Get to know us
We're a small, friendly and extremely passionate team of people working together to help cure cancer.
We organise tours and events across Australia to raise the funds for the groundbreaking cancer projects that will have the biggest impact on this devastating disease.
Meet our Managing Director, Matt Clarke
After a successful career as a television producer and leading his own media company, Matt's love of cycling led him to TDC in 2016. He's passionate about a lot of things, but in particular Matt has a passion for growing TDC and the people that work here. He's pretty much always on the go and his motivation for excellence is an inspiration to the team. Not a huge fan of shoes, Matt can be often seen padding around the office in his cycling socks. Away from work, Matt's idea of rest and relaxation is hiking the Overland Track with his wife Mel or powder skiing in Japan with his son Dan. Oh and he also keeps bees!
Contact Matt: 0419 773 477 or email: email@example.com
Meet our Co-Founder and Director of Development, Geoff Coombes
It takes a certain kind of person to set up a charity. Visionary, creative and full of never-ending ideas, Geoff is a big advocate for living out your dreams. His passion for cycling was the catalyst for our very first Signature Tour in 2007, and he continues to inspire and empower positive change every day. As our Director of Development, Geoff works with our corporate partners to engage their brand, staff and customers in our mission to cure cancer. A very proud dad to India, Jack and Lily, Geoff is the driving force behind our Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy program, which raises awareness about cancer prevention to school kids across Australia. Geoff's a pretty busy guy, but he's always up at 4.30am to ride his bike and he's generous in helping others train for tour. A boarding school education has left Geoff with a cast iron stomach. Seriously, he can eat anything!
Contact Geoff: 0402 079 215 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our Finance Manager, Annabelle Van Klaveren
CPA qualified with a Bachelor of Business degree, Annabelle was the perfect addition to balance out our team (pardon the pun) when she joined TDC in April 2017. She brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role and is passionate about strategy, systems, and big-picture thinking. When Annabelle isn’t crunching numbers, she can be found bushwalking in the Blue Mountains, eating Italian food or tucking into a good murder mystery novel. Hatha yoga helps Annabelle fight stress, stay healthy and find serenity. Above all, Annabelle loves spending time with her family and her two beautiful daughters.
Contact Annabelle: 0451 515 109 or email: email@example.com
(Annabelle works part-time Monday to Thursday)
Meet our Tour Manager, Victor de Sousa
Victor joined our team in 2013 to lead our tours and events program. He has years of experience in tourism, marketing and hospitality and is a long-standing and popular member of our TDC family. Of course it helps that he's a multi-tasking dynamo with a genuine love of people. He's also a DJ in his spare time, so he's an absolute natural with the microphone. If anyone can inspire you to get up that hill after a tough day on the bike – and make you laugh while doing it – Victor can! Did we mention that Victor also used to be a professional ski instructor? Hardly surprising then that one of his favourite things to do away from work and cycling, is to hit the ski slopes with his wife and children.
Contact Victor: 0434 538 140 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our Corporate Tour Manager, Jenny Mattiske
Highly organised with an incredible make-it-happen attitude, we were delighted when the lovely Jenny joined our team in 2014. Like Victor, she puts in huge hours to make our corporate tours and events successful. Nothing is ever too much trouble. The very definition of a ‘people person’, it’s hardly surprising that everyone wants to be Jenny's friend on tour. She's also a trained P.E teacher, so she's naturally pretty fit. On the rare occasion she takes a lunch break, you'll find her at Virgin Active. So far she has resisted the pressure to put on the lycra and ride a bike, but if she does, she'll easily be the most popular person in the peloton. Random fact: Jenny knows how to catch the biggest mud crabs and she can cook them to perfection too!
Contact Jenny: 0458 135 161 or email: email@example.com
Meet our Digital Marketing & Media Manager, Sally Heginbotham
When Sally joined Tour de Cure as a volunteer in 2014, we knew we couldn’t let her go. She has an incredible knack for getting stuff done, but she’s so friendly and approachable that everyone feels better when Sal’s around. With a background in communications and lots of digital know-how, she’s a legend at pulling together video content or getting to grips with new technology. On tour she's one of our unsung heroes. Whether it's liaising with journalists, figuring out the tour tracker or trouble-shooting technical glitches, Sal's on to it. She's also lots of fun as those who've witnessed the famous 'Heginbotham Shuffle' will tell you. Away from work, Sal can be found chasing after her two kids – Ella and Luca – and her dog Donut. Oh and trying to stop her hubby Aidan from hurting himself!
Contact Sally: 0410 634 462 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Sally works part-time: Monday, Tuesday, half-day Wednesday, Thursday, half-day Friday)
Meet our Team Manager and Fundraising Coach, Karen Hadjinicola
With years of fundraising experience and five TDC Tours under her belt, Karen has a real talent for inspiring people to achieve their fundraising targets. She has a massive heart and a very special gift for drawing out people’s life stories. When she's not talking to supporters on the phone, she's crafting comms to generate a buzz around our next tour. She also has the huge task of setting up all our supporters on our website. When Karen's not with us, she's passionate about paddling, her two boys and her puppy Lachie.
Contact Karen: 0468 323 262 or email: email@example.com
(Karen works part-time: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)
Meet our Corporate Partnership Director, Ryan Lonsdale
A brand and communications professional, Ryan joined the TDC team after founding the Bicycle Network team in New South Wales, where he played a pivotal role in driving advocacy, events and behavioural change programs such as Ride2Work and Ride2School. Currently halfway through an MBA with post graduate studies in Business and Sports Marketing, Ryan brings incredible theoretical and practical knowledge of business to TDC. He's a HUGE asset to the corporate partnership team. And he practises what he preaches, riding his bike to work most days – even though it’s a tough climb after breakfast and school drop off! When he’s not at work, Ryan can be found bike riding at the park with his young family. Oh and cultivating his worm farm!
Contact Ryan: 0403 235 683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our Corporate Relationship Manager, David Collins
An avid cyclist, David has a long history with the TDC family so we were thrilled when he decided to make the leap and join the team full-time in 2016. With an extensive background in sales and marketing – both here and overseas – and a next level ability to build relationships, David’s the perfect person to support our corporate partners. He brings so much to his role and to TDC. An all-round nice guy, there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for anyone. He's always happy to roll up his sleeves and pitch in AND he’s got a great sense of humour. Most importantly, he makes everyone a freshly-ground, perfect cup of coffee each morning. He's a keeper!
Contact David: 0401 592 980 or email: email@example.com
Meet our Event and Team Support, Emily Nelson
Emily is the latest addition to the TDC team. Born and bred on Sydney's northern beaches, Emily is studying for a B.A. in Marketing in her spare time. She's an oasis of calm, quietly fielding phone calls, answering emails, coordinating volunteers and generally keeping everyone and everything running along smoothly. She's passionate about giving back and recently returned from Nepal where she worked with people and communities devastated by the earthquake there. She loves travelling, running, boxing, yoga and is dedicated to her family and friends. We're thrilled to have Emily on board.
Contact Emily: (02) 8073 4000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"We care about each other and we care that every cent we raise makes a difference."
Matt Clarke, Managing Director Tour de Cure