The Mittagundi Council are a group of passionate volunteers, working to ensure that Mittagundi keeps on providing programs well into the future.

What we do

It's the Council's role to uphold the aims of Mittagundi. These are set out in Mittagundi's Constitution. The Council's major role is to employ the Director and take care of safety, fundraising, community events plus much more.

Interested in getting involved?

If you'd like to contribute your time and expertise to Mittagundi we'd love to hear from you. Get in touch with Mike (Chair Person) for info.

Mike Heffernan

Joined Council: 2002

I first came into contact with Mittagundi as a young fella in  1986. 10 years later in 1996  I was a Co-Director for 3 years.  What an incredible experience, that has changed my life for the better.  After leaving Mittagundi as a Director  I joined the Council somewhere between in 2002 and quickly became the Chair!  I still couldn’t get enough of the place.  Finally I decided that I should let someone else have a go and resigned the Chair role, however I am back again now!  I have been an Outdoor Education teacher and worked for rafting companies, however now I am a MICA Paramedic living in Bairnsdale.


Joe Seccull

Joined Council: 2015

Joe is a Partner at Perta Thomson Partners, an accounting practice with bases in Melbourne & Northern Victoria and is a qualified CPA. He is passionate about assisting with the growth and success of small to medium businesses and is also a lover of everything outdoors.

The combination of these two has bought him to this position and after being introduced to the organisation by a friend he agreed to take on the position of honorary treasurer and is looking forward to working with the rest of the council to steer the organisation into its next, and hopefully most successful yet, phase of operation.


Bruce Crothswaite

Vice Chair 
Joined Council: 2010

Bruce was fortunate enough to attend Mittagundi as a young person and has since been passionately involved both as a staff and council member. He is a qualified lawyer practising in insurance litigation.

Richard Alder

Joined Council: 


Greg Marks

Joined Council: 2000

Greg has a keen interest in outdoor activities including cycling, walking and travel, interests which are shared with his wife Dawn. He has been on the Mittagundi Council for over 6 years and is currently the secretary.

Involved in the finance industry for over 25 years, he brings knowledge of investments and business analysis.


Jo Brockwell

Joined Council: 2000

Jo is a Senior Manager working for The Outdoor Education Group partnering 10 client schools around Victoria. OEG History – 2015 is my tenth year in this role after working in the field with young people for many years. I have been a member of the Mittagundi Council for 15 years and I am a registered teacher.

I am passionate about connecting young people with the environment, developing their true potential through outdoor education and relationships with others. Love getting to know people, Bushwalking, Skiing and generally being out of the city.


Kev McGennan

Joined Council: 1989

Kev started his teaching life at Traralgon High School in 1976 where he was first introduced to the wonders of the Victorian high country. This started a life of bushwalking and cross country skiing which still continues. In 1982 he arrived at Wangaratta High School, started teaching outdoor education in 1987 and joined the council shortly after. He told his year 10’s that if they didn’t go to Mittagundi they would fail year 10 and be expelled from the school. The rest, as they say, is history.





James (Jimmy) Findlay

Joined Council: 2001


Helen Collins

Honorary Solicitor
Joined Council: 2002

Helen was first introduced to the Victorian mountains on a Mittagundi course as a Year 9 student from CRC Melton. Helen has also been involved at Wollangarra including a stint as a staff member in 1993 and has been a member of the Wollangarra Council since 1996.

Helen has extensive remote area bushwalking experience, with young people and on private expeditions, in Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory and treks in Nepal.

Qualifications: BSc(Hons) / LLB(Hons) (Melb), LLM (ANU)

Matt Grogan

Joined Council: 2012

Matt Grogan first visited Mittagundi as a year 10 student in 2003. Matt worked as a staff member in 2006 and joined the Council in 2012 and was Chair for 2014/2015. Matt has a science degree and a law degree, has worked for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, and runs a market garden. As the incoming chair, Matt is excited about Mittagundi's future, and hopes that Mittagundi can continue to offer the unique experience that he was fortunate to have as a teenager.