Our Team

Everyone who knows Outward Bound, 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 Outward Bound program without a sense of awe and gratitude to the Group Leaders that have guided their Outward Bound journey.

Helene de Lagillardaie
Head of Operations
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.
Violet
Assistant Group Leader
Violet is from Denmark in the south west of WA and is a trained primary school teacher. In her spare time Violet enjoys adventures including rock climbing and abseiling or getting crafty with crocheting and sewing. Violet loves being part of a community and is known for making pancakes for everyone on Mondays.
Peta
Trainee
Peta is from the Sunny Coast in Queensland. She has spent time working at a summer camp in Los Angeles, and was inspired to pursue outdoor education after completing her first Outward Bound expedition in Yosemite National Park in California. Peta enjoys martial arts, eating spicy foods and playing guitar.
Rachel
Trainee
Rachel is a bit of a globe trotter doing snow seasons as a ski and snowboard instructor in Japan and Canada. She loved living in different countries and getting amongst the culture every different place has to offer. Rachel’s moto: whatever you do in life, do it with enthusiasm
Zali
Trainee
Zali grew up living in a rural town called Coober Pedy in South Australia, and experienced living underground. She spent time working as an aquatic’s instructor, teaching a variety of activities including kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, and snorkelling. When Zali is not in the outdoors she loves to draw or expand her knowledge through books and study, and believes that kindness is everything.
Laura
Trainee
Laura is a northern rivers rainforest resident - a playful bush kid at heart, always on the hunt for new random animal facts or fun new games. She loves hiking and kayaking and is an aspiring sailor!
Alkira
Trainee
Alkira grew up in the lush rainforests of the Northern Rivers and spent most of her time as a child playing outside. This fostered her appreciation for the natural world and made her eager to explore. She is a lover of community and outdoors. Alkira has experienced the outdoors through bushwalking, rock climbing and camping. You can always find her in a crowd, just look for the curly fro.
Bridget
Group Leader
Bridget's passion for the outdoors was ignited in 2016 when she was a participant in a 12-day Outward Bound navigator course. She has since become a fiend for all things adventure sports - with a penchant for scuba diving, solo hiking, vertical caving and snow sports. She is currently working on a blueprint for canine adventure equipment so she can bring her dog Monte on all her outdoor jaunts.
Rapha
Group Leader
Rapha was born in NZ but grow up all over the world. Bringing this bi-cultural background into programs is one of his specialties. After studying a Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education in Christchurch NZ Rapha decided to transfer his theoretical skill into practice with Outward bound Australia. Creating strong relationships and a sense of community is one of the main aspects of his work.
Adele
Group Leader
Adele has a love for mountain biking, hiking and skiing. She grew up in New Zealand but travelled and worked in America, Canada and Japan before settling in Jindabyne Australia seven years ago. Studied a Bachelor of Physical Education (Hons) majoring in teaching as well as a cert IV in Outdoor Recreation, so she is excited to bring her skills and experience to Outward Bound.
Jemima
Trainee
After participating in Outward Bound programs throughout high school, Jemima was keen to pursue a career outdoors. She enjoys hiking and navigation, and has completed tertiary study in Sustainability. You’ll often find her reading or writing, and she also loves to cook (especially baking!) - her go-to is her Mums frittata or choc zucchini muffins!
Dakota
Group Leader
Dakota is from the United States, Florida to be specific. She loves hiking and trying any new outdoor activities. She has spent the last four years travelling around the world, after completing her bachelors degree in fine art. Settling in Australia to become her home and create a career sharing her passion for the outdoors.
Damian
Senior Group Leader
Damo grew up on the east coast and is a keen surfer and sportsman. In recent years, Damo has spent time in Canada, Northern Norway and Guatemala. Since working with Outward Bound, Damo has developed his white water expertise and can often be found on the local rivers. His good luck with weather on program is well known – Damo knows how to find the sun every day!
Marita
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
Program Coordinator - Tharwa, National Base
Jacob is an avid skier and lover of all snow sports. He has spent time in Canada and Japan in pursuit of the best snow! Jacob’s hobbies also include trout fishing and mountain biking. Jacob’s blue cheese dressing and hot wings 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.
Lucas Slater
Program Coordinator - Regions
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.
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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