If you would like to get involved with the MBTF at the board level, please become a member of the Foundation. You are then entitled to attend the AGM, held in October each year and nominate for a board position. An assessment of your skills and the needs of the MBTF will be conducted prior to the AGM. The anticipated monthly commitment for most board positions is around twenty hours, which are voluntary. Please submit an expression of interest by email.
Chair - Neil Brodie
As well as being a keen cyclist, I have a strong interest in Not-For-Profit volunteering. I have served on numerous boards since 2009 including various mountain biking government steering committees and advisory groups.
As a Chartered Management Accountant, Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and with an MBA from Curtin Graduate Business School (where I was top graduating student), I bring over 25 years of finance, governance and management/leadership experience to the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation board.
My volunteering with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation began in 2011 with trail maintenance before becoming Area Leader between Perth and Dwellingup. I have also acted as a ride guide, most notably leading the 2014 end-to-end Epic ride, then coordinating the 2015 edition. I joined the board in 2013 and have served as Treasurer, Ordinary Board Member and Vice Chair.
Vice-Chair - Anton Beets
The Munda Biddi Trail is an amazing West Australian asset. On a personal level it represents the combination of my passion for biking, the outdoors and spending time with my family. It's incredible that we have this fantastic 1000km long maintained trail on our doorstep, all for free. Nowhere else in the world provides a maintained trail with facilities that covers such a diversity of environments.
I have ridden the trail for many years and appreciated all the maintenance and hard work that went on, in the background. When the opportunity arose for me to put my “pen pushing” skills to use at the board level, I jumped at it. I try to keep the Board organised for Board meetings and also chip in with some of the administrative tasks.
I work in the utilities industry doing Governance, Risk and Compliance work. I have a Law Degree and a post-graduate diploma in legal practice, and spend my time establishing and maintaining compliance systems. Hopefully my experience in governance systems will aid the Foundation as it enters a new era.
I would like the Munda Biddi to get the recognition it deserves as one of the great trails. It would be nice to augment the Munda Biddi Trail with more singletrack and to support the Munda Biddi community to become stronger and more diverse.
Treasurer - Simon Terry
As Treasurer of the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation my focus is on managing finances, risk and governance and ensuring we deliver on our strategic goals for the benefit of our stakeholders.
Our Trail is already a great resource for riders. We have an opportunity to develop and promote the Munda Biddi Trail towards local and international recognition providing eco adventure tourists an amazing experience, while supporting Western Australian community and business along the route.
I am a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As an owner of an accounting practice, Porters CA, our offices in Perth and Albany deal with clients along the length of the trail.
I have ridden many sections of the trail and the full end to end ride is on my bucket list (definitely north to south!).
Secretary - Kathryn Forrest
I am an outdoor enthusiast. I have been fortunate to experience riding the Munda Biddi end to end and stay in all the Munda Biddi huts along the way. I have also participated in a number of long distance and charity bike rides over the years. I am a keen camper and traveller, particularly within Western Australia.
I have strong linkages to much of the area the Munda Biddi Trail passes through. I grew up in the Wellington Mills, Collie, Donnybrook area and continue to frequently travel to the South West. I have also been employed by companies with their operations based in the South West.
I am a senior environmental professional working in the West Australian mining industry. I am a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). I also hold a Masters of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Business Law, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies.
I am keen to contribute my skills and knowledge to the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation Board. I want to be part of the Munda Biddi Trail becoming a better recognised and utilised natural asset that can benefit a broad cross section of society. I believe recreational facilities like the Munda Biddi Trail can help our community build stronger connections, improve physical and mental health and create awareness and appreciation of our wonderful natural environment.
Board Member - Preeti Castle
I joined the MBTF Board in late 2018 and bring expertise in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, marketing, brand and business development.
Although not a seasoned rider, I have a keen interest in the environment and spend much of my leisure time walking our bush and parkland trails. My involvement with MBTF provides an opportunity to contribute specialist skills, such as leading the recent strategic review.
I have worked extensively across the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, as well as with government and in consulting, where I have helped to establish, reposition and grow organisations. I currently work in the environment sector with a focus on stakeholder engagement.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, an M.B.A. from The University of Western Australia, and am a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Board Member - Peter Butt
I started cutting my own trails in the bush around Perth at 13, and got the mountain bike racing mountain bug well over twenty years ago. I've completed 25+ international mountain bike stage races and know what the pointy end of the field looks like, on a good day!
My passion for all things two wheeled ranges from singlespeeds to fat bikes, lightweight race machines to cyclocross alongside experience in design, prototyping and testing of bikes and apparel. You can usually find me exploring the Perth Hills and surrounds whilst planning my next adventure. I spend an inordinate amount of time procrastinating about great bike rides to be completed and more importantly, what bike to buy for each one.
Having spent a decade as a field engineer from the Arctic to the Middle East, I returned to Western Australia a few years ago. My management skills and hands-on experience give me insight into both the strategic and operational sides of project delivery. I've ridden the Munda Biddi since it's inception and am passionate about upgrading sections of the Trail and linking the Munda Biddi through to other areas of the state as more trails are developed.
Board Member - Linda Tompkins
Following a professional career of over 35 years in the global resource sector as a geologist and resource lawyer, I am now retired and spend my time cycling both on-road and off-road. My favourite are multi-day rides on off-road tracks. I have ridden various sections of the Munda Biddi Trail over the years, completed a N-S E2E ride, and am looking forward to doing a S-N E2E in the near future. Recently, I rode the Tasmanian Trail and cycled from Kununurra to Broome via the King River Rd, Karunji Track and Gibb River Road.
The Munda Biddi Trail is a world class, off-road, biking trail attracting riders from across Australia and around the globe. I am keen to work with the board and executive on continuing to improve on the trail experience for riders and the local community, and to increase the profile of the Foundation both domestically and internationally.
I hold a PhD (Geology) and LLB (Hons) from the University of Western Australia. I am currently a director of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA), an independent statutory authority of the government of Western Australia established for the purposes of fostering and promoting minerals research for the benefit of the State. Previous board roles include: director AMPLA national board, member of the advisory board of the UWA Geoscience Foundation, and other roles in the resources sector.