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:

We enable our member schools to be more effective and more resilient and we promote and protect the Outward Bound name and trademark.

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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John Atkin – Vice Chair OBI (Australia)

John Atkin 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).

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.

Nicholas Conceicao (Singapore)

Nicholas Conceicao’s career in outdoor education and adventure learning spans over two decades at Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) and other outdoor pursuit centres. Nicholas was instrumental in the policy formulation of the 2016 National Outdoor Adventure Education Masterplan including development plans for OBS@Coney. He undertook strategic roles in the operational expansion of the MOE-OBS Challenge Programme for all Secondary 3 students, the re-development of two Outward Bound training camps at Pulau Ubin and setting-up of the first-ever purpose-built adventure learning centre for children known as SPARKc@OBS. He was also credited with establishing bilateral training partnerships and overseas youth programmes with Outward Bound schools in Brunei Darussalam, Croatia, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia (Lumut & Sabah), Oman, Taiwan, South Africa and Vietnam. Nicholas led his team to host the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games Culture and Education Programme at OBS, Pulau Ubin for more than 1,500 national athletes andcoaches. Nicholas was also a co-organiser for the 2011 Outward Bound International Staff Symposium hosted by OBS. In 2010, Nicholas was awarded the National Day Public Administration Medal (Bronze) for his contributions in the public service.

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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.

Grant Faber (New Zealand)

Grant Faber posesses a wide background with Corporate and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in New Zealand, Australia, Norway, UK, and USA. Grant initially focused on management systems development, project management, and strategic planning before assuming line management roles. Leaving the corporate sector in 1989, his focus moved to building up his own group of companies which were built into industry leading postions in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods and Over-the-Counter Pharmaceutical sectors before sale to multinational corporates. His involvement continues with shareholdings in a number of start up and early stage ventures. He maintains strong interest and involvement in a number of non profit sectors, including Youth Development, the Arts, Conservation and Local Community. He is a past Chairman of Whangarei Art Museum Trust, a Trustee of Outward Bound (New Zealand) Foundation, Vice Chairman of Outward Bound (New Zealand) Trust, a Director of Outward Bound International Inc, a past Chairman of Discover Whangarei Heads Tourism Group Inc, a past Chairman of Hundertwasser Art Centre Project, a Trustee of Whangarei Visitor Group Trust, and a member of the New Zealand Institiute of Directors. Grant is also an alumnus of Outward Bound New Zealand, having completed a classic course in 1972.

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Hilal Al Mawali (Oman)

Hilal Al Mawali 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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Laura Kohler (USA)

Laura Kohler is Senior Vice President – Human Resources, Stewardship & Sustainability, and Member, Board of Directors Kohler Co. Laura is a business leader who is passionate about driving purposeful change in our workplace and world while serving alongside three Kohler family members leading one of the oldest and largest privately held companies in America. In her capacity as CHRO and social-impact champion, she fuses both people and purpose leadership while fostering innovation in product design and all aspects of the Kohler experience. Under her leadership, Kohler’s global social impact strategy focuses on environmental sustainability, Innovation for Good, stewardship, associate volunteerism and the renowned Arts/Industry program. A strong believer in business as a driver of societal good, Laura continually pushes herself and her teams to take risks and experiment to foster innovation that delivers value for Kohler and society as a whole. Key product innovations include the KOHLER® Clarity™ water filtration system, the KOHLER Relief showering trailer and a full portfolio of KOHLER WaterSense®-labeled products, among others. Her passion for making the world a better place is evidenced by Kohler’s partnership with many nonprofit organizations, particularly with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Vision, Water Mission and others to address safe water and sanitation around the world. Laura is a longtime and avid supporter of community, education, sustainability and the arts. She contributes her time and talents to impact organizations such as Outward Bound USA (Board Chair 2016-2019), Duke University – Trinity College Board of Visitors, Lawrence University – President’s Advisory Council, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Secretary), Kohler Trust for Arts and Education, Kohler Trust for Preservation, Kohler Trust for Clean Water and the Kohler Foundation, Inc. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University and a master’s degree in fine arts from Catholic University of America.

