Meet the Panel

The Outdoor Education Advisers' Panel members work for Employer Groups and schools. Individual members are employed by either Local Authority's or work as independent members with Academy/Groups of Schools.  The Panel provides a forum for sharing and developing good practices in Outdoor Learning / Learning Outside the Classroom.

The Panel is organised through the offices of a Board Chair and Secretary and steered by an Elected Board.
Executive Chair: Steve Lenartowicz

Secretary: Suzanne Holroyd
Treasurer: Ken Fordham (Retired)

Paul Bond (South East)
Antony Reed (South West)
Kevin Jackson (Midlands)
Mark Falkingham (East)
Adrian Clarke (North East)
Simon Willis (North West)
Chris Davies (Wales/Cymru).
Further co opted officers are Graham Lodge (Norfolk) covering LOTC QB and Stephen Brown, part time Development Officer OEAP.

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 -

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