Having grown up with cycling, I took a break but returned to the fold in 1996 when I went on my first touring holiday and started to ride regularly with a local group. I have gradually become more active primarily as a club cyclist, cycle tourist, commuter and more lately a campaigner. I can also be persuaded to bring out my MTB on occasions.
Currently, I am secretary of the Two Mills Member Group which is based on the Wirral where I now live. I lead club rides regularly on a Sunday and evenings during the summer. I organised my first early season tourist trial in 2007 and this year the event attracted a record number of 200 entries, an eclectic mix of members and non-members, women and even some juniors. I started a new group, the Bicycle Belles, which is for women-only and is proving very popular with newcomers. In 2011, I was awarded second place as CTC Volunteer of the Year.
I support other national cycle organisations including Sustrans and British Cycling. I am active in local campaigns to promote safer cycling.
My working life has been with the local authority, employed initially in public libraries and more recently in policy and performance. I am used to consulting with lots of different people, to listen and to address concerns. Last year, I decided on a change of direction. I qualified as a cycle instructor and now teach both children and adults under the national Bikeability scheme.
I believe we need to increase our influence on national and local policies. That strength of voice comes if we are able to attract a wide range of new members and retain existing ones. I think it is important to support local member groups and right to ride representatives, improve communications between national office and the regions, and develop the visible presence of CTC through initiatives like Bike Club. There is strong evidence to show the environmental and health benefits of cycling. There is also plenty of enthusiasm given recent sporting successes. The challenge remains to win the resources for cycling. CTC is well placed now that charitable status is agreed and a new Chief Executive in post and if I am elected to Council I will use my skills and experience in pursuit of members’ interests and the above objectives.