OFFSEAS COMMITTEE

The present OFFSEAS committee was formed by a group of founding members who came together with the shared goal of promoting outdoor education in Southeast Asia. These individuals were chosen based on their expertise in the field and their commitment to the organisation’s mission.

Over the years, the committee has added several delegates based on their experience and value to the organisation, with new members being asked to join in subsequent years since the founding of the organisation.

As a result, the committee now includes a range of individuals with a variety of skills and experience, all working together to support the growth and development of outdoor education in the region.

Martin Foakes

Martin Foakes

Board Chair, OFFSEAS

Martin is an experienced and respected Head of Outdoor Education presently working in Tanglin Trust School, Singapore. Martin has a long history of developing and delivering inspirational outdoor and adventure experiences for students of all ages in the international Outdoor Education arena.

Graham Wardle

Graham Wardle

Vice Chair, OFFSEAS

Graham is a seasoned professional with over four decades of experience in various organizations and educational sectors across the globe. He has worked with National Centers for Sport, National Governing Bodies and International Schools in Asia. Graham has been an instrumental figure in promoting industry best practices and providing a range of organizations with technical advisory services and outdoor education consultancy.

Rob Carmichael

Rob Carmichael

Director of Outdoor Education, UWC Thailand

Hailing from Northern Ireland, Rob has spent his entire career working in the education, both in the classroom and outdoors. Rob is currently working as the Director of Outdoor Education at UWC Thailand where he employs his expertise in outdoor program design and delivery, including both inter-disciplinary outdoor learning and leading participants of all ages and abilities through challenging environments, including multi-day expeditions.

Sebastian Wong

Sebastian Wong

Senior Consultant & Director of Risk Mitigation, ETI360

Sebastian Wong is an accomplished outdoor education expert, specializing in risk and safety management. With over a decade of experience in the outdoor adventure sector, he has led numerous wilderness expeditions for diverse age groups. Presently, Sebastian is the Campus Health and Safety Specialist at Singapore American School, where he plays a pivotal role in safeguarding student welfare during K-12 educational travels.

Sebastian’s career journey includes significant positions such as Outdoor Education Specialist at United World College South East Asia and Operations Manager at Forest Adventure in Singapore, the country’s first public treetop adventure course. His dedication to outdoor education was kindled at Outward Bound Australia, where he obtained a specialist diploma in Sports and Outdoor Recreation.

At ETI360, Sebastian serves as a skilled consultant, bringing a wealth of knowledge in risk and safety management. His expertise encompasses expedition planning, risk assessment, and staff training. Sebastian has collaborated with prestigious institutions like Singapore American School and United World College South East Asia, focusing on creating safe, enriching, and transformative outdoor educational experiences. His comprehensive understanding of outdoor education and strong leadership qualities make him an invaluable member of the ETI360 consulting team, dedicated to guiding organizations through the complexities of risk management in outdoor education.

Liam Warren

Liam Warren

ELV Campus Manager, Australian International School

Liam is an experienced operations manager with a history of working in the educational system. Liam has a wealth of experience in both onsite and offsite risk management, facility operations and health and safety. Liam also has a strong background in school trip management and water safety.

Jo Clark

Jo Clark

Outdoor Education Lead, St Andrews International School Green Valley

Jo has led and inspired students in over 20 countries on remote expeditions across six continents, with expeditions climbing to the top of Borneo, to trekking through Ladakh. Her expertise lays in teaching Languages and Outdoor Education, in settings that extended from the Caribbean Islands, across the Himalayas, to the jungles of Thailand.

PJ d’Rozario

PJ d’Rozario

Head of Outdoor Education, Bangkok Patana School

P-J. is a passionate teacher, coach, runner and adventurer and has travelled much of the world. P-J. has taught in both the UK and internationally. Currently the Head of Outdoor Education at Bangkok Patana School, and previously the Director of the Co-Curriculum at Shrewsbury International School, Thailand. Experienced in a myriad of roles; managing both an outdoor residential/week without walls curriculum and large Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme. P-J. is a stalwart for ‘wilderness therapy’ for young people even more so during the post Covid era and the need for resilience in action.

Catherine Siew

Catherine Siew

Outdoor Education Specialist, Tanglin Trust School

Catherine is passionate about connecting with nature and the great outdoors. As a professional, she has a wealth of experience developing and guiding outdoor experiential programs for youth, with a focus on developing wilderness skills and transferable life skills. In her current role, Catherine organizes and leads outdoor education programs for K-12 students, including the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. Catherine enjoys traveling and has a particular passion for multi-day hikes in various parts of the world.