CTC – the UK’s largest cycling charity has appointed Gordon Seabright as its new Chief Executive. Gordon will start work at CTC’s national office in Guildford at the beginning of March.
Chair of CTC Council David Cox said: “I am delighted that Gordon is joining us as our new CEO and look forward to working with him. Gordon is a keen leisure cyclist and very experienced in the world of membership charities, as well as in tourism and event management. Gordon joins us at a time when cycling is again taking centre stage in British national life and his commitment and expertise are exactly what CTC needs as we look to the future.”
Gordon has worked for a number of high profile charities and membership organisations. Previously, he was the Acting Director General of The Royal Horticultural Society and the Commercial Director of English Heritage, where he was also in charge of Stonehenge. He lives in Wiltshire, with his wife and two teenage daughters.
Gordon Seabright said: "I'm thrilled to be joining CTC at such an exciting time for the organisation and for cycling. As the UK’s largest cycling charity, CTC has an enormously important role to play as the champion for cycling and cyclists, and I feel very honoured to be joining the team."
"Cycling is a big part of my life and something my family loves to do together. Cyclists know what a wonderful activity it is, with so many benefits for individuals, the whole community and the environment.
Today, with cycle safety on the front page of The Times, it is more important than ever before for CTC to continue its vital work. I'm looking forward to supporting the talented CTC team in doing all we can to champion more and safer cycling."
Gordon Seabright replaces Kevin Mayne who, after 14 years as Chief Executive of CTC, will become Director of Development for the European Cyclists’ Federation.
CTC President and Channel 4 Newscaster Jon Snow said: “Kevin has rounded many hairpin bends and gone many extra miles for and with CTC. He has helped build us into what we are. We wish him well.”
Notes to editors:
CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity*, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling.
We work to protect and promote cycling to create a healthier, cleaner world, now and for the future. We want the UK to be a place where it’s easy and safe for people of all ages to cycle, whatever their ability, background or income. We believe that cycling is more than just transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.
We encourage all types of cycling, on the road or off it. We support you if you already ride, or would like to ride, to work or school, for health, touring, sport and leisure – or just because it’s fun.
We’ve been working for cycling for over a century. Nationally and locally, we use our knowledge to influence decision makers and help people discover how cycling can change lives.
· We provide expert, practical help and advice.
· We support individuals and communities.
· We protect cyclists’ interests.
· We campaign to make cycling mainstream and to remove the things that stop people cycling.
· We help people develop the confidence and skills to cycle.
· We promote the benefits of cycling to individuals, to society and to the economy.
CTC is an independent charity, and relies on 70,000 members, volunteers, grant funders and partners for support. Without them, we would not be able to do our vital work in communities inspiring hundreds of thousands of people across the UK to cycle.
*CTC Charitable Trust, registered as a charity in England and Wales number 1104324, Scotland number SCO38626. Cyclists’ Touring Club, registered as a charity in Scotland no SC042541, application for registration in England and Wales currently subject to review.