BikeNZ was created in July 2003 to act as a national sporting organisation embracing all national bike and cycling organisations including, but not limited to, current member organisations: BMX NZ,BikeNZ Road & Track, Mountain Bike NZ and BikeNZ Schools.
As a national not-for-profit organisation, BikeNZ provides the strategic framework from which the targets outlined within the Strategic Plan will be achieved. Joint strategic thinking and alliances set the platform for real growth across the various facets of cycling, through focusing and synergising our energies towards common strategic goals.
BikeNZ recognises the need to provide long-term direction to the sport and advocacy arms embraced by our organisational structure.
Sport and physical recreation trends in New Zealand are changing and these changes will have a major influence on the strategic alliances BikeNZ seeks to establish going forward i.e. Ministries of Health, Education, Environment and Transport. In an age of increasing car use and trends away from physical activity, strategic alliances are now required across the various central government agencies.
BikeNZ is strategically positioned to bring about significant economic, environmental, educational, health and social benefits for New Zealanders.
The BikeNZ Board consists of up to 8 members: Representatives of BikeNZs Member organisations and additional independent members.
The Board is charged with governing BikeNZ operations and providing strategic leadership to the organisation. The management tier beneath the Board (staff and national volunteers) is charged with producing a Strategic Plan based on the strategic priorities set by the Board, and subsequently delivering this Strategic Plan through annual Business Plans.
Simon Perry, Chairman
Simon Perry is well known in the business, sport and philanthropy as Chairman of Perry Group of companies that he ran as CEO for 15 years, and currently chairs the Brian Perry Charitable Trust, Swim Waikato and St Peters Swimming Academy. He has links to cycling as chairman of the Te Awa Charitable Trust, which is building the Te Awa Cycle Trail, and chairman of the Home of Cycling Trust that built and operates the new velodrome complex that houses BikeNZ, Triathlon NZ and other sporting entities.
David Bennett is a lawyer in private practice as a Consultant with Wellington-based firm Maude & Miller, and was a Partner with a national firm prior to that, for 15 years. David enjoys recreational cycling as well as a range of other outdoor sports, including tramping and skiing, and is a strong supporter of college-level cycling and rowing. David presently sits on the Board of Governors of Scots College in Wellington, is a member of the Board of Trustees of Independent Schools of New Zealand, an Executive Committee member of the Star Boating Club in Wellington and is also a member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand.
Brian Broad has held senior business transformation and change management roles at Alliance Group, Air New Zealand, and has recently done contract work for Auckland Council and the Airline Pilots association. He is also a former competitive cyclist and national selector. Most recently, Brian was the interim CEO of BikeNZ during our review period, from June 2013 through to April this year.
Richard Leggat is a keen sportsman who played first class cricket for Canterbury in the early 1980's, captaining the Canterbury team in the 1981/2 season. He is now an enthusiastic recreational cyclist and actively involved in his children's sport. Following a commerce degree Richard worked for apparel manufacturer Lane Walker Rudkin before switching into the finance sector and working as ashare broker initially in Christchurch, followed by four years in London and then Auckland. Richard is now working in a sales and marketing role for an ecommerce company. Richard has been on the committees of a number of sporting organisations and is currently chairman of the Eating Disorder Association of NZ, and a member of the board of Tourism New Zealand, NZ Post, and Education NZ.
Tony Mitchell is a business professional with 20 years experience in leadership roles with organisations including The NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants, Nielsen, Heinz-Watties and Nestle. Tony’s expertise includes business management, sales and marketing obtained from working in NZ and the UK. His career also includes sports management as a founding principle of the UK based cycling club and racing team Zappi’s. Tony’s current role is General Manager Engagement and Membership Services NZICA. On the bike, Tony has covered most disciplines including BMX, MTB, Track and Road which includes racing in both NZ, UK and Europe.
A newcomer to the Board for 2014, world champion cyclist Alison Shanks brings with her a wealth of experience and enthusiasm for the sport. Alison retired from professional cycling earlier this year. She holds a BCom in Marketing (Hons) and a BSc in Human Nutrition, both from the University of Otago.
Graham Sycamore has been involved in cycling for over 50 years as a competitor, secretary, race manager and UCI International Commissaire. He is a Life Member of both Cycling NZ and Cycling Southland having served both as Executive member and President. Graham was elected to the Invercargill City Council in 2001 and since the sale of his business in 2005 has been able to share his time with Council, several Trusts where he is a trustee and his favourite sport of cycling.
Robyn Wong represented New Zealand in Mountain Biking at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. She competed internationally in cycling for 7 years - the highlight being 16th at the Olympic Games. Robyn worked for the NZ Olympic Committee managing teams to the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010, and was NZ's first female Chef de Mission at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010. Robyn is a Chartered Accountant, is on the Sport NZ Women in Sport Mentoring Programme, and is also on the board of Volleyball NZ.