Chair, Margaret Webb OAM
In 2007 Margaret Webb retired from a long and illustrious career in education, most recently Principal of Toorak College, and prior to that Head of Wheelers Hill Campus, Caulfield Grammar School. Other career highlights include: Deputy Headmistress, St. Michaels Grammar School and Director of Studies at Toorak College in the 1980s. Margaret is currently a Director of the Invergowrie Foundation, a public charitable trust aimed at promoting and advancing the education of girls and women within Victoria; she was also the President of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) for five years from 2003 to 2007.
Her educational philosophy is based around developing the potential in all children, including academic, intellectual, spiritual, physical development, music, sport, public speaking, leadership and community service. She is deeply committed to promoting lifelong learning for all.
Margaret is currently a Board Director of a proposed school for indigenous children which is aiming to open in 2016. She is a Council member of the Mac.Robertson Girls High School and is President of that school’s alumni association.
She actively mentors in a range of educational fields – Principals, senior staff and through the African Think Tank and Teach for Australia.
Deputy Chair, Robert Pascoe
In 2000, Robert Pascoe was General Manager of Visy Special Events, responsible for development, recycling of all catering packaging products, furniture, fixtures, signage and marketing materials for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and re-manufacture using recycled raw materials. To this day, the Sydney Olympics are still remembered as the ‘Green Games.’
Today, he is the Managing Director of Closed Loop, a successful waste management company. His vision to reduce and recycle London’s waste has resulted in the UK’s first post consumer plastics recycling plant.
Robert is currently a director and keen supporter of the Sydney Swans Football Club, and Director and Company Secretary of the People and Parks Foundation.
Director, Dr. Lorraine Smith
Lorraine Smith has more than 30 years experience in a variety of educational settings. She started her professional career as a secondary teacher in Physical Education and English in Victoria.
She began her professional Outdoor Education career at Bogong Outdoor Education Centre in the late 1970’s. In 1984 she completed a doctorate in Outdoor Education at Indiana University. She has taught at Victoria University and La Trobe University.
She was the Head of Outdoor Education and Nature Tourism at Bendigo for ten years before moving to The Outdoor Education Group in NSW. Lorraine was appointed as the Executive Director of the NSW Division of The Outdoor Education Group with the specific brief to establish The Outdoor Education Group in NSW. Over a period of ten years she assisted to grow the organization into a well respected not-for-profit outdoor company.
She led a review and restructure of The Outdoor Education Group curriculum and developed the Educational Framework.
Throughout her career Lorraine has worked closely with educational communities to develop and implement unique outdoor education and outdoor recreation programs that are custom-designed to meet the needs of students and schools.
Now working with the Western Institute of TAFE NSW, Lorraine is involved in the evaluation of vocational, personal and social outcomes of Outdoor Education for students, parents and schools. In partnership with The Outdoor Education Group, she has helped develop the Certificate III/Certificate IV Outdoor Recreation traineeship program.
Director, Craig Mitchell
Craig Mitchell has spent his life pursuing high performance and testing his limits. His career started with Ernst & Young and progressed into management consulting with Arthur Andersen and CHI Consulting in the USA. Craig combined his passion for business and sport with an MBA in Sport Management at Deakin University.
After managing a series of entrepreneurial businesses, he now runs a successful management consultancy, Crank Sports, which helps organisations to crank their performance to new levels. Craig works on strategic, research and marketing based projects with a range of clients, including AFL clubs, Cricket Australia, the Australian Sports Commission and not-for-profit organisations such as Bicycle Network. His work in the corporate space focuses on the development of high performance business teams, using the principles gained in his sports research.
Craig is passionate about the role of physical activity in a healthy and balanced life and enjoys cranking along, whether it’s on the trails, in the pool, on the yoga mat or riding his bike or surfboard.
Director, Chris O’Farrell
Chris is a Bachelor of Business CPA and commenced his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 1988, and for the last 20 years has held management roles in Victorian Public Sector.
From 2007 to 2013 Chris was the Chief Financial Officer in the Department of Primary Industries Victoria, and before that he was Director Corporate Services at the Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria, as well as 9 years in the State Treasury. Chris is now a Project Director at the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.
Chris brings strong knowledge of public sector policy and program development and the budget process. He also has extensive experience in strategy, governance and Board and Audit Committee reporting.
Chris is a father of four teenagers and is a firm believer in the benefits of competitive sport for health and well-being. He regularly competes in running, swimming and tennis competitions.