Meet Our OEA Fellows

In the inaugural year (2021) of the Outdoor Education Awards, Outdoor Education Australia conferred OEA Fellowship to seven amazing recipients:

  • Dr Ian Boyle FOEA, NSW
  • Margot Hurrell FOEA, ACT
  • Dr Jaqueline (Jackie) Kiewa FOEA, QLD
  • Associate Professor, Peter Martin FOEA, VIC
  • Dr Scott Polley FOEA, SA
  • Glyn Thomas FOEA, QLD

Details on our OEA Fellows can be found below.

Dr Ian Boyle FOEA, NSW

Widely recognised as a leader in the outdoors sector whose impact has reached far and wide due to his big picture ideas, generous spirit, and love of the outdoors.

An inspirational leader and role model to his colleagues and many thousands of students, Ian has always been willing to share his knowledge and resources with outdoor colleagues. From1997 to 2019, Ian ran Maximum Potential a team building and Sport Psychology consultancy business to NSW and national sporting teams.

From June 1991 to – Dec 2011 he was the Director of Outdoor Education Scots College Glengarry, developing an implementation a six-month outdoor ed residential program.
From 2012 to 2019 he was the Lecturer in Outdoor Education and Physical Education at University of Sydney and University of Wollongong. From 2013 to 2019 he was a Blended Learning Designer in the School of Education with The University of Western Sydney, and an Outdoor Education Instructor and Assessor with NSW TAFE Western. Sadly, Ian passed away from brain cancer in June 2019 after a four-year battle.

Professor Tonia Gray FOEA, NSW

Professor Tonia Gray has made a significant contribution to the fields of outdoor experiential education and adventure therapy. She has been formative in the learning of several outdoor educators, shown leadership in raising insight and awareness in issues related to gender and diversity, received numerous awards and her research widely published. She has actively promoted the inclusion of outdoor education in the national curriculum and been a sought-after presenter on the international stage.

Her qualifications include a Masters in Community Health from the University of Northern Colorado, a PhD from the University of Wollongong with her doctorate being: The Impact of an Extended Stay Outdoor Education Program on Adolescent Participation.

Since 2019 she has been Professor & Senior Researcher Centre for Educational Research: Outdoor Learning Specialist. Western Sydney University. For 22 years previously she was an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong, lecturing in Reflection and Experience Based Learning (EBL) in educational settings, Outdoor Education, and Adventure Therapy.

Margot Hurrell FOEA, ACT

Margot has 40 years’ experience in the Outdoor Education sector in risk, safety, compliance and training, including 25 years with Outward Bound. She has contributed to the development of hundreds of outdoor educators through her work in training and development, particularly in relation to safety and first aid, helping our industry grow in professionalism. With nearly 10 years as a trainer with Wilderness First Aid, there is a generation of outdoor educators who have passed through her stewardship teaching in this area.

Other stints include seven years with Global Learning Pty Ltd, five years with Wilderness Expeditions, 10+ years involvement with the Alpine Accessible Summer Tourism Project with Disabled WinterSports Australia, and 9 years as a ski patroller at Perisher.

She has been an Active research contributor over many years – on risk and incidents in the outdoors, taught at TAFE and been involved in consultancy work and WHS across various industries.

Dr Jaqueline (Jackie) Kiewa FOEA, QLD

Jackie has been involved in Outdoor Education since 1983, supporting at risk youth. She went on to make a significant contribution to Outdoor Ed in Queensland before moving to Victoria to lecture at La Trobe University before retiring in 2003.

She was an advocate for a more inclusive approach to outdoor learning, with advocacy for women, championing the experience in outdoor education and recreation. Through her teachings and personal pursuits, she inspired many outdoor educations. She chaired the Australian Outdoor Education Council and was Association editor of the Australian Journal of Outdoor Education and involved in a number of peak outdoor bodies.

Associate Professor, Peter Martin FOEA, VIC

Peter is recognised for his commitment, passion and service which has helped advance our sector. He has created a strong legacy through teaching, writing presenting and personal example. A founding member of the Australian outdoor education council and the Outdoor Council of Australia, Peter has been one of the pillars of the outdoor community. He has been instrumental in setting up the Victorian Outdoor Education Association and Outdoor Victoria, Australian Climbing Association and Instructor accreditation system. His dedication has inspired 1000s of students and peers and he has shaped curriculum frameworks nationally and internationally. He gained his qualifications in the USA and Australia and has received Vice Chancellor Awards for his leadership and teaching.

Dr Scott Polley FOEA, SA

Scott has taught Outdoor Education at the University of South Australia since 1993 and has coordinated the Outdoor Education study pathway since July 1996.

He has contributed to South Australian Rock Climbing, Canoeing and Bushwalking peak bodies. He has influenced secondary and tertiary outdoor education curriculum through his leadership and contribution to the Australian Tertiary Outdoor Education Network, ACARA, and Australian Council for Health. He has also made valuable contributions to the sector through his volunteering roles with the Outdoor Council of Australia, OESEA and OEA. Scott continues to demonstrate steadfast commitment to the field of Outdoor Education across Australia and has been a role model and positive influence on countless outdoor educators.

Dr Glyn Thomas FOEA, QLD

Glyn has been an engaged and active contributor to outdoor education scholarship, research, and practice in Australian schools and universities since 1992. He has provided leadership to university outdoor education programs in two Australian universities, and his excellence in teaching has been recognised through teaching awards and a HERDSA fellowship. He has conducted research and published widely in Australian and International journals. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, which have been cited extensively (1000+) by other authors. His most recent project was to lead the editorship of a new international textbook for university outdoor environmental education students.

Glyn has served several outdoor education organisations in various volunteer leadership roles, including the Outdoor Council of Australia (2003-6) and the Australian Climbing Instructors’ Association (2001-21). He has served as an editor for two outdoor/experiential education academic journals (including the OEA’s own Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education) for a total of 16 years. In conjunction with the Australian Tertiary Outdoor Education Network, he has led an important project to identify threshold concepts for graduates of university outdoor education programs in Australia. This initiative will assist the Australian outdoor education sector by providing