If you would like to get involved with the MBTF at the board level, please become a member of the Foundation. You are then entitled to attend the AGM, held in October each year and nominate for a board position. An assessment of your skills and the needs of the MBTF will be conducted prior to the AGM. The anticipated monthly commitment for most board positions is around twenty hours, which are voluntary. Please submit an expression of interest here.
Chair - Peter Versluis
At the end of the three-week inaugural end-to-end ‘ Munda Biddi Epic’ in 2013, I formed the view that the Trail was an under-appreciated and under-utilised asset. I nominated for a spot on the Foundation’s board, as I was keen to play a part in correcting this.
I'm the Chair of the MBTF, my main contribution is to guide the process of strategy development and implementation. I try to keep the organisation focused on its core objectives of supporting Trail-maintenance volunteers; promoting the Trail to riders; and servicing Foundation members. I also focus on ensuring the Foundation remains connected and relevant to our external stakeholders including government agencies and cycling organisations.
Away from the Foundation, I find myself wearing quite a few hats over the course of a week: I’m a partner in a national business advisory firm; I run an event management company and I’m working my way through a Masters of Teaching.
In my opinion, the best parts of the Trail are between Walpole and Pemberton, I just don’t seem to be able to get down there to ride as often as I’d like!
Vice-Chair - Pete Hagen
I recently retired from the Oil and Gas industry after 39 + years and decided to volunteer in order to give something back to Perth, and WA.
When the board membership on MBTF became available, I jumped at the chance to combine my love for thrashing my old Cannondale ‘Lefty’ with helping a very worthy cause in any way I can.
I was fortunate to be elected Vice-Chair of the Foundation recently and look forward to using my marketing, public affairs and community relations background to help make the MBTF continue to achieve goals and long term vision.
I’m also looking forward to getting out on different sections of the trail soon, and to eventually do an end to end.
Secretary - Anton Beets
The Munda Biddi Trail is an amazing West Australian asset. On a personal level it represents the combination of my passion for biking, the outdoors and spending time with my family. It's incredible that we have this fantastic 1000km long maintained trail on our doorstep, all for free. Nowhere else in the world provides a maintained trail with facilities that covers such a diversity of environments.
I have ridden the trail for many years and appreciated all the maintenance and hard work that went on, in the background. When the opportunity arose for me to put my “pen pushing” skills to use at the board level, I jumped at it. I try to keep the Board organised for Board meetings and also chip in with some of the administrative tasks.
I work in the utilities industry doing Governance, Risk and Compliance work. I have a Law Degree and a post-graduate diploma in legal practice, and spend my time establishing and maintaining compliance systems. Hopefully my experience in governance systems will aid the Foundation as it enters a new era.
I would like the Munda Biddi to get the recognition it deserves as one of the great trails. It would be nice to augment the Munda Biddi Trail with more singletrack and to support the Munda Biddi community to become stronger and more diverse.
Board Member - Preeti Castle
I joined the MBTF Board in late 2018 and bring expertise in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, marketing, brand and business development.
Although not a seasoned rider, I have a keen interest in the environment and spend much of my leisure time walking our bush and parkland trails. My involvement with MBTF provides an opportunity to contribute specialist skills, such as leading the recent strategic review.
I have worked extensively across the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, as well as with government and in consulting, where I have helped to establish, reposition and grow organisations. I currently work in the environment sector with a focus on stakeholder engagement.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, an M.B.A. from The University of Western Australia, and am a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Board Member - Neil Brodie
As well as being a keen cyclist, I have a strong interest in Not-For-Profit volunteering. I have served on numerous boards since 2009 including various mountain biking government steering committees and advisory groups.
As a Chartered Management Accountant, Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and with an MBA from Curtin Graduate Business School (where I was top graduating student), I bring over 25 years of finance, governance and management/leadership experience to the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation board.
My volunteering with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation began in 2011 with trail maintenance before becoming Area Leader between Perth and Dwellingup. I have also acted as a ride guide, most notably leading the 2014 end-to-end Epic ride, then coordinating the 2015 edition. I joined the board in 2013 and have served as Treasurer, Vice Chair and now as an Ordinary Board Member.