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2016-17 Board Members
The Board of Directors consists of eight people representing various stakeholders of the cycling industry and community interest groups, who govern the Foundation’s operations. The Board meets on the third Tuesday of every second month to discuss issues and assist in steering the Foundation into the future.
Peter Verluis – chairperson
Why I'm here: I put myself up for a spot on the Foundation’s board in 2013 just after completing the inaugural end-to-end ‘Epic’ ride of the Trail. At the end of the three-weeks I formed the view that the Trail was an under-appreciated and under-utilised asset. I was keen to do play my part in correcting this.
How I contribute: I’m the Chair of the Foundation and my main contribution is to guide the process of strategy development and implementation. I try to keep the organisation focused on its core objectives of supporting Trail-maintenance volunteers; promoting the Trail to riders; and servicing Foundation members. I also focus on ensuring the Foundation remains connected and relevant to our external stakeholders - government agencies and cycling organisations.
My day job: I find myself wearing quite a few hats over the course of a week: I’m a partner in a national business advisory firm assisting small to medium-size enterprises grow and prosper; I run an event management company staging exhibitions primarily in the consumer space; I teach events management at the University of Notre Dame; and I’m on the board of a government-funded, not-for-profit agency providing enterprise development services to start-ups and small businesses in Perth.
My ride: My Transition Patrol Carbon is my bike of choice. It’s a 155mm travel, 650B enduro bike that I’ve lightened up to help me climb those pesky hills. It’s not the best trekking bike but it’s quick and a blast to ride fast.
My Trail: I'm happy riding almost anywhere. Whilst I think the best parts of the Trail are between Walpole and Pemberton, I just don’t seem to be able to get down there as often as I’d like. On a weekend, I’m more likely to be found crossing the Kalamunda Circuit and on the Trail down to Carinyah.
Justin von Perger – board member
My occupation: I am a software developer with my own company producing Internet savvy applications for the mining industry.
Why I became involved with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation: When I discovered the Trail existed, I wanted to ride it end-to-end, ideally with my family enthusiastically in tow. These days, I’m just happy to ride bits of it with mates! I think the Trail has enormous potential to engage people with adventure holidays and cycling, while providing oldies like myself with a more civilised touring holiday utilising trail-friendly accommodation.
My current/favourite mountain bike: Giant Anthem X; my first new bike in 15 years.
My favourite places to ride: It’s hard to get time off to ride the Trail itself, so I settle for the Kalamunda Circuit and Railway Reserves Heritage Trail loop in the wee hours of Sunday mornings.
Tony Cooper – vice chair
My occupation: Managing director of Comet Resources Ltd
Why I became involved with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation: I joined the foundation to help a dedicated bunch of people work at getting this great, unique and amazing Western Australia trail used by as many riders as possible.
My current/favourite mountain bike: I am currently riding my favourite mountain bike - a Santa Cruz Bronson C.
My favourite places to ride: My favourite place to ride so far has been the Whistler Mountain Bike Park in British Columbia, Canada.
Rachelle Spyker – treasurer
Why I'm here: I “discovered” the Foundation and the Munda Biddi Trail last year when the Foundation was looking to fill the position of Treasurer. My aim is to provide a non-riders perspective to enhance the overall Governance of the Foundation.
How I contribute: I’m the Treasurer of the Foundation and my main contribution is to provide financial oversight, guidance and a “non-riders” perspective to the Board’s deliberations. (Until of course the bike-riding motivation takes hold!). Currently I am acting as the Foundation’s interim book-keeper, managing the day to day finances and making sure the bills get paid.
My day job: I am a CPA qualified accountant and a partner in an accounting firm. We provide Taxation and Aaccounting services to small to medium sized businesses. I am also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and have graduated from its Company Directors Course.
My ride: Malvern Star – definitely not fit for the Trail.
My Trail: Experienced a section of the Trail between Denmark and Albany last year. My goal for 2017 is to get out of the office and discover more of the Trail.
Jim Sharp – Department of Parks and Wildlife representative
My occupation: Director General, Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Why I became involved with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation: Lifetime professional interest in the development of trails.
My current/favourite mountain bike: Giant.
My favourite places to ride: Highly variable, wherever I can.
Richard Beazley – community representative
My occupation: I operate my own consultancy Altair Mining Consultancy and am the director for TR7 New Horizons and TR7 Security.
Why I became involved with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation: I joined the foundation last year on the cusp of its fundamental change from the building phase to the new phase to maintain and put in place a sustainable financial model. I believe that I can assist the Foundation utilising my experience and skill sets to achieve this required sustainability.
