Board and Executive
|President (& Acting Exec. Officer)||Dave Osborne |
Dave had a career in oil and gas exploration and production, initially as a field geologist, then for many years he headed up the Australia office of a successful explorer and producing company, as General Manager and President. He has had a long behind-the-scenes involvement with the Federation (now 'BWA') since 2005 and has devoted much of his energies to sharing his love of bushwalking, partly through his website, WalkGPS, founded in 2003, and also through his membership since 2002 of Perth Bushwalkers Club. He has been a walks leader for many years and was President of that club 2013-2016, and is a life member.
|Vice-President||Des Cook |
Des is a keen bushwalker and member of both Action Outdoors and Perth Bushwalkers Club. He is a continuing BWA Board member and served as BWA President from 2015-2017. He is also a regular volunteer on a Bibbulmun Track maintenance team. His other interests include sea kayaking. He also operates his own business Red Tail Outdoor, supplying customised camping and hiking gear.
|Treasurer||Deborah Stone |
Deb is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) with over 30 years experience in accounting, taxation and financial management. Past Treasurer to Perth Bushwalking Club for 3 year term (this was during the period when a Lotterywest Grant was received and a new website-based membership and online payment system was implemented). Active bushwalker and member of the Perth Bushwalking Club for the past 10 years. A keen interest in preserving the bushwalking environment in WA.
|Secretary||Terry Mahoney |
Terry’s professional career was as a medical scientist in the health industry. He is an active bushwalker and walks leader, and a member of Western Walkers since 2003. He has served on that club’s committee since 2005, including a term as President in 2010-2012. He was also the club’s rep. on the Federation from ~2012 onward and has served as Secretary on BWA Board since 2015. Terry is also a keen tennis player.
|Director (elected)||Kevin McKersey |
Kevin has had a long career in computer systems management. He was recently Membership Secretary for Perth Bushwalkers Club for two years including the period when a new website-based membership system was implemented. He has been an active hiker/bushwalker for many years, from his early ‘tramping’ days in New Zealand’s South Island. He is a current member of Perth Bushwalkers Club. He also has a keen interest in bushwalking navigation.
|Director (appointed)||Liz Dunn |
Liz’ professional career has included 20 years in events management. She has been a member and walks leader with Perth Bushwalkers Club for ~10 years and is also a 20-year member of Armadale Masters Swimming Club. She has held committee positions with both those clubs. Liz was also a board member of her local Bendigo Bank for a number of years. She also has trekked extensively worldwide.
|Director (appointed)||Ras Gill |
Ras is a medical practitioner by profession, and is also a very active bushwalker. He makes time to fit in an enormous amount of local and interstate bushwalking, both day walks and extended backpacking; including several epic walks in remote and challenging areas. He has walked in most areas of the State from Drysdale River NP to the southern coast. Ras is an active member of Perth Bushwalkers Club and a walks leader, and has served in the past as Training & Equipment Officer on committee.
Rules of Association
The Plan explains how BWA is embracing our vision of ‘Better Bushwalking for Western Australia’. An annual Operational Plan also provides the Board and EO with a checklist of the strategies and key tasks outlined in the Strategic Plan to help identify the near-term priorities and monitor progress toward the overall goals.View: Strategic Plan 2018-2021
BWA aims to always conduct itself through its policies and in practice in a manner that is true to its core values and behaviours as a peak body as espoused in our Strategic Plan:
BWA Code of Conduct
|Core Values||Core Behaviours|
|Open, ethical, professional & accountable in all that we do||Operate proactively as a leader in the bushwalking community|
|Inclusive and respectful of diversity||Respond to stakeholder needs & aspirations|
|Respect & love of our natural |
|Advocate for the community|
|Commitment & pride in BWA||Maintain best practice governance & management|
|Active in embracing change||Build an effective sphere of influence|
Policies and positions reflected in BWA’s advocating and submissions on issues affecting bushwalking and the environment, and in our Risk Management Guidelines, Minimum Impact Bushwalking Code etc are consistent with the principles above and also with the objectives outlined in the constitution (also see ‘What we do’).
AGM Minutes & Reporting
We are also grateful for the support of Lotterywest who provided a grant in 2018 to assist BWA with the costs of developing this current website.