Meet the William Pike Challenge team.

William Pike

William Pike

Founder & Director

As the man behind the William Pike Challenge, William’s always exploring new ways to ensure young people are prepared to step outside their comfort zone, develop essential life skills and achieve their personal best. He’s a proud dad and husband, lover of odd food combinations (squirts tomato sauce on everything), and forever chasing the next adventure both indoors and outdoors. His other passions are photography, spearfishing and fiddling with his prosthetic leg.

Sally Ayson

Sally Ayson

Operations Manager

Sally knows our programme inside out which makes her job of onboarding schools and helping lead teachers the best fit! She bakes mean bread, cakes and biscuits and forces us to eat them. Sally’s biggest loves are: the sunshine, the beach, keeping fit, laughing, great music, amazing food and wine, a good book, her dog, her cat and then her kids (usually in that order she says!) She’s highly competitive and enjoys taking part in surf boat and canoe racing.

Esther Gemmell

Esther Gemmell

Marketing Manager

Esther’s our marketing and digital guru who takes care of showcasing the William Pike Challenge. She likes coffee and cake a little bit too much (thanks to Sally’s yummy baking), beating people in arm wrestling and watching Friends for the 174th time. She’s learning to embrace her love of floral patterns and enjoys nothing more than being at the beach, long lazy summer days, eating, growing and sharing homegrown fruit & veges and spending time with her whānau.

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