The board of Cycling New Zealand announced today that after a successful five years as CEO of the organisation, Andrew Matheson has made the decision to move on to his next challenge.
Board Chairman Tony Mitchell said that during this time at the helm of the national sporting organisation, Matheson drove many initiatives that have moved the sport significantly forward.
“Andrew’s achievements include rebuilding relationships with our member and stakeholder organisations, implementation of our six Subway Performance Hubs, securing and running UCI World Cup events in New Zealand, implementation of our change programme after the Rio Olympics and delivering the best-ever Commonwealth Games results by Cycling New Zealand just to name a few,” he said.
“It is fair to say the last six months have been challenging as the sport faced its recent Heron Review and we are grateful of Andrew’s work to steady the ship during this very difficult time. He worked closely with the board and the review team and has led the organisation’s implementation phase of the review recommendations.”
Matheson said: “This has been a very challenging job, particularly over the last 12 months, but I am pleased with the way we have responded to the Heron Review and I am happy that Cycling New Zealand is well positioned to handle the ongoing challenges faced by all national sports organisations.
“In roles like this in sport you are never an owner but rather a guardian, and I am handing on the baton with real satisfaction that I have contributed my all in making the organisation and sport notably better than when I started. We have achieved some amazing things and I believe the organisation is now well positioned for a very successful future.
“It has been a real privilege to work in Cycling New Zealand, and we have some outstanding people in the organisation. We have humble and hardworking athletes and a very capable and dedicated group of staff members. I would like to specifically thank the senior leadership team that have been a phenomenal support to me and the organisation across this year in particular.”
Matheson will leave at Christmas with the board to appoint an interim CEO to guide the organisation over the next six months while it seeks a permanent replacement.