Biographies - Judges
General Manager, Advocacy
National Heart Foundation of Australia
A journalist by trade, Rohan was appointed as the Heart Foundation’s first government relations director in 2006 and General Manager, Advocacy in 2015. He cut his public health teeth as director of public affairs with the Australian Medical Association (1992-2000). He has extensive experience in tobacco control, physical activity and active travel, nutrition and Indigenous health advocacy.
He was elected to the executive of the Asia-Pacific Heart Network in 2009, becoming president in 2015. He has been a member of Australia’s front-of pack food labelling project committee and currently serves on the Australian Government’s Healthy Food Partnership.
He has served as a member of the Moving Australia 2030 taskforce, a non-government advocacy group for active travel. He has worked as a media adviser to a senator, chief-of-staff to an ACT health minister, senior adviser to an ACT Chief Minister and an adviser to a federal cabinet minister. He spent three years as director of public affairs at the Australian Local Government Association, attending COAG meetings as part of the ALGA delegation. He has served on the board of the ACT Cancer Council, the ACT Health Promotion Foundation and Focus ACT, a charity providing supported accommodation for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
He participates in three sitting-down sports; rowing, cycling and watching cricket.
Cycling Public Transport Integration
WA Public Transport Authority
Jim Krynen lives and breathes cycling.
The six-time Australian champion is an icon of the Western Australian cycling industry and, more than any other person, has led the charge to maximise the impact and uptake of cycling throughout the state.
Commenced with Bikewest in 1987 and moved to the Public Transport Authority in 2004 as Manager of Cycling Integration.
Jim’s passion has become his career. Now Manager Cycling Integration for the Public Transport Authority (PTA), Jim cycles to work every day from his home in Perth’s eastern suburbs as part of an estimated 10,000 kilometres he cycles every year. He has a long-standing commitment and dedication to the cycling industry for more than 25 years.
Manager Active Transport Strategy, Transport for NSW
Dr Bridie O’Donnell
Bridie O'Donnell graduated as Valedictorian from the University of Queensland Medical School and won the J R S Lahz Prize for Most Outstanding Intern at the Mater Hospitals in Brisbane in 1999. After rotating through various Medical and Surgical departments as part of junior residency and working in rural QLD as sole practitioner to regional areas, she moved to Melbourne in 2001. Here she was employed as an Intensive Care Fellow at Cabrini Hospital and worked as regular surgical assistant to various surgeons at The Melbourne Orthopaedic Group for six years. During this time, she was rowing as a member of Melbourne University Boat Club and won 7 National Championships.
After hanging up the oars and selling her single scull, she completed the Ironman Hawaii World Triathlon Championships in 2006 and rode an Australian Record for the 180km bike leg at Ironman Busselton at the end of that year. In 2007, she began road cycling and in 2008 after winning the National Time Trial title, she took time out from Medicine to pursue selection for the Beijing Olympic Team in women’s road cycling.
Despite not being selected for the Olympics, she then began a career as a professional road cyclist. From 2008 to 2012 she raced in the Australian National Team, and then Professional Italian teams in Europe and the United States, representing Australia at three World Championships.
Dr O’Donnell returned to full time work in 2013, starting at Epworth HealthCheck and teaching doctor-patient communication at Deakin University Medical School. Her particular clinical interests lie in using her skills in motivational interviewing and behavior
change to improve the health and wellbeing of her patients. This includes exercise prescription, nutritional advice, mindfulness techniques and routine follow p to encourage sustained and positive behavior change. Dr O’Donnell also works at Epworth Breast Service, reviewing long term breast cancer patients and counseling them about exercise, weight control and preventing recurrence of breast cancer.
Bridie has built a reputation through her blog and social media sites as a humorous and insightful advocate for women in sport, those making changes of career and taking risks. She frequently appears on The Project as the ‘Medical Expert’ and does a weekly AFL injury report on SEN radio in Melbourne She rides her bike every day and manages and races for Rush Women’s Team, a National Road Series team in Australia. In 2016, she became the first Australian woman to make an attempt on the UCI World Hour record in 15 years, and broke the National record, the Masters record and set a new world record of 46.882km.
Director Cycling, Transport Strategy and Planning, QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads
Adam is the Director of Cycling for the Department of Transport and Main Roads in Queensland and has been leading the delivery of Queensland Government programs to get more people cycling since 2013.
The Queensland Government’s cycling vision is for ‘more cycling more often on safe, direct and connected routes.’
Working in partnership across government, with local governments, bicycle advocacy and user groups, and other organisations, Adam is leading the planning and delivery of Queensland Government investment in cycling infrastructure, as well as research, policy development and promotion activities across the state.