My interest in serving as a councillor is to be able to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the nation through working at a local and national level in the CTC. I see this as an opportunity to work with other councillors, officials, members and partners to strengthen the heartbeat nationally and stimulate the pulse of cycling locally. I have been a member for about 17 years now and it will be a privilege to take up this position on behalf of the people of the East Midlands.
I have a passion for the outdoors whether on mountain bike, road bike, or on foot. All of my live I have been active to varying degrees and have always aspired to do more. This has not always been easy to achieve as like the majority of the population, maintaining balance in my life is a constant challenge. So I do what I can when and where I can. I have in the past cycled with a local group, I have commuted, I have attended rallies and I have completed some great road and MTB tours. In recent years I have cycled locally with friends and whilst away camping and have completed the Great Nottinghamshire Bike Ride and Tanya’s Challenge both of which are great local events for cyclists of all levels and ages. I have a custom made Mercian with a sparkly frame which is the envy of many – including a collector at York Cycle Rally this year! I am currently considering purchasing an electric bike because there are times when I need a bit of extra help in order to keep up with my buddies. I believe that developments in this area will open up cycling opportunities to people of all ages who may not have the time, ability or inclination to train or do longer distances but want to be out there.
So you will probably have gathered I am not a purist but a realist and someone who wants to make being active and in the outdoors achievable for everyone. I believe we will achieve this through safety, accessibility and technology and by gluing it together through social networks. Achieving interest in cycling across diverse groups and making health and wellbeing ‘the job’ of employers is central to achieving success.
In working as a councillor I have a good bag of transferable skills gained through working in my own HR business as either consultant or interim in both the public and private sector. I have worked at or to board level for over 12 years and currently am an interim HR Director in 10th largest acute NHS Trust in the UK. I have managed large scale transformation and change and constantly seek to link what we do and how we do it to stakeholder needs. I am a coach and enjoy working with others to maximise their potential.
I plan in the next phase of my life to use my knowledge and skills at work and outside of work to maximise my own health and to contribute to the health of others.