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 CEO, Simon Rountree
Simon is a purpose-led executive with over 25 years' experience in the Not for Profit sector, including The Starlight Foundation, MS Society and for 16 years as CEO of Camp Quality, where he led the growth of a small organisation to one generating $25 million a year. In that time, Camp Quality also became Australia's most trusted children's charity, providing support and information to 250,000 children and their families each year. Simon has a proven record of growing organisation functionally and culturally, dealing with senior members of large corporate organisations and government and brings with him a wealth of experience that covers all areas of Tour de Cure's operations.
Contact Simon: 0410 422 089 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Annabelle works part-time Monday to Thursday)
Meet our Tour Director, 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: email@example.com
Meet our Event 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our Event Tour Manager, Emily Nelson
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: 0433 475 929 or email: email@example.com
Meet our Fundraising and Team Manager, Dee Montague-Jones
With years of fundraising experience and several TdC Tours under her belt, Dee 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. When Dee's not with us, she's passionate about her four children.
Contact Dee: 0403 864 947 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Dee works part-time: Tuesday and Thursday)
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 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 - Thursday)
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 email@example.com
Meet our Operations Manager, Robert Simons
With a background in IT and Network Engineering, Robert first joined Tour de Cure as part of the Support Crew on Signature Tour 2015 and has been a feature of Signature Tours ever since, joining TDC HQ full time as our Operations Manager in 2018. When he's not solving problems in the office, Robert's probably seeing shows at a comedy festival or off travelling the world somewhere.
Contact Robert: 0411 160 164 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet out Strategy and Gala Event Manager, Teri Power
Contact Teri: 0477 718 842 or email: email@example.com
Meet our Event Tour manager, Lyndsay Shaw
Contact Lyndsay: (02) 8073 4000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our Fundraising and Team Manager, Claire Robertson
Contact Claire: 0430 131 551 or email: email@example.com
Meet our Corporate Relationship Manager, Mel Tully
Contact Mel: 0448 113 164 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our Partnerships Coordinator, Stevie Linton
Contact Stevie: 0420 904 454 or email: email@example.com
Meet our Accounts Assistant, Juliet Nievergelt
Contact Juliet: 0437 965 951 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our Research Storyteller, Laura Preston
Contact Laura: 0403 955 562 or email: email@example.com
Meet our Team Administrator, Emily Collins
Contact Emily: (02) 8073 4000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our Marketing Campaign Manager, Megan Gabriel
Contact Megan: 0411 641 353 or email: email@example.com