Operations Manager and trip leader

Andy MacDonald has been an operations manager for the company for over ten years now, and he specializes in all the Kenya trips and medical electives. He is married to a Kenyan lady too; he and Verah have two children, Ashley and Mali.

Andy was a stalwart of the Scouts when he was younger and went on many Scouting expeditions when Gavin Bate was the Venture Scout leader in Northern Ireland. After University in Sunderland, Andy worked in the outdoor retail industry and ended up as a store manager of a large store in Belfast where he learnt all about climbing and hiking equipment. At the same time Andy was still coming on expeditions with Adventure Alternative as a co-leader until he eventually started working full time.

Andy is also a founding Trustee of Moving Mountains and has been closely involved with all of the programmes and projects right from the start. He is currently the Treasurer of the Trust and spends a lot of time managing the accounting and budgets for the charity.

Nowadays Andy lives in Portstewart and is himself a Scout and Venture Scout leader, using his experiences to inspire other young people and take them on the type of trips that shaped his life when he was younger.