Our Board

  • Susan Patterson BPharm, MBA (London), ONZM


    Susan has been a professional director for the past 18 years and her directorships include Airways Corporation (Chair), Goodman NZ, Arvida, Sky Network TV, Tertiary Education Commission, Electricity Authority and Les Mills NZ Ltd. She has a keen interest in sport, education and the environment, and loves cycling holidays. Her daughter Paige won medals at the Junior World Track Cycling Championships in Moscow and Invercargill.

    Rob Waddell ONZM

    Deputy Chair

    Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) Honours with double major in Marketing and Japanese. Black Belt in Judo, Olympic Champion Sydney 2000 (Men’s Single Scull, Rowing) and World Champion 1998 & 1999.

    Three time winner Supreme Halberg Award (1998 to 2000). Key member of Team New Zealand America’s Cup team 2003 & 2007 (Boat Captain NZL 92). Trustee of Te Awa, the Great New Zealand River Ride. Corporate coach and speaker since 1998. Owner/operator of Riverdale farm – a horse agistment property serving local studs. Chef De Mission NZ Olympic Games team Rio 2016.

    David Heald


    Director at Staples Rodway Chartered Accountants. Specialising in taxation together with business advisory. He advises a diverse range of clients operating and investing in a variety of industries and markets, both on taxation and general business matters. Before joining Staples Rodway, David worked for a Big Four firm in Auckland where he advised an array of private, public and multinational clients on a myriad of taxation and business issues.

    David has a particular interest and specialisation in property taxation and agribusiness, the later in the form of large multi-farm dairy syndications. He also has a keen interest in agriculture and grew up on a small block close to Hamilton running fallow deer, sheep and dairy beef.

    Andrew Collow


    Civil engineer, former executive director of Beca and now works for them as a consultant. Extensive experience with infrastructure, sports and recreation projects including Eden Park (Auckland) redevelopment, Westpac Stadium (Wellington), Rugby Park (New Plymouth), Basin Reserve (Wellington), Northern Aquatic Centre (Albany) and Massey Park Aquatic Centre (Papakura).

    Jennifer Palmer


    Jennifer has been the General Manager for the Brian Perry Charitable Trust since 2010 and has been associated with the establishment and operations of the Avantidrome since the project’s inception in 2011.

    In her role as GM, Jennifer also oversees the development of the Te Awa River Ride and managers a number of scholarship programmes.

    Jennifer is a member of The Lion Foundation’s Waikato/Bay of Plenty Grants Committee, a Trustee of The Adastra Foundation, a Trustee of the SKYCITY Hamilton Community Trust and a former Trustee of the Waikato Institute of Leisure and Sports Studies. Originally from Canada, Jennifer has lived in the Waikato for ten year and is married with young twin daughters. She is a recreational track and road cyclist.

    John McDonnell ONZM


    Awarded in the 2016 Queens Honours list the New Zealand Officer of the Order of Merit for his contribution to cycling. John is currently the Deputy Principal at Cambridge High School.

    Hails from Wanganui where he was an Assistant Principal of Wanganui High School. Has been a member of the Wanganui Cycling club for 49 years, a UCI international commissaire for Road and Track and has held many positions within cycling including President of Cycling New Zealand. In June 2011 awarded BikeNZ Road & Track life membership, a life member of West Coast North Island Cycling centre and the Wanganui Cycling Club


    Brendon Bainbridge


    Brendon is Managing Director of Ticketek New Zealand. Prior to joining Ticketek he had a 17 year career in the hotel industry working in sales, marketing and revenue management with 16 of those years in the USA working for Marriott International. Brendon grew up in Auckland and was a competitive track/cross country athlete from his teens into his 30’s. Now comfortably in middle age, Brendon no longer is a competitive participant but is an avid sports fan.


    Mark Gilbert


    Mark Gilbert retired as Managing Director of BMW Group New Zealand in 2012. He has nearly 30 years automotive industry experience, working in both New Zealand and Asia for international companies Volvo, and the BMW Group. Mark has also been an Executive Member, NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development (now the Sustainable Business Council), and President, NZ Motor Industry Association Inc.

    His present Directorships include Auckland Transport; Lotto NZ; Partmaster Ltd; Appliance Connexion Ltd; Home of Cycling Charitable Trust and in addition Chairs Drive Electric Inc; Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (for ACC); and NZ PGA Championship Organising Committee.

    Mark’s interest in cycling is linked to his son Matthew, who dabbled on the track, but was primarily a roadie, who represented NZ and finished 3rd in NZ Under 19 nationals in late 90’s. Mark was also involved in club cycling in Auckland and is passionate about most sporting codes but especially the success of New Zealand cycling teams on the international stage.

    Tony Gainsford


    Tony has lived in Cambridge for 25 years. After long service in the New Zealand Air Force, Tony is currently the Managing Director of Marops Ltd, a technology based company specialising in interactive 3D graphics and technical surveillance projects in the defense and commercial sector.

    Tony is an avid sports fan and became interested in track cycling after visiting the Avantidrome during the building phase. Since, he has become a regular track user and an Avantidrome Coach.

    Tony is passionate about community involvement and loves to see mums, dads, children and grandparents on the track and at the Gallagher Bike Skills Park enjoying this magnificent facility.

    Gwendoline Keel


    Gwen is a Senior Associate with national law firm Simpson Grierson. An experienced commercial lawyer, she specialises in sales and marketing law, venue and entertainment issues, and not-for-profit governance.

    Gwen deals with the full spectrum of legal issues presented by venues and entertainment management including governance, contracting, advertising, ticketing, health and safety, regulatory compliance, and disputes, and all aspects of structuring, licensing and hosting major events. She regularly presents at industry conferences.

    Gwen also has extensive experience working with clients to effect the sale, marketing and promotion of their products in New Zealand. This includes advising on television, radio, print, online, and social media campaigns. She also advises on all consumer-facing issues including developing online sales platforms and privacy, spam, and Commerce Commission investigations.

    Gwen has a lengthy background in not-for-profit governance and management, and is well-versed in complex policy and governance issues including constitutional reform and disputes. She was a board member of the RNZSPCA from 2006-2013, and was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Year Medal for services to the RNZSPCA in 2012.