Bicycle Network have announced that well-known cyclist Alison McCormack will become CEO of the organisation in August.
In releasing a statement Bicycle Network said:
‘Alison is eminently qualified for the role. Her professional background is combined with real-world riding experience, and she has a deep respect for the culture of the organisation.
In her professional capacity, Alison is a qualified accountant with significant executive experience. She has held numerous senior leadership roles at the State Government’s flagship film and events centre, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), where she oversaw retail operations, festivals, event management, hospitality services. For many years she was also the chief financial officer.
Alison is a passionate, highly committed rider who understands first-hand the health, wellbeing, social, and environmental benefits of cycling. She rides to work every day, and spends the early mornings riding with her husband and friends. She is a regular participant in Bicycle Network’s flagship events such as Peaks Challenge and Around the Bay.
Above all, Alison has long inspired hundreds of people to ride bikes. She has been involved in numerous Women’s ambassador programs targeted to get women riding. She is also a member of Team Bicycle Network, which is committed to helping people achieve their riding goals. She has volunteered as a ride leader and ambassador for more than a decade at Peaks Challenge, and in May 2022, she was made a life member for her services to Bicycle Network.
“I am delighted and honoured by the appointment and can’t wait to combine my personal mission for getting more people on bikes with my professional background. I want to move from getting hundreds of people onto bikes as a volunteer, to hundreds of thousands as CEO of this exceptional organisation.” said McCormack.
Bicycle Network President James Garriock said: “Alison has a unique combination of skills and experiences. This role brings together her weekday role as an executive in a public-facing organisation with her out-of-hours passion for riding a bike. Culture was one of the board’s non-negotiable parameters in the CEO search and we are sure that as a long-term volunteer and life member, Alison will build on our strong cultural foundation.”
“I’m thrilled the board has put their faith in me. I cannot wait to join Bicycle Network to build a strong network, advocate, and influence change for riders and make it easier to get more people riding regularly,” said McCormack.