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The Board

The Outdoors WA Board of Management is fortunate to have such a high calibre of board members who each volunteer their time for the good of the WA outdoors community.

The board is always seeking passionate members that feel that they can positively contribute to the growth and promotion of the outdoor recreation sector in WA. 

If you feel you are suitable and keen to contribute then please contact the Chief Executive Officer at office@outdoorswa.org.au

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.

The Board

Katie Brown

Chairperson
Katie is CEO of Awards WA, delivering the world’s largest youth development program - The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - in WA and since 2018, Ignite Award. Under this multi-service platform and with the assistance of a large volunteer network, member based Awards WA supports over 4,000 young people and over 100 partner organisations annually. Katie is an executive with a proven track record in achieving strong organisational outcomes and is known as a proactive and energetic leader in the community and member sector who thrives in providing positive strategic and functional results. As an avid sportsperson, fitness professional, wife and mother, Katie has a deep connection and commitment to a strong and active community in Western Australia.

Adam Marr

Vice Chairperson
Adams' drive comes from working with leaders and their teams to develop, road test and deliver the 3-5 year strategic plan in the context of a broader 30+ year 'Future-Fit' outlook. He has been fortunate to travel, live and work overseas and all Australian States/Territories in capital, regional & remote settings - across private, public and non-profit sectors in start-ups and $1bn+ organisations. Adam completed his undergrad in Business Systems at RMIT & Master of Science in Sustainable Development at Curtin. Thriving creative sustainable communities that regenerate nature's biodiversity and connect us with each other and the outdoors is the future Adam is focused on.

Jennifer Brown

Treasurer
Jennifer joined the board in 2020 and is a Chartered Accountant who brings 10 years experience across industries of not-for profit, state government and mining. Jennifer’s roles in audit and assurance as well as management accounting is suited to the Treasurer position and complements the Outdoors WA Board with their significant experience in the outdoor sector. Jennifer lives an active lifestyle and is a keen outdoors advocate, believing in the benefit it provides around mental and physical health, and appreciation of the environment. Jennifer’s favourite outdoor achievements are trekking the Mt Everest Base Camp and hiking Mt Rinjani in Lombok.

Bernadette Suriani

Board member
Bernadette Suriani is a Senior Program Coordinator at Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp – Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries. She has worked for twelve years in the Outdoor Sector beginning in Outdoor Education expeditions and making her way to entry level Outdoor Recreation at Bickley Camp. Bernadette has an enthusiastic passion for working outdoors and is one of those lucky people who loves their job. Working daily with trainees, colleagues, casual instructors and clients helps her pass on her passion to the future workers of the outdoors. When not at work Bernadette enjoys ocean swimming, hanging with her chickens, outdoor walks and spending quality time with her little family.

Matt Goodbody

Board member
Matt has always been passionate about being outdoors. He enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, fishing, overland touring and is eager to encourage others into the outdoors. Since 2004 he has worked as a freelance Outdoor Educator throughout WA and Australia and is currently an Outdoor Education Teacher at Christ Church Grammar School. Matt is also a sessional academic at the University of Notre Dame, WA. Matt relocated to Bendigo, Victoria in 2014 to study Outdoor Education at La Trobe University where he spent 3 years developing his personal skill set and understanding of outdoor learning. He then completed his Master’s in Applied Learning and Secondary Teaching at Deakin University, Victoria. Matt also holds certificates in Outdoor Recreation and Training and Assessment. Matt considers himself fortunate to be able to share his passion with young people in the outdoors to provide meaningful learning experiences about themselves, the people around them and the natural world all whilst having a great time outside. Matt is also involved in training upcoming outdoor leaders through a traineeship program at Christ Church Grammar School. Matt believes his skill set supplements the Outdoors WA board by bringing an understanding of the Co-Curricular Outdoor Education sector and Outdoor Recreation Traineeships as well as a personal understanding of the enjoyment and diversity of activities that outdoors WA has to offer.

Michael Down

Board member
Mike has been working and playing in the outdoors since the early 2000s, working for many different organisations and in many different parts of the world since then. He is currently a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate, researching the design and implementation of an evidence-based Outdoor Education program that aims to improves wellbeing in young adolescents. This involves publication of his research in peer-reviewed academic journals, with the goal of lifting the profile of Outdoor Education as a medium to improve the mental health of young people in the community. In addition to research, Mike works as a Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia, teaching Outdoor Education and Outdoor Recreation to undergraduate students. Mike loves spending time in the outdoors and is often found with his young son in a backpack carrier, walking through his favourite parts of the Perth bushland. Mike believes that the outdoors is a place that all people should be involved in, and hopes to provide insight to the Outdoors WA Board to inform best practice and encourage active participation for the outdoor industry in Western Australia.