British Cycling senior management team

British Cycling senior management team

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Ian Drake – chief executive officer

Ian Drake was appointed British Cycling’s CEO in 2009. As chief executive officer, Ian leads on the development of the 2017-2025 strategy and resources with a focus on longer-term strategic matters.

Prior to becoming CEO, Ian enjoyed a 14 year career with British Cycling in a variety of roles – first as a consultant where he helped to devise and implement a playground to podium pathway.  The incredible performance of British Cycling in Beijing is testament to the success of the pathway. In 2004, Ian took over as participation director and operations director to lead British Cycling’s ambition to use medal success to inspire greater participation in the sport before being appointed deputy chief executive in 2007. 

Jamie Obank – chief operating officer

Jamie Obank was appointed chief operating officer in 2016 as part of a strengthening of British Cycling’s management structure.

Responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the organisation, Jamie first joined British Cycling as finance director in 2011 having previously been finance director and main board director at companies in the manufacturing, construction and renewable energy sectors.

Jamie is a qualified accountant and has extensive senior level experience of corporate restructurings, takeovers, cost-rationalisation and the implementation of robust financial controls.

David Bourque – recreation and partnerships director

David joined the British Cycling senior management team in 2016, taking over the challenge of being responsible for delivery of the participation targets in an historic final twelve months working with Sky in an Olympic and Paralympic year.

As recreation and partnerships director, David's department works with over one hundred local authorities, Sky, Sport England and thousands of volunteers to deliver Sky Ride Big Bike Events, Sky Ride Local guided rides, Breeze bike rides for women and Ride Social self-led informal rides.

David is a chartered marketer and for over the last sixteen years has led marketing teams and partnerships for the NHS, tourist boards and for the Peak District National Park Authority.

Jonny Clay – cycle sport and membership director

Jonny’s team is responsible for all sporting event administration and its development, the major domestic and international event strategy and its delivery.

It also looks after the direct delivery of certain major international events, and the identification, training and resourcing of key event officials and volunteers, British Cycling’s software development team, regional events officers and RCAs.

The department is also responsible for all competition related commissions and the development of future event related legislation. Jonny also oversees the development of all services associated with British Cycling membership, licence holders and clubs.

Jonny enjoyed a professional cycling career during which he had the rare honour of representing his country at elite level in the world championships of three disciplines - road, track and mountain bike. A bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics, a world and Commonwealth Games silver medal, plus many national titles were amongst key highlights.

Jonny was appointed as British Cycling’s regional talent manager for the North East in 2000, having sat on British Cycling’s board for the last five years of his cycling career. In 2004 he took over management of the membership department before being appointed to his current role in 2009.

Alan Hawkins – corporate services director

Alan is the longest serving member of the senior management team, having joined in 1995.

Joining British Cycling as its first membership services manager, Alan has seen his role develop extensively over the years. As corporate services director and company secretary, he is now responsible for key areas of corporate governance including human resources, IT, compliance, insurance, membership legal services, and office management.

Prior to joining British Cycling, Alan was a football coach and pursued a career in sport and leisure management in the private sector, latterly becoming a successful regional operations manager for a commercial sports facility developer.

John Mills - coaching, education and development director

John’s role includes overall responsibility for British Cycling’s world-leading coach education programme, the highly regarded cycle training and recreation education programmes, together with the Go-Ride development programme for young people. John is also responsible for the regional development managers and Go-Ride coaches.

John joined British Cycling in 1999 as coaching and education director, before taking on the added responsibility of the Go-Ride development programme in 2003. Since this time John has continued to lead the development and delivery of British Cycling’s coaching, education and development programmes.

Prior to joining British Cycling, worked in a variety of coaching, development and teaching roles, including lecturer at Stoke-on-Trent College, head of recreation at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and senior lecturer at the University of Sunderland.

Scott Dougal – head of communications

Scott is responsible for overseeing British Cycling’s communications, digital, public affairs, campaigning and stakeholder engagement outputs. 

Prior to joining British Cycling, Scott worked for several years in journalism, namely for the Press Association where he was Deputy Sports Editor and Olympics Editor.

Jody Dew – head of marketing

Jody oversees British Cycling’s marketing activity with responsibility for growing the organisation’s audience, managing existing sponsor relationships and attracting new commercial investment to ensure the organisation is best-placed to maximise the sport’s increasing profile.

Jody joined British cycling in 2010 from BSkyB where she was Marketing Controller. Prior to that, Jody worked as a marketing manager for holiday operators for seven years.