Bicycle Queensland announces new CEO

December 4th, 2017

Outgoing CEO Ben Wilson, incoming CEO Anne Savage and President Bill Loveday.

The Management Committee of Bicycle Queensland is delighted to announce the appointment of Anne Savage as its new Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of long-serving CEO and one of Queensland’s founding figures of cycling advocacy, Ben Wilson.

Chair of Bicycle Queensland, Bill Loveday, paid tribute to Mr Wilson and congratulated Ms Savage on her appointment.

“On behalf of the Management Committee and 17,000+ members of Bicycle Queensland, I pay tribute to Ben for his distinguished service and contribution over more than 20 years,” Mr Loveday said.

“In that time, Ben has worked tirelessly to get more people cycling more often, striving to create a healthy and sustainable world where cycling is an integral part of everyday life.

“Ben’s vision and dedication has inspired tens of thousands of Queenslanders to take up bike riding, influencing our State and local governments to increase funding for cycle-friendly cities.

“Ben’s leadership has seen BQ grow from a small collective of concerned citizens to one of the largest and most influential bicycle advocacy organisations in Australia.

“Ben will be greatly missed as CEO by staff, members, volunteers, and supporters alike, but will continue to provide Anne and the Management Committee with strategic counsel on matters of importance to cycling in Queensland.

“May I, once again, take this opportunity to convey our abiding gratitude to Ben for his invaluable investment in BQ and its work over so many years, and to acknowledge his outstanding contribution to the Queensland community more broadly.

“When he took on the role of CEO over 20 years ago, he could not have imagined the impressive transformation that BQ, and cycling in Queensland, has since enjoyed.

“We are excited that Anne will now have the opportunity to continue Ben’s legacy, working in close collaboration with the Management Committee, our dedicated staff, our loyal members, our passionate volunteers, and many thousands of cycling supporters across the state.

“Today marks the beginning of a new phase in Bicycle Queensland’s history, and a great opportunity for us to get Queensland cycling,” Mr Loveday said.

Anne joins Bicycle Queensland having most recently served as a Director on a major project for Health Support Queensland and the Department of Health.  Her knowledge, skills, and expertise have been developed over more than two decades of experience across diverse sectors and industries. In that time, she has earned recognition as a courageous advocate and talented thinker. She often gets asked why she rides a bike instead of driving a car. She does it to annoy her parents, who now approve!

 

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