Our Staff

Adrian Ford

Head of Mt Binga Outdoor Education Centre

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Adrian's experience in outdoor education began in Year 10 when he attended Ironbark Outdoor Education Centre. The experience changed his life and started him down the path of working with young people in meaningful ways to bring about change in their lives. Adrian has worked in boarding houses, taught in both primary and secondary schools and has a passion for pastoral care for young people. He has worked as a teacher in Lutheran Education for over 10 years and has worked across three schools in South East Queensland. Adrian has been the Head of Mt Binga since 2015 after leaving a position of Pastoral Care Leader and Head of Outdoor Education. He moved to Binga with his wife and three children and their dog Zuma. 

Marcus Shaw

Program Coordinator

Marcus was born in Queensland, but moved to Western Australia with his family when he was still young. Completing both school and university in WA, Marcus decided to move back to QLD at the start of 2016 when he started at Mt Binga. Marcus has completed a Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation and a Graduate Diploma of Education, so working with students in the outdoors is something he is truly passionate about. Marcus has found more meaning in working with students on a more personal level to help them develop and grow. Outside of work, Marcus enjoys going to the beach, swimming, listening to music, trying to learn piano, and dining out at delicious places.

Leena Lehtonen

Senior Program Instructor

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A former Paramedic and 5 years experience as the Head of Outdoor Adventure in a camp in the USA, Leena is now the Head of Girls at Mt Binga. She possesses her Cert IV in Outdoor Recreation and has a passion in teaching Archery, Navigation and Outdoor Survival Skills. Leena has a deep commitment in guiding young women to meet their potential, to one day become pillars in their own community, and find their own strength, happiness and purpose in life. In her spare time you can find Leena doing restoration projects, reading, or immersing herself in other cultures. 

Bec Pennisi

Evening Program Supervisor

Bec began her role as Evening Program Supervisor in May 2018 after seven years of volunteer youth work within Lutheran organisations. She holds a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Creative Industries and worked as Community Relations Assistant at Redeemer Lutheran College before pursuing her passion for working directly with young people. Bec is zealous about sharing God’s love with the students and encouraging them on their journeys of growth and self-discovery. Outside of work, Bec can be found watching movies, teaching herself music, laying in her hammock or chasing Australian sunsets.

Andrew Pope

Outdoor Education Instructor

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After 16 years of work and leisure in outdoor activities around Australia, Andrew’s Mt Binga journey started on September 2016. While he loves high adventure pursuits, particularly white water kayaking, Andrew's passion for the outdoors extends further than just that. His appreciation for time in the Mt Binga vegetable gardens and leading others to experience all these activities for the first time is genuinely what makes him enthusiastic about the industry. In Andrew’s spare time around Mt Binga you can find him working on one of his many projects such as rebuilding his car, fixing a motorbike, or building a didgeridoo.

Maddie Boultbee

Outdoor Education Instructor

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Maddie attended Mt Binga as a student in 2012, loving her time at camp. She vowed to return as a staff member once she had graduated from school. Towards the the end of year 12, Maddie applied for an intern position and was successful. She started working at Mt Binga in 2016, completing a roping certificate and continuing to build her leadership style. Working at Mt Binga affirmed Maddie’s passion for working with young people and helping them develop so midway through 2016 she started studying a Diploma of Youth Work. Outside of work Maddie enjoys playing social sport, doing anything in the water, going to church and spending time with family and friends.

Daniel Bliss

Outdoor Education Instructor

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Daniel has been a full time staff member at Mt Binga since May 2014. Originally appointed as an Outdoor Education Assistant, he is now an instructor, including having an oversight of the horse program. He is passionate about the outdoors, being heavily involved in pursuits such as 4WDing, motorbike riding and horse riding. Daniel has displayed his commitment to the broader Mt Binga community through his membership of the local Rural Fire Brigade. He grew up on the Sunshine Coast, though spent his younger years at Charters Towers, where much of his deep appreciation of all things rural was realised his passion for horses. Daniel started riding at the age of 5 and through his experiences he is now extremely passionate to teach students how to be more confident around these animals and teach them riding skills. During his time at Mt Binga he has focused on his Horse Safety Australia qualifications and certificates in agriculture. 

Brigid O'Brien

Outdoor Education Instructor

Brigid was born in Canberra and spent her childhood both there and later in Cairns. Since she was 5 years old, Brigid has been a girl guide which has given her an appreciation for the outdoors and the community. In 2017 due to her passion for the outdoors she did a traineeship in outdoor education in Victoria. From there she developed a love for the environment and being able to help young people develop practical life skills. Outside of work you would find Brigid reading, sewing and spending time in the kitchen.

Anna Roordink

Outdoor Education Instructor

Anna was born and raised in the Netherlands, she grew up on a farm where she was introduced to an outdoor lifestyle at a young age. There her passion grew for adventure and being outdoors. At the start of 2014 Anna made the decision to move to Australia where she began studying Psychology and Accounting at the Sunshine Coast University. Anna began working at Mt Binga at the beginning of 2018 and has been a wonderful asset to this team when it comes to relationships with students and bringing a positive attitude. Outside of work you would find Anna rock climbing, spending time at the beach, camping, mountain bike riding and socialising with friends.