Common Content Working Group Members

The TWG members are:


Bobby Broadhurst
Bobby has worked with Sport and Recreation NSW since 1995. His current role is a Senior Project Officer with Office of Sport, Sport and Recreation. For the past 7 years he has managed Activity at Height Inspections and developed & updated Standard Operating Procedures and policies for risk related areas such as; activities, special diets, food safety, incident reporting, booking processes, terms and conditions . In addition he manages and coordinates staff training for outdoor recreation activities. He is the chairperson for the Sport and Recreation Technical Committee. Prior to this Bobby has had 6 years’ experience as a program coordinator at various Sport and Recreation Centres. This included extensive experience in programming and running outdoor education programs, facility and event management and managing clients and staff. He also has 7 years experience as an instructor delivering outdoor education and recreation activities. He holds a number of qualifications in various outdoor adventure activities.
Margot Hurrell
Margot is the chair of the working group. Margot has an extensive career as an adult educator specialising in outdoor recreation/education, corporate training, RTO management and compliance and first aid training. Her experiences have spanned high level management roles across several industries including not for profit organisations as well as plentiful hands on experience of outdoor guiding in Australia and overseas and first response as a Ski Patroller. She is highly respected for her many years of service and expertise in wilderness and remote area first aid. Currently Margot is working with Outward Bound in the role of Training Manager.
Clare Dallat
Clare holds an MSc. in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from the University of Leicester, UK and is currently engaged in a fully-funded government scholarship PhD (focusing on risk assessment in the outdoors) with the University of the Sunshine Coast, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems. Clare was Director of Risk Management at The Outdoor Education Group (OEG) for 12 years and now leads Risk Resolve, an OEG risk management consultancy service for schools and organisations. Clare has 20 years of experience in outdoor education, both in the field and in the office administrating programs. She has responded, in both field and leadership roles, to critical incidents, has served in an expert witness capacity and is familiar with the inside of a courtroom. Clare is a frequent presenter and author on risk management nationally and internationally.
Graham Sharpe
Graham is currently the Training and Quality Coordinator for the Department of Sport and Recreation WA responsible for five recreation camps with over 100 instructors on staff. He is an active practitioner in a range of outdoor recreation activities both at and outside of work. Along with a range of activity qualifications, Graham has eight diploma and certificate IV role related qualifications. These relate to safety, training and management. Graham has experience in the development of policies, procedures and standards and has contributed to the WA AAS development. He is also involved in a number of committees working on safety related topics including Outdoors WA Industry Standards Panel, NOLRS and Australian Canoeing - Education and Safety Committee. His other contributions to sector development include involvement with Service Skills Australia, Surf Life Saving WA, Outdoor Education in the tertiary education sector and the WA White Water Rescue Group.
Dave Simpson
Word Challenge’s Asia-Pacific Operations Manager, Dave’s entire career has been spent in the risk management of outdoor education activities. He currently has oversight for the domestic training and overseas deployment of more than 180 Australian teams to over 50 different developing countries annually. Preparing teams from schools across every state and territory in compliance with the relevant governmental policy (and where applicable Adventure Activity Standards) has demanded a close working knowledge of domestic best practice. This in turn has informed contribution to a global safety management system recognised with international awards and a leading role in the creation of British Standard 8848. It is hoped that this holistic experience of compliance landscapes both in Australia and overseas will help him add value to the Common Content Technical Working Group. Dave is currently undertaking a Master’s degree at the University of Melbourne with a focus on international development and security. He has trained with the British Army, at London’s Royal Geographic Society and at the Australian Emergency Management Institute, and holds current certification in both Wilderness and Mental Health First Aid.
David Clarke
David is a Senior Project Manager, Communities Sport and Recreation with the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Tasmania. He previously worked in the outdoor sector from 1982 – 2014 as a guide and trip leader (expedition-based white water journeys), a small business operator/company director, a Land Management Officer and as manager of a specialised State Government Adventure Therapy Program. David is involved with intra-governmental and industry relations across a variety of sport and recreation issues and developments. He also has experience in organisational risk and emergency management systems including development and implementation, as well as providing policy advice to government on issues associated with adventure activities as well as remote and isolated work. Davids experience in leadership roles includes development of governance policies, operational procedures and priorities in a small business context through to managing adventure-based activities. He also has operations experience within the Australasian Inter-Agency Incident Management System for Wildfire emergencies.    
