Before coming to Hong Kong I had worked with Outward Bound in Eskale. I started as an associate instructor there, and I was hooked from the first Morning Meeting I attended. I worked there for two seasons, and I was lucky to be offered this position in Hong Kong. I also run my own company which does sea kayak tours in Thailand.
Originally I got a degree in engineering and worked as an engineer for many years. But one day I had an epiphany that it wasn’t for me, and I never looked back. From there I studied Youth and Community, and did a work placement in Outdoor Education- that's what led me to work at Outward Bound.
Without a question, Everest Basecamp. When I was 21 I was chosen as one of a few civilians on an military expedition there. Since then I’ve had many, better outdoor adventures- but that one is always the most memorable because it was my first real outdoor experience.
My big project is rewriting the Professional Development Pathway. It’s being completely re-done to build on the culture of Outward Bound staff, to invest in our staff more, and to provide clear opportunities for professional development within and beyond Outward Bound.
I always get to work with new staff, I quite enjoy that. I’m trying to develop aspirations around the outdoor industry.
The need for alternative education intervention is critical - it creates opportunities for students and develops their perspective. I think Outward Bound reflects that understanding within their framework.