Cycling Projects Trustees
Nick joined as a trustee with Cycling Projects in 2008 and in 2009 was voted in as chair of the board. As Chair, Nick has been responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to the charity, working closely with other board members, alongside the Charity Director and wider management team. Nick has also played an important role in supporting funding applications, partnership development and the governance arrangements for the charity.
For over twenty years Nick worked in his professional capacity in the promotion of physical activity and sport, and was responsible for leading and developing new services across all age groups to improve health and wellbeing amongst the least active. This experience provided useful insight in the development and sustainability of new delivery programmes for Cycling Projects. In 2011, Nick became Head of Service and a senior member of the management team for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust – enhancing his experience of working at strategic level.
In 2016, Nick left his role in the leisure sector and returned to study achieving a first class MSc degree in 2017. Alongside his studies, he undertook a secondment opportunity with the Wellcome Trust, and subsequently led a co-production and engagement research project in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University and Manchester Metropolitan University (published in 2019). Nick has continued to build on this experience in coproduction - now working with Healthwatch Lancashire in a front line role engagement role supporting a range of different community groups, including people with learning disabilities and autism.
Nick is a keen commuter cyclist and remains passionate in improving access to cycling for all parts of the community.
Paul Alcock - Chair of trustees
Paul joined the Cycling Projects Board of Directors in September 2020. He is a company director of an international Marine Energy Services company bringing over 30 years of experience in commercial, business development and merger and acquisitions. He is also an Advisory Board member of Paris based management consultancy.
Paul brings experience in scaling organisations through strategy, appropriate structure and financial control whilst managing large teams and ensuring employee engagement throughout. Whilst a keen competitive cyclist, he also volunteers at his local Cycling Projects centre in Norfolk.
Married with three children, Paul has a BSc degree in Environmental Planning.
Sue Bentley MBE
Sue joined the Cycling Projects Board of Directors in May 2018. She is a professional web developer who has managed her own company for the last 24 years. She is also a keen community activist with a lot of experience in organising local events to raise awareness of a variety of social issues. Sue was part of the team that set up Warrington Disability Partnership, who run the very successful annual Disability Awareness Day. She is on the Board of the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust and is also lead Climate Change Ambassador for the Cheshire Federation of WIs. She received an MBE for her contributions to charity work in 2016.
Sue brings her many years of experience in running a business to her current role as Treasurer of Cycling Projects, as well as her passion for disability rights and equality. The planned scaling up of Cycling Projects over the next three years is a project close to her heart and something she believes will give a bright future to the charity, and help us to better serve both our clients and our wonderful volunteers.
Sue has degrees in Business Studies and History and is currently studying for an MA. She has two children, three grandchildren and two very spoiled Siamese cats.
Chris was elected onto the board of Cycling Projects in 2011. He had worked in Scotland and North Wales before moving to the North West of England to undertake a degree in Physics with Materials Science which he followed with a PhD. He has worked as a Nuclear Medicine Radiographer in Liverpool for the last 25years and is active in the British Nuclear Medicine Society.
Chris has always been a transportation cyclist but became involved in cycling activism in the late 1990s as the chairman of Warrington Cycle Campaign. That group organized two highly influential national Cycle Campaign Network Conferences with the CTC in 2005 and 2008 from which the 20s plenty movement really took off. The combination of Health, Mobility and Environmental benefits that cycling provides should be available for everyone to enjoy safely, and joining the leadership team of Cycling Projects has been a great opportunity for him to help extend these advantages to yet another group of people. This also completes another circle of life as Chris started as a volunteer, assisting in disability sports events as a teenager in East Yorkshire, while doing his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
He still lives in Warrington with his wife Liz and they have two grown up children. His daughter gave birth to a first grandchild in December 2020 as if to prove that strange year was not all bad.
