Jon Leighton OAM – President
Jon sees his role as bringing all bike riders, cycling fans, influencers and people connected to cycling on the same page to create a better environment for cycling. Jon is committed to ensuring that decisions taken on behalf of members and the cycling community are in line with this purpose.
Jon has actively supported a board renewal program in line with our purpose, to develop and ensure we have the most talented and committed board possible. He has made an active contribution to sound board governance, including introduction of a Board Charter and clear guidelines for board nomination and selection criteria.
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Royce Michael Lee – Vice President
Royce has worked in architectural practice for almost 20 years and enjoys a professional connection to the built environment and a passion for design — from object scale to urban scale.
He recently completed Masters level studies in strategic management, organisational sustainability, marketing, managing resources, and the management of innovation and change. His current occupation involves the strategic management of technology.
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Deanne Methven – Secretary
I have worked as an in house corporate lawyer and a senior lawyer in private practice for many years.
My roles have included providing broad and varied legal advice to boards, senior executives, governing and regulatory bodies.
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What I bring to the board. Past & future, in relation to BNSW:
I have worked with several Boards over the last 10 years from the executive/management side, in both the corporate world at American Express, while CEO of a joint venture Business Travel company in Japan and as Director in charge of a Wholesale Currency business, and now as Chief Operating Officer at Cycling Australia.
I understand the importance of ensuring Boards have the appropriate access to accurate and timely information to make sound decisions and the support that management require from the Board to be effective.
Since joining Cycling Australia 3 years ago, I have not only gotten back on my own bike, but have encouraged my daughter to do so as well. I have found that access to bike paths and bike lanes has made the experience safer and more enjoyable, and that Sydney in particular is one of the least attractive cities to cyclists due to the perceived or real behaviour of motorists.
I joined BNSW to participate in Gear Up Girl and am happy to pay 2 memberships to contribute towards making a safer environment for cycling in NSW.
What I stand for/hope to achieve:
I believe that we need better cycling facilities to make it easier, more enjoyable and safer for people to participate regularly in cycling for health, fun and as part of their social network.
I recognise these come at a cost so I also believe that Bicycle NSW can play a role in promoting a behavioural and mindset shift from motorists in how they perceive cyclists, their rights, and their knowledge of the road rules as they relate to cyclists and cyclist behaviour. This education process of motorists and cyclists is critical to our ability to co-exist safely.
I hope that through my involvement on the Board of BNSW and by leveraging relationships I have built at Cycling Australia, I will be able to support BNSW in building a bridge between pure recreational and keen regular cyclists, who, at the end of the day, both desire and need the same thing – a safe and accessible environment to enjoy their cycling, at whatever frequency and intensity they desire.
Peter has been an active grass roots campaigner for a cleaner, greener, fairer, overall better world for all humanity for many years. He believes in the “Power of an idea whose time has come.” and sees this as absolutely applicable to cycling.
Advocacy for cycling has transitioned from being a green hippy antagonistic movement to being a mainstream lifestyle issue. Peter has been recognised locally for his part in steering Newcastle Cycleways Movement through this transition to where NCM is now working cooperatively with local politicians, council staff, RMS, other external agencies like the Heart Foundation and the NRMA as well as the media.
Peter sees the opportunity of working on the Board as another extension of this transition presenting opportunities to cooperate with state political powers and significant decision makers.
Peter’s passion for cycling has been life long. He has been a mountain biker, road rider, commuter, tourer, off road tourer and recreational rider. The one thing he has never done is race competitively.
He supports others riding in any way he can, including personal coaching to learn to ride, or improve commuting riding skills and also rides on the front of tandems for vision impaired riders.
Aside of cycling Peter is a Uniting Church Lay Preacher and State Emergency Service volunteer Team Leader.
Retailer in camping and outdoor recreation industry.
Diploma in Architectural Technology.
What I bring to the Board. Past & future, in relation to Bicycle NSW:
I have been part of the advocacy wing of Newcastle Cycleways Movement (inc) since 1998 and am now in my third year as President. I have stood as a political candidate for The Australian Democrats at all three levels of government, and spent 6 years on the State Executive committee. I worked with the BNSW CEO on the RTA Bicycle Advisory Council from 2003 until it was dissolved as part of the move to the State Bike Plan in 2009.
This experience gives me some understanding of the processes of government and the difficulties of moving great ideas forward.
I played a key community input role in the development of the Lake Macquarie Council Bicycle Strategy and now sit on their Cycling advisory committee.
What I stand for/ hope to achieve:
Cycling advocacy is in a transition. The market gets it; nowadays you sell real-estate by showing images of happy healthy people riding their bikes in that estate. However the government is yet to fully embrace cycling as a mode of transport. I believe Cycling should be treated as a genuine mode of transport above just a recreational pursuit.
I hope to see and do expect the NSW State government to start to invest significant funds into cycling transport infrastructure in the near future. When this financial commitment is realised in new infrastructure there will be another transition in the work of bicycle advocates to other encouragement and behaviour change programs.
David Maywald is a lifelong lover of road cycling, who climbed the Adelaide hills as a teenager and enjoyed Canberra’s cycling infrastructure as a uni student.
He is a passionate advocate for Road Safety, having led the grassroots advocacy at Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club (DHBC). This has focussed on enforcement of Minimum Passing Distance (MPD).
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I am an Engineer by profession and currently work as Head of Operations at the Children’s Medical Research Institute at Westmead. As well as leading the Operations team I am also Project Director of the institute’s $65M redevelopment project.
Volunteer organisations that I am a Board member of include Bike North, Bicycle NSW and Alive 90.5 FM, a community radio station in the Hills. I am a member of the City of Parramatta Cycleways Advisory Committee and City of Parramatta Local Planning Panel (Community Representative).
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Dr Katie Banerjee
I started cycling in 2013 when I emigrated to Australia and have been a member of bicycle NSW since that time. In my first year living in Sydney I took my family on the Spring Cycle, the unique experience for my young children to cycle in a supportive environment across the Harbour Bridge was unforgettable. Since then I have participated in every Spring Cycle (all
distances) and the Gear Up Girl rides.
My passion for cycling has grown over the years, not just for me personally but also for me to be able to encourage and support others. I am a huge advocate for women in cycling. I am a member of my local club Harlequin, Cycling NSW and Cycling Australia.
I have participated in many charity fund raising events including the MS Gong Ride, The Zoo the Zoo, the Bobbin Head Classic and the Pedal4Kids, last year I was also a ride leader on the Pedal4kids ride raising money for the Children’s Hospital, a charity close to my heart.
I have had the opportunity to be involved and observe cycling in many different formats from family rides and local bike trails, to early morning and weekend rides with established and growing social groups. I compete at State, National Level and NRS levels.
I have also competed in International Masters competitions in 2018 and 2019 winning the World
Championships in both Time Trial and Road Race and winning a bronze medal in the Gran Fondo. With all that in mind I haven’t lost focus on what is important in my immediate cycling community.
I’m helping organise some of the NSW Women’s 100 rides and a training camp specifically for Ladies.
What I bring to the board
I have been a member of the BNSW Advocacy Committee for the past year. With my background in health, working in the disability field of paediatrics I have a good level of understanding of some of the challenges faced by riders with a disability and the support networks available for them to enable participation and inclusiveness.
I will bring new ideas, new perspective and diversity to the board, working with the current board members towards the short, medium and long-term goals of bicycle NSW and to wholeheartedly support the members that we represent.
I hope to be able to use my training and links in health to advocate for funding allocation and focus on safe and accessible cycle routes, to promote education and encourage physical activity and a healthy lifestyle for adults and children alike across NSW.