Our Team

Everyone who knows OB, knows that there is something special about Outward Bound field crew! They are highly qualified outdoor education practitioners and skilled facilitators. Our crew is focused 100% on creating positive, impactful and safe experiences for participants.

Few people leave an OB program without a sense of awe and gratitude to the Group Leaders that have guided their OB journey.

Helene de Lagillardaie
Program Manager - Regions
Our regional and mobile operations and field crew are managed by Helene. Helene brings a breadth of international expertise and has established a reputation as one of OBs most respected, hard-working leaders, inspiring and mentoring a dedicated field crew.
Melanie Davey
Program Manager - Tharwa, National Base
Our National Base in Tharwa is managed by Melanie. Originally beginning as one of our ‘Yankee’ trainees, Melanie has spent the past decade guiding Leadership programs in the Himalayas and working with youth across Australia in experiential education. She has just recently returned to Outward Bound to focus on developing Tharwa as a thriving education centre
Sam Cook
Group Leader
Sam grew up in Northern NSW and is an avid surfer. Before joining the crew, Sam studied a Bachelor of Applied Science: Eco tourism and outdoor recreation. In that time he also worked as a youth worker with young adults with autism. He continues studying sustainable development centring around Indigenous knowledge and land management.
Clay Mueller
Group Leader
Clay brings to Outward Bound his environmental science degree and knowledge of the natural environment. Clay is a passionate long distance hiker, and tackled the Australian Alps Track in 2018. He travelled the world and lived in the UK and Thailand for extensive amount of time. Clay loves to experiment with food and develop culinary delights with his groups.
Sam Hodder
Senior Program Coordinator
Sam was one of the Whiskey interns in 2015. He had been working in the outdoors prior and has got over 10 years of experience in the industry. Sam has both led groups and coordinated in all of Outward Bound’s operational areas. His technical skills in roping, paddling and navigation and his knowledge of the industry are an asset in his coordinating and leading the team in the field.
Marita Hills
Group Leader
Marita grew up in Queensland and is a trained high school teacher. Her love of the outdoors encompasses solo hiking and snow sports. Marita was a part of a long distance winter alpine expedition across the Australian Alps in 2020. She loves to capture beautiful scenery through her camera lens.
Jacob Lockley
Senior Group Leader
Jacob is an avid skier and lover of all snow sports. He has spent time in Canada and Japan in pursue of the best snow! Jacob’s hobbies also include trout fishing and mountain biking. Jacob’s blue cheese dressing and hot winds are famous amongst staff!
Forrest Perrin De Graff
Senior Group Leader
Forrest’s interest in the outdoors was nurtured in him through the Scouts. On his off time, Forrest loves playing Dungeon and Dragon and having board games sessions. Forrest’s culinary specialty include a delicious Japanese Curry and fluffy pancakes.
Ash Cochrane
Senior Group Leader
Ash grew up in New Zealand. She joined Outward Bound Australia after having done programs as a participant with OBNZ. She is passionate about trail running and surf-lifesaving. When not in the field with a group, Ash is usually running up the local tracks and mountains. She loves chocolate and will take food bribes!
Marc Layton
Senior Group Leader
When not leading a group, Marc will reliably be found up a wall– from indoor bouldering to outdoor multi-pitch, he loves his climbing! Marc is also a passionate musician and used to play in a band. Marc’s Italian heritage comes out strong in his love for a home cook pasta dish.
Lucas Slater
Senior Group Leader
Lucas is a Canberra local. His outdoor passions are varied but you can always find him riding his skateboard or surfing down the coast. Lucas likes starting his days with a run up the local hills and a strong coffee.
Dan Porto
Senior Group Leader
Dan can be found on his time off on a variety of outdoor adventures, exploring new and remote places. Either bike packing, hiking or paddling. Dan spent some time in Canada and skied across the Great Slave lake during winter. His specialty are chicken drumsticks cooked on the fire!
Jess Bulger
Co-Chair, Board of Directors
Jess Bulger is Wiradjuri from Tumut and Brungle in Country NSW and is Director, Engagement at CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program. Jess began her career as a teacher and has worked in the Higher Education and Non-Profit sectors for the past 12 years. Jess focuses on her passion to empower young people to build rewarding careers, leading fulfilling lives and enable change for their families and communities. Jess comes from a long line of strong Wiradjuri women and is driven by the belief that as Indigenous peoples we have the solutions for our communities and that our work must be informed by the teachings of our Elders.
Campbell Hudson
Deputy Chair, Board of Directors
In more than 30 years of legal practice, Campbell has acquired significant experience in insolvency, commercial litigation and restructuring. Through a number of initiatives, Campbell has worked to reduce the socio-economic gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and in 2014 was awarded the CareerTrackers Business Supervisor of the Year. In 2016 Campbell participated in an Outward Bound program with CareerTracker interns, that led him to join the Outward Bound Australia Board in 2019.
Robin Moustaka
Board of Directors
Located in Western Australia, Robin Moustaka brings over 20 years business development, technology, and healthcare (ICU nursing) experience. She combines those caring and strategic values with a focus on our partnerships, growth and safety. Robin is passionate about helping organisations understand digital transformation and advising on business development strategies for organizational growth. She frequently speaks on women in leadership and coaches and mentors on career development, business development and professional branding. Robin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of San Francisco and resides in Perth with her family.
Dr Simon Crisp
Board of Directors
Dr. Simon Crisp describes his OBA Standard Course in 1980 (aged 17), as the single most formative experience of his life. Working as an OBA instructor provided the foundation to his career in psychology in wilderness adventure therapy and hospital mental health settings. With over 30 years of practicing psychology, Simon brings critical expertise to Outward Bound, supporting the Board and the training and development of our crew.
Simon Lewis
Chair AOBDF
From the vantage of his advisory firm, GoodWolf Partners, Simon helps clients such as family and corporate Foundations and NFPs to co-design strategy and develop innovative 'for purpose' models of service and capital towards social value. Simon has been involved with Outward Bound in both Zimbabwe and Australia, and he believes there has never been a more important and exciting time to reimagine the possibilities to make a difference, to leave the world a better place, to leave a legacy
Jon Bradshaw
Director AOBDF
Jon Bradshaw comes to OBA with over 25 years of global sales, marketing, strategy and organisational development experience gained with the Mars Group, Diageo PLC, Virgin Group, Lion Pty and D roga S. Nowadays he runs a successful marketing and strategy consultancy, Brand Traction. With an alarming lack of grace and skill he has spent his life outside work mountaineering, kayaking, diving, climbing and snowboarding his way around the world's adventure capitals . Over 40 years of experience in the field has given Jon an unshakeable belief that time spent being challenged in the outdoors should be an integral part of everyone's personal growth journey.
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