British Cycling to appoint two non-executive directors

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Applications to sit on British Cycling’s board as a non-executive director are now being invited, the sports governing body said today.

The two new board positions, approved by British Cycling’s National Council in November, will ensure that the governing body continues to maximise opportunities for growth while bringing in senior level expertise on public affairs, finance and risk management.

British Cycling’s President, Bob Howden, said: “British Cycling is now the leading sports governing body in this country. More than two million people are riding bikes regularly, we’ve had two British winners of the Tour de France, a fantastic medal haul at London 2012 and we’re on track to reach an all-time high of 100,000 members later this year.

“The challenge now is to continue to thrive and expand in a sustainable manner, making the most of opportunities offered to us. More people than ever before, in every walk of life, now want to get involved in cycling. While we obviously welcome applicants from within the sport, we are also keen to ensure we draw from experts across all sectors to advise us on how we can stay at the top of our game.”

Along with other members of the Board of Directors, the successful applicants will be involved in shaping the strategic aims of the organisation, providing creative, informed and constructive input.

British Cycling’s key corporate objectives for the next three years include:

  • A push for greater sustainability with an increased volunteer workforce, who can drive participation, supported by an increased membership base.
  • Continuing to grow the membership to provide a strong voice on behalf of all cyclists, actively promoting their needs and protecting their rights.
  • Ambitious targets for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games to support the aspiration to maintain or even increase the medal tally of the British team’s performance in London – a feat not achieved by a host nation to date in the history of the Games.
  • By 2017, increasing once a week participation by 125,000. That will only be achieved through our continued partnership with Sky and a significant expansion of British Cycling’s delivery model with local authorities and other stakeholders.
  • Significant strides in addressing the gender gap in cycling with an ambitious target of getting one million more women cycling by 2020.

The posts are for a three year term, effective from 1 April 2014. Post holders will be required to attend approximately six board meetings per annum as well as the annual National Council meeting. Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with the organisation’s expenses policy.