SAPOE Committee

Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith
Gordon is Chair on the SAPOE committee, and Outdoor Education Officer for Scottish Borders Council.  He is responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the region, managing and developing the Outdoor Learning delivery, overseeing the Educational Excursions policy and development, as well as the management of various outdoor facilities including Whiteadder Watersports Centre.

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Isi Oakley

Isi Oakley
Isi works for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) as the Outdoor Learning Manager, she job shares with Tim Pickering and they share their position of a Vice Chair on the SAPOE committee. They are responsible for the development of the support and delivery Outdoor Learning in Education Department and across the wider council.

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Tim Pickering

Tim Pickering
Tim works for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) as the Outdoor Learning Manager, he job shares with Isi Oakley and they share their position of a Vice Chair on the SAPOE committee. They are responsible for the development of the support and delivery Outdoor Learning in Education Department and across the wider council.

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Willie White

Willie White

Willie works for East Ayrshire Council Educational and Social Services Department. He is the Education Officer for Outdoors and Sustainable Development with responsibility for strategic and operational support for the Directorate, Early Years, Schools, Community Learning and Development, Social Work on outdoor, sustainable development, eco schools, global citizenship, international learning and off site visits. Willie is a Vice Chair for SAPOE.

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Derek Napier

Derek Napier
Derek is the Outdoor Learning Manager for Leisure and Culture Dundee. He oversees Outdoor Learning in Dundee, including the safety management of offsite visits and adventure activities including DofE. Derek is RYA principal at Grassy Beach Sailing Centre and oversees the delivery of RYA courses and leads a team of instructors some of which are  NGB tutors in variety of  land and water based adventure activities. His main base is Ancrum Outdoor Education Centre in the heart of Dundee  which is a non residential Centre and he manages a number of satellite facilities across the City including Clatto Watersport Centre. Derek is the Secretary for SAPOE.

Liz Brookes

Liz Brookes
Liz works for East Lothian Council as the Principal Teacher for the Outdoor Learning Service. She is responsible for managing and developing the Outdoor Learning Service. The service uses the outdoor environment and adventurous activities as a vehicle for delivering the Curriculum for Excellence across all schools in East Lothian. Liz is also responsible for the safety management of off site visits including adventure activities across the authority and overseas, and the management of Innerwick residential centre. Liz is the Training Coordinator for SAPOE.

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Going Out There

'Going Out There' is the Scottish framework for Safe Practice in Off-site Visits. It has been developed in partnership by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education, the Health and Safety Executive, Education Scotland and the Association of Directors of Education, with input from other partners, voluntary organisations and providers.

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