Staff Profiles

Martin Skinner


Robert Thomas  MBE


Andi Turner and Eli the Dog



Martin has been active in the outdoors for the best part of 40 years, and has an impressively wide depth and breadth of experience that embraces a broad spectrum of outdoor activities, be it caving, paddle sports and sailing.  He is a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and holds the UK's highest mountaineering award: Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (Winter)

Martin has climbed all over the world including several recent trips to Morocco

Known for his calm unassuming manner and professional instructional and coaching approach, Martin has delivered numerous climbing skills and movement packages to a wide variety of students from diverse backgrounds

Martin is a keen Newcastle United fan and firmly believes that they will sit at the top of the table in 2020



Bob is a full time Mountain Instructor and Expedition Leader who has been working in the outdoors for the last 20 years. Bob holds the Moutaineering and Climbing Instructor (Summer) Award and is a full Member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI).

As an expedition leader Bob has led numerous mountaineering, climbing, walking and mountain biking trips around the world including Asia, South America, Africa, Europe, Middle East and the Arctic

As a result of many years working in the outdoors, with clients from all walks of life, Bob has developed a calm, professional style which people find easy to relate to

Bob is responsible for the day to day running of Contour and for delivering the bulk of Contour's Courses




Andi has climbed all over the world and has led trad routes to E7 (7a), Sport to F8a and Bouldered to V11.  He holds the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (Summer) Award and is a full Member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI)

When not on the rock face Andi works as a geography teacher and in his spare time writes for a number of climbing magazines and acts as script writer for the BMC's Peak District guidebooks

Andi's other interests include astronomy, animals and cars ensuring there is no shortage of subjects to chat about on the margins of a climb 

Andi's talent for climbing and wide experience, combined with a modest character, make him the natural choice to plan and deliver Contour's climbing courses and holidays

Contour's driving principle is to deliver the Hard SEL, not a spelling mistake, but the belief that all our clients should be given an experience that's Safe & Enjoyable, along with providing the opportunity to Learn something new. Key to this is the right instructor. Skills can be learned and honed, but we believe that the instructor's personality and character are something unique to that person and can't be taught, hence the lengths we go to make sure we have the right instructors on board