Our TeamMeet our board members
Bikes Welcome is a charitable trust. Our board is comprised of the following people.
Founder, CEO & Do-er
Jo Clendon is the founder of Bikes Welcome.
After graduating from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree she worked in Sydney and internationally. Her career features leadership roles in high profile international companies including: Procter & Gamble, EDS, Compaq, HP and Oracle; and roles including accountant, systems analyst, project manager, operations manager and business systems director. She returned to live in New Zealand in 2008.
Since the birth of her second child in 2009 she has been a stay-at-home parent focused on the needs of her family as well as serving her community via lead roles at Playcentre and the Lower Hutt Plunket Community Toy Library.
She has been using a bike for everyday transport ever since witnessing how it is done in Europe and experiencing how much easier and more pleasant it is than using the car. She is a keen advocate for everyday cycling and for improving children’s access to safe and accessible cycling everyday.
As a child Jodene rode her bike for fun. She would try to get her siblings to do synchronised biking and her parents would take them for rides around the Pencarrow coast. When she was a student she used a combination of bike and public transport to get to university and to her part-time jobs. She also did things like bike the Rimutaka Cycle Trail for fun. Now she has a PhD in Molecular Biology, and has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and as a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. For part of the time she lived in England and did not own a car, she and her husband would bike to work, to parties, and to country pubs. She even used to stuff all their laundry in her pack and rode to the laundromat.
Currently Jodene and her husband run a cafe/pizzeria (Days Bay Pavilion). For a while, with their two children and business they were a two car family, but when the second car died they decided not to replace it, for a number of reasons including reducing their families carbon footprint. Now they use their bikes a lot more for fun and also just to get around, for example to run errands, visit friends and family, go to the library, go to music lessons, etc. They enjoy getting fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and saying ‘hi’ to the neighbours – all at the same time.
Ralph Noldan works as a corporate counsel in the resources sector. After graduating with a BCA from Victoria University of Wellington, Ralph worked as an accountant in the petroleum industry in New Zealand and the UK. In Sydney, Ralph graduated as a lawyer and was Company Secretary for an ASX listed petroleum exploration company for over 8 years. He then moved into private legal practice, working in the resources group of one of Australia’s preeminent law firms, Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Prior to returning to New Zealand, Ralph was a partner at another Australian national law firm, Holding Redlich.
Ralph lives in Wellington, during the week he commutes to work by bike and enjoys mountain biking on the weekend.
Gene Clendon is Senior Design Engineer for Cisco Systems, a US company. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Auckland and a Masters of Technology from Macquarie University (Sydney). Although he works from home in Lower Hutt, he enjoys commuting by bike to Wellington once a week. He is on the committee of the Hutt Valley Mountain Bike Club and a strong supporter safer and more accessible everyday cycling.
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