SAPOE Committee

Ali Dreyer

Ali is Chair on the SAPOE committee. Ali is Outdoor Learning Manager with Fife Council's Outdoor Education Team.  He is responsible for Lochore Meadows Outdoor Education Centre and also leads on outdoor related training and guidance across all council services including management of off-site visits, EVC training and the Evolve system.

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Ali Dreyer

Gordon Smith

Gordon is Vice 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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Gordon Smith

Tim Pickering

Tim is Vice Chair on the SAPOE committee. Tim works for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) as the Outdoor Learning Manager, he job shares with Isi Oakley. 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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Natalie White

Natalie is Secretary on the SAPOE Committee and Principal Teacher and Development Officer in the Learning Outdoors Support Team at East Ayrshire Council. She is responsible for the Curriculum Outdoors Attainment Challenge and supporting teachers to deliver high quality learning outcomes in the outdoor environment.

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Alan Smith

Alan is Treasurer on the SAPOE committee, and Outdoor Education and Awards Officer for East Dunbartonshire Council. He is responsible for managing the Educational Excursions within the authority, operational support to early years, schools and CLD, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, development of awards and courses to schools, as well as the management of the delivery of various outdoor programmes within the authority.

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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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Jane Jackson

Jane works for Falkirk Council as the Support Officer for Outdoor Learning and  Learning for Sustainability. She is responsible for supporting schools with planning and delivery of Outdoor Learning, providing CPD opportunities relating to outdoor learning and Learning for Sustainability, managing Policy for Offsite visits, and providing advice and support to schools relating to school ground development. Jane is the Going Out There Coordinator for SAPOE.

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