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.

Mark Dingle

Chair

Mark has had a diverse career that began in south-east Queensland as an outdoor educator. For a decade Mark facilitated outdoor learning experiences with children and young people across Australia and overseas.

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Mark Collard

Mark Collard is an experiential trainer, speaker and author. He runs a training and development business called playmeo, which specialises in helping program leaders deliver remarkably fun programs that engage people and make a difference in the lives and performance of their groups.

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He is the proud author of three top-selling activity publications – No Props, Count Me In, and his latest Serious Fun – all of which are sold worldwide.  In 2012, Mark launched an innovative online platform that equips program leaders around the world with access to a variety of resources, practical training workshops and one-on-one coaching programs. It features the largest database of group games and activities in the world, and is fast becoming the go-to online resource for program leaders who don’t know where to start, or are simply looking for new ideas. Mark is a highly sought-after trainer and keynote speaker on the national and international circuit. He is often engaged to provide fun, interactive programs and keynote addresses for corporate, school and community organisations all over the world. In recent years, he has delivered keynote presentations in Australia, the USA, China, Hong Kong and Canada. His expertise informs a variety of presentation topics such as: How to strengthen relationships in your organisation How to step outside one’s Comfort Zones How to create a safe and brave work / school environment What is possible?  How to spread a good idea Interactive conference opening sessions Master of Ceremonies Mark holds Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and MBA degrees, and is listed as an ‘expert witness’ for adventure-based activities on the Victorian County Court register. On a personal note, Mark has been struck by lightning twice, can’t back-up a car towing a trailer to save himself and has camped on the lawns of Australia’s Parliament House for three days (as part of a logging protest). He lives in Melbourne’s outer-eastern suburbs with his gorgeous wife and son, and counts his time devoted to group programming as some of the most rewarding and funnest times of his life! You can read more about Mark on wikipedia, and at www.markcollard.com and www.playmeo.com/markcollard
 

Amber Gardner

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, the most popular alpine resort in the State, along with a range of senior marketing positions in both Australia and the UK. As such, she is experienced at developing innovative ways to drive visitation and yield opportunities across diverse product portfolios, and driving collaboration between government, industry and community/interest groups.

Anthony Hall

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.

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Dr Peter Martin

Peter is the Deputy Dean of Health Sciences at Federation Uni, Ballarat. He has taught outdoor education in secondary schools, dedicated outdoor education centres and the tertiary sector.

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Steve McMurtrie

Steve joined the Board in October 2013. Steve’s current role is the Principal Liaison Officer for ROSA – a network of 4 state government residential schools: Blackwood Outdoor Education Centre, Outdoor School, Rubicon Outdoor Centre and Somers School Camp. 

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Michael Naismith

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.

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Angela Rutter

Angela’s interest in social change has shaped her career. Always intrigued by why people do what they do, Angela worked in advertising and communications for 13 years. Mainly based in London, she directed worldwide consumer brands at Ogilvy & Mather and BBDO, before changing career and finding her way to the Australian Conservation Foundation.

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In 2007 she took up a new role at national environmental NGO, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), leading the Australian arm of Al Gore’s Climate Reality. During this time she had the privilege of working with over 1,000 dedicated Climate Leaders from across the Asia Pacific, launched similar initiatives in Indonesia, India and China while Australian Climate Leaders took a message of urgency and action well beyond the initial goal of reaching 1 in 100 Australians. Angela is Director of Engagement at ACF. Her role is focussed on building a bigger and more impactful and effective community of people who care about our magnificent environment. She leads a talented team skilled in communications, mobilisation, digital engagement, media, partnerships and events to create the people powered change we need for a healthy and thriving natural environment. Angela is also co-founder of Common Cause Australia, an organisation dedicated to engaging societal values that support a more equitable, sustainable and democratic world. She is a Fellow of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program (09) and a regular speaker on Values and Leadership for their programmes. Angela has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact. Angela grew up in suburban Melbourne in a home which backed onto an oval, which backed onto a creek. Many hours were spent with the neighbourhood kids and their dogs wandering the creek, playing games and creating stories. This is where her love of the outdoors and nature was first awakened.

 

Chris Towers

Chris was President of Bushwalking Australia until recently & Bushwalking Victoria from 2010 to 2013. He served two terms as Vice-President of Bushwalking Vic in 2009/10 and again in 2013/14, and is currently a general board member.

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