Board and Executive
|President||Kathy Miller |
Kathy is an Industrial Chemist with over 30 years’ career experience in diverse roles across food, pharmaceutical, advanced manufacturing, minerals, and power generation sectors. She currently works with a number of companies as a Scientific Consultant and Technical Writer. She lives in the Collie area and is a keen solo hiker, hiking up to 2000 km each year mainly in southwest WA, with frequent camping/4WD trips further afield. Kathy has a strong interest in science-based aspects of sustainability and conservation. She has served on various committees and clubs is also an active volunteer bush firefighter, serving as Captain and Trainer/Assessor for her local bushfire brigade. She was appointed to the HikeWest Board in 2023.
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 volunteer guide at the Bibbulmun Track Foundation. 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.
|Secretary||Position Vacant |
|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.
|Executive Officer||Meelee Soorkia |
Meelee has held chair and senior management positions within not-for-profit organisations and has strong strategic and operational leadership experience. She has a diverse skill set gained across a range of industries, including community development, management consulting and book publishing. Her high-level business, project management and communication skills make her well suited to steering HikeWest through an exciting period of growth, and will put the organisation in a stronger position to advocate for hiking in WA. Meelee is also a passionate hiker and loves spending time in nature in WA and overseas. Meelee commenced in the role in May 2023.
Rules of Association
The Plan explains how HikeWest is embracing our vision: To see more people hiking in Western Australia more often. 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 2023-2026
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.