WE'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT ADVENTURE
We are a team of inspired and adventurous people dedicated to providing impactful educational experiences to young Australians from all walks of life.
FROM THE SHIMMERING COASTLINES OF THE WEST TO THE GREEN VALLEYS OF THE EAST
Between us, we have expertise spanning adventure activities, education, and business. We understand not only the natural world but the educational ecosystem and professional climate students graduate into.
CHAIR, IAN ANDERSON
Ian has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. His last role, before retirement, was as Chief Financial Officer at the Australian Football League, where he worked for 15 years.
DEPUTY CHAIR, ROBERT PASCOE
Robert was General Manager of Visy Special Events, responsible for recycling all catering packaging products, furniture, fixtures, signage and marketing materials for the Sydney Olympic Games and re-manufacture using recycled raw materials.
DIRECTOR, PEGGY MAHY
Peggy is in her fifth year as a Principal at The Scots School Albury. Peggy is a firm believer in holistic education and the power of experiential learning. Her involvement with The Outdoor Education Group extends over more than 20 years.
DIRECTOR, JENNY HOLLIDAY AM
Jenny has headed up the Victorian Olympic Council and the People and Parks Foundation and now is a Partner and Lead Facilitator at Non Profit Training; working to build capability in NFP organisations.
DIRECTOR, SANDY ABRAHAMS
Sandy is an IT and business transformation professional. She has worked in industry and several large consultancy firms, including PwC, IBM Global Business Services and Accenture. Sandy participates in mentoring programs supporting STEM in primary and secondary schools as well as in industry.
DIRECTOR, DUNCAN CHESSELL
Duncan was involved in the outdoor industry as an Outdoor Educator, Corporate Trainer, Rock Climbing Guide and Assessor, and mountaineering guide. He was Managing Director of an ASX listed gold exploration company and founder of The Himalayan Development Foundation Australia.
DIRECTOR, Prof. ANDREW MACLEOD
Andrew is an international board director focussing on risk and governance. He currently chairs Griffin Law in the UK and sits on several Australian, UK and Dubai based boards. He is a Visiting Professor at Kings College London and is a former high-level official of the UN, former military officer.
DIRECTOR, ANNE DUNSTAN
An experienced school leader, board and committee member, Anne has taught and led in schools across 3 Australian states. Anne is the Principal of Guildford Grammar School in Perth and is passionate about inspiring a culture of innovation and growing the capacity and agency of young people.
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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Discover how we empower our team to continue learning and journeying.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT
Learn about how we empower our people through our values and vision.
OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, RICHARD THORNTON
Richard has worked in the outdoor industry for over 26 years and has been the CEO of The Outdoor Education Group since early 2016. Richard was CEO of UK Sailing Academy, Deputy Director at The Prince’s Trust, Operations Director of Fairbridge and Chair of the Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee. Richard is a member of the Sports and Recreation Industry Reference Committee and Chair of the Committee reviewing the Outdoor Recreation Training Package.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PEOPLE AND CULTURE, RENEE MURRAY
Renee is a People and Culture professional with 10 years of experience leading high-performance retail operations concentrating on igniting cultural change and continual improvement. Focusing on employee life-cycle needs from Recruitment to Payroll, Learning and Development to HR Business Partnering, Renee leads an equally passionate and people-centric team at The Outdoor Education Group.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BRAND AND NEW BUSINESS, KATE SMITH
Kate Smith has extensive experience across brand, business development, innovation and growth across sectors including education. She has insight into product and services marketing and management. This insight is matched by her commitment to the customer and developing best-practice customer experience.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND RESOURCES, JAMIE WILLIAMS
Jamie Williams joined The Outdoor Education Group in early 2018. Jamie held a number of roles at the AFL, including Business Analytics, State Operations Finance, Club and Stadium Reporting and Manager of the Soft Cap. He now leads The Outdoor Education Group’s Finance and Resources Division overseeing Information Technology, Resources, and Finance. Jamie is also The Outdoor Education Group’s Company Secretary.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OUTDOOR EDUCATION, ANDREW MCGUCKIAN
Andrew has over 30 years of experience managing residential campsite facilities in both the not for profit and commercial environments. Throughout his career, Andrew has been President of The Australian Camps Association, Founder and Director of UC Camping Victoria, Principal Officer for the Black Saturday bushfire recovery villages in partnership with the VBRRA and International Camping Fellowship Board member.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OEF AND RESEARCH, DR CLARE DALLAT
Dr Clare Dallat has been an outdoor educator for 25 years. Clare has been focused on improving risk management in the outdoors for the past 20 years and has published and presented her innovative research worldwide. Clare has a PhD in Human Factors, an MSc. in Risk and Crisis Management and a Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership in Education.
WORKING WITH OUR CREW
My expertise is ensuring data and documentation is maintained correctly in our systems. I am involved in administrating the survey data, feedback and reports post-program and I assist with delivering inductions as well as national Teams Days. I love that my role is driven by problem-solving and data and I especially love helping others with their roles. All of my tasks help others do theirs well and that makes me really happy!”
Cecilia Ladd, Learning and Development Coordinator
Our Key Leaders
GENERAL MANAGER, VICTORIA, DAVID MARSDEN
Dave has been engaged with outdoor education as an academic, school teacher, outdoor educator, and activity specialist. As part of his PhD, he developed a knowledge and skill requirements framework for outdoor educators in Australia, aiming to increase the quality of education in the outdoors by supporting training and development using both practical experience and academic investigation.
GENERAL MANAGER, NEW SOUTH WALES, HELEN MADDOCK
Helen has worked across countries facilitating experiences for young people with the first Outward Bound Centre, Aberdyfi in Wales. She has worked for Red Ridge Center, supporting young people with additional physical and mental needs and World Challenge leading students in developing nations. Helen currently leads a team of over 200 Outdoor Educators.
HEAD OF CLIENTS AND DELIVERY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SIMON HANSON
Simon has a passionate belief that outdoor education provides all people with an opportunity to achieve their own goals and appreciate qualities within themselves and in other people. He has been working in Outdoor Education for 30 years as an instructor and Program Director, designing and running programs with schools to achieve their outcomes.
HEAD OF RESIDENTIAL CAMPS, MARTIN BURNEY
Martin has worked in Outdoor Education for over 20 years across Australia and South East Asia, learning the value of outdoor experiences in developing a socially conscious community. Martin has also held the role of President of Outdoors NSW & ACT since 2016 and continues to drive advocacy and support for the sector at both a state and national level.