29 May 2014

Waikato businessman takes over helm of BikeNZ

5:58 pm on 29 May 2014

Waikato businessman Simon Perry will guide the direction of BikeNZ, after being voted as the new chairman of the board following the weekend's annual general meeting.

He takes on the position in a time of change for BikeNZ following its recent review by Sport New Zealand with new CEO Andrew Matheson taking up his post earlier this month.

Another newcomer to the board is world champion Alison Shanks, who retired from the sport earlier this year.

Perry replaces Richard Leggat who stood down from the position at the weekend's AGM.

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.