Walking SA is governed by a Board, with working committees advising the Board.
Tuesday joined the Board in 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 she 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.
Greg comes to Walking SA with a broad breadth and depth of experience. He has held senior roles in his career with commercial, government and not-for-profit organisations which equips him well for the Executive Officer role. Greg is highly experienced in developing and implementing strategic plans as well as operationally leading an organisation. Greg’s approach is to work highly collaboratively within the organisation, with stakeholders as well as the broader community. He is enthused by the work already undertaken by Walking SA with its strategic planning and its goals for the future and he can make a significant contribution to their achievement.
Greg has a range of personal interests including his family, hiking, photography and music. He and his wife Valerie are in their fifth year of hiking the Heysen Trail with The Friends of the Heysen Trail, which combines both his passion for walking and photography. They also holidayed in North America last year and the highlights included walking in the Canadian Rockies and also into Grand Canyon. Greg believes strongly in the health and wellbeing as well as the environmental benefits of walking and looks forward to engaging with all those with similar passion and commitment.
As a prolific and accomplished hiker with over 13 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 Friends of the Heysen Trail and Adelaide Bushwalkers websites providing strategy, marketing, newsletters and equipping hikers with online planning tools. Walking SA is the latest beneficiary of Jeremy’s invaluable skills.
Ian brings a wealth of experience in managing medium sized business in Adelaide with an understanding of accounting and the use of accounting to make better business decisions. He also has experience as a Board member of the Cancer Care Centre and is familiar with the not-for-profit sector. With four now-adult children who have all passed through the Scouting movement, he is a regular bushwalker around his Adelaide Hills home and on family holidays.
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 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 WalkingSA the developer, of the Adelaide100, a long distance loop trail of over 100km taking in the coast, the waterways and the Adelaide Hills.
He is keen to foster relationships with WalkingSA affiliated members, serving as WalkingSA representative on the Council of the Friends of the Heysen Trail and the Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation.
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 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. Recently returning to Adelaide, she is an avid bushwalker.
Nola is a welcome addition to the Board in 2017, with over 10 years experience in the weight loss and fitness industry along with a degree in Recreation Planning and Management. She is an active trail walker and is passionate about encouraging more people to walk, not just for physical activity but for the wonderful social and wellbeing aspects that go hand in hand with this connection to the great outdoors.
Ben joined the Board in 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.
Di is an enthusiastic bushwalker who joined the Board in October 2016. She is actively involved in ARPA Bushwalkers.
Bill has been involved with Walking SA since its inception, as the founding President of WalkingSA. Also involved in the leadership of Bushwalking Australia, Bill brings valuable experience and perspective to Walking SA.