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Members of OEAP are employed or engaged by Local Authorities, Multi-Academy Trusts and other employer groups to deliver advice, support and training in the management and leadership of outdoor learning, off-site visits and learning outside the classroom.
OEAP provides a forum for sharing and developing good practice in Outdoor Learning, Educational Visits and Learning Outside the Classroom as well as a training framework for Educational Visits Co-ordinator and Visit Leader training.

The work of OEAP is steered by elected directors. Each director may serve two consecutive two year terms. Regional Groups support members with local meetings. The Board commissions working groups for specific tasks to assist the whole Panel. 

National officers

National Chair   Dave Scourfield   1st term, March 2016

Secretary   Adrian Clarke 1st term March 2017

Treasurer   Dave Barham   1st term October 2015

Regional representatives

Cymru/Wales    Arwel Elias   1st term, November 2016

East    Graham Lodge   1st term, June 2015

Midlands    Sarah Atkins   1st term, February 2016

North East    Adrian Clarke   2nd term, January 2016

North West    Andy Lavin   1st term, January 2017

South East    Neil Leyden   1st term, April 2016

South West    Gary Burn   1st term September 2015


National and regionally elected officers can serve a maximum of two consecutive two year terms.

Co-opted non-voting officers

Business Manager    Paul Bond    from April 2016

Non-executive Mike Evans from March 2016

Co-opted officers serve for fixed terms determined and reviewed at executive meetings.


The Panel meets nationally in the Spring and the Autumn.
Best Practice - any documents produced by the Panel are in the form of best practice guidance for its members and only become policy when they are adopted or adapted by Employers.

Individual members represent OEAP on other national bodies, including The English Outdoor Council, The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and National Governing Bodies of Outdoor Sports.
OEAP may be represented on other relevant bodies or functions by the Chair or other elected officers nominated by the Chair.


OEAP works closely with the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. It endorses the LOtC Quality Badge and recommends that the Badge is accepted as evidence that providers meet the national standards defined by its accreditation criteria.



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