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

Malcolm Thomas

Malcolm 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.

Cath Cheatley

Cath Cheatley

Growing up in Whanganui Cath was introduced to the sport of Cycling by her Father when she was 12 years old. She fell in love with the sport, racing competitively on both the...
Growing up in Whanganui Cath was introduced to the sport of Cycling by her Father when she was 12 years old. She fell in love with the sport, racing competitively on both the road and track all over the world for many years. Cath is passionate about giving back to the sport that gave her so many opportunities through commissaring, coaching, event management and governance. She has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), studied a Bachelor of Accountancy through the Prime Ministers Scholarship programme and is on the Cycling NZ Schools Executive.
She moved back ‘home’ to Whanganui in 2017 with her husband, Dayle her and two dogs to direct the family cycling business’. Cycling definitely runs through her blood!

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 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.

Ivan Aplin

With over 45 years involvement with banking, accounting and financial/ office manager roles, Ivan has been self-employed since 2004 and has built up a strong background in...
With over 45 years involvement with banking, accounting and financial/ office manager roles, Ivan has been self-employed since 2004 and has built up a strong background in financial management. 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 and has influenced his current business interests. Ivan is currently self-employed as an event organiser and traffic management trainer. Having worked closely with the New Zealand Transport Association has led to the development of an event section in the Code of Practice Temporary Traffic Management and specific training courses. Ivan’s governance roles in cycling have been extensive including 11 years with Cycling New Zealand Road and Track Council including three years as President and three years so far with the Cycling New Zealand Board.

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.

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 Group Legal Counsel for The Skills Organisation, a not-for-profit vocational 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 an executive committee member of the New Zealand Animal Law Association. Jenny loves recreational road cycling, and also tramping including many walks the most recent being Lake Waikaremoana, and plans to walk Stewart Island in the 2020 Xmas break.

Tony Mitchell

Tony Mitchell

Chair

Tony Mitchell is Chair of the New Zealand Shareholders Association, elected board member for the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), Vice President of the Oceania...
Chair

Tony Mitchell is Chair of the New Zealand Shareholders Association, elected board member for the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), Vice President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation and a board trustee for Men’s Health Trust NZ. In May 2013 Tony joined the Cycling New Zealand Board as an appointed board member and also became chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. In May 2017 Tony was appointed chair of the board for Cycling New Zealand. Tony attended University of Waikato where he studied marketing, management and accounting, graduating with a Bachelor in Management Studies. Tony has significant experience from leadership roles for organisations including The New Zealand Marketing Association, Datamine, Nielsen, The New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, Nestle and Heinz. His expertise includes business management, capital markets, marketing, finance, technology, sales and data analytics.

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.

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.