Chief Executive Officer
Robert joined the PPA Executive Committee in September 2013 to specifically focus on off-road cycling initiatives. He resigned from the committee in June 2015, and was appointed as PPA’s first CEO as of August 2015.
Robert is passionate about cycling and the safety of cyclists, both on-road and off-road. He started the Table Mountain Bikers group and is actively involved in the Table Mountain MTB Forum.
Robert has completed several ABSA Cape Epic tours; the Cape Rouleur, the Coronation Double Century and many more. He has completed 10 Cape Town Cycle Tours (previously the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour), having done his first one in 2003. He often cycles to work from the City Bowl to Kenilworth, to meetings or to just go and have a cup of coffee.
Karin started cycling in 1986 when she did her first (then called) Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, and was once fit enough to complete the event in under 3 hours. For several years, she cycled competitively on the road (solo as well as tandem), off-road and on the track. Nowadays she can mostly be spotted having fun somewhere on a mountain bike or doing a cycle tour; with highlights being cycling the 800-odd km Camino de Santiago (Pilgrim’s route) from St Jean Pied-a-Port in France to Santiago in northern Spain, and “actually making it all the way up Alpe D’Huez”. A past PPA Executive Committee member, she joined the PPA staff in 2004 and is still passionate about cycling in all its forms, “but especially about being able to make a difference in someone’s life, for instance through our various project funding initiatives, or just to introduce a beginner to the joys of cycling.”
Safe Cycling Campaign Manager
Liz joined the Association in 2014, hailing from a marketing and communications background. She is passionate about the safety of cyclists and making a difference to keep cyclists safe on the road.
Senior Events Coordinator
Wendy started cycling in 1989 when her father and brother did their first Cycle Tour. She started doing funrides and did the intercycling events since. Wendy has completed more than 10 Cycle Tours and is well on her way to Club 21. She worked for Central Gauteng Cycling for a while, is a qualified commissaire as well as Safety Officer and has been with PPA for more than 10 years.
Gary joined PPA in 2013 as an Events Co-ordinator. He is a qualified Safety Officer and a passionate mountain biker who can often be spotted cycling in Tokai forest or participating at one of the MTB events on the PPA calendar if he is not working at the event. Gary regularly commutes to work by bicycle.
Rozanne joined PPA in August 2015. She is passionate about events and comes from a strong background in mountain bike and trail running organisation.
PPA Development Cycling Coordinator and Project Funding administrator
Jannis joined the Association in 2008, at first assisting in the front office as receptionist and membership secretary. She later took over the development cycling portfolio and recently took over the administration for PPA’s project funding portfolio.
Vanesia joined the Association in 2007, after working, amongst others, for a firm of chartered accountants. Vanesia’s family cycles, albeit not competitively. Vanesia is passionate about ensuring that the Association stays on a firm financial footing. She thrives on challenges (which working with an Executive Committee can sometimes be!) and aspires to learn something new every year.
Fahiema joined PPA in 2006 and has been instrumental in streamlining the membership debit order payments process. She has three children, 2 of which cycle and who regularly threaten to get mom on a bicycle as well. Fahiema is passionate about membership service and assisting members with their payment queries.
Shana joined PPA in 2010 as receptionist and general secretary after working in the client customer services department for a major financial institution. She has two young children. “It is interesting as well as challenging dealing with all the different kinds of people that make up PPA’s membership,” she says. Shana used to play hockey and enjoy picnics with her family. She is currently assisting in a general capacity, looking after various admin portfolios while also assisting at events.
Shane is the ‘go to’ guy for equipment and keeps the PPA branding clean and ready to go. He joined the Association in 2008.