Bug Wrightson, the owner of AT Development, is a highly experienced and successful outdoor practitioner and leader. Throughout his career as an Engineer Officer in the Royal Navy, leading in challenging operational circumstances both ashore and afloat, he has also been involved in Adventurous Training. For the final few years of his Naval service, he was responsible for policy and delivery of Adventurous Training for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, as well as management of 2 Joint Services’ Adventurous Training Centres and the Naval Outdoor Centre in Germany.
As well as freelance leadership of foreign expeditions, Bug offers a wide variety of activities including mountain leading, expedition training, campcraft, DofE Training and Assessing, mountain bike coaching, and leadership training. He has teaching experience and an Enhanced DBS for work with schools, colleges and youth groups. Experienced in military Adventurous Training Policy, he also offers a consultancy role in operational risk management and training.
He has led hugely successful expeditions for Outlook Expeditions to Namibia, Peru, Malawi, Finland, Vietnam, Morocco, and the Indian Himalayas, using transformational leadership to provide a life changing experience for teenagers in challenging circumstances and help them to gain transferable skills in preparation for university and future employment. He is a Regional Associate for Outlook Expeditions and a guest lecturer in Leadership at the University of Chichester.
Since leaving the Royal Navy, he gained a First Class Honours Degree in Adventure Facilitation and Education, is an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL), and a Professional in Outdoor Learning (POL).
His other qualifications include Mountain Leader (Summer) and Joint Services’ Mountain Expedition Leader, D of E Gold Expedition Trainer and Assessor (G3), MIAS Level 2 MTB Coach, Swift Water Rescue Technician, and Remote Emergency Care (REC) Level 4 First Aid.
Away from work he is a member of Hampshire Search and Rescue Dog Team where he is a Level 3 (Area) Dog Handler (with his lively Springer Spaniel called “Oppo”), the Chairman, a Trustee, the Navigation Trainer, and a Swift Water Rescue Technician in the Flood Rescue Team. He is a volunteer 4×4 Response Driver, and an enthusiastic cyclist, telemark skier and bass trombonist. He achieved the first ascent of Chhubohe (5640m) in the Nepal Himalayas on 16 Nov 2013 – and his trainee Search Dog (another Springer Spaniel) is named after this mountain.