Contact

07776 176007 (general enquiries) or 07827 785448 (kids' club)

About Us


For the last eighteen years Geckos has been providing high-quality climbing instruction to children at The Castle Climbing Centre in London and in the great outdoors.

All Geckos instructors are fully insured and professionally (MLTB) trained. In addition, The Castle operates a policy of continual assessment for climbing instructors working regularly in the centre.

We have instructors able to teach in English, Catalan, French, Japanese, Polish and Spanish.


Meet the Team

Richard Baxell

Richard Baxell
Managing Director & Instructor
MLTB Single Pitch Award (SPA) & Mountain Leader (ML) qualified.
More than 18 years teaching experience.
Also a historian & author.

Agnieszka Lazarewicz

Agnieszka Lazarewicz
Bookings Manager & Instructor
Climbing Wall Award (CWA).
Point of contact for parties, taster sessions & holiday courses.
Polish speaker.

Larner Wallace-Taylor

Larner Wallace-Taylor
Kids' Club Manager
Organiser of the popular kids' climbing club.
Also an actor.

Regular instructors

Olly Archer

Olly Archer
Mountain Instructor Award (MIA).
More than 15 years experience teaching both in & outdoors.

Jakub Arslanowow

Jakub Arslanowow
SPA.
Also works for The Castle.
Polish speaker.

Jamie Ashman

Jamie Ashman
SPA.
A former Gecko, Jamie also coaches The Castle's junior climbing squad.

Lauren Ballard

Lauren Ballard
CWA.
One of our new additions to the team, Lauren has a particular interest in working with groups with learning difficulties.

Sachit Dighe

Sachit Dighe
CWA.
A new member of the Geckos' team, Sach teaches our weekend kids' club.

Douglas Duncan

Douglas Duncan
SPA & Climbing Wall Leading Award (CWLA).
A former full-time instructor with Geckos, Doug now works for us part-time, when he's not an electrician or falling off ladders. Another Geckos alumnus.

Shonet Hockley

Shonet Hockley
CWA & Climbing Wall Abseil Award (CWAA).
Shonet has a particular interest in working with groups with special educational needs.
Spanish speaker.

Tom Larkin

Tom Larkin
CWA.
Also a Castle instructor, Tom is also a star of stage and screen.

Sophie Lewis

Sophie Lewis
CWA & CWLA.
Sophie is also a Yoga instructor.

Thanh Nyugen

Thanh Nyugen
SPA.
In addition to his work with Geckos and The Castle, Thanh has experience of teaching at a number of London's climbing walls.

Lucas Perry Hill

Lucas Perry Hill
CWA
Also a Castle instructor, Lucas has recently joined the Geckos team.

Constanza Solis

Constanza Solis
CWA & CWLA.
After a brief climbing sojourn, Constanza is back working with Geckos and The Castle.
Spanish & Catalan speaker.

Kei Takemura-James

Kei Takemura-James
CWA.
A former full-time instructor for Geckos. Now a fully qualified Vet!
Japanese speaker.