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The Boyle Team

The quality of our instructors at the Boyle is what sets us apart from most outdoor education providers. Consistent high level feedback from schools and community groups during 2019 is testament to the professional standards and quality outdoor education at the Boyle.

“Very effective at encouraging and developing teamwork, communication and leadership” Rangiora High School teacher.

Centre Manager 

Sharon Nicholas

Welcome to Sharon Nicholas, Centre Manager - from April 2024

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Sharon Nicholas as our new Centre Manager. We’ve had to wait for Sharon to take up the position as she was committed to guiding in Antarctica, but we

are sure she is worth waiting for.

Sharon will bring a wealth of experience to the role. She has spent 20 years working in New Zealand and overseas in the outdoor education and tourism sector in training and development roles, as well as time with the NZ Police and the Royal NZ Air Force.

She has taught and managed people, programmes, safety and equipment in areas of ecological, cultural, and historical importance including the Arctic and Antarctic.

Particularly pertinent for the Boyle is her work as Training Manager at Outward Bound New Zealand.

There she was managing teams and being a part of a team. She hired instructors, delivered training, and inducted and mentored staff to build a competent tightknit team.

In her most recent role with local government, she has increased her skills in project management, gained an understanding of council organisations, and learnt about building relationships with Iwi through managing projects with them. This will certainly be beneficial at the Boyle as we continue to navigate our relationship with mana whenua. Her training in urban search and rescue and in emergency operations training are also great assets.

Her own adventures include self-supported walking and packrafting trips up the west coast of Greenland and crossing north to south through Iceland; trekking on the frozen Zanskar River in India; and rafting and kayaking the Grand Canyon.

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