager

Sam Arthur ~ Assistant Climbing Wall Manager

Sam joined the team in 2014 and was promoted to Assistant Manager of the Wall in 2018. He has become a highly valued member of the team at Newlands and the Climbing Wall. Sam and his wife also celebrated their fantastic wedding at Newlands 2016.

Emma Brocklehurst ~ Senior Instructor

Emma Brocklehurst ~ Senior Instructor

Emma has been part of the team at Newlands for the past three years. She was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2018. Emma is a key part to the Summer and Winter team and the day to day running of the Centre and Climbing Wall!

Jessie ~ The oldest member of the Team!

Jessie ~ The oldest member of the Team!

Joining the team in 2007, Jessie has spent many years chasing sticks and balls and going walks with thousands of our visitors. This year, Jessie has gone into semi retirement and likes to spend her days snoozing at the Climbing Wall, or standing guard outside the kitchen in hope of a sausage from Paul!