Land’s Edge Leadership Team

Land’s Edge is proud of the high quality of its teaching and administrative staff. All staff are professionals in their field with a commitment to, and enjoyment of, education outdoors – as well as to working with young people.

 

Due to the wide range of services Land’s Edge provides, types of staff qualifications vary. As a minimum, Land’s Edge follows staff qualification guidelines suggested by:

  • NSW Department of Education and Training
  • ACT Department of Education and Training
  • The Adventure Activities Standards
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services
  • ACT Department of Environment and Heritage
  • Relevant peak industry bodies
Antony Butcher

Antony Butcher

Managing Director

Antony has a Master of Emergency Management (Honours), a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary Teaching) and a Bachelor of Arts (Outdoor Education). He has over 25 years’ experience in Australia and overseas working with young people outdoors.

Antony believes that education outside the classroom is the critical link between our urban existence and the natural world, a world that is perfectly placed to act as the instigator for inquiry.

As the face of Land’s Edge, Antony is often found drinking coffee with clients or hidden by paperwork but every now and then he’ll be rolled out into the field where it all started and there he finds his peace.

Fleur Harmelin

Fleur Harmelin

Managing Director

Fleur holds a Bachelor of Arts (Outdoor Education) and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary Teaching). With this tool kit she worked extensively overseas and in Australia both as a classroom teacher and in the field as an Outdoor Educator growing from a green newbie into a skilled operator.

With starry eyes she and Antony started Land’s Edge in 1999 to demonstrate how education outdoors can be transferred to eager minds in inspirational and engaging ways, how it can assist in developing a sense of place, how it can create a connection with natural places.

The longevity of Land’s Edge, and the thousands of participants Land’s Edge programs have affected, speaks volumes in the success of the initial vision.

Paul Holmes

Paul Holmes

Director of Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education Programs are opportunities for change – for clients, the participants and ourselves. Creating these opportunities has been part of Paul’s path for 30 years and counting.

Through his beginnings in System Agriculture, in Scouting then working with youth at risk, and providing centre & expedition based programs at Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels of education Paul has been involved in outdoor experiential learning at its crux.

His life long belief in Outdoor Education being the most powerful medium for learning and change motivates him to engage those eager minds he meets so to provide a catalyst for change and to together create a sustainable future.

Dale Frankham

Dale Frankham

Director, Lands Edge Sydney Harbour

Dale holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Macquarie University with majors in Biology and Ecology, a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation (specialising in outdoor activities) and a Leader’s Wilderness First Aid.

Dale is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Land’s Edge Sydney Harbour facility and is first point of contact for Land’s Edge Sydney Harbour curriculum, recreation and outdoor education programs.

Dale has a personal interest in the natural environment, photography, outdoor pursuits, surfing, SCUBA, adventure activities and travel.

Kevin Mehorter

Kevin Mehorter

Business Manager

Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Business Administration) from Gordon College, Boston Massachusetts. Kevin is responsible for financial operations and planning at Land’s Edge. Producing and maintaining systems in relation to budgetary control and developing performance measures that support the company’s strategic direction are on top of a long list of Kevin’s responsibilities.

Kevin’s passion, apart from analysing a spreadsheet filled with numbers, is to see young people gain a greater understanding of their abilities and worth through education outside the classroom. A keen and able surfer, he’s even been known to wear a Land’s Edge surf instructor’s hat in years gone by!

Steve Bickerstaff

Steve Bickerstaff

Staff Development and Organisational Strategist

For over 40 years Steve has centred his personal and professional life around mountains and skiing. Highlights include Olympic Cross Country Ski Coach for India in Kashmir and three-time Australian Telemark FIS Speed Skiing Champion. Steve has contributed to the National Outdoor Industry Training Package and has worked for TAFE to deliver its Alpine Competency modules.

For the past 15 years Steve has worked extensively with Land’s Edge to develop its journey-based programs, refine its safety management procedures and to advance development in staff. Land’s Edge would not be the respected outdoor education company it is today without Steve’s belief, experience and hard work.

Chris Schiller

Chris Schiller

Director of Client Services

Chris’ formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Business in Tourism & Hospitality, Cert IV in Training and Assessing and Cert III & IV in Outdoor Recreation from Blue Mountains TAFE – where he accepted the ‘Outstanding Student Achievement Award’ in 2008.

Having recently stepped out of the Outdoor Ed industry to own and manage a successful hospitality business, Chris adds his business acumen to an already exceptional ability in outdoor ed field logistics. His role as Director of Client Services benefits from his impressive organisational and management skills.

Brendan Kerr

Brendan Kerr

Senior Program Coordinator

Brendan hails from Rhode Island, USA via Christchurch, NZ and brings with him outdoor experience in abundance. He holds a Bachelor of Sustainability & Outdoor Education and has worked as an outdoor educator throughout the world.

He is a strong advocate for environmental education and environmental & social sustainability and shares his knowledge in such a gentle and unassuming way that his highly requested leader tag is well earned.

Brendan is another believer in the Land’s Edge sense of place ethos and walks the walk by only being found in only the most beautiful of locations whenever unchained from his desk.

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P: (02) 4234 3278 | E: info@landsedge.com.au

PO Box 256, Gerringong NSW 2534

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