our team

think outside was founded in 2017.

Creative Director

Beata Allen

Beata arrived in the UK over 20 years ago. She has a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduating, she worked as an Engineer and Project Manager for Surrey County Council and the Environment Agency. She has 4 children (8 to 22). 


She is now leading Outdoor Learning development projects in local primary schools. Her background is in Natural Sciences and mathematics but she is also very passionate about promoting ‘soft subjects’, including gardening, art and other curriculum subjects using nature and outdoor spaces.

She believes that there is not enough understanding about the importance of personal and social development when being exposed to the outdoors - allowing children and adults to be closer to nature can alleviate many urban stress problems.

Nutrition is a very important part of Beata's life and she is convinced that we can grow healthy adults by starting to teach about correct food choices in early childhood - children respond amazingly well to tasting home/school grown food!

Beata has Paediatric First Aid and relevant Food Safety qualifications. She is also a Forest School leader.


Janek Stelmach

Janek is a professional chef and passionate believer in the benefits of healthy eating.  In his spare time, he is an expert in social media and is responsible for think outside’s website and communications strategy.  He is a Friend of Kew, which he visits by bike almost every week.


Keith Allen

With a background in finance and media, Keith completed a 4 year term in 2017 as a governor at the local primary school.  For the last of those years he was Chair of the Governing Board. He has always taken a keen interest in developments in education and politics more widely. Keith is responsible for think outside’s administration and accounting and works on special projects such as its fund-raising initiatives and the 2018 outdoor learning conference.

Outdoor Consultant

Finn Waage-Nielsen

Finn has many interests and they all include nature and fresh air: he is a personal trainer with a passion for bikes, healthy living, outdoor activities and particularly sharing these with his son. He is also a keen gardener, landscaper and a strong believer in outdoor learning.

After more than 15 years working in financial services, he recently decided to follow his passions and focus on helping adults and children enjoy healthier lives through contact with nature. As a Scandinavian, he is an enthusiastic promoter of environmental awareness to help create a sustainable future for our children.    

He works with think outside running after school clubs and community gardening sessions as well as planning and implementation of school gardening projects.

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