Meet the Panel

Members of the Outdoor Education Advisers' Panel are employed or engaged by Local Authorities, Multi-Academy Trusts and other employer groups to deliver advice, support and training in the management and leadership of outdoor learning, off-site visits and learning outside the classroom.


The Panel provides a forum for sharing and developing good practice in Outdoor Learning, Educational Visits and Learning Outside the Classroom as well as a training framework for Educational Visits Co-ordinator and Visit Leader training.

The work of the Panel is steered by elected directors. Each director may serve two consecutive two year terms. 

Role Name Elected

National officers

National Chair Steve Lenartowicz 1st term, March 2014
Secretary Suzanne Holroyd 2nd term, March 2015
Treasurer Ken Fordham 2nd term

Regional chairs

Cymru/Wales  Chris Davies 1st term
East  Graham Lodge 1st term, June 2015
Midlands  Kevin Jackson 2nd term
North East  Adrian Clarke 1st term, January 2014
North West  Simon Willis 1st term, January 2014
South East  Paul Bond 2nd term
South West  Antony Reed 2nd term

Non-voting co-opted officers

Development Officer Stephen Brown


Regional Groups support members with local meetings. 
The Board commissions working groups for specific tasks to assist the whole Panel.
The Panel meets nationally in the Spring and the Autumn.
Best Practice - any documents produced by the Panel are in the form of best practice guidance for its members and only become policy when they are adopted or adapted by Employers.

Individual members represent the Panel on other national bodies, including The English Outdoor Council, The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and National Governing Bodies of Outdoor Sports.
The Panel may be represented on other relevant bodies or functions by the Chair or other elected officers nominated by the Chair.

The Panel works closely with the DfE and the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. It endorses the LOtC Quality Badge through its members accepting the badge.
It also works with other representative bodies in the public and private sector such as the British Activities Providers Association, The Royal Geographic Society and the Adventure Activities Licensing Service.

Panel Membership
OEAP welcomes individals who meet the criteria for membership.
Membership of OEAP is open to individuals who, whatever their job title, specifically provide advice, guidance, training and support to schools and other establishments, including their employers and employees, on the management of outdoor learning, off-site visits and learning outside the classroom.
Being a member requires the individual to embrace, support and contribute to the work of OEAP and support our mission and values
All members are encouraged to become Accredited Members, as this indicates that they fulfil all the criteria expected of a fully competent Adviser.  A Region will assign them a mentor, who will help guide their progress towards Accredited membership.

There is an annual membership fee.
Please download our new members form here,

If you have just been appointed to the role of Outdoor Education Adviser or LOtC Adviser please do not hesitate to contact our Development Officer who will explain membership, how the Panel works and start your application to join the OEAP - theoeap@gmail.com

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