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WESTCYCLE APPOINTS NEW CHAIR

  • WestCycle appoints Kellie Lewis to the position of Chair of the Board
  • Neil Hackett stands down after approximately 4 years as Chair
  • Succession and transition process commenced in July 2017

After close to four years as the Chair of WestCycle Mr Neil Hackett has stood down and Deputy Chair Ms Kellie Lewis has been appointed as the new Chair. As a showcase of strong organisational governance the change of Chair has been part of a well-planned succession plan. Neil Hackett will remain on the Board for a period of time to ensure a smooth handover takes place.

Kellie is an experienced executive, non-executive Director, and Director with a 17 year career across a diverse range of countries, industries and roles. This includes elite and professional sport, health, professional services, and the not-for-profit sector. Kellie has worked at the Australian Institute of Sport, West Coast Eagles Football Club, and an award-winning global consulting firm. Most recently she has been CEO of Men’s Health and Wellbeing WA, General Manager at a private equity health services organisation, Director of a start-up eLearning company, and Non-Executive Director of the Leeuwin Foundation.

Prior to her professional career Kellie has been a sportswoman including an age group state Triathlon champion. Kellie holds a BSc, BPsych(Hons), MPsych, MBA(Finance), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors Company Directors Course. She has achieved numerous academic and professional publications, awards, and honours for her work, and is an accomplished writer and speaker.

“After serving for over three years on the Board, including as Deputy Chair I am honoured to be appointed as Chair of WestCycle. Since 2011, as the peak body for cycling in Western Australia, WestCycle has been able to work with its members, government and the broader cycling community to achieve so much for cycling in Western Australia. Moving forward, the Board intends to continue on with our progress to date with safety and participation across all of our disciplines being strong priorities on the agenda.”, Kellie Lewis, Chair WestCycle

Neil is an inaugural Director of WestCycle serving on the Board since WestCycle’s inception in 2011. With a strong background in ASX Directorships and Corporate Finance Neil resumed the role of Chair in 2014. Neil departs as Chair but will remain on the Board through a transition period. Neil leaves the Chair role with the business in a strong position. Over his time as Chair he has driven numerous key achievements:

  • Introduction of Minimum Passing Distance in Western Australia
  • Recognition State wide of WestCycle as the peak body for cycling
  • Strong relationship with all Ministerial Offices and Government Departments
  • Tripling of the WestCycle team from three staff to nine staff
  • Strong experienced Board with a diverse skill set
  • A doubling of Member organisations to 36

“Enormous thanks to my fellow volunteer WestCycle Directors, Department of Sport and Recreation our member organisations, and WestCycle’s tireless and enthusiastic CEO and staff for the considerable cohesive efforts since 2011 to achieve a Strategic Framework for all forms of cycling in Western Australia.  Cycling in Western Australia continues to grow and benefit under the guidance and leadership of WestCycle and we are fortunate to secure the appointment of such an exceptional Chair in Kellie Lewis to WA’s Peak cycling organisation”, said Neil Hackett

“On behalf the Board, staff at WestCycle and our 36 Member Organisations, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Neil for his dedication and leadership to the organisation over an extended period of time. Neil departs as Chair with the organisation in a stronger position than it has ever been before and I look forward to continuing this success with our stakeholders moving forward” said Kellie Lewis, Chair WestCycle.

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