The Higher Ground Team

Chairman Director – Ross West

Ross is co-owner and Chairman Director of the Higherground Group Pty Ltd, chairing the company since inception.  Ross has enjoyed a long and successful career in senior executive positions within Australia and the Asia Pacific region and has extensive experience in developing high performing teams. He provides active directorship as the company continues to grow, diversify and develop both domestically and abroad.  He is a passionate adventurer and totally committed to the difference Higher Ground makes through the experiential philosophy that underpins the company.
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Chief Executive Officer – Rod Field

Rod is the founder and CEO of Higher Ground and has been working in the field of Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning since 1993. He has worked extensively both nationally and internationally with diverse groups ranging from executives and community leaders to “at-risk” young people and school groups.  Rod started Higher Ground based on a simple fundamental belief that adventure and fun are essential in the development of the whole person and to this day Higher Ground continues to seek to provide experiences, places and spaces that challenge and empower individuals in the pursuit of becoming Confident Individuals , Life Long Learners and Responsible Global Citizens.

Field Operations Manager – Dan Hickleton

Dan is passionate about equipping young people with ‘life skills’ using adventure-based activities in a safe environment. Dan is formally educated in Outdoor Education and has over 13 years’ experience working across diverse groups including primary and secondary students, youth at risk, disabled and young offenders. This experience has honed his facilitation skills and complements his technical expertise in rafting, canoeing, roping, navigation, white water rescue and mountain biking.

Programme Coordinator, Long Term Residential – Ash Prosser

Ash proudly hales from Mt Maunganui, New Zealand. She holds formal qualifications from the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuit Centre which is complemented by extensive experience in programme delivery and coordination. Ash is passionate about delivering high quality educational programmes and is a keen caver and downhill mountain biker. Ash plays a key role in Higher Ground’s Long Term residential (LTR) programmes ….and so do animals (which she loves)!

The Higher Ground Catering Team

The dedicated Higher Ground Catering Team has combined catering experience of over fifty (50) years, with one of our young ladies serving Higher Ground clients for more than a decade. The whole catering team resides in the Mary Valley community and is committed to using local food providers and small business owners with a focus on wholesome, fresh, nourishing, delicious, seasonal and quality ingredients. We welcome you to enquire about menus and special dietary requirements to ensure a delightful customer experience.