Organisation and Governance

Outward Bound is a not-for-profit Trust, established to create better people, better communities and a better world. Effective governance is therefore crucial to the ongoing viability and longevity of the organisation.


Annual Reports and Financial Statements

Read our Annual Reports, AGM Minutes and Financial Statements

Governance structure

Financial members of Outward Bound play an important part in our governance structure. Each year our membership base elects up to 30 members to our Members Council, whose role is to uphold the values of Outward Bound (including the ethos of Kurt Hahn). To help achieve this, our Council elects our Board.

Membership is classified as a charitable donation, and these donations are held in our Membership Scholarship Fund to financially support young people coming to Outward Bound. The financial year for annual memberships is 1 July to 30 June.

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Outward Bound Board


The Board of Directors is responsible for the ongoing financial viability and business management of the Trust, taking into account the ethos and values of Outward Bound. The Board of Directors is responsible for appointing the CEO, who is delegated with the responsibility for the overall management, leadership and ongoing viability of Outward Bound New Zealand.

Board members:

Patron: Sir David Levene

Chair: Glenys Coughlan

Deputy Chair: Grant Faber

Dick Hubbard, Hilary Sumpter, Tim Watts, Steve Cole, Andrew Smith and Gavin Schiller.

Outward Bound Members Council

The Board is responsible to Outward Bound's Members Council to maintain the values and ethos of Outward Bound.


Chair: Gerald Lanning

Deputy Chair: Tracey Hancock

Anne Beex, Bonnie Bolton-Roger, Brandon McCarthy, Claire Anderson, David Montgomerie, Grant Faber, Howie Barnes, Marina Adams, Rachel Cassaidy, Tim Watts, and William Day.

Are you a Council member? Access the Members Council private page here.

Click here to read about the role of Members Council.

Members Council

Outward Bound Foundation

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Our Foundation is vital to securing Outward Bound's long-term financial viability. Income streams generated by these funds are applied to:

  • The provision of scholarships so that the Outward Bound experience is available to all New Zealanders irrespective of their individual circumstances.
  • Supporting capital projects undertaken by the Trust.
  • The provision of grants to support the operating expenditure of the Trust, such as the annual replacement of equipment.

Donations to the Foundation can be made via a lump sum or through a series of pledged payments, and can be targeted towards an area of the community that you may wish to support. These donations help us make the Outward Bound experience accessible to more New Zealanders, regardless of their background.

To find out more about donating to the Outward Bound Foundation, contact Funds Development Manager Karla Paotonu on 04 282 1421 or

Our Kaupapa

Today Outward Bound New Zealand’s vision is “Better People, Better Communities, Better World.” We believe that by helping people understand their full potential we can help make our communities and the world a better place.

Our Vision

Helping to create 'better people, better communities, better world.'

Our Mission

Outward Bound New Zealand's mission is inspiring personal and social development through value based experiential learning in an outdoor environment.

Our Values

Compassion: show aroha for yourself and those around you.

Greatness: be your best self and realise your full potential. Act with respect and integrity.

Kaitiakitanga: respect the interconnectedness of our world. Preserve and protect the natural environment for future generations.

Outward Bound – an international movement

OB international logoOutward Bound New Zealand is part of an international network of over 30 Outward Bound schools originating in Britain. Early in the Second World War, British merchant ships were torpedoed by submarines; survivors who escaped on lifeboats often had to endure weeks in the open sea before rescue. Lawrence Holt, owner of the British merchant ships, noticed that younger, fitter seamen in the lifeboats were dying at a greater rate than older, more experienced sailors. He discussed the matter with Dr Kurt Hahn, philosopher, educator, and principal of Gordonstoun School. They decided that a short, intensive course offering difficulties and challenges would provide young seamen with the equivalent of a lifetime of experience to help them survive such challenges. 

The first Outward Bound School opened at Aberdovey in North Wales in 1941. Realising that the Aberdovey experience would benefit all young adults, Outward Bound’s mission quickly grew to include people from all backgrounds. Outward Bound has grown to an international network of schools delivering:

  • Physical challenge
  • Expeditions that provide adventure and physical, mental and social challenges
  • Opportunities for developing self-reliance, self-discipline and self-knowledge
  • Experience of compassion through service.

Courses are designed to give participants greater insights into their own abilities and tenacity, summed up in Kurt Hahn’s favourite expression “Plus est en vous – There is more in you”. The name ‘Outward Bound’ is a nautical term to denote a ship about to head out of port to open sea and is traditionally indicated by flying the Blue Peter flag.


Outward Bound at Anakiwa

View our Inside Outward Bound documentary (40 mins)

The original Māori residents of Anakiwa were Ngāti Rāhiri. Although this hapū departed during the 1850 land wars to support their whanau in Taranaki, other hapū and whānau of Te Ātiawa have manawhenua (authority over the land) throughout the area to the present day.

In 1962, the Outward Bound Trust of New Zealand purchased a guest house built by the Beauchamp family who had farmed Anakiwa since 1863. The J R McKenzie Trust donated 8.9 acres of adjoining land.

Fundraising of £100,000 from throughout New Zealand enabled the Trust to restore and upgrade the guesthouse for use as an outdoor education school. Hamish Thomas was appointed the first Warden, and Governor-General Lord Cobham opened the Outward Bound School on 1st September 1962. 36 young men were welcomed to the first course seven weeks later. Over the years the School has grown, the original guest house was replaced with new buildings in 1980.

Outward Bound and Te Ātiawa recognise the diverse history of Anakiwa, and welcome you to this special place.

Key Contributors

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