CAN's Board and Executive

CAN is governed by a Board and managed by an Executive Team.

It has employees based in Auckland and Wellington.

Board officers for 2018-19 are:

Chair: Claire Sherrington

Claire Sherrington

I fell in love with cycling aged eleven and I have never looked back. 

I live in Hamilton with my amazing partner Chris and our cat Ansel.

By day I work as IT manager for St Peter's School  By night I am a social sector advocate and cycling champion who is passionate about getting more people on bikes. Cycling is the answer to many of our society's challenges  - traffic congestion, health issues and empowering independence for those that can't drive.  Locally I am the Secretary of  Cycling Action Waikato (CAW) and a key liaison between CAW and NZTA Waikato. Nationally, I am a member of the Cycle Action Network (CAN) board as Secretary & Deputy Chair.

 I am an avid age group track cyclist, competing at a national level.  I also enjoy MTBing and sampling the great rides around the country.

Deputy Chair: Rex Williams

Rex speaking at CAN-Do 2017

Trained as a civil engineer, I worked in a variety of roles before joining the cement and concrete world where I spent 30 years. 
After retiring from full-time work about 10 years ago I have been involved at various times in governance in health, tertiary education, regional council and a large trucking company. 
My wife Jan and I do a fair bit of biking in NZ and when visiting family in Australia or USA. 
We also waste time with tennis, golf, trout fishing and tramping. 
I am keen to see CAN contribute to local communities by encouraging best practice in thinking about traffic, health and convenience of cycling. 


Treasurer: Jon Dean



Regional members for 2018-19 are:


Lower North Island: Kellie Ellis


I chose this photo as it’s the earliest photo I could find in my phone that shows what bikes are for me and my family. 
I am a planner and community engagement consultant by trade, but spend my spare time adventuring by MTB with my kids (now 10 and 12yrs), doing coffee rides with friends or challenging myself in road or track racing events. I also commute by bike from Cambridge to Hamilton so understand first hand the challenges faced by commuting cyclists on our Waikato roads. 
I have worked as a volunteer to install a Bikes in Schools track and initiated the CAN supported Safe Ways to School project alongside local councils, schools and thousands of parents and kids across NZ so far. I’ve seen the growth, smiles and sense of achievement that riding bikes can give to our kids and believe that the humble bike has the power to give our kids back what technology has robbed from them: fun adventures, freedom, fitness and great friendships. 



Upper North Island: Michael Cosgrove


I have been riding since I was about 8 years old, and in all that time, the simple joy and freedom which being on a bike provides has never left me.

I became involved with CAN after a couple of car vs cyclist accidents, one of which put me in hospital. I was looking around for a way to improve my cycling lot, and make the cycling I do on the road safer. I can “ride defensively”, change my route to and from work to try and make my journeys safer. Unfortunately, these actions don’t make the road safer for other cyclist and don’t encourage more people to take up cycling: being a part of CAN does.

By day, I work as an Engineer for a national telecommunications provider, which places me in the Waikato. By night, I am a keen mountain biker, track rider and addicted cycle commuter.


The Executive Team appointed by the Board are:

Jo Mackay (Wellington)

Jo 2017 square


I have been a commuter cyclist since intermediate school and I love the freedom and convenience of zipping around Wellington on my bicycle - so much that I want to share it with others!

I’ve been on the CAN committee volunteering at the national level since 2015. As a voluntary executive member, I want to build CAN’s relationships with other organisations, get some campaigns underway, and move CAN into a financially sustainable position.

As a day job I do project management with Maven Consulting, and I have a background in policy and communications.

Will Andrews (Nelson)


Originally an architect, Will is from Dublin, Ireland where he chaired the Dublin Cycling Campaign.  He now lives in his wife Cate’s home town of Stoke, Nelson.  Will is honoured to work for CAN, helping Richard Barter on the Share the Road Campaign.  He is looking forward to biking the Heaphy track soon, but is more comfortable slowly toddling back from the brewery with a pannier full of Stoke Gold.