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 HikeWest (previously the 'Federation...') 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 2001 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. He was elected to the HikeWest Board in 2017.
Neil is a Director and Production Manager of a digital agency and has 20+ years’ experience in web development, online marketing, graphic design and publishing. He is a founding member of a local business support initiative and has an extensive network of business professionals. Neil is a keen bushwalker, walk leader and a walk organiser of the Redtails Walking Group. Through his membership of the HikeWest Board, Neil is excited to be able to contribute to the furthering of hiking in WA while also networking with like-minded individuals. He was elected to the HikeWest Board in 2019.
Amber is a CPA-qualified accountant with extensive experience in business accounting, project planning, systems implementation and maintaining organisational prudential compliance. She has an M.Acc from Curtin University and has worked in health care, employment services, not for profit and disability services. She is passionate about being outdoors and is a keen bushwalker who enjoys exploring new walking trails. Amber is enthusiastic about HikeWest's mission of fostering and promoting bushwalking/hiking in WA. She was elected to the HikeWest Board in 2022.
Kirsty has worked in administration/personal assistant roles for over 15 years, with experience in governance and policy, most recently with a local government authority. Kirsty's qualifications include law degrees and certificates in business and legal administration. Kirsty is a keen outdoors person, and enjoys hiking and trail running, and is keen to contribute her passion for hiking and the natural environment. She was elected to the HikeWest Board in 2022.
|Director (elected)||Mark Pybus
Mark is a Test Analyst and has been working in the finance industry for over 13 years. He is a keen hiker, mountain biker and trail runner, always exploring the trails and nature spaces of Western Australia. As the founder of The Life of Py, Mark has been an advocate for trail use through his website and photography. He was elected to the HikeWest Board in 2020.
|Director (appointed)||Hecate Jay
Hecate is a past President (2014-2015) of HikeWest (as ‘Bushwalking WA’) and a previous Bushwalking Australia Council Secretary for six years; also a past Perth Bushwalkers Club member for 12 years and served on that club's committee. Her career has included several years as a commercial bushwalking guide. Hecate is keenly interested in assisting in protecting our bushwalking environment. She was appointed to the HikeWest Board in 2022.
|Director (appointed)||Karen Tyson
<>Karen's professional background includes administration, finance, commercial accounting, and human resources. Karen is a recent past-President of Western Walking Club, with prior committee experience. She has diplomas in management and accounting. Karen is keen to continue contributing to the hiking community in WA. She was appointed to the HikeWest Board in 2022.
Rules of Association
The Plan explains how HikeWest 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 2022-2024
HikeWest 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:
HikeWest 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 HikeWest||Maintain best practice governance & management|
|Active in embracing change||Build an effective sphere of influence|
AGM Minutes & Reporting
We are also grateful for the support of the State Government who, via DLGSC have provided funding for specific projects, including the inaugural WA Hiking Expo in 2021, and Lotterywest who provided a grant in 2018 to assist HikeWest with the costs of developing this current website.