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Management Board

Congratulations to the new Outdoors WA Board of Management elected at the recent Annual General Meeting.  Outdoors WA is fortunate to have such high calibre board members who each volunteer their time for the good of the WA outdoors community:

Andy Wahid - Chair

Duncan Picknoll - Vice chair

Joseph Daniels - Treasurer

Matt Jackson

Steve Pretzel

Graham Sharpe

Board of Management meetings are regularly scheduled throughout the year.

The board is always actively seeking members, if you are interested please contact the Executive Officer at executiveofficer(at)outdoorswa.org

Elections are held at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year. Nominating to a board position is an ideal way to broaden your skills and share your wisdom back to the outdoor sector.  For further details see the Outdoors WA Constitution.

 

 

Andy Wahid - Chair

Andy was elected to the Chairman's position in October 2015 having previously served as a Board member for 2 years. Andy's expertise lies in international expedition management, youth leadership and HR. For 11 years Andy worked for Raleigh International, a global NGO leader in volunteering, as Country Director for Ghana, Belize, Brunei and Malaysian Borneo before heading up Country Programmes and Business Development. Andy was responsible for the design and implementation of large and complex expeditions for up to 170 volunteers on 3-4 month programmes. It was here that Andy learnt the importance of the outdoors as a vehicle for experiential learning through community and environmental projects, and adventure projects which included 3 weeks jungle trekking, kayaking and diving. Andy moved to Australia at the end of 2009, working with Bridging the Gap to provide learning opportunities for at risk young people with outdoor recreation as a key tool for development. 

Andy is committed to supporting the continued development of Outdoors WA as a strong, well governed Peak Body in the outdoors sector, advocating for the community of WA from activity specific organisations, individual providers, outdoor educators, government departments and outdoors enthusiasts to ensure that all people in WA have the opportunity to access and experience a better life outdoors.


 

Steve Pretzel

Steve entered the outdoors industry though his interest in trail bike riding (he is the founding President of the Recreational Trailbike Riders' Association) and quickly broadened his involvement with consulting engagements covering SCUBA diving, trail bike, mountain bike, four wheel drive and horse trails planning. 

Among other projects, Steve was responsible for the development of the feasibility study and business plan for the Great Southern Centre of Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GS CORE), the drafting of State Outdoor Recreation strategy and the recent review of WA Adventure Activity Standards for Bushwalking, Snorkeling, Challenge Ropes and Four Wheel Driving.

He has been a community member of the Trails Reference Group and has presented at trails conferences locally and internationally.  

Steve's number one outdoor passion is snow skiing and he can be found most Januarys hitting the slopes of Whistler.  Steve joined the Board of Outdoors WA in 2013.


 

Joseph Daniels - Treasurer

Joseph is a practicing accountant and brings his passion for numbers and expertise to the treasurer role. He also is keen to get into the great WA outdoors with his family and friends.

 

Matt Jackson

Matt has worked in the fields of sport and recreation and outdoor recreation for the past 11 years in varying roles in Australia, the USA and Canada. 

Matt currently teaches Outdoor Education at Corpus Christi College and is most at home when outside educating students and seeing them grow and develop new understandings about the natural world around them. 

   
 

Graham Sharpe
Graham Sharpe joined the OWA Board in 2015 after joining the WA Industry Standards Panel in 2007. 

Graham has completed a range of study from Training and Education, Sport Management, Work Health Safety, Quality Auditing, Outdoor Recreation and Disability Work. He is a member of a number of national and state bodies including a Director for Australian Camps Association, Australian Canoeing Education and Safety Committee, Surf Life Saving WA, Royal Life Saving WA, Outdoor Council of Australia NOLRS Sub-Committee, Australian AAS Working Group and the Outdoors WA Industry Standards Panel. 

Graham Sharpe has an extensive career and is the current Training and Quality Coordinator for the Department of Sport and Recreation, Recreation Camps. Graham is most comfortable when in the field and is often found at his local surf club, on or in a river or at a quarry.

 

Duncan Picknoll - Deputy chair.

Duncan is the Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation at The University of Notre Dame Australia. He has a passion for providing stimulating and challenging outdoor learning opportunities for the benefit of students and aims to develop the profile of Outdoor Education in schools and the wider community. He enjoys all outdoor pursuits.

He has a passion for working with people with special needs in the outdoors and academically has recently submitted a Doctorate of Education titled The Nature and Scope of Outdoor Education in Secondary Schools in Western Australia.

Duncan is also involved with the Curriculum Advisory Council - Outdoor Education and is an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning.











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