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The Board 2018-01-24T02:44:32+00:00

Our board provides governance to Outward Bound International through its own efforts and through the work of various committees.  The board also upholds the mission of Outward Bound International:

To promote and protect the good name of Outward Bound throughout the world, and to assist in the establishment, development and support of Outward Bound Centres able to provide safe, high quality programs that fulfil the Mission of Outward Bound.

David Kong – Chair OBI (Hong Kong)

David Kong is the managing director of his family business in shipping and logistics based in Hong Kong. David grew up in Vancouver and graduated from the University of British Columbia. In Hong Kong, David served in several government advisory committees as well as on not-for-profit boards. He is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Charter Institute of Transport & Logistics. He has been a member of the Outward Bound Hong Kong Trust since 1990 and was the chairman of the board from 2006 to 2009. He is a past Commodore of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, enjoys inshore and offshore yacht racing. He is an avid skier, scuba diver and hiker.

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andrewsmith1Andrew Smith – Vice Chair OBI (New Zealand)

Andrew Smith is a New Zealander, and spent his working life in businesses supplying materials to the construction industry, first with his family’s business, Smith & Smith Ltd, of which he became Managing Director, and then from 1987, with two partners in a glass merchant business, Metropolitan Glass, which they established from scratch. Metropolitan Glass grew to become the largest glass merchant business in New Zealand, and was sold to a private equity firm in 2006. From then on, Andrew has focused his time on managing an investment portfolio, and becoming more involved with a number of not for profit organizations. Andrew completed an Outward Bound course in 2007, and became a director of Outward Bound New Zealand in 2008. He currently serves on the finance subcommittee, and is Chair of the Outward Bound Foundation. With his wife, Jenny, he joined the OBI Guest Expedition in Oman in 2010. His interests include travel, golf, and the visual arts.

Collin1Colin Maund – Treasurer (UK)

Colin Maund graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE). Colin is Chairman of Achilles Group. He set up the company in the UK in 1993 and was responsible for its international growth into 26 countries. Colin led the sale of the business in 2008 to a Private Equity firm, HgCapital. Colin has been actively involved in The Outward Bound Trust of which Achilles is a Patron Company Member. Colin was awarded the UK Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 for IT Services. Colin was appointed a Trustee of The Outward Bound Trust in March 2012.

Mary Thomson (Canada)

One of Canada’s pre-eminent litigators, Mary Thomson serves as head of Gowling WLG’s firm-wide Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice and leader of its Product Liability Group. Over the past three decades, she has represented clients in many of the country’s highest-profiled legal matters in her field of expertise, including class actions and mass tort litigation, public inquiries, and before administrative tribunals. She has appeared in courts across Canada on matters involving product liability, particularly involving pharma and medical devices as well as consumer products generally. She is a recognized expert in health law, consent law, privacy law and related matters. Mary has been repeatedly singled out as a top legal practitioner by Chambers Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Who’s Who Legal and other leading directories. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious Lexpert Zenith Award for her extraordinary leadership in the legal profession. In addition to her legal practice, Mary has taught trial advocacy and negotiation theory throughout her career. For more than a decade, she was an adjunct professor in the graduate department of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, instructing in ethical and legal issues related to health law.  Mary currently chairs the Nominations and Governance committee of Outward Bound International and is the immediate past Chair of the board, having previously served as Chair of Outward Bound Canada. For many years, she chaired the Selection Committee (ON) for Pearson College, a United World College.

tim_medhurstTim Medhurst (Australia)

Originally trained as a Licensed Surveyor, Tim Medhurst has a B.Sc and Dip.Ed. After gaining a Master of Science in Glaciology from Melbourne University, Tim led scientific expeditions in the Antarctica spending 10 months in the field away from the base. He followed this with service as Operations Director of Outward Bound Australia overseeing 18 operational areas around Australia. Tim was Country Director in Fiji for CARE Australia and later became Executive Director of OB Australia. After a 30-year involvement, Tim now serves on the Board of OB Australia.Recently Tim has been Director of Casleyville and South Developments involved with land development and real estate investment. Tim serves with a number of not for profit organizations including The Ethos Foundation.Tim and his family enjoy travelling, mixing and working with other cultures. He also serves as Chairman of the OBI Risk Management Committee. He is an enthusiastic surfer and skier. He and his wife Fiona have three children.

