Everyone involved in Trail Fund NZ is an unpaid volunteer and the Trail Fund NZ Committee are appointed each year by voting of our members at the Trail Fund NZ Annual General Meeting (AGM). Anyone can become a member of Trail Fund NZ and everyone (member or not) is welcome to attend our AGM although only current members may vote.
For efficiency reasons our Committee, who are responsible for the day to day operation of Trail Fund NZ, are currently all based in Wellington while the Advisory Board provides us with NZ-wide representation for funding decisions (which projects get what funding).
That said, we’re always keen to hear from folks who have skills and time to put towards supporting volunteer-led sustainable trails so please get in touch if you are keen to be involved, no matter where you live!
For 2019 / 2020 the Trail Fund NZ Committee is:
Russel Garlick – Russ is the Chairperson of Trail Fund NZ as well as our Trail Education Leader. Russ developed and launched our Trail Crew national training programme training volunteer trail builders around New Zealand. In his 'spare time' he does his own digging and trail crew leading on the Miramar Track Project in Wellington where he’s developed solid trail building techniques and until recently was the Wellington MTB Club Secretary. He also spends a few days a week teaching the shredders of tomorrow their skills as an instructor with Wellington Off-Road Department (WORD). Outside of mountain biking Russ spends his days working as a project manager and agile lead at Catalyst IT and his evenings and weekends with his wife and two kids.
Shanan Cohn – Shanan is our Treasurer and makes sure the Committee is aware of the financial position of Trail Fund NZ, as well as taking care of the day-to-day finances including Xero and GST. Shanan is a Chartered Accountant and has worked within the professional services area for five years. When not doing fun accounting stuff or riding the local hills of Wellington, Shanan is often exploring other riding spots around New Zealand or going for the occasional (and painful) trail run.
Ben Wilde – Ben was the founding chairperson of Trail Fund NZ, having helped launch the project in 2012. He works closely with Adam and Tom on Trail Fund products, is currently the web monkey for the project and acts as spokesperson when anyone cares to listen or doesn't move away quickly enough. Along with Russel he helps oversee the Miramar Track Project in Wellington, is a partner in crime on trail work with TheRodFather on Mt Victoria and a past member of both the Wellington Mountain Bike Club and Makara Peak Supporters committees. Outside of mountain biking Ben works in the investment industry and lives in Wellington with his wife and three boys.
Adam Errington – Adam has been involved with Trail Fund NZ since before it was a real thing and has, along with his team of design maestros at Cluster Creative, contributed countless hours of professional branding and design work, all at no cost to Trail Fund NZ. He's a dab hand at strategy too and has helped guide the project in that regard since 2012. Adam continues to be responsible for all our awesome designs and is a welcome voice of sanity and pragmatism at our committee meetings. When not illustrating, designing or branding stuff Adam can be seen ripping around the local trails as a key member of the local bike gang known as “The Biking Oddity” and he lives in Wellington with his wife and kids.
Meagan Robertson – Meagan is the head scribe for Trail Fund NZ. She joined the team in 2013 to help get more stories written about Trail Fund NZ and all things trail building around NZ. Meagan is also president of the Wellington-based Revolve Woman’s Cycling Club, helps coach the next generation of MTBers through the Wellington Off-Road Department (WORD) programme and recently became a Juliana ambassador! Her day job is as a communications and PR expert for Trail Fund NZ sponsor, Wellington-based Dinniss Communications (thanks Marty!). Meagan is a transplanted Canadian and prior to moving to Wellington lived in the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada”, Squamish, BC.
Jimmy Young – New to the Trail Fund team in 2020, Jimmy brings 20 years' experience in parks, recreation and tourism in New Zealand and Canada, and is looking to add some value to Trail Fund's advocacy efforts. While working in British Columbia, he co-founded Bike Parks BC marketing group and the BC Mountain Bike Tourism Association. A keen mountain biker based in the Hutt Valley, he rides frequently in the Central North Island and explores all of Wellington as part of his day job as a Principal Park Ranger for Greater Wellington Regional Council. His experience as a planner working for land managers, and now on the other side of the fence as a land manager, will assist Trail Fund in growing its advocacy nationally.
