Our Board

Tour de Cure would not be possible without a dedicated group of board members and our Working group who give their time to ensure each tour goes ahead without a hitch and the maximum possible funds generated get directed exactly where they are needed; cancer research, treatment, education and awareness.

Tour de Cure is a company limited by guarantee and is a health promotion charity. It is an income tax exempt charity, with deductible gift recipient status.

The Board is committed to the highest level of ethics in the management and governance of the Tour de Cure, ensuring full transparency and accountability at all times.

 

Bruno Maurel - Chairman


Bruno Maurel was appointed Chairman of the Board in March 2007.

He has extensive experience in Retailing, Marketing and Organisation Culture Development, is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and sits on three other Company Boards.

Bruno is the Executive Chairman of Creative Activation which operates in Australia & New Zealand and employs over 5,000 employees.

One of his many passions is mentoring people to deliver to their full potential in career and life, and giving back to the community through his involvement his parish activities.

However his greatest strength is his commitment to his wife Amanda and their three children Luke, Caitlin & Brittany.

Bruno believes every day of your life is a gift.

Dominique Robinson - Board Member 

 

Currently Solicitor and Managing Partner/ Director of Sydney law firm Robinson Legal 1992 to present, specialising in Commercial and Property Law.

Commercial property lawyer at Freehill Hollingdale and Page 1987 to 1992. Started her career as prosecutor with the NSW State Crown Solicitor's Office 1980 to 1987.

Dominique has continued to build her business and reputation whilst representing some high profile companies and individuals, including Mercedes Benz and the Trivett Classic Group, governmental instrumentalities such as Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Trust, some of the country's major personalities such as Paul Hogan and John Cornell and some of the biggest retail companies including Australian Geographic, Osh Kosh, David Lawrence, Early Learning Centre, Marcs and Morrissey.

With their three children Edward, William & Cassandra, Dominique and her husband Andrew have always tried to give something back to the community and have especially supported organisations and charities close to their hearts, including Kids for Life and Tour de Cure. Dominique has travelled widely and enjoys promoting Australia as the most beautiful and most 'equal opportunity' country in the world . Having come to Australia as a foreign (French) speaking migrant at the age of 12 , and having to learn a new culture and language, she believes it is possible to succeed in Australia in the face of different types of adversity so long as people have a vision and work hard towards it.

Dominique has recently lost best friends and colleagues to cancer, so she specifically admires the vision of the Tour De Cure and the unselfish giving nature of the wonderful team who not only give up their time and their own funds to ride for a cancer cure but spend countless hours doing fund raising as well. She particularly encourages corporate sponsors to come forward and give a very small part of their profits to such a wonderful cause, as everyone has been touched in some way by cancer. She is grateful for the opportunity to assist Tour de Cure in a practical way as a board member and is happy to volunteer her firm's services as honorary legal adviser to the cause.

 

Geoff Coombes - Board Member

Geoff is a sales and marketing professional who is passionate about making brands stand out in this cluttered world we live in. Geoff has worked with some of the worlds leading brands in Sponsorship, Field Sales & Marketing, Category Management, POS design and development, Experiential & Promotional marketing and premiums design and development.

In 1996 Geoff cycled across America with nothing but some camping gear, a mate and a map. It was this ride that started the idea for Tour de Cure.

Geoff has been the Director of Development for Tour de Cure since it launched and thrives on working closely with our partners to engage their brand, staff and customers behind the vision to cure cancer.

Geoff has 3 beautiful kids (India, Jack and Lily) and it's their future which keeps Geoff focused and committed to seeing an end to this disease.  

Samantha Hollier-James - Board Member

 

Samantha is a proud wife and mother of two little girls. She is also one of Tour de Cure’s co-founders and brings extensive marketing, management and event experience to the team. 

Samantha has worked within the marketing and events industry for the past 17 years, across Australasia and key European markets in both agency and brand roles. She has worked with and for numerous multi national brands including Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Nestle, Foxtel, Diageo, Pepsi, NRMA, Toyota, Murdoch Magazines and ObjectStar before establishing her own events company. 

Samantha is known for her thoughtfulness and passion for family, friends and curing cancer. She is driven to add value, learn and grow both personal and business achievements of each team she is involved with. 

Julie Briscoe - Board Member

Julie Briscoe

 

Julie Briscoe started her legal career in 1986, and has been a partner of Robinson Legal since 2001.

Julie likes to balance her commercial and property legal work with a passion for cooking. A long-time supporter of charities with an overseas focus such as World Vision and Medecins sans Frontieres, Julie looked for something closer to home that she could have a more direct association with. She has acted as an honorary solicitor for Tour de Cure since 2008 and joined the Board in 2010.

Julie is very proud to be part of such a dynamic group of board members who, along with the Tour de Cure riding teams and other supporters, have an unwavering dedication to raising awareness and funds to be applied to finding a cure for cancer.

Mark Beretta - Board Member

Mark Baretta

 

Mark Beretta is the sports presenter on Australia’s number one breakfast show, Sunrise. He has worked in the media for over 20 years, in radio and television across News, Sport and Entertainment. Mark also has a degree in Engineering, and worked with BHP and Honeywell, prior to entering the media.

The 45 year old is a veteran of seven Olympic Games telecasts, the host of Australia's Greatest Athlete, a commentator for Seven's V8 Supercar coverage, and proved a favorite on Dancing With The Stars series 7. He is also one of Australia's most in-demand Master Of Ceremonies, and guest speakers. Mark is a 10-times Australian Water Ski champion, a silver medalist at the Singapore International Masters, and held a U.S. record.

He completed his first Tour de Cure ride in 2010 from Sydney to Sunshine Coast, bringing along the Sunrise team and broadcasting live each morning from on the road. He returned to complete the Sydney to Melbourne Tour de Cure ride in 2011. Mark lives in Sydney with his wife, Rachel, children Ava and Dan, and their dog Harry.

He is an Ambassador for :

  • ChildFund Australia
  • Fight Cancer Foundation
  • Australian Paramedic Support Foundation
  • Young Love Foundation 

David Mann - Board Member

David returned to Australia in 2013 after almost two decades overseas and is currently the Managing Director for Accenture Strategy, Australia & New Zealand. He specialises in corporate and technology strategy development, M&A and in operating model driven transformation.  David regularly advises executives and boards of many of the Global 500 companies in addition to senior government and advisory bodies. David is also  a regular speaker on business topics and has published numerous pieces of thought leadership. In addition to advising clients, David has held a series of internal senior management roles with Accenture across the globe. 

Prior to his consulting career, David was a practicing lawyer in Sydney focused on commercial law including M&A and intellectual property.

David is a passionate cyclist and has been on a bike for over 30 years – with family, as a commuter and as a regular participant in organised rides and triathlons.  He has ridden in events in Europe, the US, Africa and Australia including stages of the 2013 Signature Tour and the NSW Country Tour before completing his first full tour in riding from Sydney to Hobart in 2014.

He lives in Sydney (but is just as likely to be found across Australia) with his wife, Roxanne and children, Lars, Ineke and Freya. 

He holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Finance (UTS) and an MBA (INSEAD).