Walking SA is governed by a Board, with working committees advising the Board.
Tuesday joined the Board in October 2017, bringing her perspective on walking for health and transport. As Senior Policy Advisor with the Heart Foundation, she has a strong history of advocacy and creating healthy liveable neighbourhoods. With her experience in working with state and local government, policy development and strategic planning, she strengthens the position and advocacy work of Walking SA.
In November 2018 Tuesday took on the role of Chair and is excited to progress Walking SA’s Strategic Plan and to further increase our profile to better advocate for walking outcomes in South Australia.
Helen has been a keen walking and cycling advocate for many years, and as a City of Adelaide Councillor is a strong advocate for prioritising urban planning as a means for improving health outcomes. This includes a recent success with getting the full support of all councillors for the City of Adelaide to develop a walking strategy.
With a Doctorate in Psychology (Health), she is passionate about behaviour change by connecting research to policy and actionable outcomes. In her work with Heart Foundation Walking she was involved in the rollout and evaluation of state-wide health behaviour change programs to increase physical activity participation across all 79 local government areas in Victoria.
With a good knowledge across all our focus areas of bushwalking, transport/health, she will be working to seek the best outcomes for all trail users, continuing to advocate for walkers particularly where they are disadvantaged on trails or they are unsafe in urban environments.
With an extensive career in project and program management for large national and state-wide organisations she will be a valuable asset in liaising with a range of stakeholders.
Helen started her career in the army reserves, and has worked with the organisation Trojans Trek, which conducts wilderness based interventions which reconstructs the psychological health and well being of service and ex service personnel.
Her passion in enabling physical activity in South Australia will help Walking SA to achieve its vision of seeing more people walking more often.
As a prolific and accomplished hiker with over 16 years professional experience in web development, graphic design and marketing Jeremy has merged his passions. Among his many accomplishments are the design and maintenance of both the Walking SA and Friends of the Heysen Trail websites providing strategy, marketing, newsletters and equipping hikers with online planning tools. Walking SA is the latest beneficiary of Jeremy’s invaluable skills.
Melissa joined the Board in October 2018. As an urban planner, Melissa is passionate about enabling more people to walk as a form of transport by creating environments that allow people to live healthy and connected lives. Recognised for her knowledge of public health and planning and her lectures on the topic at the University of South Australia, Melissa is also chair of the SA Active Living Coalition, a group of professionals which advocates for open space and active travel. Joining the Walking SA Board in November 2018, Melissa is a welcome addition to further build our work in the walking for health field. As a parent she has loved taking her children away from their screens and into the bush to connect them with nature.
Jim joined the Board in October 2014 with a special interest in walking location opportunities including trails. He collects and collates updates, from various sources, on walker numbers and access issues and has assisted on behalf of Walking SA to resolve issues where appropriate.
He is the designer, and along with Walking SA the developer, of the Adelaide100, a long distance loop trail of over 100km taking in the coast, the waterways and the Adelaide Hills.
In 2017 he completed his personal extension of the Heysen Trail to the south from Cape Borda on Kangaroo Island, walking down the western end, along the southern coast and up to Penneshaw, and kayaking across the water to Cape Jervis, a total distance of 235km.
Ian joined the Board in October 2017, broadening our perspective on walking for health and transport. With a background in transport research, public sector management and planning at the University of South Australia and in all three levels of government, he has a wealth of experience in transport planning, advocacy and policy development. He is a keen cyclist, and is a past Chair of the Bicycle Institute SA, which advocates for a safe and pleasant environment for transport cyclists in South Australia. He is also a former president of the SA divisions of the Planning Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Urban Studies.
Anna joined the Board in October 2018. With a background in environmental work and significant experience in working for two Melbourne local councils as a Sustainable Transport Officer, her appointment will strengthen our perspective on walking for transport. Her experience in developing walking projects, with community engagement and project management complement her passion for promoting all forms of walking. She is an avid bushwalker.
Ben joined the Board in October 2017 and has a great passion for the outdoors as demonstrated by his work in bushwalking leadership with at-risk youth in Operation Flinders. Currently the Experiential Learning Manager at a new school design, Youth Inc., he is also a committee member on the Recreation SA Outdoors Committee, where he provides an excited determination to improve bushwalking experiences for all in South Australia.
Ben was awarded the 2018 Terry Lavender Churchill Fellowship to explore opportunities for trail destinations to attract and grow world class ‘shared-use’ interests. When not hiking trails, he is regularly found pedalling on his mountain bike or paddling in his kayak. Ben has a wealth of hiking experience, with his recent solo completion of the Larapinta Trail one of his most memorable adventures. Ben joins the Board with an ambition to engage more young people in the outdoors and because of this, he is a valuable addition to the Board.
We welcomed Rod to the Board in October 2018. As a board member of South Australia's leading bushwalking training body, Bushwalking Leadership SA, and a member of Outdoors SA, Rod's experience and qualifications in the fields of mental health and outdoor recreation/tourism broadens our perspective. Employed within a large South Australian outdoor education provider in business development and corporate training his skills and contacts will see the continued growth of Walking SA and our promotion of bushwalking.
Bill has been involved with Walking SA since its inception, as the founding President of Walking SA. Also involved in the leadership of Bushwalking Australia, and skilled in drafting policies, he brings valuable experience and perspective to the Board and the Walking for Transport sub-committee.