Who We Are

Steve Lewis MBE


Steve is Managing Director of Black Mountain and has over 40 years experience in   leadership development and operating in high performance teams. After 18 years in the military he set up Black Mountain in 1988. He has worked with global clients at every level and specialises in Organisational & Cultural Change Management and Risk & Crisis Management assignments. He is professionally qualified, a member of the CIPD and holds a postgraduate qualification through the Army Command and Staff College where he lectured on management and leadership of change.

In his previous existence in the Army he was awarded the MBE in 1986 at the age of 34 for operational gallantry in Northern Ireland. He held operational command in the Middle East and served in Canada, the Far East and Germany.  He was a senior instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and an exchange officer at the West Point Academy.  He has extensive experience in leadership and specialist terms. Steve is married with six children and has a 40 acre farm in South Wales which keeps him busy in his spare time!  He also enjoys rugby, golf, hill walking, outdoor pursuits and completed a full Ironman in 2012 to celebrate his 60th birthday!

e-mail: steve@black-mountain.com

Michael Ball

MRBMichael started at Black Mountain in November 2008. He has a BSc and MA in Political Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University of Sheffield, in specific political topics including terrorism, research methods and theory. He is currently studying a part-time online MBA with the Open University. He has experience of working in both the public and private sectors, having worked at the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Assembly Government, following on from several internships in Public Affairs. He lived and worked in China for two years where he also studied Chinese at the University of Xiamen.

He speaks beginner level Chinese and intermediate level Spanish. Michael has taught and trained at a variety of levels over the past six years. During this time he travelled extensively throughout Central and South-East Asia, including taking part in the 2006 Mongol Rally. This involved a 4,000 mile drive across Eurasia for charity…in a 1 litre Fiat Panda! In his spare time he enjoys cycling (on his commute), football and badminton, and is a keen follower of both rugby and football.

e-mail: michael@black-mountain.com


Steve Booker

steveBookerSteve has worked with Black Mountain since 1995. He is a training facilitator and coach and has worked with many clients in a variety of projects throughout the world. In 1991 Steve set up an outdoor pursuit company teaching navigation, rock climbing and caving. During this time he recognised the power of the outdoors when working in personal development and moved into facilitation and course design for his own clients and Black Mountain.

Steve has worked extensively in many countries. Such an example was taking students from a London High School to assist in community projects in India and Africa. One of his trips was part of a three phase project building a primary school for the Maasai people living in the Kilimanjaro basin, Tanzania. He has worked on similar projects in Kenya and Rajasthan and Ladakh in India. He is also currently absorbed in co-founding a charity which will expand on his previous work, including people of all ages and backgrounds. The charity’s aim is to help the participants personally develop by realising their potential, their impact and their value. Steve lives in South Wales with his wife and two sons. His passions include walking, skiing and to his wife’s concern, he is becoming drawn to paragliding.

e-mail: info@black-mountain.com

Ed Wood

edWoodEd has been involved in with Black Mountain over the last 10 years.  His experience and knowledge comes from 25 years in community development, delivery of experiential learning opportunities to teams and coaching work with a diverse range of individuals from young offenders to senior personnel in private, public and third sector organisations.

He is professionally qualified in the field of community education.  His style is value driven, person centred and influenced by educational thinkers such as Carl Rogers and Paulo Freire.  Ed delivers coaching programmes for his own clients alongside his continued involvement with Black Mountain and other training companies.

Ed has led overseas expeditions and worked on community projects with teams from the UK in Africa, India, Vietnam, South America and South Africa.  He is a qualified mountain leader and climbing instructor.  He lives in rural Wales with his Angami wife.

e-mail: info@black-mountain.com