Meet the Team

Here at Wilderness Escape, we employ qualified and experienced staff. Our management continuously encourage our staff to grow and to continue updating their qualifications whilst working for us. Our qualifications range from:

  • BLSA Bushwalking
  • Paddle Australia
  • Professional Associaltion of Climbing Guides
  • AYF Sailing
  • Surfing Australia
  • PADI Snorkel
  • WFAC Wilderness First Aid

Meet the people who make this business run, below:

Andrew Govan

Andrew started this business over 20 years ago and is heavily involved in the bushwalking community as well as Outdoors SA. Andrew has a teaching degree, is an assessor in Bushwalking with BLSA as well as a High Ropes supervisor qualification. He has a number of industry qualifications such as Bushwalking instructor with BLSA, Sailing instructor with AYF and Kayaking instructor with Australian Canoeing.

Andrew keeps extremely busy with the business as well as having a young family. He is an enthusiastic sailor and can frequently be found sailing the Coorong on his yacht.


Human Resources Manager
Carla Nielsen

Carla has been with the organisation for 19 years and has completed a post graduate diploma in Human Resource Management through AHRI.  Over the years she has gained her High Ropes supervisor qualification and has enjoyed working on the soft skills of team development whether it is with primary students or corporate Australia.  A recent focus has been on our environmental awareness, nature play and sustainability issues.


General Manager
Luke Duncan

After studying at the University of South Australia for a number of years, Luke began working with Wilderness Escape over 8 years ago as an instructor and is now the General Manager of the company. Luke is a qualified Bushwalking instructor and assessor with BLSA, Kayaking and  Canoeing instructor and assessor with Paddle Australia, a Snorkelling instructor with PADI, Artificial Climbing instructor, Sailing instructor with AYF, mountain bike instructor and a High Ropes supervisor as well as holding a Sport and Recreation Management degree and a Diploma of Outdoor Recreation.

Luke’s passion lies on the rock! He is an avid rock climber with his local crag being the local spot, ‘Norton Summit’.

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Outdoor Education Managers

Marc Breschi

Marc has been with us for over 7 years with 5 of those years spent in a management position. Graduating with a double Diploma in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, Marc holds industry qualifications in Bushwalking with BLSA, Kayaking with Paddle Australia, Snorkelling with PADI and high ropes facilitation. He also manages all catering aspects of the company.

Marc has a passion for fishing, surfing, bushwalking and travelling, especially experiencing the cultures of South East Asia.


Emily Gregor

Emily holds a Double Diploma in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism and has been a member of the team here for over 7 years. Emily runs the mentoring system for the company and works closely with staff when they are new to the team. Emily also takes the reigns in coordinating all of our Wilderness Escape programs. Emily holds Trainer and Assessor qualifications as well as industry qualifications in Kayaking with Paddle Australia, Bushwalking with BLSA, High Ropes and Snorkelling with PADI.

Emily loves to sea kayak and is always planning her next trip to another amazing over seas location.


Mickey Atkinson

Mickey’s passion for the outdoors started as a young child growing up in the SA countryside on his family farm and  camping trips.  At UniSA he completed his Bachelor in Human Movement majoring in Physical and Outdoor Education. Mickey has qualifications in Bushwalking with BLSA, Kayaking with Paddle Australia, and Snorkelling with PADI.

Mickey enjoys playing football and spending his summertime up the river wakeboarding and water skiing.


Stefano De Pasquale

Stefano worked extensively in both the Manufacturing and Construction Industries before travelling the world and finally returning back to home soil in Adelaide to pursue a career in the outdoors.  Commenced working with Wilderness Escape in late 2012 whilst continuing with part-time studies to gain current qualifications.

Stefano holds Trainer and Assessor qualifications as well as industry qualifications in Rock Climbing, Bush Walking, Sailing, Power Boat, Kayaking, Snorkeling and Mountain Bike Riding.

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Kate Szczypiorski

Kate has been here since late 2007 and started her management position in 2015, Graduating with a Certificate III in Community Recreation in 2007 and a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation in 2010. Kate holds industry qualifications in Bushwalking with BLSA, Flat Water Kayaking Instructor with Paddle Australia, High Ropes Facilitator through TAFE SA and also manages many of the catering aspects within our company.

Kate’s Hobbies include travelling  through North America; she also enjoys cycling,  photography and coaching Softball in her spare time.


Skye Douglas

Skye’s love for the outdoors has always been a large aspect of her life having grown up in Country Victoria. Utilising that experience she continued to develop her outdoor skills by completing a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation. Skye has been working in the industry since late 2012, and during that time she has gained qualifications in Bushwalking, Rock-climbing, Abseiling, Kayaking, Sailing and Mountain Biking. From here she developed a strong love for the outdoors and loves to play sport during her spare time.