Our team and recruitment


The team at Outward Bound New Zealand are based in Wellington and beautiful Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds.

Wellington Team

Wellington is the home of our ‘administration’ hub. Our office on Queens Wharf houses our CEO, enrolments team, marketing, and finance and funding. We’re always here to help, so if you are local or visiting Wellington, please come in and see us!

The team:

Trevor Taylor: CEO
Diane Leyten: Finance & Funding Manager
Mandy Fogarty: Enrolments Manager
Katy Glenie: Marketing Manager
Shane Wratt: Manager Business Courses
Sue Childs:
Funding Advisor
Rachael Neutze: Funding Coordinator
Paula Farrand: Executive Assistant
Alyssa Boobyer:
Enrolments Advisor
Lauren Balmer: Enrolments Advisor
Simone Harris:
 Enrolments Advisor
Petrina Smith: Enrolments Advisor

WGN staff
L to R: Liz Slater, Paula Farrand, Alyssa Boobyer, Lauren Balmer, Simone Harris, Sue Childs, Shane Wratt, Petrina Smith, Mandy Fogarty, Elisabeth McCardle, Trevor Taylor


Anakiwa Team

WGN & Anakiwa
Anakiwa & Wellington staff at a shared organisational day in 2012.

The school in Anakiwa is where the Outward Bound magic happens. The school sees at least 2,000 students a year, so there’s a large team to manage the intakes. Along with our course instructors, there a number of administration staff and nurses based at the school on a day to day basis. 

The team:

Rob MacLean: School Director
Jon Lasenby: Training Manager
Dan Moore: Curriculum Manager 
Malcolm Hughes: Safety Manager
Catherine Kircher: Operations Manager
Rowena Williams: Office Manager
Ruth Schaffer: Administrator
Donna Drusky: Medical Screener / Registered Nurse
Janine Ready: Medical Screener / RCp Nurse  

Instructor Profiles

The Outward Bound experience would be nothing without the instructors! To find out more about the amazing people that take our courses, click the stories below, or click here for more profiles.

Susana Scott - Instructor

25 November 2013

Susana Scott (SOOZ) shares her outdoor experiences, leading into her becoming and Outward Bound instructor! Read more

Dave Van der Gulik - Instructor

25 November 2013

Dave Van der Gulik, adventurer extraordinaire, fill us in on how he made is way to becoming an Outward Bound instructor! Read more

Instructor Recruitment

Our instructors are exceptional people. They come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are already outdoor instructors, teachers or guides, and some come to us for a change in career. Either way they have great life experience, and are able to deliver a programme of outdoor activities, and facilitate powerful learning that transfers back to real life.

There are opportunities for instructors to work a range of different programmes, from teenagers, to masters, tangata whenua to business leaders. Staff often develop their skills in particular areas and become expert at delivering specific courses.

Become an instructor:

Outward Bound seeks applications for the next staff selection course. Ideal applicants will: be passionate about working with people; have experience and skills for working in the outdoors;  have or be able to get instructing qualifications; and be able to inspire others to learn and grow.

The first step:

Download the application form: Instructor Application 2014 (This opens a PDF file and requires Adobe PDF Viewer). Read the requirements and complete the form. The closing date for applications is 24th March 2014 at 4:00pm.

The selection course runs from 11th to 15th April 2014.

For more information please contact Jon Lasenby: jlasenby@outwardbound.co.nz

Have I got enough experience?

We recommend you complete the Instructor Application form and summary of previous experience sheets. These are shown just above these questions. Send these to the training manager.

We will be happy to give you feedback once these are completed.  

Rob MacLean (School director)


School Director

How many selection courses do you run each year?

We only run one selection course each year. The dates are advertised on our website and sent to our growing list of people interested in working for us.

If you are keen but our dates are not advertised, please make yourself known by contacting us now!



Training Manager

Can I observe a course to see what the role is like?

Yes. Each year we offer approximately six observer slots. These are five days long. Observers get to shadow two instructors as they work with their ‘watch’ of 14 students.

The observer role offers you an opportunity to watch an instructor in action. You do not do any instructing yourself.  We provide all food and accommodation for the observer. Priority for these slots is given to those with future prospects for employment at Outward Bound.



Training Manager

I don’t have everything you ask for, should I still apply?

Yes. Often it takes a while to get your accreditation's or experience. Knowing what you currently offer helps us advise you on when you should attend our selection course.

We can also advise you on what you should do to get more skills or the right sort of work experience.

Malcolm Hughes (Saftey Manager)

Malcolm Hughes

Safety Manager

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