Our People

Walking SA is governed by a Board, with working committees advising the Board.

Executive Director

Helen Donovan

Helen Donovan
Executive Director

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.


Our Board

Tuesday Udell

Tuesday Udell
Chair
Board Member
Walking for Transport Committee

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.


Jeremy Carter

Jeremy Carter
Deputy Chair
Board Member
Walking for Recreation Committee

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.


Graeme Duncan

Graeme Duncan
Treasurer
Board Member

Graeme has worked in finance roles in the not-for-profit sector, banking and funds management, tertiary education and state government. He has also contributed in volunteer roles, working with children, people experiencing homelessness, and people with a disability.

Graeme joined the board in 2020 and is looking forward to getting involved with more walking. He has enjoyed walking the Routeburn Track in NZ, and day walks in Tasmania, around Melbourne, Lake District in the UK and describes gradually ticking off sections of the Heysen Trail, Onkaparinga River National Park, Deep Creek, Mt Lofty or Rail Trails such Coast to Vines.

In Graeme’s words, “the physical and mental health benefits of walking are seriously under estimated and it’s nice to be part of an organisation like WalkingSA and help get more people outside enjoying the surroundings and improving their health and wellbeing.”


Daniel Bennett

Daniel Bennett
Board Member
Walking for Transport Committee

Daniel is a registered landscape architect with over 20 years’ experience asking questions, developing ideas, testing scenarios, working through them and shaping projects across all scales of strategy and design.

His expertise in understanding cities, movement, place and green infrastructure has helped shaped many projects in both the private and public sector, most recently in his role as Associate Director of Strategy and Design at the City of Adelaide, and prior to that as a Principal at Hassell.

At the City of Adelaide he developed the award winning Adelaide Design Manual, the city’s guide to creating great public spaces and streets, as well as developing c$65m of initiatives and projects delivering on the city’s Transport Strategy, Smart Move, and the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy.

This included the City Bikeways project (Adelaide’s first separated bike lane network), the City Laneways project and Park Lands park upgrades – all developed in partnership with the State Government.

He is currently shaping several projects across Australia – including an urban design strategy for Melbourne’s $10b Airport Rail link with Aurecon and Architectus, and an urban design and landscape strategy for the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct with Jensen Plus.

Daniel is an active advocate within industry bodies, and is the Australian Institute of Landscape Architect’s State President in South Australia, chairs AILA’s National Advocacy Committee, is an independent member of the Premiers Climate Change Council and a past National President of AILA.

Daniel lives in the lower Adelaide Hills and is an avid bushwalker and has, amongst his achievements, walked Tasmania’s Western Arthurs and South Coast Track…packhauling at one point and determined to do it again one day.

Being naturally curious, he has a creative and innovative belief in strategy and design, and can synthesise ideas into things…he prefers to challenge defining a problem, not solving a perceived one.


Jim McLean

Jim McLean
Board Member
Walking for Recreation Committee

Jim joined the Board in October 2014 with a special interest in walking location opportunities including trails. He is the Chair of the Walking For Recreation Committee.

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.

He has designed and led short walks for Walking SA’s Trails Less Travelled and the April Hiking Expo.

He is keen to foster relationships with Walking SA affiliated members, having served on the Council of the Friends of the Heysen Trail and the Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation, and is currently the Secretary of South Australian Recreation Trails Inc the developers of the Lavender Federation Trail.


Ian Radbone

Ian Radbone
Board Member
Walking for Transport Committee

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.


Lorraine Thomas

Lorraine Thomas
Board Member
Walking for Recreation Committee

As a keen bushwalker, Lorraine walks with and leads walks with ARPA Bushwalkers and Adelaide Bushwalkers, and will bring her enthusiasm and can-do attitude to Walking SA. She leds by example, demonstrating and encouraging others to get more involved in encouraging others to walk.


Ben Trewren

Ben Trewren
Board Member
Walking for Recreation Committee

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.


Rod Quintrell

Rod Quintrell
Board Member
Walking for Recreation Committee

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 Lind

Di Lind
Board Member
Walking for Recreation Committee

Di is an enthusiastic bushwalker who joined the Board in October 2016. Being actively involved in ARPA Bushwalkers, Skyline Walkers and St Agnes Bushwalkers she brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the Board and Walking for Recreation sub-committee.


Bill Gehling

Bill Gehling
Board Member
Walking for Transport Committee

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.


Communications Coordinator

Nicolette Tsonis

Nicolette Tsonis
Communications Coordinator

Nicolette is a Certified Practising Valuer who works with City of Adelaide, she holds a Bachelor of Business, and post-credentials of an Associate member of the Australian Property Institute. She is heavily involved in the preparation of data, case management, briefs, correspondence, statements and property reporting for executive, media and distribution. Through her line of work, she has a vested interest in green building, sustainability and has a purpose to delve further into Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) factors in measuring the sustainability and societal impact of an investment in a company or business, and through this channel she aims to create awareness in future industries.

Her other interests include, weekend trips away from the City, hiking, mountain bike riding, and exploring walking trails/tracks and landscape photography. She dedicates her time to family, playing women’s football, is on the UPS Community and Fundraiser committee, and has board member experience as the Treasurer of the Pulteney Old Scholars Netball club.

Most recently through photography she has grown an interest in promoting and engaging via social media, and is a curator of content for a wider audience. She comes into Walking SA to align to her environmental goals, connect with nature, build on her skillset, and to give back to the community in a positive and inspiring way.