Sarah Wiley (Canada)

Sarah Wiley is the Executive Director of Outward Bound Canada (OBC). As an educational leader, Sarah has been actively involved in adventure and experiential education initiatives and programs within Canada over the last 27 years. She began working for OBC in the early 1990s as an instructor, guiding outdoor leadership expeditions from coast to coast to coast and was the founding Principal of Outward Bound Canada College (OBCC), an innovative residential high school that won Outward Bound International’s Innovative Program Award in 2002. In addition to Outward Bound Canada, Sarah has worked in senior leadership roles in more traditional school-based educational settings throughout Canada. Sarah has been in her current position at OBC since 2010. Sarah is the Chair of the Outward Bound International (OBI) Operations Committee, a sub committee of the OBI Board that advises and works with the Board of Outward Bound International and the Executive Director of Outward Bound International. 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. An active outdoorswoman, Sarah enjoys climbing, hiking, running, skiing and spending time with her husband and 8 year old son in the out of doors.

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Pamela Fralick (Canada)

Pamela Fralick is an experienced leader who has been fostering positive change in Canada’s health sector for decades. Throughout her career, Ms. Fralick has distinguished herself in a variety of senior roles. A convener and innovator, Ms. Fralick is one of Canada’s leading, compassionate voices in the health sector. As the President of Innovative Medicines Canada, Ms. Fralick leads the industry association for Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical companies, working with its members and communities to ensure Canadians have access to the medicines they need, when they need them. Prior to joining Innovative Medicines Canada, Ms. Fralick was President and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, Canada’s largest health charity, where she oversaw a three-year process of intense transformation, resulting in historic changes to the operational and governance structures of the organization. Ms. Fralick previously served as president and CEO of the Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA) and as CEO of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. At both Associations, Ms. Fralick led organizational initiatives designed to enhance sustainability and improve outcomes for the associations, their members and stakeholders. Ms. Fralick has also held senior positions with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Health Canada’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Unit. True to her commitment to the health and well-being of Canadians, Ms. Fralick has served on numerous prestigious boards and collaboratives across Canada. She was Chair of the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) and Co-chair the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century (CCPH21). She has been active in many organizations as a senior volunteer, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Triathlon Canada and the International Triathlon Union. She is currently on the boards of Outward Bound International (Governance Committee), Outward Bound Canada (Past-Chair) and the Canada Dance Festival (Past Chair). Ms. Fralick has a BA in French and psychology and an MA in developmental psychology from Carleton University, as well as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Queen’s University. She also holds an ICD.D designation. She is trilingual – in English, French and German – and is an accomplished artist and athlete.

John Atkin (Australia)

John and his family have a long association with Outward Bound Australia having completed the standard 26 day course in 1975 following in the footsteps of his two elder brothers and sisters. His three sons have each completed the standard 26 day course in Australia and his daughter did the standard Outward Bound New Zealand course at Anikiwa. John joined the Board of Outward Bound Australia in 2007 and became Chair in 2015. John is a professional non-executive director with more than 30 years experience in legal, professional and financial services in Australia and Asia. John is a Director of IPH Limited and Intergral Diagnostics Limited (both listed on the ASX), a director of the trustee of the Commonwealth Bank Group Superannuation Fund and serves as a member of the Board of the State Library of New South Wales Foundation. Previously, John was Chief Executive Officer of The Trust Company Limited, Managing Partner of Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) and a Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).

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Hilal Al Mawali (Oman)

Hilal worked with the Government of Oman for many years before moving to Shell in 1996, where he held several senior positions, until 2017. During his 21 years of service in Shell, Hilal headed the HR function, Staff Development, Corporate and Communication function, Stakeholders & Reputation Management and CSR. During his service with Shell, the company won many external recognitions, including His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Award for CSR, Ministry of Manpower Award for Omanisation (employment of locals), Gulf Cooperation Council Award for localization and Royal Oman Police Award for Road Safety. Hilal is one of the founders of Outward Bound Oman, where he took the lead to establish Outward Bound in Oman. He then served as the Chairman of Outward Bound Oman for 8 years, 2009 to 2017. During this time, and after the support from His Majesty the Sultan, Outward Bound Oman saw steep growth in terms of number of participants, employees and the establishment of permanent training facilities in different parts of the Country. In November 2017, Hilal was elected to the board of Outward Bound International. In the past, Hilal also participated in various boards, including Oman Road Safety Association, were he was the Deputy Chair, a member of the Training Committee at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Secretary to the Board at Shell Oman Marketing Company. Hilal has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the UK. He is passionate about people’s development and this was recognised by his winning an award from Shell International for his work in Omanisation. He also enjoys traveling and seeing different parts of the world.

