He built relationships with politicians of every strip in the cause of cycling and during 2013 was a major contributor to the establishment of an all party cycling group in the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont. Also during 2013 he established a committee, along the lines of CTC Scotland, and over the past three years he worked tirelessly to drive CTC’s growth and influence in Ireland. Tom forged alliances with Sustrans, Friends of the Earth, the NI Cycling Initiative and colleagues in the Republic in Cyclist.ie. More than anyone else he gave CTC its current high profile in Irish cycle campaigning circles, both north and south of the border.
Tom communicated constantly with opinion formers and policy makers on behalf of CTC and generated a large proportion of our media coverage and profile in Belfast. He secured important meetings for CTC with senior officials in the NI government and put an astonishing network of contacts at CTC’s disposal. Perhaps Tom’s greatest achievement in 2013 was single-handedly setting up and delivering two highly successful conferences on ‘Politically Painless Cycling’, enabling CTC and others to speak directly to audiences including the Minister for Regional Development, the chair of the key parliamentary committee and the Mayor of Derry/Londonderry. Indeed through Tom’s efforts, CTC is now for the first time working in Derry/Londonderry as well as Belfast.
As if all this wasn’t enough, Tom was also a joy to work with, campaigning with a smile on his face and an endlessly positive attitude.