Meet our fabulous volunteer Board of Trustees. This hardworking and dedicated group of people work tirelessly to oversee the Queenstown Trails Trust and ensure the work of the Trust is on course to achieve what is set out in the 10 year strategy.
Tony McQuilkin (Chairman)
I am committed and enthusiastic about trails in the Wakatipu for the benefit and wellbeing of firstly residents and secondly visitors.
Establishment and expansion of the network of trails both now and for the future is important for our community.
I am a long-term resident of the Wakatipu and, have been involved in the tourism sector for many years.
Queenstown Trail Trustee from 2011, Chairman from 2013.
Lindsay Williams (DEPUTY CHAIR)
Kia ora. It is a privilege to sit on the Board of the Queenstown Trails Trust and assist in realising its vision. I highly value the development of sustainable opportunities for locals and visitors alike to enjoy and benefit from access to Queenstown’s outstanding natural landscape and also to develop convenient commuter links between settlements in the basin. Ngā mihi, Lindsay.
sir Eion Edgar (Patron & Trustee)
I am privileged to be the Patron and a Trustee of the Queenstown Trails Trust. We shifted to Queenstown in December 2003 and I became the Patron just after the Trust was formed. My wife, Jan, and I are active walkers and daily experience the benefits the trails bring to both locals and visitors. The opportunities to explore the many wonderful scenic areas on either bike or foot can never be under estimated. We trust everyone will enjoy our increasing trail network.
Ken Swain (TRUSTEE)
Ken was born and educated in Invercargill and commenced his career in the Financial Service industry in 1967. Ken established Swain Financial Services which had branches throughout the South Island and a New Zealand wide network. Since retiring in 2009 Ken has remained involved in the industry serving as Chairman and Director of several SME’s and acting as an advisor/mentor to a number of organisations.
Ken is enthusiastic about the potential of the trails trust to enhance the lives, wellbeing and health of the people living in and around Queenstown. He and his Family trust have been a large contributor to the trust (Swain Bridge). Ken and his wife Jenette have two adult children and 5 grandchildren. He enjoys tramping and skiing with his grandchildren, playing golf, fishing, boating and overseas travel.
John Edmonds (Trustee)
John is a local planning consultant, having lived in the Wakatipu for over 20 years.
John and his wife Turi have three daughters at Arrowtown School, and are all regular trail users.
“Like the other Trustees, I’m passionate about the development of the trail network and the important role that it will play in the development of the community.
I’m particularly interested in new trail opportunities around the Basin, and envisage a fantastic range of off-road and commuter trails for walking, running and cycling.”
John Thompson (Trustee)
I have been a trustee for a number of years, enjoy the governance and development of the trails network. The maintenance of the existing trails, new feeder and secondary routes are of particular interest to me.
There are exciting projects ahead completing new links in the district with commuter and recreation trails.
Britta Taylor (Trustee)
As a Trustee, I thoroughly enjoy being part of such a dynamic, proactive group of people.
I am a retired teacher and our family has been part of the Queenstown community since the early 1980s. I have experienced extensive cycle touring in Europe and it is very exciting that we are now establishing cycle provide safe and varied walking and cycling for us to enjoy with family, friends and visitors. My goal is to continue the expansion and fine-tuning of our current trail system.
Michael Walker (Trustee)
I am extremely passionate about the amazing work that the QTT has done and continues to do. I use the trails daily, from walking the dog to mountain biking with friends. As a trustee, I am particularly passionate about ensuring that the trails retain a world class status for generations to come.
Mark Townsley (Trustee)
Mark, originally from the UK married a good southern Kiwi girl and they’ve spent the last 11 years in Queenstown. His passion is building and riding bike trails, and through his hobby and profession as an engineer, Mark has spent the last 25 years doing both as much as possible. He looks forward to being a custodian of the existing trails and getting involved in new trail development so that the trust can offer such a special jewel in Queenstown’s crown.
Geoff Owen (DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION Representative & tRUSTEE)
Geoff is the Operations Manager, Wakatipu - Pou Matarautaki, Wakatipu.
A former police officer, Geoff joined the Department of Conservation in July 2012 as National Compliance & Liaison Manager based in Wellington. Geoff came to the role of Operations Manager in December 2015, and has oversight of all of the Department's operations delivery in the Wakatipu Basin.
Prior to the Department Geoff worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Forensic Services Wellington practice and before there, a number of other New Zealand Government agencies. His first role out of Police was as head of corporate security for insurer AMP Society’s New Zealand operations.
Geoff has a Masters in Business Administration from Victoria University, Wellington.
Of Taranaki Iwi descent, born in Hawera, has moved south after 40 years working in the capital.
For Geoff, his Norwegian partner and their three children, tramping, biking, kayaking, snow-sports, feature high on their recreational pursuits – and he couldn’t have picked a better part of our beautiful country and a great group of trustees to share it with.”
alexa forbes (qldc rEPRESENTATIVE & Trustee)
I am a keen recreational and committed commuter cyclist who loves the Queenstown Trails Trust network and sees it as a key part of our local transport infrastructure. As chair of the Queenstown Lakes District Council Infrastructure Committee, I am delighted to be the Council representative. I aim to support the Trust in its work to maximise commuter use of the trails through developing safe connections between the places that people of all ages live, work and play.