October 11th, 2017
Iconic Australian outdoor education company, Outward Bound Australia, has named Alex Green, head of Sir David Martin Foundation, as its new chief.
The announcement was made at a reception for members and supporters in the presence of His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, Outward Bound Trust UK’s chairman, in Sydney during his recent visit to Australia.
Outward Bound Australia chair, John Atkin, said Mr Green has the key skills to propel the organisation, which is more than 60 years old, as it consolidates its operations and boosts its focus on addressing Australia’s social challenges.
The transformative outdoor education company is strengthening its community and social impact work, recognising the cathartic potential its immersive programs can have for people going through transition in their lives, particularly after having experienced social, mental or physical distress.
It launched a $1.5 million capital program in March this year as part of a strategic reorientation also designed to strengthen its balance sheet.
So far, $1.1 million has been raised through the generous support of philanthropists, including the White Family, Andrew Thyne Reid Trust and former chair, Rod Pearse.
The Duke of York, along with his father, His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, Outward Bound founding patron, oversaw a similar period of renewal and ultimate prosperity for the organisation in the UK in the late 1990s.
At the reception in Sydney, the Duke and patrons heard presentations from Katie Moore of Indigenous Business of Australia and cancer survivor, Angie O’Reilly, from Dragons Abreast, recent participants in two of Outward Bound’s social impact programs.
Mr Green will assume the role in early November.
In conversation with Nicole Richards at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, Daniel Lee shared his insights on topics including the role of philanthropy as a driver of systems change which addresses root causes of social challenges, the relationship between philanthropy and government and what the new political environment in the United States means for philanthropy.
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