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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.