Land’s Edge Foundation | Staff

Land’s Edge FoundationExecutive Team:

Mark Stewart

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mark has worked in the outdoor industry across the globe for close to two decades. Originally from Canada, holding a first-class honours degree in International Development Studies and a Masters in Environmental Studies, Mark first worked for Land’s Edge in 2008 when the Chowder Bay location opened.

A decade or so later Mark re-joins the Land’s Edge Foundation (LEF) as Chief Executive Officer. Mark comes to the foundation with the same passion and professionalism he first displayed, but now with the experience gained leading expeditions and organisation in diverse environments on six continents. Mark’s acute business acumen, focus on client relationships, and outstanding leadership skills means he is well placed to pilot LEF into the future. Couple this with a drive to see Outdoor Education increase its presence in the State and National Education psyche, suggest some exciting times are ahead.

Dale Frankham

Director – Sydney Harbour

Dale’s degree in Environmental Science and Cert IV in Outdoor Recreation has been a natural fit for his role as Director of Chowder Bay since 2011.

The Land’s Edge Foundation accommodation facility in Chowder Bay allows Dale to wear both an Outdoor Education hat when facilitating the Foundation’s unique Sydney based programs and a scientists’ hat when running curriculum programs or when collaborating with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science also situated in the Chowder Bay precinct. These skills coupled with his attention to detail ensures that all guests in Chowder Bay and the Outdoor Education Programs he coordinates elsewhere for the Foundation are a great success.

Annette Lee

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Annette (Netti) brings an extensive knowledge of outdoor education and experiential learning to Land’s Edge Foundation gained through 20 years’ experience in managing, planning, coordinating and facilitating outdoor education programs with various not-for-profit and commercial outdoor organisations both in Australia and overseas.

After completing a Bachelor of Human Movement (Sports Management) and Graduate Diploma of Education in PDHPE and Outdoor Education, Netti followed her love of being outdoors and completed a Certificate IV and Diploma in Outdoor Recreation.

Netti brings a strong operational background to the LEF team having managed numerous operational staff teams and departments. She has also successfully operated her own small business in off-road driver training with her husband.

Her industry knowledge and experience, strong organisational skills, attention to detail and passion for staff development sees her well-placed to lead the Foundation’s operational team as Chief Operations Officer.

Pip Davies

Business Manager & Board Secretary

Pip is a Chartered Accountant with more than 10 year experience in Finance.  Pip has held senior management accountant positions at Bank of Scotland, The Audit Commission and NSW Health and  now manages all things finance for The Land’s Edge Foundation. 

Pip is passionate about identifying and implementing business process and system improvements.  When not at Land’s Edge Foundation, Pip can be found running a Shoalhaven Coast vineyard or building houses on the picturesque South Coast.

Land’s Edge FoundationOutdoor Education Team:

Brendan Kerr

Program and Safety 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.

Mark Brassington

Operations Manager Sydney Harbour

Mark has a degree in Adventure Ecotourism, Cert IV in Outdoor Recreation and is just finishing a Master of Business Administration specialising in Operations management. He has worked in the Outdoor Industry for the last 12 year in Europe (rafting and skiing) and in Australia.  Shortly after returning from Europe, Mark joined the Land’s Edge team working as an Outdoor Educator and now as the Operations manager for our Sydney Harbour base.

Whether  trail running, mountain biking or skiing, Mark loves the experiences and challenges the outdoors can create. His passion for the outdoors translates into a strong belief for environmental education and believes everyone should have the opportunity to experience the great area in which we operate.

Josh Duffy

Logistics & Equipment Manager

There really is nothing that Josh cannot do. He has been the ‘go-to’ guy at Land’s Edge since 2014. Not only does he know where every piece of equipment is, he knows its state of cleanliness and who used it last.

He has the make and model of every vehicle on instant recall and is on first name basis with all suppliers. But first and foremost, he is an experienced and trusted Outdoor Educator that the Foundation is lucky to have on every Program that leaves the Depot.

Ben Plunkett

Digital Content & Communication Coordinator

Ben has been documenting his outdoor adventures for over 10 years so he brings experience and enthusiasm to his new role as digital content producer and outdoor educator.

He is passionate about sharing special moments in beautiful places in the hope of motivating others to try new things and live a more active lifestyle.

Land’s Edge Foundation: Administration Team

Rebecca Goulding

Director of Program & Marketing Administration

Having worked as the Event’s Coordinator for the Hillsong Group for many years, Bec hopped on board the Land’s Edge train in 2017 just before the company’s transition to a Not for Profit.

