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QORF is run by small team of staff members consisting of a full-time Executive Officer, an Office Manager and a number of full-time and part time Project Officers.
Executive Officer: Dom Courtney
Office Manager: Hubertien Wichers
Partnerships Manager: Mark Squires
Project Officer NQ (part time): Tim Trehearn
Nature Play QLD
Program Manager: Hyahno Moser
Community Development & Resource Coordinator: Anya Perkins
Marketing Coordinator: Imogene Whittle
Assistant Marketing & Events Coordinator: Tess Freund
Dom joined QORF in September 2015. Previously, Dom worked as recreation coordinator at Seqwater, as a property officer at Caboolture Shire Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council, and in the world of construction before that. Dom’s experience with Seqwater gives him an understanding of the issues facing the outdoor recreation sector, particularly in regard to access to places and increasing opportunities.
Other than a stint working at a gold mine in Papua New Guinea in the 1990s, Dom has lived in Queensland his entire life – moving as a child from Brisbane to the Darling Downs, to Longreach and then to a small town near Mackay. Dom has worked in Townsville, Mt Isa, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. The end result is a proud Queenslander (who can become slightly obsessed during State of Origin season each year).
Dom enjoys bushwalking, camping, motorbike riding and, more recently is getting into the wonderful world of mountain biking
In 2003, he took time off work to combine these activities into a motorbike trip around Australia, camping and bushwalking along the way – a terrific way of exploring this beautiful country.
“an adventure that recharged and focussed my entire being”
Mark has had a varied career – first working in the entertainment industry as a stage manager and set designer in the theatre, as a lighting designer and for nine years in his own business, Connections Event Management, which specialised in producing theatrical styled events for the corporate sector.
He first worked in the outdoors as a ski patroller at sixteen and before joining Outward Bound New Zealand worked as a freelance guide and rock climbing instructor in Australia. In 1999 he joined Outward Bound New Zealand as an instructor and he has been passionate about personal development work ever since. After almost five years as the Deputy Director for OBNZ he moved to Outward Bound Hong Kong as Director.
His other outdoor interests include rockclimbing, mountaineering (expeditions to three 8000 metre peaks: Everest, Makalu and Shishapangma), sailing (including co-building a 40 foot racing catamaran), tramping and cycling.
Over the last few years he has been further developing his interest in working in personal development and has gained certification in Life Coaching, NLP, Training and Business.
markwsquires.com – more about Mark
Hubertien joined the QORF team in December 2015. She is trained in accounting and the hospitality industry and until recently, has worked for the state government in her local community.
Her passion for the outdoors is evident in her participation and organisation of trail and mountain races. She has represented Australia on several occasions at the World Mountain Running Championships and loves encouraging people to live life outdoors.
Project Officer North Queensland
Tim has joined the QORF staff after 35 years involved in outdoor education/recreation. He taught at Maroon OEC in 1980-81 and was foundation secretary of the OEAQ. He obtained his degree in outdoor pursuits from the University of Calgary in Canada. In 1984 he started operating what was to later become Edmund Park. Tim moved to Cairns in 1987 and had a long career in outdoor leadership at the TAFE Queensland North. Many students who graduated from the TAFE Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation program are still active as outdoor leaders today.
Tim is a passionate sea kayaker, bushwalker and rides his mountain bike badly.
Nature Play QLD
Like most children of his generation, Hyahno spent most of his leisure time outside, therefore it came as no surprise to his family when he choose a career in Outdoor Education. For 10 years, Hyahno was involved in devising, facilitating, teaching and leading young people through world-class, outdoor education programs, using adventure and nature to teach children vital life-skills. Hyahno is passionate about nature play and believes the Nature Play program is a positive and practical way to ensure children participate in unstructured play in nature, delivering the myriad of benefits this type of play offers their physical and emotional health.
Imogene has extensive experience in marketing, managing programs, projects and large events.
Prior to Nature Play QLD, Imogene worked for over five years in the youth arts sector, in peak body organisations that provided member support and industry advocacy. Imogene was Creative Director of Youth Arts Queensland from late 2012, prior to which she was Manager of Young People and the Arts Australia. Prior to her career in the arts and following the completition of her business management degree (and Japanese), Imogene worked in the private sector in a multinational business consulting firm as an international Project Analyst.
Imogene is passionate about work that will make a positive contribution to the world. While she relishes working with children and young people, it’s her recent role of mother which she notes as most rewarding.
Assistant Events and Marketing Coordinator
Growing up on a farm, Tess spent her childhood climbing trees, so it’s not surprising she’s passionate about the Nature Play QLD message.
With a background in marketing, events, brand development, and sustainable design, Tess has over seven years experience in the not-for-profit and design industries.
After completing a degree in Public Relations and Marketing, she worked in community fundraising and events for RSPCA QLD where she developed and grew community fundraising initiatives and supported event campaigns. More recently Tess launched two businesses (Monkey & Mum, and Sahasa), which she transformed into self sustainable models through the use of ethical fair trade practices. In 2015 she won silver at the National Ausmumpreneur People’s Choice Awards for her Monkey & Mum designs.
Mum to two energetic boys, Tess endeavours to look on the lighter side of life. When this fails, she practices yoga.
Community Development & Resource Coordinator
Anya moved to Queensland from the UK in September 2015 with the desire to continue to use her knowledge and experience to promote greater opportunities for children to engage in outdoor nature play based learning.
Whilst completing a degree in Primary Education she developed a professional interest in the area of outdoor nature play provision and took her study into outdoor learning further completing her Master in Education. She later spent five years as an Early Years and Primary teacher, while also training as a Level 3 Forest School Leader. Anya has created on-site Forest School areas, coordinated a whole school/ community development towards increasing outdoor nature play learning opportunities and has supported and trained colleagues and parents in the importance of regular nature play opportunities. She has also managed and delivered Forest School programs in and out of term times both in a childcare setting and in local woodlands.
In her spare time Anya is thoroughly enjoying exploring and discovering all the outdoor beauty Queensland has to offer.