GOVERNANCE

Board members

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Who are they?

President

Keir Paterson

Elected: 2016, Co-opted to the Board in 2019

Keir has experienced first hand the positive impact of riding a bike. Ten years ago, he rode to work for the first time and, over time, experienced a transformation in his health. He truly believes that cycling saved his life and now rides every day for transport or fun. As a Bicycle Network member, he was greatly assisted by free legal advice following a bike accident and decided to give back to the organisation by running for the Board.

In his day job as a Principal at Mercer, he advises some of Australia’s largest corporates and has worked in marketing, member services, and business development for more than 20 years. He holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

 

VICE President

Jo Curtin

Elected: 2015, re-elected in 2018

Jo is a commuter cyclist and has been an active Bicycle Network volunteer since 2008.  She encourages Bicycle Network to embrace riders of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, advocate for better infrastructure, support riders lacking confidence, and demonstrate cycling’s environmental and health benefits.

Jo is passionate about social justice and has put this passion into practice through her work in community broadcasting over the past 15+ years.  Jo is the Executive Officer of the Community Broadcasting Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation that supports and champions community broadcasting across Australia.  Jo is also a founding member of the Collingwood Football Club’s AFL Women’s team, an avid reader and a community activist.

Board member

Kate Eddy

Elected: 2017

A senior manager with over 17 years’ experience in marketing, communications and income generation roles for national non-profit organisations in the UK and Australia, Kate is a Certified Fundraising Executive, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Fundraising Institute of Australia.

She serves as a volunteer on the grants committee of the Melbourne Women’s Fund (a sub-fund of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund). Since January 2018, Kate has been employed by the University of Melbourne as Senior Development Manager for the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Kate has been a member of Bicycle Network since 2011 when she immigrated to Australia. She rides her bike for transport, fun and to integrate exercise into the daily routine. Kate is passionate about increasing participation in bike riding to maximise the health benefits for all.

Board member

James Garriock

Elected: 2019

James is the father of three riders and is committed to a healthier, happier, more sustainable Australia. 

Professionally, James is an engagement researcher. He works for a range of clients improving engagement between organisations and their customers, members, employees and other stakeholders with surveys, focus groups, deliberative forums and more. 

James is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Williamson Community Leadership Program. In addition to his work related directorships he is a director of the Melbourne Forum and past director of the Darebin Creek Management Committee. 

James’ commute is currently on a three year car/public transport free streak come rain, hail or shine. When he’s not navigating Collins St you’ll find him gravel riding in the hills, doing multi day MTB adventures in the mountains or leading Peaks Challenge training rides as a BN volunteer.

 

Board member

Gillian Hatch

Elected: 2018

Gillian is passionate about encouraging more people to choose cycling as their primary mode of transport. She is strong believer in cycling’s role in making our cities safer and more accessible for everyone.  As President of advocacy organisation ‘Revitalise Sydney Road,’ she has been been actively campaigning for the introduction of protected bicycle lanes on Sydney Road.

Gillian has a Masters of Architecture and has worked on a number of large scale projects both in Australia and overseas, including a Singapore based role. She is currently working as a Project Architect at Grimshaw Architects in Melbourne.

A long time commuter cyclist, Gillian took up road cycling in Singapore and has cycle toured across Central Asia and Myanmar.

Board member

Prita Jobling-Baker

Elected: 2019

Prita is a mother, a lawyer, and a rider of bicycles for commuting, recreation, racing and touring. She is passionate about getting more people on bikes and increasing the proportion of women riding – she’s volunteered at Bicycle Network as a pace setter and women’s ambassador for Peaks Challenge and Around the Bay, and as a Ride2Work Day Bicycle Angel.

Prita has Bachelors of Science and Laws, and a Master of Laws. Her professional experience is in policy, law reform, strategic advocacy and criminal law, having worked for  government, statutory entities and regulatory agencies.

In joining the Bicycle Network Board, Prita hopes to help carry our message to the community and the government, building perceptions of cycling as safe, healthy, sustainable, fun and achievable for all abilities.