Bec has born witness to the Foundation’s evolution and her exceptional organisational and logistical skills set the tone for the Foundation moving forward. Bec’s genuine ‘can do’ personality is both infectious and inspiring.

Simone Bateman

Staffing Administrator

Simone is in charge of all HR and casual staffing within the Land’s Edge Foundation which is no mean task with a pool of 60+ casual staff and from your first chat with her you’ll leave feeling like you’ve known her forever.

Simone’s outstanding organisation and solution-based attitude means the pieces of the logistical jigsaw that makes up an Outdoor Education Program slide together seamlessly.

Julia Jansen

Curriculum and Program Administration - Sydney Harbour

Jules’ Bachelor of Landscape Management & Conservation took her down the path of Natural Area Restoration & Management and from there to a Cert III & IV in Outdoor Recreation.

Jules first worked with Land’s Edge in 2014. Since then she has become integral to the operations at Chowder Bay and all programs that leave Building 1 have Jules’ irreplaceable stamp on them.

Alana Dolan

Administration and Logistics Assistant

Alana joined the Land’s Edge Foundation family in 2019, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge, having worked with The Flagstaff Group as Customer Fulfilment and Dispatch Supervisor. With her high level organisational skills and an eye for detail, she is our girl for getting things done.

Fun fact about Alana: when she was 7 years old, she participated in a Land’s Edge Activity in the Illawarra area, and ever since she has had a love of the Outdoors. Alana is currently studying her Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation, so watch this space.

Deborah Middleton

Bookings Manager - Sydney Harbour

Deb oversees all the marketing and the booking of Chowder Bay groups and is the organisational dynamo in the Sydney office.

She lives and breathes the bookings calendar and has knowledge of every client moving through the building. Instantly friendly, Deb solves all kinds of problems and requests, just ask!

Land’s Edge Foundation: Board Members

Antony Butcher

Board Member

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 and positive change.

He was a Founding Director of Land’s Edge NSW and along with his new role as Board Member he works part time for the Foundation – either updating safety and procedure manuals or assisting with the facilitation of the Foundation’s flagship Outdoor Education Programs.

Fleur Harmelin

Board Member

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 both vision and drive Fleur was a Founding Director of Land’s Edge NSW. That vision was to build an organisation capable of demonstrating how education outside of the classroom can engage eager minds in inspirational and long-lasting 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 for both the original dream and the inspiration Fleur has contributed to the organisation.

Along with sitting on the Board of the Foundation, Fleur works part-time for the organisation ensuring that the culture and identity of Land’s Edge continues to go from strength to strength.

Steve Bickerstaff

Board Member

For over 45 years, Steve has centred his personal and much of his 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 19 years Steve has worked extensively with Land’s Edge NSW to develop its journey-based programs, refine its safety management procedures and to advance development in staff training. The Land’s Edge Foundation would not be the respected Outdoor Education organisation it is today without Steve’s belief, experience and hard work.

Steve will continue to coordinate Outdoor Education Programs whilst fulfilling his new role as a Board Member.

Lachlan McDonald

Board Member

Lachlan has a Bachelor of Commerce with Majors in Economics and Human Geography, Graduate Diploma’s in Accounting as well as Applied Finance and Investments. He has worked for over 30 years’ in financial and management positions in NSW Treasury, Ports and Aged Care.

Gaining a broad range of experience, knowledge and skills while working in the private, public and not-for profit sectors has provided in-depth understanding of governance, financial, corporate and operational areas which add value to the existing expertise of the Board.

Being a lover of the outdoors with interests in ocean swimming and paddling, hiking and skiing Lachlan’s role as Board Member allows his professional acumen and outdoor passions to come together for the benefit of the Foundation. Providing opportunities for others, especially school children, to experience and enjoy the great outdoors combined with educational outcomes is a key delivery for Lachlan.

Sarah Jauncey

Board Member

Sarah commenced her career in education in 2002 and since that time she has taught at various independent girls schools throughout Sydney. During her time in the independent school system, Sarah has previously held the role of Director of Sport and PDHPE prep-Year 6 and enjoyed a long tenure as the NSW IPSHA Sports convenor. Sarah has also held the position of NSWCIS Swimming Convenor and NSWPSSA Swimming Team Manager. Sarah is passionate about empowering students to have the confidence to go beyond what they believe and see in themselves.

Sarah takes her roles seriously and strives to develop the students into physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity. Sarah’s number one goal for every student she teaches is to share her passion for fun, laughter and activity. Owing to this wealth of experience and obvious enthusiasm for education, Sarah is well placed to assist in guiding the Land’s Edge Foundation into the future