Chair, Margaret Webb OAM
Margaret ’s career has been in education. She has had a long career in education largely in Victorian independent schools. Since her retirement as Principal of Toorak College, Mt Eliza, she has continued an active involvement in education. She is deeply committed to promoting lifelong learning for all.
Her involvement with OEG extends over 30 years. She has participated in, organised and strategically steered many programs in that time. She strongly believes that outdoor education has an important place in a school’s curriculum contributing skills and knowledge to the development of all young people.
Currently, she is a Board director of the Melbourne Indigenous School (MITS), a board director of Kingswood College and the Lyceum Club. She is a council member of Ma.Robertson Girls High School, a director of the Mac.Rob foundation and President of that school’s Alumni association. She currently mentors in a range of educational fields – principals, senior staff, 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, including his own successful management consultancy, Crank Sports which helped organisations crank their performance to new levels, he found his way back to Ernst & Young…..a boomerang on a wide arc. Craig is currently an Associate Director in EY’s Sports, Events and Venues Consulting practice and provides strategic advice to a range of clients, including AFL clubs, Cricket Australia, the Australian Sports Commission, national sporting organisations, state sporting associations and not-for-profit organisations such as Bicycle Network.
Craig is passionate about the role of physical activity in a healthy and balanced life and enjoys having fun in the indoors with his young family on the trails, in the pool or on his bike or surfboard.
Director, Chris O’Farrell
Chris O’Farrell is a Bachelor of Business CPA and commenced his career with Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC) in 1988, and worked in the area of insolvency and reconstruction for a number of years.
For the last 22 years Chris has held senior management roles in the Victorian Public Sector. Chris is currently Director Executive Services & Governance at Victoria Police, and a member of Police Command. From 2008 to 2013 Chris was the Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Primary Industries Victoria; and prior to that was Director Corporate at the Department of Premier & Cabinet Victoria, as well as 9 years in the Department of Treasury & Finance from 1995 to 2004.
Chris brings strong knowledge of the public sector environment and extensive experience in strategy development, governance, risk and financial management. He is currently also a Board Director of Strathcona Girls Grammar School and Chair of its Finance and Risk Committee. Chris is a father of four; enjoys running, swimming and tennis; and is a believer in the benefits of outdoor activity and competitive sport for well-being.
Director, Peggy Mahy
Peggy is in her fourth year as a Principal at The Scots School Albury; an independent, coeducational boarding school on the border between NSW and Victoria. Starting her career at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar as a teacher, Peggy’s background is in teaching and learning with a specific focus on improving teacher quality. Peggy was Deputy Principal at Radford College in the ACT for 5 years, has experience in leadership in the tertiary sector at Monash University where she was Deputy Principal of the college for international students, Monash College and prior to this, was Director of Learning at St Catherine’s School in Melbourne.
In all contexts Peggy has sought to enhance the capabilities of teachers with a clear focus on outcomes for students. Peggy is also a firm believer in holistic education and in the power of experiential learning. This belief drives her current involvement as a Board Director for the Outdoor Education Group. Her involvement with The Outdoor Education Group extends over 20 years commencing with her work at St Michael’s Grammar School in the 1990’s through to serving on the Board for 5 years from 2006. She is delighted to be working once again with the Outdoor Education Group through this governance role.