Mark Gilbert, Chair
Mark brings strong management and leadership experience to the Council, as well as solid connections with the New Zealand motor industry. He retired recently from the managing director role after a 25-year career with BMW Group New Zealand.
He got started in motorcycling in Timaru in 1968, riding his Suzuki 50cc step through between home, school and work. More recently, he’s been spoiled with the pick of the BMW fleet. Mark rides for fun, to get out and take in the scenery, and enjoy the freedom of the road.
Mark is a trustee for both the Product Stewardship Foundation and the Home of Cycling Charitable Trust, and chair of Tyrewise—a collaboration between the Ministry for the Environment and the tyre industry. He was formerly President of the NZ Motor Industry Association Inc, and an Executive Member of the former NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Mark believes that everyone who uses the roads has a responsibility for road safety, and that we all need to learn to share the road safely safely. He’s looking forward to leading the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council in representing motorcyclists in that equation.
Mark’s appointment is for two years from 1 July 2013.
Jess bought her first Vespa when living in Auckland in 1997, and rides a range of geared scooters from 50cc to 200cc. In Wellington she started getting more involved with the scooter community and enjoyed open road riding especially to scooter events. Over the last ten years she has been the Secretary for the Classic Scooter Club for three years, and organised three out of 11 annual Classic Scooter Club rallies. She is very interested in the social history of scootering in New Zealand and is gathering stories which are published in a scooter magazine.
Jess has an in-depth knowledge of New Zealand's classic scooter culture, which has a wide spectrum of riders. She is concerned about the lack of safety opportunities for new moped and scooter riders and is looking forward to helping influence change for the smaller bike riders on the road.
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, David started riding motorbikes in 1980 and since then he has owned a range of sports, touring and adventure touring bikes. He currently owns a 2007 Triumph Tiger adventure touring bike and has ridden extensively throughout New Zealand, many of those miles with his wife as pillion.
David has many years experience in public policy and regulatory functions having worked in both the public and private sector. He is currently CEO of the Motor Industry Association of New Zealand. In a previous role he was General Manager Safety and Environment with the Ministry of Transport and was a key contributor to the development of the current road safety strategy Safer Journeys. David is a member of the AA and previously was on the council of the Wellington District Council of the AA.
David brings considerable public policy process knowledge and skills to the group. He is looking forward to making a significant contribution to improving safety for motorbike riders, through practical and effective initiatives.
Yvonne has been riding motorcycles for 26 years and now rides a ZX6R 636cc Kawasaki. She has toured to all four corners of New Zealand and beyond, and continues to do so. In the mid-1990s she also tried her hand at racing on a Honda RS125, so she brings both road and track experience to the Council.
She has been involved with a number of motorcycling clubs and currently is the Vice President of the Women's International Motorcycle Association (WIMA). Previously she was the President, a position she held for 8 years. During this time, Yvonne helped develop a strong family-focused and friendly club, designed to encourage more females to get involved with both the club and motorbike riding. The club is especially focused on providing a supportive environment for younger riders and those who are new or returning to riding.
Yvonne has been involved with ACC since 2000 and brings experience in working with committees and different groups in order to reach successful outcomes. She is excited to be involved with this Council and hopes her ability and experience as an active motorcyclist will provide valued input in developing a programme that will result in improved safety for other riders.
Bill has had an involvement with motorcycles for more than 45 years and is fortunate to have access to Suzuki New Zealand's fleet of motorcycles. He recently retired as CEO of Suzuki New Zealand. Bill has a Suzuki 750 ATV at home that he uses around his rural property and extensively for hunting. With Suzuki having 53 motorcycle dealers and 27 automobile dealers, plus his involvement in the Motor Industry Association he knows the industry well. He also has good insights into the needs of motorcycle distributors, dealers and motorcyclists. He was Chairman of the Motor Industry Association (MIA) Motorcycle Division on and off for more than 12 years, and his current role within the MIA continues to keep him in contact with the motorcycle industry at all levels.
Bill is committed to seeing the motorcycle accident rate drop and to gaining more recognition for motorcyclists as responsible road users.
Peter has been riding road bikes since the 1970s and currently rides a GL1200 Goldwing and S2 Buell Thunderbolt with a daily commute on a Honda CL175.
Peter is a past National President and a life member of the Ulysses Club and has worked extensively with ACC on road safety initiatives. He was a founding member of the Motorcycle Safety Reference Group and has been involved in developing a number of new programmes, including the Ulysses rider mentoring programme and encouraging training via subsidies for their members. He is also a founding member of Buellriders NZ and organises a national rally each year for the club now in its 15th year.
Two of Peter’s three children are riders and Peter was adamant about them learning to ride from professional trainers to ensure they had the best possible start to their riding careers. He covers many miles on the road with them and enjoys sharing his passion for motorcycles.
As a long time rider, Peter brings his first hand experience of riding to the Council. In his professional life he works with a wide variety of people and knows the importance of building good relationships to get things done. He believes the mix of people and experience on the Council will lead to some great improvements not only for the safety for riders, but all road users. Also important to Peter is changing the attitudes of road users and he is looking forward to demonstrating that "we can make a difference".