Meet the Panel

Members of OEAP 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.


OEAP 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 OEAP is steered by elected directors. Each director may serve two consecutive two year terms. Regional Groups support members with local meetings. 
The Board commissions working groups for specific tasks to assist the whole Panel. 

National officers


National Chair  Dave Scourfield  1st term, March 2016

Secretary  Suzanne Holroyd  2nd term, March 2015

Treasurer  Dave Barham  1st term October 2015


Regional chairs


Cymru/Wales   Chris Davies  1st term, October 2014

East   Graham Lodge  1st term, June 2015

Midlands   Sarah Atkins  1st term, February 2016

North East   Adrian Clarke  2nd term, January 2016

North West   Simon Willis  2nd term, January 2016

South East   Paul Bond  2nd term, April 2014

South West   Gary Burn  1st term September 2015


National and regionally elected officers can serve a maximum of two consecutive two year terms.


Co-opted non-voting officers


Development Officer  Stephen Brown  until April 2016

Business Manager   Paul Bond   from April 2016

Past Chair  Steve Lenartowicz  until March 2017


Co-opted officers serve for fixed terms determined and reviewed at executive meetings.


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

OEAP 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.



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