Mel Ellis – Operations and Development Lead
Mel is a qualified PE teacher and retired RAF Squadron Leader (Physical Education Branch) who specialised as a Parachute Jump Instructor during his 16 year Service career. He is also an accredited Practitioner for the Institute of Outdoor Learning. After leaving the RAF in 2006 Mel has spent the last 10 years directing operations at Closer to the Edge Ltd – he is now looking forward to his new role within Challenge Academy, having a more ‘hands on’ involvement to develop the wide range of services and products. Key military roles have included leading the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, managing the leadership and physical fitness programmes of officer cadets at RAF College Cranwell, and commanding the RAF Parachute Training School. Passions include a love for the outdoors, keeping fit, rugby and triathlons…. as well as thinking up new ideas and talking.