AusCycling | Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Chair
Duncan Murray

Duncan Murray

Duncan, a passionate cyclist who has raced bikes all his life, is the CEO of BESEN, a Melbourne based Family Office with operations in Australia and New York in the property and private equity sectors. Duncan commenced his professional life as a lawyer and investment banker, although the majority of his career has been spent as a CEO across a range of commercial industries, as well as the private equity and the not-for-profit sectors. He is a former Chairman of the Amy Gillett Foundation, Djarragun College and Bama Services.

Deputy Chairs
Darren Alomes

Darren Alomes

Darren was elected to the BMX Australia Board in 2016 and elected Chair in 2018. He has previous governance experience with BMX South Australia where he provided support from administration and officialdom roles at all levels - club, state, nationally and internationally. Darren has over 30 years’ experience in all levels of Government IT and Security, currently in Network and Cyber Security. With previous recreational riding experience and a family active in this sport and others, inclusiveness and respect are priorities that Darren personally strives to deliver and promote at all levels.

Lee Brentzell

Lee Brentzell

Lee is the former Chair of Mountain Bike Australia. Her varied skills set extends to strategic planning, corporate governance, stakeholder engagement, business transformation, and project and change management. Lee is an engineering professional with business qualifications and international project experience in oil and gas, mining, utilities, defence, banking and finance. She has more than 20 years’ experience in senior executive roles leading large-scale transformational changes. Lee is a competitive sports person who loves to share her passion for mountain biking riding with her daughters, husband, family and friends.

Directors
Brian Gallagher

Brian Gallagher

Brian has over 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital media and is currently Chief Sales Officer at one of Australia’s largest media companies, Southern Cross Austereo. Brian has led successful commercial teams for TV & Radio broadcasters as well as build his own successful production company over the course of his career.

Brian is excited about combining his personal passion for cycling with his commercial experience for the benefit of the cycling community.

Anne Gripper

Anne Gripper

Anne has enjoyed 25 years working in sport leadership roles. Most recently she was the Executive Director at the NSW Office of Sport and previously the Chief Executive Officer of Triathlon Australia for five years. Between 2006 and 2010 she worked for the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) as the Director of Anti- Doping, and she remains a member of the Anti-Doping Commission. Outside of work, Anne is the Chair of the June Canavan Foundation, a philanthropic trust which provides funding to projects in sport, health and education. She was  on the Board of Cycling Australia from 2015 until 2020, and is also on the Board of The Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE). Anne remains an active cyclist and triathlete, representing Australia at the Age Group Triathlon World Championships on three occasions.

Katrina Harnwell

Katrina Harnwell

Katrina is an experienced finance professional with 30 years of financial services experience. She is a Chartered Accountant with a Master of Tax degree and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As well as finance and tax Katrina has skills in process improvement, stakeholder engagement, governance and risk. She has project management experience and extensive not for profit experience through her roles at Westpac Banking Corporation and as Treasurer of Manly Nippers. Katrina is currently the Finance Director for BMX Australia, My Property Circles and Ausrichter Pty Ltd.

She is a member of the State Leadership Committee for Women in Banking and Finance. Katrina is passionate about increasing participation in sport and keeping members involved in the sport throughout their lives.

Gemma Kernich

Gemma Kernich

Director profile coming soon.

Aaron Liang

Aaron Liang

Director profile coming soon.

Ruth McColl

Ruth McColl

Ruth served as a judge of the NSW Court of Appeal for almost 16 years until her retirement in January 2019. She has since been appointed a Patron of Justice Connect and elected chair of the Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council. Among her numerous achievements, Ruth is a former President of the Judicial Conference of Australia. Her other former roles include: President of the NSW Bar Association (the first woman to serve in that role); President of the Australian Bar Association; President of NSW Women Lawyers; and President of the Public Interest Law Clearing House, the NSW forerunner of Justice Connect.  In 2020 she was appointed an Assistant Commissioner of the NSW Independent Commission.

Ruth has a passion for cycling and has long been a road cyclist.  In 2019 she cycled over 5000 kilometres in Australia, Europe, Asia and the US, and  plans to do similar trips in the future.

 

Jenni McLeod

Jenni McLeod

Jenni has been mountain biking for 22 years, volunteering with clubs, events and trail building activities. In 2017 she founded ‘Shredding Betties’, Australia’s first women’s specific affiliated mountain bike club to connect, support and inspire women and girls with the aim of increasing female participation. For the past 10 years Jenni has worked as an on ground political staffer applying her skills to develop and implement campaign strategies to connect and unlock capacity contained within communities. Jenni now runs her own consultancy business.

Dale Percy

Dale Percy

Dale has over 30 years’ experience in BMX as an athlete, a high-performance coach, and a Director of BMX Australia. Dale has a strong background in business management, excelling in sports marketing where he works with leading athletes and global brands. Dale is heavily involved in the action sports industry where his role as a marketing manager overlooks sport sponsorships and events.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith


Michael is the current Chair of 7-Eleven Stores PL, Starbucks Australia, and Pioneer Credit Ltd. He has previously chaired the West Coast Eagles, iiNet, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Perth International Arts Festival.  Michael is also the Principal of boutique strategic development consulting firm, Black House. Previously, he founded The Marketing Centre which provided strategic advice to many of Australia’s most iconic brands for more than three decades.  Michael has a long history in the development of effective strategies, managing performance and identifying critical success factors for outstanding executive team function.

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