Walking SA is delighted to announce that Helen Donovan has been appointed as our new Executive Director. Helen will take up the role on October 29.
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.