Meet the team

Our auditors are passionate about the outdoors, and have mountains of relevant experience and expertise. This allows them to achieve consistent, high-quality auditing standards, which enhance safety in the outdoors community. All OutdoorsMark staff are required to conform to the Code of Conduct, which ensures impartiality, confidentiality and objectivity.


Dave Watkinson

Adventure Activities Audit Coordinator

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With an extensive background in both safety auditing, and the outdoor sector, Dave brings a wealth of skills and knowledge to this position.

He has technical expert skills in mountaineering, rock climbing with high ropes, and white water kayak/canoe/rescue.

Dave has an affinity with adventure activity operators, which ensures the best fit of operator and auditor, and a cleaner audit process.

Originally from England, Dave was part of the United Kingdom's Adventure Activities Licensing Scheme, both as an operator, Head of Centre, and an Inspector.

He was also a member of the working group that prepared British Standard BS8848 for overseas expeditions and field work, in conjunction with the Royal Geographical Society and the Young Explorers’ Trust.



Angela Dorrington

Audit Administrator

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Angela has extensive experience in the education sector, and has been an administrator for an industry training organisation for many years. Making audits run as smoothly as possible is Angela’s work goal. She is very comfortable working with a wide range of people over a geographically-spread area.


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Grant Davidson

Lead Auditor

Grant has been involved in the outdoor sector for 35 years, and has been auditing for DoC and OutdoorsMark for more than a decade.

His master’s degree from the University of Minnesota specialised in safety auditing. He brought these skills back to New Zealand to help create the first voluntary auditing scheme for outdoor organisations, under Outdoors NZ. Grant then went on to complete a PhD in risk management at Waikato University.

Grant worked in instructional and management roles in the UK, North America and New Zealand. He also started the Marine Centre on Great Barrier Island. He was previously chief executive of the Sir Edmund Hilary Outdoor Pursuits Centre, and is now the chief executive of Skills Active Aotearoa.

Grant has previously held NZOIA Level 2 and assessor status in bush, rock, mountain and kayak disciplines.


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David Mangnall

Lead Auditor

David has over 20 years’ experience working in outdoor education both in New Zealand and overseas, including eight years as training manager at Outward Bound.

He has a degree in recreation management from Lincoln University.

David holds NZOIA Assessor Sea Level 2, and attestation for high ropes and zip line. He is also a technical expert in sea kayaking, ropes courses and zip line, and is a roving assessor for Skills Active Aotearoa.


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Jamie Obern

Lead Auditor

Jamie has been diving since 1988, and instructing since 1997. He is a keen technical diver with an avid interest in cave and wreck penetration.

He is New Zealand’s only GUE instructor, and only cave diving instructor, holding the TDI Full Cave Instructor rating. Jamie also holds instructor ratings with TDI, DSAT, BSAC and PADI.

He makes regular cave diving trips to Mexico, Florida, Europe and Australia, and is actively involved in cave exploration in New Zealand. Jamie is also one of the few instructors in NZ who can teach Advanced Wreck specialty courses. In addition to overhead environment courses, he is also qualified to teach open circuit trimix classes.


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Peter Cammell

Lead Auditor

Peter has more than 40 years mountaineering experience, having started his climbing career on Mt Ruapehu, followed by Arthur’s Pass, the Nelson Lakes, then Aoraki Mt Cook.

Peter has spent time climbing in Europe and in East Africa, including Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya, and he summited Mt Everest in 2012.

Peter is an alpine and rock instructor, a trained mountain climbing guide, and former president of the New Zealand Alpine Club.


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Jill Dalton

Lead Auditor

Jill was an auditor at Outdoors NZ in the first round of the OutdoorsMark voluntary audits. She is lead auditor qualified, with a focus area of safety management systems, document reviews, and their subsequent surveillance for DoC concessions, and EOTC audits. Jill has had much involvement with the NZ Outdoor Instructors Association, having been president, a trainer and a bush assessor.



Mike Torr

Lead Auditor

Mike is an experienced recreational diver and technical scuba diver, underwater photographer, and a keen snow skier.

A passion for scuba diving led to Mike becoming a PADI instructor in 1998, and then opening a dive centre in 1999.

He owned and operated the dive shop and inbound dive tourism company for a number of years, in addition to his corporate work in the energy utility industry.


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Liz Penman

Lead Auditor

Since 1992, Liz has run her own business, Adventure Works NZ Ltd. Prior to this, she was a teacher of physical education, health education and outdoor education.

She has an immense depth of experience working with diverse groups from the education, community and corporate sectors, incorporating adventure-based learning techniques and activities.

Liz is also a certified trainer with global adventure-based learning organisation, Project Adventure Inc. In this role, she has worked extensively with groups throughout New Zealand, as well as in Singapore, Korea, Japan, Italy and the United States.


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Mark Austin

Lead Auditor

Mark is a ski patroller and mountaineer who has climbed extensively in Canada, France and New Zealand.

Mark started climbing in 1994, aged 20, and began guiding in 2007.

As well as reaching his IFMGA Mountain and Ski Guide status in early 2012, Mark is a qualified secondary school teacher.


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Fiona McDonald

Lead Auditor

Fiona is an Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) consultant, project manager, and assessor. She is a member of the Ministry of Education (MoE) EOTC Reference Group, and is the on boards of MSC and EONZ.

Fiona has previously worked as a teacher, head of faculty, and deputy principal at high school level. She strongly believes in the value of a quality, integrated cross-curriculum EOTC for students.

Fiona managed the MSC/EONZ/NZAEE Education Outside the Classroom project, funded by Sport NZ; here she helped to coordinate the development of professional resources to support teachers and other outdoor educators. She also managed the production of MoE’s professional development and resources for Māori medium schools. She is currently managing the development of the EOTC Safety Management Plan template for schools.


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Andy Cole

Lead Auditor

Andy is a mountain guide, and was an army mountaineering and survival instructor for many years.

After his army career, Andy worked as an Antarctic field trainer, and a leadership and personal development facilitator.

He has also worked as an aircraft technician and trade instructor. On top of this, he has worked as a geo-technician and rock blaster.


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Greg McIntyre

Lead Auditor

Greg is a mountain bike guide and the owner and operator of a mountain bike and heli-bike guiding business.

Greg is also a member of the Snowsports Instructors’ Alliance, and has many years of experience teaching both ski and telemark ski instructor. He is also a telemark instructor and examiner, and ISIA certified.

Greg is a member of the NZ Telemark Interski team, and an NZSIA executive board member.

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Jamie Mead

Lead Auditor

Jamie is one of our auditors and a technical expert in rafting and mountain biking. He has worked for the last 20 years as a guide, instructor, assessor and manager, and was a police officer for six years. These experiences have given him exceptional people skills, adaptability and the ability to thrive under pressure.