Our Staff


Tim Shaw – Centre Manager

Studying Outdoor Education at Aoraki Polytech in Timaru 2010-2012 Tim has come full circle to land in Peel Forest. Holding qualifications in Bush, Kayak, Alpine, Rock, Rafting and Avalanche Hazard management he is well-rounded in the Outdoors.  With a passion for adventure and the education and development that comes from that adventure, Tim is still finding out ways to escape the office.

Olivia Tsouprake  – Bookings Coordinator

Originally from the US, Olivia has lived in New Zealand for over four years working and studying outdoor pursuits. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education from Hillary Outdoors as well as qualifications in Rock, Kayak, Raft, Ski and Pre-hospital emergency care. In addition to managing bookings, she also looks after all of the Centre’s social media.  With five years’ experience working in outdoor pursuits, she especially enjoys the time she spends with groups in the field.

Jeff Powley – Finance Manager
Jeff worked at Peel Forest Outdoor Centre between 2014-2020 in both administrative and Centre Manager roles. He has come in May 2021, bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience. Previously a bank manager for Westpac, Jeff has a great handle on all aspects of finance.


We have a large pool of seasonal staff that we draw upon. The success of each activity we run relies heavily on the ability, experience and professionalism of our staff members.  They are approachable, dependable, dynamic and efficient.

With many considerations and decisions to make each day (the weather, rivers, groups and other variables), they are asked to think on their feet, adapt to changing situations and above all else, ensure that the people they instruct are safe and having fun.

It is these factors that go into determining who we employ at the Centre – whether they are from a teaching background, a raft guide or a university graduate, each staff member is carefully selected by looking at their history, qualifications and ability in running activities.

Peel Forest Outdoor Centre works on maintaining a high standard of employees, with awards such as NZOIA, Skills Active and NZRA setting the benchmark. Most of our Instructors have at least 2 years’ experience in their chosen field, have graduated with a 2 year diploma and hold more than one professional outdoor qualification.

On-going training, site familiarisation, staff induction, appraisals and peer mentoring also ensure that high standards of instruction and safety are maintained.

We are more than happy to supply information regarding the staff working with your group if required.