Statement from Management Committee of Bicycle Queensland: Retirement of BQ CEO Ben Wilson

October 5th, 2017

The Management Committee of Bicycle Queensland informs the members that Chief Executive Officer, Ben Wilson, has announced his retirement. The Management Committee acknowledges his 20 plus years of outstanding service to the cause of cycling in Queensland and to Bicycle Queensland (BQ).

In his time with BQ, Ben has worked tirelessly to make cycling an intrinsic part of Queensland life and is responsible for encouraging tens of thousands of people to ride bikes on better facilities across the state. In that time, tens of millions of dollars have been spent by state and local governments on bicycle infrastructure to improve cycling amenities in Queensland. Furthermore, Ben’s leadership has grown BQ from a small community advocacy group to the second largest bicycle advocacy organisation in Australia, with over 18,000 members and 12 staff.

As Ben rides into his 60s and retirement, he leaves behind a healthy and vibrant cycling legacy in Queensland and a strong and dynamic organisation to continue the vision of more people riding more often. After so long in such a demanding position, we know Ben is looking forward to pursuing his many interests, including riding his own bike more often.

The Management Committee is commencing a process of recruitment for a new CEO and the link to the recruitment agency can be found here.

We will be working with Ben and the incoming CEO to ensure an effective transition, and we will keep members informed in this matter.

If you wish to provide any farewell wishes to Ben, please address these to President, Bill Loveday, at president@bq.org.au or by mail to the BQ postal address.

Yours in cycling,

Bill Loveday – President

Fergus Hogarth – Vice President, Jenny Attreed – Secretary, Brendan McGarry – Treasurer, and Committee Members Eli Breinl, Katie Panaretto, Margo Hickman, Geoff Airo-Farulla.

 

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