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X-Ryder News

Updated: May 2, 2022


16th December, 2021, held at Blacktown Workers Club.

Dear friends

This was the first face-to face MNSW meeting for months.

The meeting opened at 7.03pm with the three members of the interim board on the official table; Acting President Kate Peck, and Life Members Keith Davies and Bob McGlinchy. Keith was Chairman.

The first item on the agenda was the declaration of the results for the election of five new directors to replace the interim board. Keith stated there were 46 nominations and after several withdrawals 43 remained.

The MA Nominations Committee assessed all the resumes' and came up with five recommendations. Ballot papers were sent to 98 clubs and 9 Life Members, giving a maximum of 107 ballots for 5 candidates. A total of 61 ballots were returned before the cut off date, and 3 were received too late for consideration. The election was conducted by MNSW's Accountants, GPL Partners. The following figures were provided by MNSW.

The successful candidates were:

Dave Cooke; 41 votes,

Annaliesse Cawood: 35 votes,

Darren Gossling: 23 votes.

Chelsea Cheney: 23 votes,

Madeleine Bowditch: 19 votes.

Here are a few notes taken from the candidate's resumes', to give readers an idea of our new directors' backgrounds and ambitions.

Dave Cooke was CEO of MNSW before his position was made redundant in April, 2020, after three years service. He has degrees in Business administration from UWS and Cambridge Universities and had an extensive career with several large national and multi-national companies before joining MNSW in 2017. His aim is to get MNSW back on track to recover from the Covid 19 crisis and ensuing period of confusion and hasty decisions. He has the knowledge and experience to bring MNSW back as the pre-eminent LCB of MA. He has extensive contacts with other states LCB's and MA. He will be the only member of the new board with any experience in the management of the organisation.

Annaliesse Cawood is Managing Director and co-owner of Stay Upright, the largest rider training organisation in Australia. She is an accredited lawyer, and has worked for several major national and international companies. She has many links to the motorcycle industry and government departments through her business. She has been a motorcycle rider since age of 4. Her vision for MNSW is to expand its appeal to a broader range of riders and attract more riders to competition.

Chelsea Cheney has an MBA (UniNSW) and has worked as Head of Customer Relations for a Professional Members Association for 12 years. She has experience in development change strategy and market development. Chelsea is deeply involved in motorcycle sport management, is a level 4 Race Secretary, Level 3 Steward and COC and also holds club positions. She has 4 sons competing in MX. With her close contacts within the sport Chelsea believes that she can play an integral part in shaping the future direction of MNSW.

Darren Gossling is a member of Sutherland PCYC Mini Bike Club and Oyster Bay MCC. Darren has qualifications in engineering and an MBA in Strategy and Marketing. Darren runs his own IT consulting business. He has been a director of 5 not-for-profit organisations, including a bank and a credit union over the last 20 years, and has also been involved with local community sports organisations for many years.

Madeleine Bowditch has degrees in International Relations and an MBA (UniSyd). She has worked for Australian Financial Services companies and Federal Government departments, where she has had roles in strategy, operations and risk control. Her present position is managing strategic planning projects and liaising with auditors. Madeleine has been riding motorcycles since she was three, and competed as a member of Upper Hunter MCC, and still rides her Harley 500 around Sydney. As director of MNSW she would like to encourage more female participation in our sport.