Information about British Cycling's senior management team.
Ian Drake - chief executive officer
Ian started his career as a teacher at the Frederick Gent School in Derbyshire where he established a ground breaking after-school cycling club which gained national recognition and paved the way to introducing cycling to a new generation of young people, both as a curricular and extra-curricular activity.
After working as a consultant with British Cycling from 1995 he joined the organisation full-time in 1998 to help devise and implement a playground to podium pathway that was successfully introduced in 2000. The incredible performance of British Cycling in Beijing is testament to the success of that 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. This resulted in an increase in participation in cycle sport in the UK, prompting British Cycling to extend its activities to leisure and recreation.
In 2007 Ian was appointed deputy chief executive assuming responsibility for governance and participation, before replacing Peter King as chief executive in 2009 since when he has overseen an unprecedented growth in membership.
Outside of work, Ian enjoys windsurfing, cyclo-cross, mountain biking and spending time with his wife and four children.
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 retired from competitive cycling in 2000, after which he was appointed as British Cycling’s regional talent manager for the North East, 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. Educated at Fleetwood Grammar School, where he represented his school at rugby, cricket and badminton, he went on to graduate in business studies.
As an active football coach, Alan enjoyed an extended period of foreign travel, 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.
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.
Alan’s home is in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, where he lives with his wife and son. When he’s not working he enjoys exploring forest cycle trails with his family, spending time in his garden and is particularly fond of a good walk.
Stewart Kellett - recreation and partnerships director
Stewart has over 20 years’ experience in the local government sector in chief officer roles spanning sport, parks and open spaces, major events, contracting, planning and regeneration.
Employers have included Preston, South Ribble, East Devon, Bristol and Hyndburn Councils, and in more recent years Stewart has been CEO of Lancashire Sport and Director of Sport England North West, playing a leading role in driving up sports participation in the region. His formal training has included a DMS (Exeter) and an MBA (Hull).
In June 2009 he joined British Cycling as the director of the new recreation and partnerships department.
He is accountable for managing one of the biggest mass participation programmes in the UK delivering national campaigns in partnership with BskyB and contributing to the 2012 Legacy with the aim to help get one million more people on a bike before the Olympics and a further one million post Olympics.
Outside of work Stewart participates in a range of sports. A former county badminton player and coach, he also cycles regularly and has completed epic rides like Lands End to John O’ Groats, L’Etape du Tour and the Haute Route.
Away from work, Stewart spends a lot of time in the great outdoors with his three daughters Sophie, Grace and Hannah – all of whom also help him recover from the pain of watching Blackburn Rovers.
John Mills - coaching, education and development director
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.
John’s current 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.
Prior to joining British Cycling, John used his BA Hons degree in sport and recreation studies 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.
Having retired from competitive sport when he joined British Cycling, John currently lives in north Manchester where he has recently started riding his bike again, but this time only for fun!
Jamie Obank - finance and commercial director
Jamie 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.
He is a passionate cyclist and triathlete and has completed several IronMan competitions. Jamie is married with two children and lives with his family in Bolton.
The marketing and sponsorship team report into Jamie and he is responsible for leading on British Cycling’s commercial activities.