My current/favourite mountain bike: I will have to admit that I am not a great advocate for actually using the Trail simply because my business interests take up a lot of my time and my family has priority. That said, I do get around on my old city bike that will take me around the suburbs and occasionally to work.
My favourite places to ride: My most favourite off road ride is where I worked for a time up around Southern Cross and Marvel Loch where there are endless tracks mixed in with a lot of agricultural and mining history. There is the need to be careful as the region has a strong passion for off-road motorbikes that share the tracks, though one can have a lot of fun on some of the jumps that the innovative locals have put in place over the years.
Bernhard (Bernie) Klingeisen – community representative
My occupation: I manage the GIS at the State Heritage Office, which combines my love for geography, technology and archaeology.
Why I became involved with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation: When I first moved to Australia in 2007 the first thing I bought was a mountain bike to get around Perth and the hills. Not long after I found out about the Munda Biddi Trail and I was thrilled by the idea that this trail would one day take you all the way to Albany. From the beginning I was very interested in trail maintenance, so I joined the Volunteer Program and later became Area Sector leader. In 2015 I joined the Board to look after the trail maintenance program and bring in new ideas to use spatial technology in managing the trail.
My current/favourite mountain bike: My pride and joy is a KTM Myroon 29er hard tail, which is great for fun and competitive rides. To carry load and for my recent unsupported end to ender I use a Scott Aspect 950.
My favourite places to ride: I use every opportunity to ride, especially at Mountain Bike Orienteering Events (which often use parts of the Munda Biddi). My favourite places on the Trail are in the southern forests, especially the single trail sections and old railway formations around Pemberton, Nannup and Donnelly River.
Ron Colman – community representative
My occupation: Hydro-geologist, currently Manager Water and Roy Hill Iron Ore.
Why I became involved with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation: I originally became involved (in 2006) to assist in completion of the Trail, now my aim is to fulfil the potential of the Trail.
My current/favourite mountain bike: For touring the Trail, I ride a 2013 Gary Fisher 29” Trek.
My favourite places to ride: Since completion of the Trail through Albany, the sections around Denmark (coastal) and the Valley of the Giants through Walpole have become favourites but I still enjoy sections north and south of Dwellingup.
Alex Campbell - board member
Why I'm here: As a maintenance volunteer for both the Bib Track and Munda Biddi, I appreciate the importance of both of these fantastic resources. I am determined to assist the Munda Biddi to remain the excellent, iconic experience and ensure continued development, improvement, promotion and maintenance in to the future.
How I contribute: Being relatively new to the Board, I am finding my feet. I will continue with the maintenance of my sections and assist the Board as required.
My day job: I am the owner and Managing Director of Tallwood Constructions. We are based in Bunbury with offices in Perth and Dunsborough and specialise in luxury homes and major renovations and additions.
My ride: The best bike I have ever owned and my preferred ride is my Specialized semi fat tired 10 speed.
My Trail: My sections are either side of the Yirra Kartta Camp Site so they are very special. I own a farm on Richards Road in Ferguson which is part of the Trail and spectacular. My favourite weekend ride is Pile Road in the Ferguson which picks up part of the Trail.
Ben Knowles - board member
Why I'm here: I put myself forward for Board membership as I understood from another Board member that the Foundation might benefit from having someone with professional marketing and public relations background. I was excited at the variety of opportunities I felt were not being exploited and how my contribution may help.
How I contribute: I am a Board member and help provide guidance on how the Foundation may best promote the Trail in order to maximise the interest of the cycling community as well as business people from whom we may raise funds.
My day job: I am self employed and manage a public relations company. I help clients manage their communications with their core audience and stakeholders by making sure they outline their work, goals and ambitions in a manner that gets them the results they desire.
My ride: My ride is a Trek mountain bike.
My Trail: I have been on the Trail in Kalamunda, Walpole and Donnybrook. My riding is limited by having a young family and so I mainly seek the parks and trails around the Greater Fremantle area.
Ross Paine - secretary
Why I'm here: I joined the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation because I am keen advocate of cycling, respectful enjoyment of our natural environment and active living in general.
How I contribute: I am currently the Secretary of the Foundation
My day job: City of Busselton Councillor - this involves meeting with community members, financial planning, attending Council Meetings, and advocating for the interests of the community.
My ride: I currently own seven different bikes including a time trial bike, mountain bike, BMX etc. The one I use most days is my Zeitbike Cargo bike - easy for getting around town with kids and shopping etc.
My Trail: The majority of my riding is around Busselton and Dunsborough on the road or cycle paths. The nearest trails are Meelup or Margaret River and I would be out there more if I had more free time.