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


Brenton Grear is the Director of the 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



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 (Acting Chairman)


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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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.


Leanne Muffet

Leanne is a 20 year specialist in strategic planning, facilitation, governance, business development and project management.

She has worked across all three tiers of government, in an international design firm and with universities, developers, not for profits and communities to assist with their planning.  She believes that sound governance underpins success and is former Chairperson / Deputy of a number of Federal and or State Boards / committees. Leanne is the Managing Director of Strategic Matters Pty Ltd and has qualifications in Social Sciences Honours degree, Sustainability and leadership. Leanne is a strong environmental advocate and understands the importance of nature in helping children and adults become happier, healthier and more creative through their connection to nature and the outdoors.


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Adrian Honan

Adrian has been a Director of Letcher Moroney Chartered Accountants since 2009, where he manages the Business Advisory, Research & Development and Technology areas of the firm.  Adrian has over 20 years’ experience in Accounting and Advisory both in Australia and the UK. With two young and incredibly busy boys, Adrian fully understands the value and positive impact for children of being active and connected to the outdoors.