Event Details

December 02, 2021

Event Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Zoom Webinar


The AusCham Education Committee is hosting a seminar around the themes of character education and excursions.

Institutions represented include providers of school curriculum, field trips, and opportunities for ongoing teacher professional development.
This series of short presentations introduces various holistic learning opportunities, including The Duke of Edinburgh International Award, Round Square Schools, Fieldwork Education, Leave No Trace and Xcursion. The audience will have an opportunity to engage with speakers at the end of each presentation.

With online learning for much of the pandemic, there has been a reduced focus on holistic education, and this seminar seeks to refocus on this area of schooling. It is suitable for school principals, administrators and faculty heads that are responsible for curriculum or excursions.

This seminar will be held virtually via ZOOM due to the current restrictions of meeting face-to-face. Please note, this is an online event and registration is free of charge, so please ensure you register early and share the link within your network of educators. Sessions will be delivered in English.


Ben George
Round Square Schools

Schools Support Director (Australasia & East Asia)

Ben is an experienced facilitator, trainer and organizational leader in the field of experiential education, with over 20 years experience working in a variety of Outdoor Education Centers and High Schools in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Mainland China.


David Gregory

Chief Executive Officer

With over 20 years in outdoor education, David has developed and run residential outdoor programs for some of the largest private schools in Australia and has trained staff, built effective risk management systems and consulted on operational and risk management practices. David’s work has been strongly influenced by the need to provide great educational opportunities for students to grow personally and academically through experiential education as well as ensure risks are minimized and well managed.


Paul Tame

Director of Risk Management (Australia)

Paul has worked in education for over 25 years planning, developing, and running countless school excursions, activities and international programs. Paul has served as a risk management consultant for large public and private schools as well as universities. Paul has worked in numerous countries with Outward Bound, NOLS and other leading organisations as both a field instructor, guide, program administrator and basecamp director. He has been working specifically with a range of education programs in the US and internationally for the last 15 years.


Sarah Blackmore
Fieldwork Education

Head of International Outreach and Development

Sarah is currently Fieldwork Education’s Head of International Curriculum Association, the accreditation and services arm of the business. Based in Asia, Sarah has global responsibility for business development of the Fieldwork Education International Curriculum, the related professional development programs and the Recognition and Accreditation Services.


Tiffany Fernyhough
Leave No Trace

Master Educator (Hong Kong)

Tiffany Fernyhough is an outdoor educator who has worked as a facilitator and trip leader in Hong Kong, Canada and Vietnam. She has been overseeing the Leave No Trace program at Outward Bound Vietnam and has experience creating and delivering staff training curriculum within Vietnam.


James Etheridge 
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation

Operations Manager (United Kingdom)

James Etheridge has been working for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for four years and currently oversees Award operations in Vietnam and Thailand, as well as many other countries worldwide. As a lifelong Scout and Gold Award holder, he is passionate about the impact non-formal education can have on young people around the world.


AusCham MC:

Aaron Funnell
Executive Director of Outward Bound Vietnam | AusCham Chair Education & Training Committee

He is the Executive Director of Outward Bound Vietnam and has been working in outdoor adventure education since 1997. Originally from Sydney, he has been based in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and most recently in Hanoi since 2017. In addition to outdoor qualifications, he has an MBA, a Masters of Education, and a Diploma of Training and Assessment. Aaron also serves as a member and secretary of the Association for Experiential Education (USA) Accreditation Council, which sets standards for outdoor education in North America, and the Global Research Advisory Committee for Outward Bound International. He has convened several educational conferences and is a published scholar in outdoor education.

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