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.


Meet the Team

Richard Baxell

Richard Baxell
Managing Director & Instructor
MLTB Single Pitch Award (SPA) & Mountain Leader (ML) qualified.
More than 15 years teaching experience.
Also a historian & author.

Amy Barry

Amy Barry
Kids' Club Manager
Organiser of the popular kids' climbing club.
Regular climber at The Castle.
Also a student at the Royal Veterinary College.

Douglas Duncan

Douglas Duncan
Bookings Manager & Instructor
SPA and Climbing Wall Leading Award (CWLA).
Point of contact for parties, taster sessions & holiday courses.
One of two alumni on the Geckos team.

Sophie Charles

Sophie Charles
General Manager & Instructor
SPA.
More than 10 years teaching experience. Special interest in working with groups with disabilities.
Also works at The Castle.

Andy Cunningham

Andy Cunningham
Social Media Manager
Runs the Geckos' social media presence.
Regular climber at The Castle.
Also a musician.

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.
The second ex-Gecko on the instructor team, Jamie also coaches The Castle's junior climbing squad.

Shonet Hockley

Shonet Hockley
CWA & Climbing Wall Abseil Award (CWAA).
A new addition to the team, Shonet has a particular interest in working with groups with learning difficulties.
Spanish speaker.

Tom Larkin

Tom Larkin
CWA.
Also a Castle instructor, Tom is a new addition to the Geckos' team.
Tom is also a star of stage and screen.

Sophie Lewis

Sophie Lewis
CWA & CWLA.
Another new addition to the team, Sophie is also a Yoga instructor.

Aron Tarjani

Aron Tarjani
SPA.
More than 10 years teaching experience.
Qualified rope-access technician.
Hungarian speaker.

Jolyon Westhorpe

Jolyon Westhorpe
SPA.
A regular climber & instructor at The Castle, Jolyon joined us in 2014.