Meet Our Board Members
OV’s board is a dedicated group of outdoor enthusiasts who represent a wide cross section of our Community.
Members are appointed based on individual backgrounds and expertise, in addition to empathy and understanding of the outdoors sector. Each Board member is committed to the ongoing success and growth of the organisation in its role as advocate for the outdoors sector.
Meet our three newest Board members
Josh is a lecturer in the School of Education at Federation University, his teaching interests include outdoor education and professional practice. Josh’s research focuses on alternative models of teaching and learning in middle years education. Josh has worked in several P-12 school contexts across Government, Independent and Catholic sectors. Josh has been actively involved in OV for several years including a time on staff. He also has strong links to both Environment Education Victoria as the previous vice-president and ACHPER Victoria including receiving an ACHPER Honour award in 2020.
Alison has been a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for 20+ years. She brings to the board a wealth of experience in financial strategy, planning and analysis as well as systems integration, legal and supply chain management.
She is currently the CFO of Sabrands, a privately owned wholesaler in the food, beverage and cleaning industries.
She is also the Director of Blacklight Distribution, a family business which is the importer and distributor of outdoor brands Nitro Snowboards and Mammut across Australia and New Zealand.
Alison has three young adult children so also appreciates the benefits of exploring the outdoors as a family and the wellbeing that comes from spending time experiencing new adventures
Bernie has worked in the Outdoor Education sector for almost 20 years. His career began professionally as a guide and leader, working across a range of sectors including in schools and with corporate organisations. He has worked both domestically and abroad. Bernie is a qualified teacher, having previously taught VCE Outdoor & Environmental Studies and Physical Education. He is currently the Director of Experiential Education at Firbank Grammar School, a leading Melbourne school in outdoor and environmental education.
Bernie is an active member of Alpine Search and Rescue and Bush Search and Rescue.
Steve joined the Board in October 2013. Steve is currently the Assistant Principal at Blackwood Specialist Schools Outdoor Education Centre (Blackwood) – a DET ROSA School. Blackwood is a destination exclusively for students from Victorian Special Schools, where they are given every opportunity to laugh, live, learn and have fun through outdoor adventure-based programs.
Reegan is the Manager, Public Information and Warnings at Emergency Management Victoria. Her role focuses on implementing best practice in the outputs of the Public Information Section in Victorian emergencies, though the management and improvement of warnings, media engagement and community information across all hazards.
OV Deputy Chair
Richard has worked within the outdoor industry for over 25 years, working for small and large organisations around the world, including the YMCA, Outward Bound and The Prince’s Trust. He has been the Chief Executive Office for The Outdoor Education Group (OEG) since January 2016. Previously, Richard was Chief Executive at the UK Sailing Academy, Deputy Director at The Prince’s Trust and Operations Director of Fairbridge UK, a youth charity.
Amber has worked in tourism for over a decade. She current heads Tourism North East, the regional tourism organisation charged with developing the long-term strategic vision for tourism in the High Country, North East Victoria. Prior to that she worked as the Director of Marketing, Sales & Business Development at Mt Buller,
Michael has over 20 years of experience in the outdoor industry. He has worked both locally and internationally instructing outdoor activities and managing programs. His focus in the last 10 years has been on the design and facilitation of programs with a therapeutic intention.
Sandy brings to the board a range of experience and expertise from across the Outdoor Education sector. She has worked as a freelancer, in corporate outdoor training, as a PE teacher and as an Outdoor Education Director in schools before moving into the tertiary sector where she has spent the past 3 decades developing and implementing Outdoor Education courses for Deakin University and Australian Catholic University.
Anthony joined the board in 2013 with a passion towards strengthening the outdoor education curriculum within schools. Anthony has been involved in outdoor education for over 20 years, having held the position of Managing Director of Hall’s Outdoor Education since 1994.