Our Structure and People

The Board and volunteers of Walking SA, 22 October 2021. From left to right: Helen Donovan, Executive Director, Jinal Shah, intern Project Officer July-Oct 2021, Matt Lang, Meredith Lawson, Bill Gehling, Tuesday Udell, Ian Radbone, Lorraine Thomas, Jeremy Carter, Graeme Duncan, Ben Trewren, Rod Quintrell, Lisa Murphy, Jim McLean and Daniel Bennett.

Walking SA is overseen by a board, with committees operating under the board, the Walking for Transport Committee, Walking for Recreation Committee, and the Funding Committee.

The volunteers across the board, committees and other roles undertake significant work and their contribution is greatly appreciated.

The primary role of the Board is to ensure good corporate governance and to establish the strategic direction of Walking SA. The Board is responsible for financial reporting and determining that the accounting policies used are appropriate to meet the requirements of the relevant State reporting agencies and are appropriate to meet the needs of our members.

The Board consists of volunteers and is comprised of highly committed members who possess diverse backgrounds bringing a range of skills including business management, community engagement, finance, policy, research, marketing, IT, trail design and maintenance. During the year the Board met regularly in accordance with the Constitution to maintain oversight of activities, including high levels of financial control.


Our People

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.


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.


Rod Quintrell

Rod Quintrell
Co-Chair
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.


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, Chair

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.


Rebecca Tooher

Rebecca Tooher
Board Member

Rebecca joined the Board in October 2021. She has been a member, vice president and president of a volunteer peak body committee (the SA Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia, 2011-2018) and has expertise in public health advocacy, community engagement and co-design and evidence-based policy and practice, with a particular focus on engaging young people. She is the Director Education Strategy and Teaching Excellence at the University of Adelaide. She is passionate about encouraging all types of walking and reducing barriers to walking, and is keen to see walking tourism promoted further in South Australia.

She has walked parts of the Camino di Santiago and the Heysen Trail. Whenever she walks, whether it be a quick trip to the local shops or a multi day hike she often recalls Bilbo’s advice to Frodo in the Lord of the Rings: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” She knows this is the key to walking: that (more or less) you only need your feet and a supportive environment to take advantage of the multitude of benefits that walking can bring.


Matt Lang

Matt Lang
Walking for Recreation Committee

Matt Lang joins the Walking for Recreation Committee as an employee of the Department for Environment and Water. Matt joined the Department in 2020 after fifteen years’ experience working in open space and recreation planning across both state and local government.

Matt’s current role as the Statewide Trails Officer with the National Parks and Wildlife Service involves working across the state’s national parks and reserves to implement trail maintenance and development projects.

Matt offers a unique relationship into the Department and National Parks and Wildlife Service.


Meredith Lawson

Meredith Lawson
Board Member

Meredith joined the Board in October 2021. With a Bachelor of Education, specializing in Outdoor Education she is a keen advocate and participant/leader in outdoor activity including school leadership roles and extensive experience in connecting with community groups. Having lived overseas for the past three decades, she brings a global perspective to the Board. Since returning to Adelaide she has been rediscovering the beautiful walks our city has on its doorstep.


Ian Radbone

Ian Radbone
Board Member
Walking for Transport Committee, Chair

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
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 leads by example, South Australian Recreational Trails Inc and Walking Trails Support Group, demonstrating and encouraging others to get more involved in encouraging others to walk.

Lorraine joined the Board and Walking for Recreation Committee in 2018, and after two years moved her focus to the Walking for Recreation Committee.


Daniel Osborne

Daniel Osborne
Walking for Transport Committee

With Daniel’s professional background as an Urban Transportation Plangineer he brings a valuable perspective to the Walking for Transport Committee. He brings a strong data driven approach to planning, design and policy development, informed by the work of globally recognised thought leaders. He has key skills in public transport infrastructure and network design, human scaled street design and spatial driven data analysis. He’s a big fan of challenging conventional wisdom.


Jeremy Carter

Jeremy Carter
Walking for Recreation Committee
Funding Committee

As a prolific and accomplished hiker working 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.

Joining as a Board Member and on the Walking for Recreation Committee in 2013, and after eight years on the Board re-focused his attention to the Walking for Recreation Committee.


Ben Trewren

Ben Trewren
Walking for Recreation Committee
Funding 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 has also been a committee member on the Recreation SA Outdoors Committee, and is on the Board of the Minister’s Parks and Wilderness Council – a tremendous privilege to have influence and aligns with the passion he has to see people engaging in natural environments, not just through walking.

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.

Ben joined the Board and Walking for Recreation Committee in 2017, and after four years moved his focus to the Walking for Recreation Committee.


Lisa Murphy

Lisa Murphy
Funding Committee

Lisa is an avid hiker and nature lover. After starting her career in disability, employment services and teaching, she joined the travel industry in 2009 to feed her addiction of adventure travel and trekking around the world. In 2015 she set up her own business and walking program for women with the purpose of getting women who lacked confidence and experience out on the trails. The program grew to include day walks, overnight hikes for beginners, workshops and multi-day experiences. After introducing mindful moments on walks, and a deeper interest in why connecting people to nature had so much of an impact on their wellbeing, this led Lisa to becoming a certified Nature Therapy Guide in 2021.

With a passion for connecting people to the “more than human world”, Lisa has witnessed profound impact on those who take the time to immerse themselves with green and marine spaces.

Her love of walking and seeing more people enjoying the benefits of walking and being in nature is a natural fit for volunteering with Walking SA and is a member of the Sponsorship committee.


David Waters

David Waters
Funding Committee

David is a passionate trail walker, and with his experience with trail planning and development, and working in the local government space, and work in tourism, he joined our Funding Committee in October 2021.

As the Director Community Capacity at Adelaide Hills Council he has portfolio responsibility for community wellbeing, communications, events, economic development/tourism, arts/culture, customer service and community engagement among other things. Previous to that role, he held management roles in the infrastructure and natural assets/biodiversity space in state and local government, as well as having a civil engineering degree.


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.


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.