? Tour de Cure – Meet Our Staff

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: simon@tourdecure.com.au

Meet our Co-Founder and Director of Development, Geoff Coombes, OAM

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: geoff@tourdecure.com.au

Meet our Chief Financial Officer, Angela Kelly

Angela is our new Chief Financial Officer, supporting the finance and IT teams. With 15 years experience, Angela is CPA/CIMA qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting.
Having experience in both the public and private sector, Angela's most recent role was as a Director of NSW Treasury, primarily responsible for financial reporting and budget aggregates.
Originally from South Africa, with an Australian husband, Angela has called Sydney home for the past 14 years.
Besides her family and 3 kids, some of her main passions include travelling and the outdoors - camping, beach/bush walking, bike riding, snorkelling - anything outdoors really.

Contact Angela: angela@tourdecure.com.au

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: victor@tourdecure.com.au

Meet our Gala Partnerships and Marketing Manager, Cassandra Prothero

Cass joined Tour de Cure as a volunteer in 2013, supporting the Gala committee to pull together Tour de Cure’s first Snow Ball and she’s never left. Her background in events and marketing for other non-profit charities and her career in the FMCG industry helped make the events a huge success. Whilst she took maternity leave from her corporate sales and marketing role in 2017, she was pulled into managing the first ever Spring Lunch with a three month baby in tow. It was this event that changed her career direction and encouraged her to work in a more formal capacity at Tour de Cure to make a real difference instead of returning to the corporate world. Now, she oversees the Gala team and manages three different committees delivering millions of dollars every year for cancer research, treatment and prevention.

Contact Cass: 0418 420 690 or cass@tourdecure.com.au

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 ryan@tourdecure.com.au

Meet our State Manager, Victoria, Linda Braine

Linda joined the TdC family as a support crew volunteer back in 2017. Since then, she has participated in over 10 tours all around Australia while raising vital funds for cancer research and prevention programs. Always happy to lend a hand, Linda also joined the TdC Victorian committee when it formed in July 2020.
Her dedication and passion for the cause and desire to do more in the not-for-profit cancer space has led to her appointment as the inaugural Victorian State Manager, supporting the growth of a successful TdC presence in Victoria.
When not working, Linda can be found cheering on her two children Emma 16 and Luke 14 in their various sporting pursuits, taking Arlo for a walk, catching up with friends or reading a good book.

Contact Linda: 0400 303 661 or linda@tourdecure.com.au

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: annabelle@tourdecure.com.au

(Annabelle works part-time Monday to Thursday)

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: robert@tourdecure.com.au

Meet our Marketing Manager, Laura Preston

Tour de Cure is Laura’s first non for profit role, having worked in Advertising and Branding Agencies before. She loves the variety at Tour de Cure, from motivating riders to fundraise, to meeting Cancer Researchers and pulling together new campaigns that bring together more people into Tour de Cure’s mission of Curing cancer, changing lives. Laura lives on the Northern Beaches with her three children where she enjoys bushwalking and watching her girls play cricket! She is also fluent in Spanish and loves watching International movies.

Contact Laura: 0403 955 562 or email: laura@tourdecure.com.au

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: sally@tourdecure.com.au

(Sally works part-time: Monday - Thursday)

Meet our Corporate Partnerships Manager, Simone Abrahams

Simone’s passion to make a difference in the purpose-led, not-for-profit space is what drew her to TdC in her role as Partnerships Coordinator. She is an advocate of creating community and connection via programs that improve the mental and physical health of people in truly supportive environments.
When she’s not plotting a running or swimming getaway, she can be found pounding the pavement, exploring beautiful trails or enjoying ocean swimming on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Contact Simone: simone@tourdecure.com.au

Meet our Fundraising and Team Manager, Claire Robertson

Claire is a passionate not-for-profit fundraising specialist, empowering the community to exceed fundraising targets. Claire focuses on participant centricity to deliver superior experience, satisfaction and engagement. With a background in digital marketing and communications, Claire is accomplished in being responsible for planning and delivering strategic national, local and online campaigns including brand awareness, direct marketing, operations, communications and eCommerce.

Claire is energetic and passionate about where I work and throw heart and soul into day-to-day getting the job done to the best of her ability. Whether it's strategic planning or rolling up my sleeves and helping team mates, Claire loves to love her job.

