Our Board

  • Susan Patterson, ONZM, BPharm, MBA (London)


    Susan has been a professional director since 1996 and her directorships include Goodman NZ, Arvida, Sky Network TV, Tertiary Education Commission, Electricity Authority, Les Mills NZ Ltd and Theta Systems Ltd (Chair). Susan was made ONZM for services to Corporate Governance. 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, BMS (Hons)

    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). 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 and Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.

    David Heald, BMS (Hons), CA


    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. David has a particular interest and specialisation in property taxation and agribusiness, the latter in the form of large multi-farm dairy syndications. He is Chair of St Peters School, Cambridge. 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.

    Jennifer Palmer, BA


    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. Jennifer oversees the development of the Te Awa River Ride and Podium Sports Lodge and is also a Trustee of The Adastra Foundation, and the SKYCITY Hamilton Community Trust. She is a recreational track and road cyclist.

    John McDonnell, ONZM, Dip Tchg, Dip Spec.


    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 Cycling New Zealand Road & Track life membership, a life member of West Coast North Island Cycling centre and the Wanganui Cycling Club


    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, LLB BA


    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 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.

    John Mason


    John is a Director of Cambridge based Construction Advantage Limited. An experience construction professional, John has delivered a wide variety of commercial construction projects in New Zealand and Britain. John holds a degree in Civil Engineering and Law and specialises in development and project management. He has a passion for delivering innovative construction projects, from the idea and business plan through to completion and hand over. Originally from Leeds, he has been based in Cambridge for the last 20 years. John is a Trustee of St Peters School, Cambridge and Chairman of Building and Maintenance.