OUR BOARD

 

A key part of our governance structure is our Board who are made up of industry professionals, they provide support and guidance on our direction as a not-for-profit organisation and share our passion for making outdoor play in nature an every day part of children’s lives.

Brenton Grear (Chair)

 

Brenton Grear is the Director of new organisation, Green Adelaide which will transform our city into a world-leading, sustainable, green and climate resilient city for the new Green Adelaide Board. Formerly the Regional Director, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges in the Department for Environment and Water, Brenton has had a long career in public land management, ecological restoration and natural resources management throughout South Australia.

In his spare time, Brenton loves spending time with his family and getting into nature – taking long walks in Australia’s high country and making use of his obsession for vintage surfboards.

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Sarah Abbott

 

Sarah has worked in public relations all her professional life. Her experience spans all genres of PR and she specialises in lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality.  Sarah’s PR experience is extensive, she has worked in PR both as a consultant and an in-house PR director for over 20 years. Her passion is PR and the adrenalin rush of seeing her client’s brands up in lights.  She’s now the owner and director of Sassafras PR.  Sarah has three children and is committed to ensuring they grow up to relish the outdoors and the harmony nature can bring to our busy lives.

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Kylie Dermody

 

Kylie is an Entrepreneur and People and Culture expert with 10+ years in Global HR Leader roles in some of the world’s largest companies including GE and BHP Billiton. She co-founded global trampoline business Bounce Inc, was Co-founder and CEO of Educational Consultancy Lean Learning and is currently founder and Director of Edu Cultureworks, an organisation dedicated to transforming culture in Education. Kylie grew up in the Northern Territory and as leaseholder of two small people (who she encourages to run wild) she is a passionate advocate for unstructured play outdoors.

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Dr Peter Sharley OAM

MBBS, Dip Obs RACOG, Dip Av Med, Dip Bus Mgt, GAICD, FAMA, FANZCA, FCICM

Peter graduated in 1984 from the University of Adelaide in medicine and undertook subsequent specialist training in both Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine. He has held senior management positions in both Intensive Care Medicine and Critical Care Retrieval Services at Royal Adelaide Hospital for 15 years and had specialist postings in California and in rural and remote areas of Australia.

He has been on 10 boards over the last 10 years, including National Doctors Health Pty Ltd and Chair of SAPMEA (SA Post Graduate Medical Education Association)

He is active as Chairman of the Adelaide University Football Club, the largest and most successful amateur football club in the world for young men and women. Peter has planted 20,000 native bushes and trees on a rural property south of Mt Compass to shelter his cattle and encourage the birds to sing again.

 

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Phil Kwan

 

Phil is the Executive Manager Brand and Member Experience at Credit Union SA. Phil has a background in both financial services and retail, including over 15 years in retail banking in both Australia and the UK across sales, distribution and marketing. His current responsibilities include leading all Credit Union SA’s customer facing functions, together with their long standing partnerships with the Education Community in SA.  Phil has a lifelong passion for outdoor education and nature play and the positive impact it has on young people’s lives.

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Garry Whitelock

 

Garry is the Business Director at Pulteney Grammar School. Garry is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience, in Australia, South East Asia and the UK. Garry’s previous roles included advising on agribusiness and aquaculture. He has two teenage sons who enjoy sharing their outdoor activities and “happy dirt”.

Rick Moody

 

Rick has over 35 years’ experience working in Australia and overseas in professional services and industry. He trained with PwC and has held senior executive roles with a number of large corporates, including Adelaide Brighton, Elders, Codan and Skywest Airlines; principally as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Company Secretary and Representative Director. Rick is currently Chief Financial Officer of Banner Mitre 10. He is a Fellow of CA ANZ and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He currently sits on the Bedford Group Audit and Risk Committee.

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Amanda Blair

 

Amanda Blair is a columnist for the Australian Women’s Weekly and Patron for The Hutt Street Centre, Time for Kids, The Bedford Group and Foundation Shine. She’s the proud creator of Dulcies Shop of Real Opportunity, Australia’s first travelling op-shop on wheels which raises money for homeless services. 

 

As a broadcaster she won a MO Award for Best Live Show in Australia in 2003 and in 2011 and won the St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Award for outstanding contribution to the media. She also spent many years writing opinion columns for News Corp. Previous board experience includes, The Housing Trust and The Adelaide Festival. She is also a founding board member for Nature Play SA and believes that connecting to nature is fundamental to healthy wellbeing. As a mum to 4 children she knows the importance of providing opportunities where they can be outdoors, learn to take risks and teach themselves to self-regulate.

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Lindsey Gough

 

Lindsey Gough is the CEO of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. She has 36 years’ experience in healthcare in the UK and Australia, 22 of those in management. Prior to joining the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Lindsey worked as Executive Director of Operations and was Deputy CEO of Western New South Wales Local Health District.

Lindsey has previously held leadership roles at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Health Workforce Australia and within the Central Adelaide Local Health Network. As the CEO of South Australia’s leading provider of health services for children, young people and women. Lindsey is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our community.