Our People

Executive Council

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President - Andy Smith

Andy was a software writer since the early 1970’s and has worked in the Finance, Telemarketing and Data Warehousing industries around the world; getting their computer systems to sit up and beg.  He now spends his time in the Not For Profit (NFP) sector as a volunteer and has a Graduate Diploma in NFP Management.  He is a Trustee of the SkyPath project, maintains the websites and mailing lists for them, Living Streets Aotearoa, Walk Auckland and the Auckland Folk Festival.  Also the convener of the 2WALKandCYCLE conference series in NZ.

Tumuaki tuarua / Vice President - Ellen Blake

Ellen has been a Wellington walker all her life and enjoyed walking and using public transport everywhere I've been - it is the most interesting way to get around.  I noticed issues around walking when I had small children; instantly, vehicles parked and driving, or riding, along footpaths become a big concern, and crossing the road another challenge.  I am interested in ensuring walking is given much more prominence as the priority sustainable transport mode and that it is better incorporated in urban design.

Secretary -  Celia Wade-Brown

Celia was Mayor of Wellington (2010-2016) and previously a Councillor from 1994. She was the founder of LSA.  She has considerable experience in the Local and NZ Government area especially transport, reserves and urban planning. She is also a trustee of Walk21 Foundation and an advisory member of Biophilic Cities Network.

Dr Chris Teo-Sherrell

Chris is in Palmerston North. As a former City Councilor Chris promotes healthier, less polluting transport, waste minimization and enhanced neighbourhood vitality.

Gay Richards

Gay is a librarian managing the Injury Prevention Information Centre based at The Univerisity of Auckland Tamaki Campus   She is involved in her local community  as chair of a newly incorporated residents' group.  Gay uses public transport evey day and promotes the importance of the accessible journey and good walking links to connect communities.

Reena Kokotailo

Darren Davis

Dr Christine Cheyne

Christine lives in Hawkes Bay. She recently stepped down from the position of Associate Professor in Resource & Environmental Planning at Massey University, after nearly 30 years’ teaching and research at Massey.  Her teaching and research included a focus on sustainable aand active transport, long-term planning, as well as other aspects of local government.  She was  a member of the Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board for ten years (2004-2014) and an advisory member (Active Transport and Public Transport) of the Horizons (Manawatū Regional Council) Regional Transport Committee for several terms from 2005 to 2018. She was a member of the organising committee for the 2018  2WALKandCYCLE conference and is a member of the Hastings District Council Active Transport Group.