David Chitty
David has owned and operated Adventure Guides Australia for 33 years and work both as the manager and a senior leader in the field. He facilitates adventure and outdoor programs for Schools Camps, Outdoor Education, Corporate Training, Nature and Adventure Based tourism and Adventure Therapy. He has experience in a large range of activities including: Abseiling, Caving, Bushwalking, Journey and camp based programs, rock climbing, white water, sea and flat water kayaking and rafting, team building and leadership programs, cross country skiing, back country and telemark skiing etc. David chaired the first concept meeting in Victoria to develop an AAS and has participated in the continued development through various Technical Committees & writing groups. He has been the Chair of the Outdoor recreation Council and served on Victorian Outdoor Education Association board. David has had high level of experience in the development of policies, procedures and standards both operational and strategic.
Julien Atherstone
Julien is currently Head Ranger with Parks Victoria overseeing Alpine National Park & Mt Buffalo NP. He has been with Parks Victoria for 6 years, 2 of which as their Visitor Risk Manager responsible for risk management of all recreation activities on Parks Victoria lands. Julien previously worked for Outdoor Education Group (OEG) in Victoria for 15 years, initially leading outdoor education groups then specialist instructor. He was the training coordinator (Cert IV Recreation - Outdoor Leadership) for 4 years and also member of OEG’s risk management department. Julien has had over 12 years’ bushwalking leadership experience in Australia & overseas and has been involved with development of the Victorian AAS via technical committees.
Peter McKenna
Peter has worked in education for almost 30 years including 18 years as a teacher, deputy principal and principal at Maroon Outdoor Education Centre in southeast Queensland.He isan active member of the Outdoor Educator’s Association of Queensland and is currently on the organising committee for the 2016 National Outdoor Education Conference. He has completed a Master of Arts in Outdoor Education and was the Department of Education representative in the inter-departmental committee tasked with the development of Queensland Adventure Activity Standards.
Peter Vandepeer
Peter was also involved in the initial development of the AAS in Victoria and in South Australia. Peter began his working life as a Jackeroo, followed by six years of Regular Army Service including service in Vietnam. Following University he was appointed to the Department of Sport and Recreation and was a Director of Leisure Concepts Australia. He joined TAFE SA in 1985 and developed education and training for fitness, outdoor leadership, sport management and tourism subjects. Peter has been active in outdoor recreation and education for over 30 years as an activity instructor, leader and as a manager. He has held instructor and leadership qualifications in White Water Canoeing & Kayaking, Sea Kayaking, Scuba diving , DAN First Aid, Bush and Mountain Walking , 4 Wheel Driving, Ski Touring, Challenge Ropes Courses, and held Wilderness Responder qualifications. Peter has held many directorships and management positions at both State and National levels. These include Project Management Committee Certificate IV & Diploma in Outdoor Recreation , Diploma of Outdoor Recreation, Board of Canoe Education, SA Rock Climbing Education Association, Bushwalking Leadership SA - Technical, Advisory and Assessment panel, Outdoor Recreation Council of Australia, Chair Recreation SA 2000 – December 2007, Director of Education & Recreation for Australian Canoeing, adviser to the SA Police STAR Division and Training and consultant to Falls Creek Lift Company.  
Phil Harrison
Phil is a teacher, and has worked for over 24 years in Secondary Schools, Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres and for TAFE Queensland. Whilst specialising in Outdoor and Environmental Education and Leadership, Phil has also taught Modern History, English, Management and Teacher Education programs. He is currently a Senior Teacher at the Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre, and also delivers VET training in Far North Queensland on behalf of Maroon Outdoor Education Centre. Phil is the Vice-President of the Outdoor Educators Association of Queensland (OEAQ). He is also on the Board of the Outdoor Council of Australia (OCA), and chairs the National Outdoor Leader Registration Scheme (NOLRS) sub-committee of the OCA. In a volunteer capacity, Phil is currently the Deputy National Commissioner, Adult Training and Development, for Scouts Australia.  In this role he manages Adventurous Activity training and policy for Scouts Australia. Phil has a Masters degree in Outdoor Education, and VET Diplomas in Leadership, Management, Outdoor Recreation, Training Design and Development, and Vocational Education and Training. He is currently registered as an Instructor in a range of outdoor activity skills areas with Australian Canoeing, NOLRS and Scouts Australia.

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