Governance / Staff Team

Iain Peter, Executive Director

Iain Peter has held many prestigious jobs in the outdoor education field in the United Kingdom, and served as Chief Executive, Mountain Training Trust, Plas y Brenin for a decade. An internationally recognized mountain guide Iain has climbed major peaks such as Everest, Cerro Torre in Patagonia, and the Eiger North Face. He continues to be an active and committed climber, mountaineer and skier.

He has served as Chairman of the Risk Management Committee of Outward Bound Trust UK, and he has been involved in the setting of standards, training and assessment of candidates for all UK mountaineering qualifications.  He is an internationally qualified Mountain Guide.


Rob Chatfield, Project Manager

Rob began his Outward Bound career as a ski mountaineering instructor in Canada. Advancing through positions of leadership, he became director of a highly innovative, US-based joint venture program of Beech Hill Hospital and Hurricane Island Outward Bound School.

Rob later joined the Hurricane Island senior management team, and then became director of safety and quality, responsible for providing safety oversight for the 800-employee organization. Subsequently, he was named director of safety at Outward Bound USA, the overarching entity for OB in the United States. Rob has also served on several outside governance committees, and is a long-time adventurer and outdoor enthusiast.


Sarah is an experienced educational leader who has been actively involved in adventure and experiential education initiatives and programs for more than 30 years. Former instructor, Program Director and then Executive Director at Outward Bound Canada, Sarah was the Chair of OBI’s Operations Committee before joining the staff team in 2019. Sarah supports OBI’s strategic priorities with a particular focus on research and evaluation, global communications and fundraising.

Sarah has an honors degree in Political Science, a teaching degree in Outdoor and Experiential Education, a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a MBA with a Specialization in Leadership. Sarah is an active outdoors person and enjoys climbing, hiking, running, skiing and spending time with her husband and 12 year old son in the out of doors.

FAYE COWLEY, Global portal manager

Faye began her career working on the operations side of financial services in the UK, moving into project management including a brief spell in New York, USA. She moved to the Lake District in 2005 and spent 12 years enjoying hiking in the fells with her two Labradors, before moving to Cambridgeshire to be closer to family. She has worked for The Outward Bound Trust (UK) for the last 15 years in various roles, currently assisting in a digital transformation project, and is a consultant to Outward Bound International regarding the development of a digital hub to facilitate greater collaboration and sharing across the international network of Outward Bound Schools.

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