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Deirdre Lander (Hong Kong)

Deirdre Lander is an experienced, commercially focused management consultant, corporate executive and educator with deep expertise helping organizations implement their business strategy and improve their performance through effective people management. Relocating from Australia to Hong Kong in 2004, she has participated in the dynamic growth of Asian businesses, working in Hong Kong, China and most other countries across the region. Her passion is helping organisations leverage the diversity of national and corporate cultures to drive business success in a global business context. Deirdre is actively involved in her profession and the community, including the role of Adjunct Professor at Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat Sen University Guangzhou, China and teaching faculty for a global remuneration membership based organisation. She has been involved with Outward Bound Hong Kong since 2017, first as Chair of their Professional Programs Committee, and currently as a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee. She is also a Non-Executive Director of an Australian company sourcing and supplying chilled organic beef to domestic and international markets. Deirdre holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Master of Arts (Psychology) honours year from Australian Universities and a Secondary School Teaching Certificate. She is a registered psychologist and graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As well as practicing yoga and gym, in her leisure time Deirdre is an avid hiker, skier and loves adventure travel.

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Guy Williams (UK)

Guy Williams was appointed CEO of U-POL Ltd in September 2015. Prior to this, Guy was Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s largest Decorative Paints division with responsibility for major household brands. He is extremely passionate on giving young people the best start in life through opportunities and development. He has been a very active trustee of The Outward Bound Trust (UK) since 2014. Additionally, he has been a board member of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) since 2016 and was subsequently appointed the role of president in April 2020 and since the beginning of 2020, is a trustee for Autoraise, a charity in the UK Automotive industry that is focused on the creation of apprenticeships within bodyshops. Guy was born and raised in North Wales and continues to be based there today.

Learn About Some of Our Past Board Chairs

Mary Thomson (Canada) – Chairman Emeritus

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.

Jamie Anderson (Canada) – Chairman Emeritus

Jamie Anderson is Senior Advisor with RBC Capital Markets, a global investment bank. Prior to this role, Jamie was the bank’s head of Corporate Strategy and Development, and served as Deputy Chair at RBC Capital Markets. In his last year as Head of Strategy, he also led RBC’s innovation team. Over his career, Jamie has developed extensive experience working with boards of directors and CEOs / CFOs on mergers and acquisitions, strategy and corporate finance.
Jamie has also been deeply involved in volunteer and philanthropic service. This includes a long history of leadership in Outward Bound having served as Chair of Outward Bound Canada, Chair of Outward Bound International, and current service on the board of Outward Bound Global. A long-time mental health champion who is passionate about working to ensure youth have meaningful opportunities to contribute to our communities, Jamie also serves as Chair of Board of Directors of the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation and is a member of the foundation’s Board of Trustees. He additionally sits on the boards of the Toronto-based Loran Scholars Foundation and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Charter for Business. Jamie has been a fan of Outward Bound since 1980, when he took a course at the Minnesota Outward Bound School. The very next year he took a course at the North Carolina Outward Bound School, and in 1988 he began as a volunteer at the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School. He subsequently joined the board of Outward Bound Canada and currently serves as a member of its fundraising cabinet.

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.

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.

williamphillipsBill Phillips (USA) – Founding Chairman

William E. Phillips (1930 – 2018) was 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 advertising 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 in Utah with Bill Coors, Josh Miner, Joe Nold, and Steve Truitt, among others. He participated in 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 the International Advisory Board (the predecessor to Outward Bound International), which he chaired for nine years. In 1997, Mr. Phillips stepped down to become chairman emeritus, while remaining active in fund raising for Outward Bound. Mr. Phillips also served on four for-profit boards and four non-profit boards. Mr. Phillips was married to Barbara Smith, a professional fundraiser. He often said he’s always been luckier than he deserves to be, except on the golf course.