Dear colleagues,

I’m writing to share with you some changes coming up at Outdoors Victoria.

After four years as Chairman of the OV Board, I’ve decided to step aside, effective as of October 7. I’m very pleased to announce that Mark Dingle will step into the role from that point. Mark will already be known to many of you as a previous executive officer of the Victorian Outdoor Education Association, among other leadership roles in the outdoors community. Mark is now a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young, and has contributed skilfully and enthusiastically as Outdoors Victoria’s Deputy Chair for the past year.

Scott Chapman

Over my time with OV, the organisation has grown from an idea, to an effective and valued advocate our community, with a highly competent staff, growing profile and most importantly a proud record of successful policy efforts, research projects, and events that help our community come together. This has not always been easy – outdoors people can be a fractious lot! But in all seriousness, the confidence and support of a broad range of outdoors organisations has been essential to the success of this still-young organisation. Our overarching idea has always been to help unify the outdoors community, and I believe the community has risen to that challenge and will continue to do so.

I would also like to let you know that our CEO, Chuck Berger, has indicated that he will be moving with his family to Kununurra in October, and accordingly is resigning from his position. Chuck will have his own chance to farewell everybody, but for now can I just say that Chuck has conveyed to me his sincere regret at leaving a role I know he has found rewarding and important, to pursue new adventures with his family up north.

In his time with OV, Chuck has truly established OV as an effective voice for our community. Under his leadership, OV has played an increasingly prominent role in shaping public policy related to the outdoors. He has driven the development of national adventure activity standards, successfully advocated for increased funding for outdoors training and parks management, brought the community together in a wide range of events, and grown OV’s own funding and constituent base. He is leaving behind an organisation that hits far above its weight. We wish him all the best up north!

OV will be advertising for a new CEO in the very near future.

Finally, can I say that, while the departure of both a Chair and CEO around the same time is unusual, I have every confidence in Mark as the incoming Chair, and in the rest of the OV Board and staff. Given the positive momentum and strong core capacity OV currently possesses, we are in a good position to attract a high calibre new CEO, and to ensure continuity of our programs and our impact.

Thank you for your support since the establishment of Outdoors Victoria, and can I encourage you to remain engaged and working together as we look to the future.

Scott Chapman