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Hi, my name is Gary Small. 

I'm 49 and have spent 25 years in the automotive industry. I have always had a love of wildlife and the outdoors and on my travels (before kids!) have been involved in some conservation and volunteering in South America and Iceland. I am looking to switch careers, away from the automotive world and am wanting a new role in conservation or other environmentally beneficial projects. I have many transferable skills, but no formal experience and as a consequence, my applications to new roles have not been successful. Through completing this course I am hoping to get a qualification to add to my CV that will enhance my chances of making successful applications. I hope to gain a better understanding of a new field and help in directing me towards the types of role that I am best suited to. 

My love of the outdoors has taken me on many adventures - travelling, hiking long distances and up a few mountains, camping out, and on some long cycle rides too! These are all things I enjoy sharing with my children, friends and family.

I look forward to starting the course and meeting everyone.



Gary Small

Product Engineer, LEVC

25 Years in the automotive industry, involved in new projects - focusing on Chassis, Steering and Brakes systems. I am now looking for new opportunities. Have been involved in / exposed to a number of conservation / geological projects in the past - e.g. Riomuchacho Organic Farm, Bahia, Ecuador; Tambopata Reserve, Peru; Analysis of the effects of cataclysmic floods in Iceland. Am also a keen outdoors enthusiast - have climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Cotopaxi in Ecuador and El Misti, Chachani in Peru, and Jbel Toubkal in Morocco. At home in the UK, I am a keen cyclist, having recently completed a John O'Groats to Land's End ride in 2019. I also maintain a large garden, growing some food, keeping bees and chickens and trying to create a haven for wildlife! I have always been interested in conservation and would like to utilise my transferable skills in this area or other environmental research and development projects.
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Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
6 months ago

Hello Gary! Good to hear about your background and plans for the future. What long cycle rides have you done? I'm a big cycle fan myself.

Go to the profile of Gary Small
6 months ago

Hi Beth, All of my big rides have been in the UK. Mostly sportives, but also some self supported rides - Southampton to Ipswich, London to Manchester and last year - John O'Groats to Lands End ..... how about you?

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
6 months ago

I would love to do John O'Groats to lands end! Every summer we just do a couple of days bikepacking, but this summer we took it a bit more seriously and cycled west east west, so Cornwall to the most easterly point (Lowestoft), up to north Norfolk, then back to Lands end.