Who are our board of directors?
Director President – Michael Williamson
Did you know I play guitar in a rock band and have played in some great venues around Sydney, including The Metro, The Factory and the Annandale hotel (when its had bands). I also like to surf regularly and own a 1975 VW Kombi which I like to take up the coast on surfing tripsI also have a large passion for skiing and Kunapipi; I have been a member for 14 years, on the board for 13 years now and the club president for 3. I love Kunapipi’s great family atmosphere, being in the quiet part of Perisher and relaxing in front of the fire after a long day skiing. For the future of Kunapipi I aim to keep the costs down so more families can enjoy the lodge and maintain the amenities practical, functional and comfortable.
Director Secretary – Kristine Graham
I have been a Kunapipi member since 1999 and the lodge secretary for many years.
I love to sit in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine after a lovely day of skiing chatting to other members and guests. Did you know i also look after the snow sports for Kunapipi and am actively involved in the Interschools competitions?
In the near future, I hope to see our lodge be used more by our families and friends year-round, with ongoing improvements to the lodge and resort facilities. I am very proud of both my children who also love the snow and are now full members of the Kunapipi community.
Other then skiing, I’m very passionate about travelling. I spent 6 years backpacking the world….but there’s always more to see.
Director Hut Manager – Phillip Thomas
Heading to Kunapipi as a child, was an exciting event on the calendar. The families, the friends, the laughter, the snow, the escape. The excitement continued with my girls, who also share the same passion and enthusiasm for Kunapipi. When not in the mountains, I’m surfing and swimming (to keep surf fit) as often as possible. There’s something exhilarating and simultaneously peaceful about being immersed deep within nature. With a background in commercial and residential development and management, my aim is to ensure the lodge remains functional and operational; meeting the needs of the people-centred cooperative, that Kunapipi is founded on.
Director Treasurer – Graham Ian Shaw
I originally started at uni to study engineering but then changed to accounting. I have been the treasurer on the board twice now, this time 3 years and last time 6 years and I have been a member of Kunapipi for 15 years. My favourite thing about the lodge is the comfort, ease of access and its solitude… especially in the summer. My favourite part of perisher used to be skiing, but now I love bushwalking and road cycling. I have a vision for the future of Kunapipi to be a full lodge most of the year with happy members and national parks people.
Director Bookings Manager – Elizabeth Cambourn
Back when I was in school I bought my grandfathers membership and have been a member ever since. I have been the booking manager for the past 4 years and on the board since 2013.
I have a large passion for skiing and the toasty fires at Kunapipi, my favourite thing about the lodge is sitting by the fire and enjoying the company of my family and other members of Kunapipi. I aim to keep the lodge family friendly as I have always enjoyed.
An interesting fact about myself is that i spent a year in Canada in 2000 on Rotary exchange!
Director – Mark Cambourn
I am a founding member of Kunapipi Ski Club and have been a skier for 60 years and a member and past president of Perisher volunteer Ski Patrol for 50 years. I served on the board of Kunapipi for several years in the 1970’s.
I designed both the Ski Patrol Operations Centre and Lodge buildings and administered the construction contracts through to completion on both projects. I designed building extensions for Kunapipi including several variations and revisions.
I believe that my experience of building in the snow country will serve well in assisting the completion of the Kunapipi extensions and upgrade. My aim is to keep, run and develop Kunapipi as a family club lodge for the benefit of members and friends.
Director – Amy Graham
Although I only officially became a member 2 years ago (on my 18th birthday; I just couldn’t wait) some of my earliest memories are as a young child spending my holidays at Kunapipi; an interesting fact about me was that I was bathed in the lodge kitchen sink at just 4 months old! I have thoroughly enjoyed my 20 years of visiting Kunapipi and look forward to many more years especially while on the board assisting with the growth and development of the lodge. I have been on the board for 12 months now as the media and communications director. I aim to assist Kunapipi and the team in growing a greater bond and connection between members and the lodge. Through social media, online communications and many more plans I hope to keep the ‘family feel’ and continue the camaraderie.
My favourite thing about perisher is the hot spring days over in Guthega (with lunch at the Guthega pub of course) and enjoying the fireplace and time with other members when you come home to share stories about your day on the mountain.
Director – Mike Thomas
Did you know i have been a voluntary surf lifesaver at Avalon Beach for 23 years? I have also taught Nippers, Bronze Medallion and CPR. But my passion is skiing.
My first overnight at Kunapipi was in 1966 with my father, Harold Thomas. Many years later i took over his membership around 1980. I have been an active member of Kunapipi for 39 years only missing one season (the year of my HSC). I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie the fire brings after a great day skiing Mt P, Sidewinder in fresh snow!
For 12 months now; I play a supportive role to the Hut Manager including maintenance and building works. Kunapipi has always been a family lodge. The Thomas family have had 3 generations of skiers come through the lodge, enjoying its hospitality and safe haven on cold wintery nights. I would like to provide the opportunity for future generations to experience this special place in the mountains.