CEO - Tony Pammer
Tony has been CEO of OEG since he founded the organization in 1984 with two friends, Jeff Adair and Leanne Guy.
Tony developed his love for the outdoors at school where he was an active Venturer Scout and outdoors enthusiast. After graduation he went on to train at Bendigo CAE where he became a senior canoe and ski instructor.
Since founding OEG Tony has been involved with the design and implementation of the first outdoor industries industrial agreement; established extended journey based programs with clients; negotiated the placement of OEG staff in a number of key schools; and in partnership with schools has introduced P-10 sequential outdoor education programs.
Tony maintains an interest in adventuring, and along with his wife Kim, encourages their children to develop a passion for the outdoors and undertake their own adventures.
Director of Camps and Business Development - Pete Griffiths
Pete has worked professionally in the outdoors since 1985. He originally began his association with OEG working for the Outdoor Activities Group in 1989-90 before moving to Hobart to manage and develop Peregrine Adventures Tasmania where he spent 14 seasons as a river guide on the Franklin River. He is the author of ‘The Ever Varying Flood’ a guidebook and history of the Franklin.
Pete returned to Victoria and OEG in 1998.
Pete works to develop programmes that are educational, fun and fully aligned to each school's needs. In his role as Director of Business Development he meets with many schools keen to build sequential, education based outdoor education and in this capacity he sees an emerging trend away from outdoor recreation camps to this more productive model.
“I believe that teaching young people to both recognise risk and to deal with it appropriately in their day to day lives is one of the greatest rewards from working in the outdoors”.
Director of Programs and Teaching, NSW - Liz Horne
Liz has been calling the outdoors her “office” since 1986. She started her outdoor career as a YMCA professional, working in a director capacity in Y’s in the USA and Australia for 17 years. During this time her responsibilities included residential camping, environmental education, community recreation, childcare and corporate training.
Immediately prior to joining OEG in 2005, Liz worked for Shackleton Schools, a not for profit expedition based high school based just outside of Boston, USA. The school year included a minimum of 11 weeks of expeditions, where the students and educators would travel through wilderness, urban and/or cultural environments to explore the curriculum for that term.
“I am constantly reminded that an individuals’ capacity to learn is enhanced greatly by being given the opportunity to try “something new” in a supportive environment. The level of responsibility of the person/people who create that environment is immense, but what a joy it is to see an individual or group truly experiencing life changing learning.”
Director of Programs and Teaching, VIC - Jenny McKenzie
Jenny joined OEG in 1992 after completing a BA Outdoor Education and further postgraduate studies in Education to take on the role of Group Leader. 19 years later and with a variety of roles under her belt, both internally (including Development Officer, Program Leader and School Coordinator at St. Michaels, Senior Manager, Head of Venues and Deputy Director of Programs) and externally with Berry St, Alexandra Secondary College, Murrindindi Shire council, she has now stepped into the role of Director of Programs and Teaching, Victoria.
Jenny has a keen interest in community development and in her spare time pursues her studies of Reiki and massage therapy for animals.
Director of Risk Management - Clare Dallat
Clare has been at OEG since 2003. She has worked in outdoor education internationally and originally started her career as a 14 year old participant on multi day school programs in her home country of Northern Ireland. After finishing her undergraduate studies in environmental archaeology, Clare entered outdoor education full time and has never looked back.
Clare has a specific interest in outdoor risk management and in providing well managed experiences that lead to positive growth and change in participants. She holds a Masters Degree in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management and is requested to present frequently at conferences around Australia and overseas. Clare is an avid bike rider and can often be seen role modelling good physical fitness on the local Eildon and Alexandra roads!
Director of Finance - Angus Thompson
Angus joined OEG in late 2010. He commenced his career in London as a young Accountant working for a large multinational which allowed him to become an Industrial Tourist around much of the world whilst having the opportunity to build a portfolio of experience from trading commodities to managing manufacturing businesses.
Throughout his career the nurturing and development of people and the building of environmentally sustainable systems within a commercial framework have been two essential strands to managing successful businesses.
Angus settled in Australia in 2003 and has become increasingly aware of the fragility of the Australian environment and, therefore, the need to educate future generations to appreciate and understand how they will manage today’s future environmental impact.
At OEG Angus leads a team that has responsibility for the financial management, governance, Human resources and IT aspects of the organisation together with infrastructure at National Base.
Director of Schools, NSW - Liz Brennan
Liz joined OEG in 2008 and has held a number of positions in this time, which include; Head of Camp Jungai, Senior Manager, Duke of Edinburgh Manager and Deputy Director of Schools.
Liz’s informal training in the outdoors began at an early age through membership in the Scouting movement; she was a member for 13 years from the age of 7 and achieved her Queen Scout Award – the highest youth award achievable in the Scouting movement.
Liz holds an BSc in Environmental Science and was a doctoral student in the discipline of Ecotoxicology, during which time she presented her research at a number of international conferences. Liz did not complete her PhD, instead, trading her lab coat for a pair of hiking boots and transitioning into Environmental and Outdoor Education.
In the four years prior to joining OEG Liz worked for a number of organizations writing and delivering environmental education as an outdoor instructor and Assistant Manager of an outdoor education centre.
“Being an active participant in outdoor adventure activities throughout most of my schooling years, I know personally the benefits; physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically that outdoor education offers. It is in this knowing and with the belief that offering opportunities for environmental appreciation that we plant the seed for conservation that I proudly work in the outdoor education Industry”.
Director of Schools, Victoria - Ben Lovell
Ben has been with OEG since 2002 and has been involved in many parts of the organisation. He started as a Group Leader and moved into a variety of roles in Melbourne, based in OEG's main client schools. He has previously been the Director of Outdoor Education at St Catherine's School and Haileybury College, before stepping into his current role as Director of Schools, Victoria.