The Stay Upright Team
Warwick founded Stay Upright in 1981 after realising road riders would benefit even more from rider training than the Police he was training at the time, as the head of the Police Rider Training Unit. He was the first to introduce the concept that a rider’s safety depends on nobody else but them, and has proudly watched this concept grow into the company Stay Upright is today. He spends more time working on his growing collection of vintage motorcycles than training these days, but remains the driving force behind Stay Upright.
Annaliesse began working in the family business in 2016 after 15 years as a commercial lawyer. Growing up around motorcycles, and being passionate about road safety, Annaliesse enjoys watching the team succeed, and receiving glowing feedback about instructors from happy customers. When not in the office, or out at the track or training centres, Annaliesse is kept busy with her four young children and the wonderful chaos that ensues.
NSW & RTO Manager
Paul joined Stay Upright over 10 years ago, his primary focus teaching newcomers the skills required to ride motorcycles safely on the road. With a background in TAFE teaching and corporate training, he loves supporting our talented team of Stay Upright Instructors, who work so hard, every day, to help our customers enjoy their motorcycling. When not managing, or instructing, Paul enjoys competing in international-level biathlons, his most recent foray earning him a fifth in San Francisco (USA).
Wayne began working with Stay Upright in 1993, initially working on all their track-based courses, as the multiple Aussie champion was competing at the time, at a national level and overseas. Over time, Wayne learned how to actually ride slow, rather than just really, really fast on a racetrack, and he is driven by seeing riders improve their skills at all levels. When not training, Wayne loves spending time riding and racing bikes with his wife, Sharon and family.
Business Systems & Finance Manager
After a lengthy career as a Senior Executive Assistant with large companies, running the office, organising events, managing the Managing Director’s divisional budget and essentially running the joint, Kristy took the opportunity to step back into a family business, where it’s possible to make a real difference. Kristy joined the Stay Upright team in 2016, using her can-do attitude and frenetic work ethic, to tackle any challenge that is thrown her way – even riding a motorbike for the first time in front of her colleagues (she smashed it)!
Justin started working in the family business in 2009 and hasn’t looked back. He has a passion for training new riders, and loves arming riders with all the skills required to ride smart on the road. He has vast off road experience, having spent a few seasons in Cape York (FNQ) conducting Adventure Tours and currently races Supermoto at Club, State and National level. Justin also has two young boys and is keen to get them started on bikes, so they can share his passion and enjoyment of motorcycles, just as he did when he learned to ride at the age of five.
Qld State Manager
Tony has essentially been sitting on a motorbike since he was 11, starting life on a Deckson Rockhopper. After a move to the Gold Coast from Sydney, a career change was due and the apples fell into place and guided him in the direction of rider training. 18 years later and he is still doing it, joining Stay Upright in 2010. His favourite pastime is riding dirtbikes with his 12-year-old son, photography and travelling all over Oz, by bike of course.
ACT State Manager
Simon’s love of motorcycling kicked off while growing up in country Victoria, riding farm bikes, quads and enduro. After a seven year stint in the military, he discovered the motorcycle rider training scheme whilst living in Sydney and quickly jumped on board as an instructor. After 15 years of training all around Sydney, Simon made the move to Canberra to kick off Stay Upright’s ACT effort in 2004, and hasn’t looked back since. When not at work, he enjoys trail riding, racing dirt track or just going for a good ride.
Business Development Manager
Sam’s life changed at an early ‘90s Stay Upright riding course at Amaroo Park, which converted his motorcycle aspirations from merely commuting, to wanting to make motorcycles dance like they did that day. He became a riding instructor with SU shortly afterwards, before heading off for a career as a motorcycle journalist and video producer, returning to Stay Upright 16 years later – and loving it. When not riding two wheels, he spends his time trying to avoid buying motorcycles for his three kids.
Victorian State Manager
Chris was an instructor with Stay Upright for just over two years, before accepting the role as Victorian State Manager in the second half of 2017, and has been over-achieving ever since. He honed his management skills on his five children and convincing his partner that he needs the four bikes in his shed. A die-hard Stay Upright fan for years, Chris is loving his dream job, and looks forward to taking his State as far as he can.