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2014-15 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
My occupation: I wear a few hats but unfortunately, I don't get to wear a bike helmet often enough. I run an event management business that primarily stages an annual Careers Expo; I'm a partner in a national business advisory firm - as part of this work, I find myself being a corporate handy-man for small to medium enterprises; and finally, I teach event management at Notre Dame University.
Why I became involved with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation: In April 2013 I was one of 26 riders who participated in the inaugural Munda Biddi Epic - the end-to-end ride that marked the completion of the Trail. Arising from this involvement with the Trail and the people who helped to make it a reality, I thought I'd like to help. So I joined the board in late 2013 and became its chair in mid 2014.
My current/favourite mountain bike: Earlier this year, just prior to joining the Epic 2015 as a support rider, I broke my favourite bike, my 29" dual-suspension Yeti SB95. I hastily had it rebuilt as a Pivot hard-tail carbon frame and I continue to be pretty impressed. But it's a handful in the rock gardens so my go-to bike then is my old 26" dual suspension Yeti ASR5. But what I'm hankering after is a 27/5" dual suspension Transition - either a Patrol or a Scout. Remember: n+1.
My favourite places to ride: I'm happy riding almost anywhere. I try to mix between the KC and parts of the Munda Biddi Trail - the stretch from Bickley south and around the Carinyah Circuit always provides a good work-out and I've been doing this a bit lately.
Richard Beazley – vice chairperson
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 lit of fun on some of the jumps that the innovative locals have put in place over the years.
John Hughes – secretary
My occupation: Director and owner of SIGN ON Group – Sign consultants.
Why I became involved with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation: I was asked to join the Board to provide input based on a strong corporate and not-for-profit administration background.
My current/favourite mountain bike: Klein Adroit.
My favourite places to ride: Rotorua Lakes, New Zealand and the Munda Biddi Trail around Denmark
Neil Brodie – treasurer
My occupation: Finance Manager at Chevron Australia
Why I became involved with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation: I started (and am still) doing trail maintenance on the Munda Biddi Trail before joining the Board as Treasurer. The Munda Biddi Trail provides so many economic, social and health benefits for the community so I became a volunteer to help ensure it was well looked after and had a sustainable long-term future.
My current/favourite mountain bike: My current mountain bike is a Pivot Mach 4. It is very old school, with DW link suspension and 26” wheels, but it is a lot of fun to ride on.
My favourite places to ride: Anywhere and everywhere. The Munda Biddi sections around Dwellingup are fun and I always take the bikes on trips to Pemberton, Margaret River and Ferguson Valley as they all have great mountain bike trails to play on. On most weekends you’ll find me in the Perth hills around Kalamunda on either my road bike or mountain bike.
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.
Bron Suchecki – community representative
My occupation: Manager, Analysis and Strategy at The Perth Mint
Why I became involved with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation: My first experience of riding in Perth was via the Wilderness MTB Club, which was very much about Munda Biddi style riding. I’ve joined the Foundation Board because, in terms of increased tourism and health, I think the Munda Biddi Trail has great potential to get people out on their bikes to do some “bushwalking on wheels”.
My current/favourite mountain bike: Pivot Mach 4.
My favourite places to ride: Jarrahdale.
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.
Justin von Perger – community representative
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.