Contact Claire: 0430 131 551 or email: claire@tourdecure.com.au

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: emily@tourdecure.com.au 

Meet our Volunteer Manager, Dee Montague-Jones

With years of volunteering and several TdC Tours under her belt,  Dee has a real talent for inspiring people to volunteer their time and expertise. She has a massive heart and a very special gift for drawing out people’s life stories. When she's not looking after volunteers, she's passionate about her four children.

Contact Dee: 0403 864 947 or email: dee@tourdecure.com.au

 (Dee works part-time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)

Meet out Strategy and Gala Event Manager, Teri Power

An ambitious and a deeply passionate person with a flair for people and a proven track record of identifying opportunities and achieving KPI's, budgets and targets. Teri enjoys strategic sales and marketing planning, product management, collaborative relationship management with key stakeholders and ultimately driving sales by offering truly unique event solutions.
Enthusiastic to innovative ideas, and thrive working with others to achieve clear, common goals and objectives in an industry I am passionate about.

Contact Teri: 0477 718 842 or email: teri@tourdecure.com.au

Meet our Accountant, Jane Bennett

Jane has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Accounting. She is also a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) who has been working in public practice for the past 20 years assisting hundreds of individuals and small businesses with their accounting and tax compliance needs. Jane joined Tour de Cure to not only make a change professionally but to contribute to Tour de Cure’s mission of changing lives.
Living locally on the Northern Beaches with a husband and 2 teenage kids, Jane's favourite ways to spend her spare time are walking her labradoodle Ziggy (preferably somewhere scenic on the beaches), Pilates and catching up with friends and family.

Meet our Grants Coordinator, Joscelyn Kevan

"Jos" will be looking after our Grants process. She joined Tour de Cure looking for a part time role that was challenging; something that varied day to day in a company that appreciated its employees.

Jos lives in Lane Cove with her Husband and Daughter, 2 cats and enjoys reading, walking, gardening, and loves a good G&T.

Contact Jos: 0412 414 949 or  jos@tourdecure.com.au

Meet our Event Tour manager, Lyndsay Shaw

Lyndsay is a passionate facilitator and coach who thrives on empowering individuals and teams with the tools needed to positively navigate the world of work. She combines extensive experience in corporate and professional services together with her understanding of the latest research in neuroscience, emotional intelligence and personality profiling to develop self-awareness and a sense of purpose for the people that I work with. Lyndsay's naturally warm and authentic energy when facilitating and coaching creates a safe and positive learning environment for everyone

Contact Lyndsay: (02) 8073 4000 or email: lyndsay@tourdecure.com.au

Meet our Events Manager, Vicky Fong

Vicky joined TDC in 2021 and brings with her a BA in Comms and MB in Event Management.

Vicky’s first events job involved wearing a lab coat and doing presentations as a mad scientist. 8 years and hundreds of events later, she’s worked on everything ranging from festival stalls to gala balls. Driven by purpose-led work, her favourite part of events is meeting participants and ensuring everyone is having a good time.

Based in the Inner West, outside of work Vicky can be found having a boogie at a live gig, snorkeling at her nearest body of water, or keeping up with the latest in pop culture.

Contact Vicky: vicky@tourdecure.com.au

Meet our Corporate Partnerships Coordinator, Alexi Brown

With a background in hospitality, events and catering, Alexi’s passion for people and the community is what attracted her to join the Tour de Cure family. With a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Advertising & Marketing Communications and International Business, under her belt, Alexi is focused on building her career, challenging herself and developing strong relationships with corporate partners in her role as Partnerships Coordinator. Whilst studying, her love for travel emerged, ticking off two Wonders of the World, Machu Pichu and Christ the Redeemer. During her spare time, Alexi enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants and bars, soaking up the sunshine at the beach, staying active with Pilates and playing social netball, and walking her cocker spaniel Marli.

Contact Alexi: alexi@tourdecure.com.au

Meet our Events Coordinator and Admin Support, Carla Caccaviello

Carla is very excited to further her events career in her new position as Events Coordinator and Administration Support. Carla has a background in hospitality and events, and is looking forward to moving away from corporate events and experiencing them in a new light while meeting and working with likeminded people fighting for our goal. Carla is very glad to be a part of a team that is passion driven and dedicated to making a difference in cancer research and in the lives of those affected.  

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