I’ve entered this election to try and provide some new blood to the organisation and offer my experience as a serving company director, as a trustee of a not for profit organisation, as a former parish councillor in the Sevenoaks district, my passion for cycling and all it offers to individuals and to society as a whole.
I believe it’s very important that Cycling UK has the leadership from its Board that delivers services to the members that they want and need while meeting the charitable obligations of promoting cycling for all and lobbying for better infrastructure. I think that these two objectives are perfectly compatible but it is incumbent on the councillors to facilitate an environment where neither one suffers at the expense of the other. I am keen to play my part in fostering a situation where this can always remain the case in the future.
I have held a directorship in an SME for the past fourteen years and previously held senior commercial roles in blue chip organisations. I’m comfortable with the legal obligations that a Trustee has as a director and equally confident as an experienced business person when reviewing business planning and results. I am not shy when it comes to asking the hard questions that are sometimes needed to establish the context of those results. I am currently a trustee for a south coast sailing club and have a solid understanding of the obligations toward governance that go with this part of the role. In addition to cycling my sport and fitness history includes sailing (both as a competitive and cruising sailor) and rugby union as a player and (once the knees had gone!) as a coach. I have held roles in the leadership teams of clubs in both sports in the past.
Like many members I learned to ride a bike shortly after I learned to walk and have used a bike for transport, recreation and holidays ever since. In addition to cycling specific holidays we generally take either our road or mountain bikes with us whenever we go away for a weekend to experience a ride somewhere new and different. We’ve been lucky enough to cycle in many areas of Britain, several European countries and even in the US.
I think the next few years will be critical in promoting cycling as a viable first choice for social, domestic and pleasure travelling over short to medium distances. A strong and active organisation that has a diverse and growing membership can lead the national debate that will create the space for this to happen. Cycling UK is well positioned with the history and gravitas to be that organisation and I would welcome the opportunity to represent you and your views of how that debate should be conducted to the benefit of the current and future members.