Liz joined the Cycling Projects Board of Directors in June 2015 She has a lifelong interest in disability and equality issues and after rediscovering the joy of riding a bike in midlife Liz quickly became hooked and believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the feeling of freedom and independence that cycling brings. She discovered cycling projects when riding past a wheels for all session – seeing the impact first-hand.
She is chartered engineer and project management professional who managed product development and major business transformation programmes in both the public and private sector. Having taken a career break to focus on various voluntary opportunities and cycling as much as possible Liz has been fortunate enough to enjoy some epic rides, including cycling across the USA.
Liz is especially interested in organisation and people development and
risk management and governance and enjoys having the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of people to deliver a much needed service to communities across the UK.
Liz has been a business and personal mentor for the Prince’s Trust for over 16 years and also volunteers with a number of local community groups. She is married and lives in Shropshire where she is usually to be found on two wheels.
With a background in teaching and accountancy and at home with a small son, I got involved in the charity sector - the local branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and Manchester Area Resource Centre (MARC). I visited Manchester Town Hall in 1992 for an environmental event (yes they were happening back then) and having expressed an interest in the Greater Manchester Cycling Project I attended a meeting and became involved.
Several years later I became the Treasurer and Accountant. Reduction in traffic was an issue then and the promotion of cycling a method of furthering it. I have watched the fluctuation in fortunes of Cycling Projects and was very pleased when the Wheels for All initiative started in 1996. I have an extensive knowledge of the many varieties of adapted cycles and am extremely proud that the charity has funded and placed to date at least 1400 cycles valued at £1.5m in about 130 locations. I returned to work as accountant and head of payroll of a company which ultimately had a staff of 500 care workers.
I have ridden an adult tricycle, mainly for local journeys, for the last thirty years. My small son and his family are now in Sweden and his small son is learning to cycle on the broad pavements there. My other interests are our allotment, hill walking, 19c literature and art, and demonstrating my husband’s Meccano models.
Heather (BSc) joined Cycling Projects as a Trustee in 2021.
An ambitious and determined business woman, Heather has 15 years of experience work-ing in the charitable, environmental, and voluntary sectors and is an active philanthropist supporting charities and individuals who are keen to help make a positive difference to peoples lives. She presently works in a senior capacity as a highly successful strategic leader and ambassador for change throughout the UK and Ireland. She thrives working with volunteers and community groups in order to deliver positive results for individuals, and has a great understanding and admiration for the role volunteers play. She is especial-ly interested in efficiency, effectiveness, quality of services and meeting targets. She is look-ing forward to meeting those who deliver our services and those who use them.
She is an advocate for enabling people to enjoy the outdoors regardless of physical or mental ability. She is a passionate about inspiring, motivating and enabling people to achieve their goals. In 2016 she became a record holder for swimming across a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean and established a fund enabling individuals of all physical and mental abilities to access the outdoors in her home town. She recognises the value and impact enabling people to achieve their goals can have on physical and mental health and wellbeing.
She feels honoured to be on our board of governance during this exciting period of growth and is ready to help us together ‘push into the next gear’, enabling even more people to ride on two wheels regardless of age, ability or experience and be active on their own terms.
Heather is a mother of two young adventurous cyclists, Chief Puncture Patcher and owns a TAGA bike. She quotes “sometimes you might have to change gear unexpectedly, or take a different route, but the important thing is to just keep pedalling”.
Logan joined the Cycling Projects board in 2021. Having previously working in local authority sports development, Logan was a senior manager for national charity British Blind Sport before moving into the transport sector. Logan joined Transport for West Midlands as a Cycling and Walking Development Officer where he was the accessibility lead before starting his current role as a project manager organising the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Throughout Logan’s career, he has been a strong advocate for accessibility and inclusion and played a key role in the setup of Cycling Projects’ “Out on your Loan” initiative.
Logan is a retired international curler, but still remains fit by going to the gym, golfing and cycling. Logan recently purchased his first road bike and is enjoying exploring the West Midlands on it, where he lives with his wife and 1 year old daughter.
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