Our Board
Cycling New Zealand's strategic direction and governance are set by its Board of Directors who, together, bring a wide base of experience from public and private business, sporting and social and enterprise, and diverse interests across many aspects of cycling.

Cycling New Zealand Board

Pete Roden

Pete Roden

Pete's introduction to bikes was a backyard built canary yellow chopper.

In 1989 he traded his rugby boots for a mountain bike, joined the Laguna Rads Hall of Fame MTB Club...
Pete's introduction to bikes was a backyard built canary yellow chopper.

In 1989 he traded his rugby boots for a mountain bike, joined the Laguna Rads Hall of Fame MTB Club California.

In 1999 Pete started Adobe Construction BOP Ltd while completing a Level Two NZQA in coaching.

Pete has had recent roles as President of Tauranga Master Builders, YMCA Board Tauranga, current member of IOD Tauranga, and Vice Chair of BMX NZ. Pete is currently the Director of Adobe Construction and Elements Water Sports. Pete has also represented NZ in both MTB and BMX.

Pete lives at Papamoa Beach with his family.

Malcom Thomas

Malcom Thomas

Malcolm Thomas is an investment adviser based in Rotorua who has worked in the financial sector for nearly 30 years. His current involvement in cycling began on the tracks in...
Malcolm Thomas is an investment adviser based in Rotorua who has worked in the financial sector for nearly 30 years. His current involvement in cycling began on the tracks in the Whakarewarewa forest in the mid 1990’s and he is keen recreational cyclist. Malcolm is Treasurer of Rotorua Mountain Bike Club and a previous Secretary of Mountain Bike New Zealand. He is a director of the company delivering Crankworx Rotorua and has served as Chairman of the Rotorua Budget Advisory Service. He was re-elected for a further term of four years at the Cycling New Zealand AGM held in May 2019.

Sarah Ulmer ONZM

You would be hard pressed to find anyone more passionate about promoting cycling than Sarah Ulmer. Well known as cycling’s golden girl, Sarah is New Zealand's first ever,...
You would be hard pressed to find anyone more passionate about promoting cycling than Sarah Ulmer. Well known as cycling’s golden girl, Sarah is New Zealand's first ever, and currently only Olympic cycling champion, setting a world record at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens in the individual pursuit. Her remarkable achievement earned her a Halberg Award and she has twice been the recipient of the prestigious Lonsdale Cup, awarded annually by the New Zealand Olympic Committee to a New Zealand athlete who has demonstrated the most outstanding contribution to an Olympic or Commonwealth sport during the previous year.

With her competitive riding days behind her, Sarah is a strong advocate for recreational riding for health and wellbeing, and can be regularly seen commuting about town on her bike. She also enjoys riding with her family.

Sarah instigated the Cambridge Cycling Festival held annually on Anzac Day, is a Trustee on the board of Te Awa “The Great New Zealand River Ride” and board member of the New Zealand Cycle Trail and Drug Free Sport NZ. She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to cycling in the 2005 New Year Honours list.

Sarah commenced her term on the board in June 2019.

Tony Mitchell

Tony Mitchell

Chair

Tony Mitchell is a business professional with 20 years experience in leadership roles with organisations including Datamine, The NZ Institute of Chartered...
Chair

Tony Mitchell is a business professional with 20 years experience in leadership roles with organisations including Datamine, 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. On the bike, Tony has covered most disciplines including BMX, MTB, Track and Road which includes racing in both NZ, UK and Europe.

Cath Cheatley

Cath Cheatley

Ivan Aplin

Having finished 40 years of his career in banking and accounting, Ivan is currently self-employed as an event organiser and traffic management trainer. This includes planning...
Having finished 40 years of his career in banking and accounting, Ivan is currently self-employed as an event organiser and traffic management trainer. This includes planning and overseeing the traffic management of a large variety of events from sports to music concerts. Ivan has been the Event Director for the Vantage New Zealand Elite and U23 Road National Championships since 2015, based in Napier.

For ten years Ivan served on the committee of the Ramblers Cycling Club which include nearly five years as president. Ivan also spent 11 years on the Cycling New Zealand Road and Track council including three years as president.

Ivan's time in cycling has been more as an administrator and event organiser than any great success on the bike! But the love of cycling still holds, usually when travelling to places around New Zealand and overseas as well as experiencing events such as the Tour de France and the Tour Down Under. Ivan's business interests initially developed from the activities and interests gained from the sport of cycling.

Phil Holden

Phil Holden

Phil is an experienced business professional with Chief Executive leadership experience over 17 years with organisations including The Lion Foundation, New Zealand Rugby...
Phil is an experienced business professional with Chief Executive leadership experience over 17 years with organisations including The Lion Foundation, New Zealand Rugby League, Coffee Connection, and Greyhound Racing New Zealand. A member of the Institute of Directors, his governance and senior executive roles have been underpinned by his passion for values-based leadership. Phil is a professional director, running his own consultancy with a strong interest in sport, marketing, business strategy, culture and leadership development.

A keen recreational cyclist, Phil loves riding especially in his traffic light free home region of Greytown in the Wairarapa. Phil’s spare time is centered around family, juggling the needs of his young daughters and wondering where all the time goes.

Carla Muller

Carla joined the Cycling New Zealand board in May 2019 as a board advisor. She is an environmental economist as well as a professional director. Currently she holds...
Carla joined the Cycling New Zealand board in May 2019 as a board advisor. She is an environmental economist as well as a professional director. Currently she holds directorships with PrimaryITO, the NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management, Wintec (Associate Director) and is on the Waikato Branch committee for the Institute of Directors.

She was the 2018 recipient of the Waikato Institute of Director's Emerging Director Award and is a previous finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards.

Carla's spare time is spent at the sheep and beef farm her partner manages, and she enjoys spending time with all of their many dogs and other animals.

Jenny Gibbs

Jenny Gibbs

Jenny is an Auckland-based lawyer specialising in commercial and corporate law. Jenny previously headed up the legal team at Wellington Employers and Manufacturer's...
Jenny is an Auckland-based lawyer specialising in commercial and corporate law. Jenny previously headed up the legal team at Wellington Employers and Manufacturer's Association and then worked for Simpson Grierson before being employed as in-house Legal Counsel for The Skills Organisation, a not-for-profit industry training organisation. Jenny acts as Board Secretariat for The Skills Organisation and its’ two wholly-owned subsidiaries, and sits as Advisor on the Board’s Audit & Risk Committee and Health & Safety Committee. She is also a committee member of the New Zealand Animal Law Association Charitable Trust. Jenny loves recreational road cycling, and also tramping including many walks the most recent being Lake Angelus Hut in Nelson Lakes National Walks which was 'a bit of a climb'.