Thomas Sheridan – Tom is our awesome web store and products guy who makes sure all that stuff happens including making sure that we have stuff to sell in the first place! Like all of us Tom volunteers for Trail Fund NZ in his spare time between family (husband and father of one going on two), work and a little bit of riding and trail building when time allows. His day job is as a Building Information Modelling (BIM) Manager and Draughtsman at Tennent Brown Architects Ltd in Wellington which means he did well in Technical Drawing at high school.
Advisory Board Members
While the Committee is ultimately responsible for managing the operations and finances of Trail Fund NZ, in order to maintain a New Zealand wide perspective we have the Trail Fund NZ Advisory Board. The Advisory Board has delegated to it responsibility for recommending which projects should get funded, and which should not. It is appointed each year, or as required, by the Trail Fund NZ Committee. Currently the Advisory Board has members from Dunedin in the South to Auckland in the North and many points in between. If you would like to be involved get in touch, we’re always keen to hear from folks who would like to make a contribution.
For 2019 / 2020 our Advisory Board members are (listed geographically South to North):
Gareth Hargreaves – Based in Dunedin Gareth has been enthusiastically building trails in the area for the past 12 years as part of the local club Mountain Biking Otago. That passion for trail building, the lack of tools to suit his needs, and his own background in product design led to Gareth designing the very popular “Weapon of Mass Creation”. In his day job Gareth works as a Product Development Engineer at iconic New Zealand company Fisher & Paykel.
Laurence Mote – Based in Christchurch Laurence is an accomplished mountain bike racer, now retired. He represented New Zealand as a competitive rider for a number of years and was also well known as part of the team at Ground Effect Cycle Clothing. He recently completed the 2016 edition of The Pioneer, a 500km mountain bike stage race in the South Island of New Zealand, a remarkable feat considering Laurence is now legally blind. Having battled back from the effects of an allergic reaction to a bee sting that almost cost him his life and his sight these days Laurence rides his bike every day, is throwing himself into trail projects in Canterbury, and helping out Trail Fund NZ as part of our Advisory Board.
Adam Walker – Adam is a passionate mountain biker who loves the challenge and the opportunity for adventure that riding bikes provides. For him mountain biking goes well past the bike and in addition to his role with Trail Fund NZ Adam is also currently the president of the Buller Cycling Club and Trustee for the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust which governs the Old Ghost Road. Adam currently lives on the West Coast of the South Island.
Pete Mora – Pete leads our Advisory Board and is based in Wellington. Over the past few years Pete has somewhat drifted into road and track cycling but we’re managing to keep him in touch with his dirt heritage through Trail Fund NZ. Pete was previously the treasurer and chairperson of the Otago University Mountain Bike Club and a former the treasurer of the Makara Peak Mountain Bike Supporters. When not covered in lycra and chamois cream riding his road bike Pete is a Senior Audit Manager at KPMG working with a number of mid-size large corporates, public sector and not-for-profits.
Graeme Lindup – An active volunteer in the cycling community Graeme is based in the Taranaki. In addition to his role with Trail Fund NZ, Graeme is the membership administrator for New Plymouth Mountain Bikers and has been involved with the management committee in various roles since 2005. With a keen interest in cycling of all forms Graeme also volunteers his time on the national committee of the Cycling Action Network. Cheerfully admits to being a very average mountain biker. When not doing bike advocacy, does the odd bit of structural engineering.
Ric Balfour – Ric is based in Thames at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula. A long time supporter of sustainable trails Ric helped lead that portfolio for Mountain Bike New Zealand for a number of years in the past. He has worked as a mountain bike guide, a trail building advisor, park manager and business executive. Ric is passionate about trail building the right way and has been so since being a founding member of the IMBA Trail Care Crew in the US and was a founding member of the Trail Fund NZ Committee. He professes to be old school but rides a carbon Santa Cruz Nomad.
Zane Smith – Now based in Auckland, Zane has been involved with track design and building around Canterbury including at Living Springs, the Port Hills and Craigieburn. He has also previously served on the Christchurch Singletrack Club committee, and worked as a MTB Skills Clinics coach. Oh, and when it’s not about bikes it’s about beer as Zane is a home brew champion, and now the Master of Everything for The Yeastie Boys.