9 November 2020
The Foundation’s AGM was held on 29 October and, in addition to providing an opportunity to update members on our activities for the year (you can read the Annual Report here), an election was held to fill the four vacant positions.
Three positions were filled by returning Board members: Kath Broderick, Charlie Soord and Patrick Tremlett and we are pleased to welcome newly elected member Tristy Fairfield.
The volunteer Board members bring a wealth of experience and skills to the task of guiding the strategic direction of the BTF – so let’s meet them!
Our current Chair is Kath Broderick. She has over 30 years’ professional experience in natural resource management and is Director of Broderick and Associates – a consulting business specialising in governance and capacity building. Kath also bring experience in advocacy, environmental management, and strategic management amongst other things. She is a keen swimmer and bushwalker, and a member of the maintenance team looking after Frankland campsite and the stretch of Track on either side. Kath is working her way along the Track to complete a sectional end-to-end.
Deputy Chair, John Holan, has worked in a number of roles including as a police officer, a tour guide in Africa and Asia, then – after completing a degree in accounting – as a Forensic Accountant. His wide range of experience brings business development, financial management, legal and tourism skills to the Foundation. John enjoys hiking on the Track with his young family, introducing them to the wonders of nature.
Mike Wood was founding Chair of the Bibbulmun Track Board back in 1998 and only retired as Chair in 2019. Mike has had a long career in the outdoor industry including guiding in the Nepal Himalaya, and 24 years as the franchisee/manager of a chain of Mountain Designs stores in WA. He has won several awards and was announced as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in 2020. His excellent networking and advocacy skills, business acumen and outdoor recreation knowledge have contributed greatly over the years. Mike was co-lead for the 10th Anniversary End-to-end walk.
Based in Albany, Bruce Manning has been the CEO of the Great Southern Development Commission since 2000. Bruce has a long involvement with land-care and land management issues and is a founding Board member who provides a valuable, regional-based perspective and a passion for the environment. Along with business and strategic planning skills, Bruce brings advocacy, marketing, tourism, environmental and risk management experience. He has been a maintenance volunteer since 1997, contributing to the care of Sandpatch campsite and the Track between there and Bay View Drive.
Charlie Soord worked as a Learning and Development Consultant in the mining industry, and has many years’ experience working with volunteers, and participating on management boards. Now retired, he is intensely involved with Track management and maintenance as a Support Volunteer coordinator and sectional volunteer for Mt Clare campsite and the Track on either side. He is also a volunteer in the Recreation and Trails Unit of DBCA where he works on various aspects of trails management. Skills Charlie brings to the Foundation include human resource management, risk management, and training. Charlie completed his sectional end-to-end in 2010.
As a retired drafter of legislation, Patrick Tremlett plays an important role with policy and governance issues such as updating our constitution in line with the new Association rules in 2017. With a strong governance, legal and statutory background Patrick ensures the BTF complies and documents everything according to the regulations. His wisdom and writing skills are often sought by the staff. Patrick is a volunteer guide and Team Leader of the maintenance team which looks after Noggerup campsite and the Track section leading there from Mumballup. He has been bushwalking since he was at school and hopes to continue for a while yet!
Tristy comes to us with a strong background in the governance of not-for-profit organisations, having served for several years on the boards of Conservation Council WA and Renew, and the council of the Australian Conservation Foundation. She has qualifications in Commerce and Applied Corporate Governance, has worked for both CCWA and the ACF, and is currently the Director of Low Carbon Australia. She is passionate about the environment and conservation and is a regular walker on the Track.
The Board also comprise two representatives from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).
Peter Sharp is the Director of Parks and Visitor Services, a major division within the Parks and Wildlife Service of DBCA. In this role, he has oversight of several units including Recreation and Trails. Peter brings strong advocacy, political acumen and stakeholder engagement skills to the Board along with human resource management, legal and tourism expertise.
Stephen King is the Trails Coordinator of the Recreation and Trails Unit. His previous roles in the Department encompassed dieback interpretation; conservation, fire management and recreation management at both District and Regional level; and work with Bold Park and the Swan River Trust.
The remaining position on the Board is held by our Executive Director, Linda Daniels, as an ex-officio member.
Linda has been ED of the Foundation since 2003 and is responsible for reporting to the Board and keeping them abreast of operations as well as any external issues that may impact the Foundation or the Track. Key roles include staff and project management, financial management and liaison with the Department, industry and community partners. She has just walked the Cape to Cape Track end-to-end and hopes to be able to complete the Bibb Track one day!
Farewell and Thank You
This year, we farewelled Marielle Sengers from the Board, after two years of service. Thank you for your contribution Marielle.