Our Team

Team members working with Southbound Adventures come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Our professional team of passionate educators ensure that you maximise the opportunities created during your Outdoor Education program. Our team are qualified in a range of Outdoor Recreation activities and First Aid, complementing the most up to date equipment and policies available.

Southbound Adventures greatest asset is our team. To discover more about our permanent team please see our individual profiles below.


Southbound Adventures Senior Team

Permanent Team Members

Ian Robinson – Managing Director

Ian began working in Outdoor Education whilst studying teaching at Wollongong University. Immediately he saw the potential to educate students in an outdoor environment and truly believes in the outcomes that can be achieved. Since founding Southbound Adventures in 1993, Ian has taken pride in exceeding client expectations. Ian’s inspired leadership has also seen the Southbound Adventures team give back to the community through support and participation in numerous charitable events.

Andrew Banner – General Manager

Andrew has worked in Outdoor Education since 1994. He has coordinated countless school expeditions both within Australia and for Australian schools internationally. His management skills, from a range of industry experiences, assist in the smooth running of the business and design of our bespoke programs.

Ryan Todd – Operations Manager and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

Having studied a Bachelor of Applied Science in Adventure Ecotourism and a Certificate 4 in Outdoor Recreation, Ryan moved north to broaden his experience. His wealth of industry experience combined with an infectious enthusiasm and focus on client needs extends to providing each client with their own individual experience.

Andy Gwynne – Special Operations Manager

Andy combines his experience in the Australian Army with a career in Outdoor Education that began in 1992. Andy enjoys a challenge often designing and implementing high ropes courses, initiative activities and overseeing our Odyssey programs.

Jessie Tomkins – Staffing Manager & Senior Program Director

With a background working in the volunteer sector, Jessie brings a wealth of experience to the company. Having travelled extensively worldwide, her personable nature combined with a natural ability to listen to our client and staff needs provides a trememdous foundation to our professional team. Jessie's high end communication skills assists with the management of all within the staffing team, ensuring that Southbound Adventures has the best team in the industry!

Katrina Wilkie – Logistics Coordinator

Upholding a world of experience in retail sales and management combined with a passion for all outdoor persuits in particular her snowboarding, Kat takes great pride in ensuring that the gear, logistics and catering for your program is second to none.

Riley Beeton – Program Director 

Combining his Outdoor experience, world travel and infectious personality Riley joins the Southbound Team as one of our Program Directors. In his spare time you will find Riley, surfboard in tow, searching for a sweet break!

Gillian Spence – Program Director 

Armed with her ever present smile, Gillian brings years of varied experience working worldwide in the Outdoors to Southbound. On her days off you might find her on the ski slopes, on the mountain bike trail, paddling on the river or strumming a tune on her ukulelee. 

Laura Dillon - Office Administrator and Group Leader

Laura will assist you with making sure that the 'behind the scenes' preparation is complete to ensure for smooth flowing Program for all staff and clients.

Bree Morton, Morgan Fraser, Hannah Webb, Charlie Rothnie- Jones, Dan Pember, Daniel St Flour and Maddie Brown  Outdoor Education Instructor's

Our permanent team of instructors bring a wide variety of skills and knowledge to share with our clients. With their smiling faces on Programs you will know that you are in very good hands!

Sebastian Young & Campbell Macquarie – Certificate IV Trainee's

Sebastian and Campbell are currently completing their Cert IV in Outdoor Education to widen their knowledge and love for the Outdoors.