Board members

 

Jeremy Brand - President

Elected: 2009

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 in 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.

 

 

David Smith - Vice President

Elected: 2011

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.

 

 

Janice Simpson

Elected: 2007

Member of: Audit and Risk Committee, 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.

 

 

Helen Millicer

Elected: 2008

Member of: Audit and Risk Committee

Currently Sustainability Project Manager – Energy and Water for the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association, 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. 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.

 

 

Zena Burgess

Elected: 2012

Member of: 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.

 

Geoff Schomburgk

Elected: 2012

Member of: 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 organisation 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.

 


Kerry Gill

Elected: 2014

Member of: Audit and Risk Committee

Kerry has extensive experience in senior finance-related roles in a wide variety of businesses including not-for-profit, transport, health and manufacturing. Most recently Kerry has gained experience with AXA/AMP and NAB as a Company Secretary where she was able to combine and utilise her finance and governance skills. Her qualifications include being a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Secretary. Kerry is a long standing member of a peninsula based recreational cycling group and has participated in a number of events over the years including Easter Bike, Great Melbourne Bike Ride, Around the Bay in a Day and a Bike SA Kangaroo Island tour. Her first involvement with Bicycle Network was over 15 years ago when her sister-in-law gave a membership as a Christmas present.

 


Peter Thurling

Co-opted to the Board: 2014

Peter is an Engineer and Project Manager, with 15 years experience in Defence Industry, currently working for Taylor Bros Marine Pty Ltd.

He has been a member of Bicycle Tasmania for four years and on the committee of that organisation for three.  Peter has held the role of rides co-ordinator in that organisation for two years, organising mass participation rides and events around Southern Tasmania.  Peter is also a member of the Clarence Council Bicycle Steering Committee advocating for cycling infrastructure around Hobart’s Eastern shore.  He hopes to bring to the board practical knowledge of cycling and cycling advocacy, particularly in Tasmania.   Peter commutes to work by bike every day, rides recreationally and loves to get out on the beautiful and challenging roads and trails in his home state.  Peter first rode Around the Bay in 2008 and is keen to be involved in the delivery of more Bicycle Network events around Australia. Peter is lucky enough to have a wife and two young daughters who support his cycling interests.