Mark Reeves | Leadership Circles


Mark Reeves
Leadership Circles

Mayor of East Gippsland Shire Council and Founding Principal Alpine School 

DO Australia 2014
Running time: 20m 51s

Filed in: Education


Mark is fascinated by the way circles to keep appearing: from Indigenous communities sitting around a fire, to modern-day government sitting at a boardroom table. As a leader who has studied and taught leadership, Mark believes it involves collaborative decision-making which is often wisely carried out in a circle.

Mark Reeves has always had a keen interest in and passion for leadership, physical and outdoor education and health and wellbeing – an interest he lives and breathes. His particular leadership focus is mentoring, surrounding oneself with great people and leadership as a verb-not a position but action!

He has undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees from Melbourne University and in Outdoor Pursuits from Plas-Y-Brennin in North Wales, UK. They were tough days in Wales at a demanding training centre – this was where Shipton and Mallory of early Everest fame undertook their training! Ghosts abounded in those hallowed halls and crags.

In 1999 he established the Alpine School, Dinner Plain. The school now has three campuses with the Snowy River Campus at Marlo and the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus at Glenormiston. It is the only school of its type in a government system in the world.

Mark has always been active in the local community – he is a volunteer firefighter (Lieutenant) with the CFA and has chaired the Dinner Plain Community Centre. He coached hockey for Orbost and East Gippsland, is a volunteer for Marlo Coast Guard, is on the Curlip Paddle Steamer committee and was elected Mayor in November 2013.

Mark lives in Marlo at the mouth of the Snowy River and loves "things and people that go!"