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Henry Morse (USA)

Henry Morse Jr. is retired from the business world, having spent his career in the energy industry working for a gas and electric utility, and a natural gas pipeline company. He currently serves on several non-profit Boards. He has served on various Outward Bound School Boards in the US since 1998, including the former Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, the Northwest Outward Bound School, Outward Bound USA and the Outward Bound Services Group. When the Northwest Outward Bound School was founded in 2011, he served as the initial volunteer Executive Director during its start up. He currently serves on the Finance and Risk Management Committees of the OBI Board. In addition to traveling with his wife Terry, Henry spends his time in many outdoor activities. He annually undertakes multi week solo backpacking trips, and peak bagging 14ers in Colorado, in addition to skiing, hiking, kayaking and golf. When the weather keeps him indoors, he is a fine woodworker.

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Learn About Some of our Past Board Chairs

odea1Kelly O’Dea (USA) – Chairman Emeritus

Kelly is Chairman of AllianceHPL Worldwide, a global strategic advice and applied innovation firm. Described in a Harvard Business School case as “a global marketing pioneer, business builder and change leader”, Kelly is a business strategy and marketing innovator with a track record that crosses virtually all market categories and over 50 countries worldwide. Kelly has advised top management clients in such companies as IBM, Microsoft, Shell, Samsung, Boeing, Compaq, Ford, Fujitsu, AT&T, PepsiCo, Kraft and Unilever. His resume includes: President – Foote, Cone and Belding Worldwide (NYSE: IPG); Vice Chairman/Global Operations – Bozell Worldwide; President – Worldwide Client Services, Ogilvy & Mather (NASDAQ: WPPGY). He also serves as board director or senior advisor for several corporations across numerous market categories. Educated in the USA and Europe, he received a Global MBA with Distinction from the Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management and a BA (Political Science, International Relations) from the University of Portland. He has been a board director and trustee of both schools and board chairman at Thunderbird. Kelly has been actively involved with Outward Bound for 30 years as a board chairman, board director, marketing advisor and host of several Outward Bound expeditions around the world. He served as Chairman of Outward Bound International from 2003 – 2009. During that time he created the successful “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” program which served as the inspiration and model for the Outward Bound Center for PeaceBuilding.

williamphillipsBill Phillips (USA) – Chairman Emeritus

William E. Phillips is a native of Chicago. He graduated from Cornell in 1951 and then served as a naval officer at sea during the Korean Conflict. After an MBA at Northwestern, he worked for Procter & Gamble as a brand manager. In 1959, he joined Ogilvy & Mather—which grew from one office to the fourth largest agency in the world—and served as chief executive officer from 1981 to 1988. Mr. Phillips became involved with Outward Bound in 1975 during a rafting trip on Cataract Canyon with Bill Coors, Josh Miner, Joe Nold, and Steve Truitt, among others. He has since been on 16 Outward Bound adventures from the streets of New York City to high altitudes on six continents. As an OB USA trustee, Mr. Phillips initiated a PSA recruitment advertising campaign. He then became the founding chairman of the New York City Outward Bound Center. In 1988, he led the establishment of an international board, which he chaired for nine years. In 1997, Mr. Phillips stepped down to become chairman emeritus. He remains active in fund raising for Outward Bound everywhere. Mr. Phillips also serves on four for-profit Boards and four non-profit Boards. Mr. Phillips is married to Barbara Smith, who is a professional fundraiser. He says he has always been luckier than he deserves to be, except on the golf course.

peterkylePeter Kyle (USA) – Chairman Emeritus

Peter is a lawyer and hails from New Zealand. He was educated at Victoria University of Wellington gaining a BA (Economics) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honors). In 1972 he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand and served as Clerk to the Chief Justice of New Zealand. He was then awarded a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship to complete a Master of Laws degree at the University of Virginia in 1974. Upon returning to New Zealand he was made a partner in the leading New Zealand commercial law firm of Watts and Patterson. In 1979, he took leave from his firm to serve as a Senior Counsel with the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines. In 1992 Peter accepted an offer of a senior position within the Legal Department of the World Bank, based in Washington, D.C. He retired from the Bank in 2009 but continues to consult for the Bank. Peter completed his first Outward Bound course at Anakiwa, New Zealand, in February 1966. He became an active leader in the Alumni Association of Outward Bound New Zealand and was one of the first two alumni to serve on the OBNZ Council. He served on all major Board committees and chaired most of them. In 1991 he was appointed as Senior Vice President of OBNZ. Peter has always been actively involved in the international activities of Outward Bound. In 1988 he was instrumental in drafting all the legal documentation which led to the establishment of the International Advisory Board – the predecessor to Outward Bound International (OBI). In 1993 he was appointed to that Board and made Vice Chairman in 1995. In 1997 he was appointed as the first Chairman of OBI. He stepped down in 2003 but remains active as one of the Chairmen Emeritus of OBI.