James P Nolan

What Not To Do / James P Nolan


BA(Hons) Outdoor Leadership and Management with Award for Academic Excellence – University of Central Lancashire

Area of Expertise

Expeditions, Outdoor Education, Leadership and Team Development, Management, Programme Design, Environmental Education

My Expertise

James Nolan is an award winning outdoor professional and manager with nearly a decade of leadership experience within the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. He specialises in expeditions, outdoor education and adventure travel having obtained a broad set of experience and qualifications across a variety of roles. Unique to his approach is his personable nature and ability to quickly build rapport with those around him, building teams and achieving goals.

Career Highlights

  • A year working in North India with a leading adventure travel/outdoor education company in roles from in the field leadership to the management of various international programmes.
  • A year working with a leading UK outdoor education provider, Outward Bound Aberdovey.
  • Achieving an Award for Academic Excellence while studying for a BA(Hons) in Outdoor Leadership.
  • The opportunity to present his research at a number of professional conferences.
  • Achieving the Student Union Campaign Activist of the Year Award for the successful initiation and management of a campaign to protect the opportunities available to students

Today James continues to work around the globe but is always interested in new opportunities to help people make their own goals and adventures a reality. Whether leading in the field, managing from the office or just offering his advice, James is always happy to assist.

My Articles

  • What Not To Do When Leading Expeditions

    I have made lots of mistakes while leading expeditions and intend to make many more. Why? If you’re not failing at something you’re simply not trying hard enough.

  • What Not To Do When Planning an Expedition

    Planning an expedition or planning anything for that matter can be a challenge. Although it doesn’t need to be, especially if you don’t do what I did. Don’t forget to have an aim, don’t forget to plan thoroughly how to reach that aim and don’t forget to finally reach for that aim.

  • What Not To Do When Pursuing Adventure Sport

    You will make mistakes when taking part in adventure sports. This is a certainty. If you didn’t people would never learn and you would never grow. However, the good news is you can learn from other people’s mistakes. So be sure to learn from my failures, go have some failures on your own and when you do, please tell everyone all about them so we too can learn what you learned.

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