Bicycle Network: Board & Governance
This page has details of the serving Board members. Scroll down to read their brief biographies
Janice Simpson was elected to the Bicycle Network Victoria Board in 2007 and became President in 2011. She is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Co-option working group.
After almost two decades in education and a further thirteen years in small business, Janice is currently enjoying the flexibility of working as a business consultant and freelance writer, researcher and teacher. She has leadership and project management experience gained in both the public and private sectors.
Janice's qualifications include M Soc Sci (RMIT), Grad Dip Career Ed (RMIT), BA (Uni Melb), Dip Ed (Uni Melb) and FCDAA.
She is a member of several community groups and organisations spanning bike, environment and creative interests and has extensive experience in regional business group development and leadership.
Janice's enjoyment of bike riding began dodging snakes, cattle and sheep on her way to primary school. Her first Great Victorian Bike Ride in 2005 got her back on the bike and she is re-discovering the freedom, pleasure and challenges that riding a bike brings.
Jeremy Brand was elected to the Bicycle Network Victoria Board in November 2009. He has since been appointed in 2012 to fill a one year casual vacancy and is currently the Vice President and Convener of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Jeremy is a Director of Brand Partners Commercial Lawyers and is an accredited Litigation Specialist. He has both graduate and post graduate qualifications.
He works primarily in the commercial law field and has extensive experience both in Australia and internationally both business law and dispute resolution.
Jeremy is also a director of St Kilda Cycles Pty Ltd and manages the business of Premaydena Farming Enterprises.
Jeremy has a particular interest in sustainable business practices. He is a cyclist of many years both recreational and for transport. He has participated in the past 7 Great Victorian Bike Rides.
Geoff Schomburgk was appointed to the Bicycle Network Victoria Board in 2011 to fill a one year casual vacancy. Since then he has been re-elected in 2012 for a full term. He is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Geoff is currently the Director of Strategy Management, Asia Pacific for Ericsson.
He has over 20 years of international experience, and will bring to the Board skills in the development of business strategies, execution of change programs and governance of major projects. He has successfully applied these skills in the context of a large multinational organization as well as for local community sports clubs. His extensive travels offer the opportunity to capture and share current cycling related issues and best practices from cities around the world, such as London, Stockholm and Singapore.
Geoff is a family man with two teenage sons. He is a recreational cyclist and commuter who will support the participation in cycling for all ages and to improve rider safety.
Rick Barry was elected to the Bicycle Network Victoria Board in 2007. He is a currently a member of the Remuneration Committee as well as the Co-opted working group.
He has over 17 years management and governance experience in the community sector.
Rick has studied both Astrophysics (BS Astronomy/BS Physics) and International and Intercultural Management at a Masters level.
He has held leadership positions on the boards of community organisations, including being the President of a community kindergarten board for two years. He also served on the selection panel for the board of a newly established volunteer resource centre.
Rick's passion for bike riding began as a child. This passion grew with the continuous benefits - social, recreational, fitness and environmental motives; that Rick discovered went hand in hand with riding a bike.
Helen Millicer was elected to the Bicycle Network Victoria Board in November 2008 and since been re-elected in 2011 She is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Helen has been in state and national communication and project managerial roles in the sustainability field for the last 7 years.
Helen has worked in government, listed companies, media and industry associations providing her with insight into key challenges relevant to Bicycle Network Victoria
Helen's qualifications include a BA (Monash), and post-grad diplomas in museum management and business management (Monash).
Some recent positions include Chair, Arts Management Advisory Group and Victorian Convenor and Director of the Australian Republican Movement.
Always enjoying life on a bike, three years ago Helen became a daily commuter to work and meetings. For Helen cycling is not only a convenient mode of transport it is a sustainable one.
Simon Crone was elected to the Bicycle Network Victoria Board in 2002. He has recently stepped down in his role as Board President. He is currently the Convenor of Remuneration, and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Simon is a Director and the Company Secretary of Betta Foods Group Companies, a Director of JSK Professional Services Pty Ltd, Company Secretary of Campbell Cross Pty Ltd and an independent member of the Shire of Yarra Ranges Audit & Risk Management Committee.
His qualifications include being an FCA, a CPA and a qualified Food Safety Supervisor and his education includes a BCom (Melb) and DipSM.
Simon's involvement with Bicycle Network Victoria began following a challenge from a friend to participate in Around the Bay in a Day. He loved it so much he has now ridden in 7 rides and been a volunteer on over 14 rides!
Simon's favourite expression is Life's better on a bike!
Zena Burgess was newly elected to the Bicycle Network Victoria Board in November 2012.
She is a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Co-option working group.Zena is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She has several years working directly in health and allied health industries, diverse board and senior leadership experience. With an understanding of change processes through her professional background in psychology her skills are highly regarded.
Zena believes cycling is an activity which provides an easy way to travel, is healthy, safe, adventurous and friend making. Cycling can build respect for both environment and people. She is keen to build a positive reputation for cycling, cyclists and encourage community engagement within the breath of cycling participation options.
David Smith was elected to the Bicycle Network Victoria Board in 2011. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
David is currently, and has been for the past 13 years a Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth a national commercial law firm.
He has experience in advising numerous large not-for-profit companies on corporate governance issues and has previous experience on a not-for-profit board as a Director of the Bone Marrow Donor Institute. In his student days he was a director of the Melbourne University Student Union Summer School – a not-for-profit program to prepare disadvantaged students for VCE.
David believes there are many strands to tackling safety issues. They include education for drivers, cyclists and the general public, improving cycling infrastructure and lobbying legislators to treat cycling issues with greater priority and consistency.
Note: In December 2005 the name 'Council' was changed to 'Board'.