We are very pleased to announce that Mark Gilbert has accepted the appointment as Chair for the Council.
Mark takes over from Deputy Chair, Paul Searancke, who has been covering the job since mid 2012. The Council would like to thank Paul sincerely for covering these extra duties and for his leadership and direction during this time.
Mark Gilbert’s background
Mark brings strong management and leadership experience to the Council, as well as solid connections with the New Zealand motor industry. He retired last year from the managing director role after a 25-year career with BMW Group New Zealand.
He 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’s appointment is for two years, starting 1 July 2013.
Q & A with Mark
What attracted you to the Council Chair role?
The role of chair is a natural traverse from the role of managing director. They’re both challenging—you’re involved in every part of the organisation, you’ve got to be able to motivate and advise all sorts of different people, and you’re responsible for delivering what you promise. That’s the kind of challenge I like—particularly when the outcome you want is something as significant as better road safety for motorcyclists.
How do you approach challenges like this?
To meet any challenge, you need to have clear goals – and you need to work out how you intend to reach them. That’s true for business and life. I like to start with the end in mind. And I really like to set stretched targets – to go after an even better result.
What about road safety?
I believe everyone who uses the roads has a responsibility for road safety. It doesn’t matter what wheels you’re on. We’re all using the same tarmac to get where we want to go. We need to learn to share it safely. The Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council is already representing motorcyclists in that equation. I’m really looking forward to joining them and being part of that work.
What was your first motorbike?
In 1968 I got a Suzuki 50cc step through to get around Timaru, between home, school and work. In recent years, I’ve been spoiled with the pick of the BMW fleet. I ride for fun, to get out and take in the scenery, and enjoy the freedom of the road.