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British Cycling Federation
Bob Howden OBE - president
Bob Howden OBE has been a British Cycling member for 43 years and a board member of British Cycling across a period of 13 years.
He is chair of the federation commission and the major events commission as well as being a member of the audit and assurance commission. He has been the chair of the Yorkshire region since its inception in 2001.
Bob raced for 24 years and was a former junior division road champion, representing West Yorkshire at senior level.
Bob was founder and Chair of the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling, he organised the British Cycling National Road Championships in 2005, 2008 and 2012 and the annual Ryedale Grand Prix Premier Calendar Road Race between those years.
He is a national level road commissaire.
Bob is owner and managing director of Ongoing Developments, a group of companies that includes Grass Concrete Limited the inventors and worldwide providers of the Grasscrete paving system.
Jonathan Browning - chair (independent)
Jonathan was appointed as British Cycling chair in February 2017 after joining as a non-executive director in March 2015. A former president and chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America and managing director of Jaguar Cars, Jonathan has over 30 years experience leading businesses on a global scale.
His wide-ranging experience of delivering significant revenue growth as well as his ability to lead on large-scale marketing strategies is fundamental to the board’s work in steering British Cycling towards increased sustainability.
A keen cyclist, who raced cyclo-cross as a youngster but now focuses on sportives and multi-day events (Ride Across Britain, London-Paris and Pyrenean Raid to name a few), Jonathan is also passionate about economic growth and creating better places to live. His role as non-executive chairman for Coventry and Warwickshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership involves bringing together the private and public sectors to lead the development and implementation of plans for economic growth and job creation in the region.
Peter King OBE (nominated by the England Regions)
Alasdair Maclennan (nominated by Scottish Cycling)
Alasdair has been involved in the sport for over 45 years. As a schoolboy and junior he represented Scotland. After managing teams in Scotland, he was appointed manager of the Ireland national team between 1989 and 1997 – taking them to two Olympic Games in Barcelona and Atlanta.
He was Scotland team manager at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Melbourne and Delhi and Glasgow 2014. He is chair of the MTB gravity commission.
He has been president of Scottish Cycling since 2010.
Nick Smith (nominated by Welsh Cycling)
After serving as the chair of Welsh Cycling for a number of years, Nick was elected to the board of British Cycling in November 2014.
With a background in motorsport and 32 years in the military, Nick became involved in cycling when his children joined Maindy Flyers Cycling Club. After getting involved in the organisation of a number of youth events, Nick put his name forward for the board of Welsh Cycling and was elected and placed in charge of development.
He was then elected as chair of Welsh Cycling, a role he continues to fulfil alongside his responsibilities with British Cycling. During his time as chair, Welsh Cycling has gone from strength to strength with the team hitting their medal target at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. The organisation now also has a far more influential voice on political issues in Wales and has a seat on the Welsh Assembly Active Travel Act Committee.
Nick is chair of the mountain bike endurance and BMX commissions.
Dr George Gilbert (elected)
Before being elected to the board in 2011, George served British Cycling in a variety of different roles. He is a member of British Cycling’s regional commission, chair of the technical commission, chair of the sports ethics commission and has also served on British Cycling’s appeals panel. George also represents the board in Parliament.
George has competed at a high level, winning regional and national titles in cycling. He is now heavily involved in events organisation and organises British Cycling’s Inter-Regional Road, track and MTB championships and the cycling events at the UK School Games. He is also a national track commissaire and national road commissaire.
George has a PhD in astrophysics and worked at the University of Cambridge researching the effects of black holes in galaxies and quasars in the early universe. He now runs a successful publishing company alongside his work analysing and solving complex problems in the IT and telecommunications industry.
Wendy Cull (elected)
Wendy Cull was elected to the British Cycling board for two years in 2017, having been a British Cycling member for 33 years and both a commissaire and judge at a number local, national and international cycling events.
Wendy has worked as a soigneur for several Pro-Continental and national teams, and has also driven Neutral Service at major national and international events including the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She is currently a member of the New Brighton Cycling Club in Merseyside, and has been Regional Treasurer for the North West Region since 2016.
Having studied Environmental Health at university, she has been an Environmental/Port Health Officer since 1989, and is now the Lead Officer for foods which are not of animal origin through the Port of Liverpool. She hopes to study for a PhD in Sports Supplements and Public Health in the future.
Richard Lodge (elected)
Having been Chairman of the West Midlands Region since 2005, Richard Lodge was elected to the British Cycling board for three years in 2017.
Richard is a Level 3 trained coach and delivers weekly Go-Ride sessions at Solihull CC, and has previously managed the West Midlands Centre of Excellence team, been Team Manager for the West Midlands Regional Youth road and track teams and organised a number of events as part of the West Midlands Road Race League. He was awarded the British Cycling Volunteer Award for the West Midlands in 2009.
He competed regionally, nationally and across Europe on both the road and track, and has worked in the tax profession since 1984, establishing his own specialist consultancy company in 2003.
Graham Elliot (elected)
Graham Elliot was elected to the British Cycling board for one year in 2017; his second stint as a board member.
Graham has significant experience in cycle speedway and MTB riding, and was instrumental in the development of MTB in the Eastern Region. While he has only being involved with British Cycling since 2008 he is now a Level 2 MTB coach, a member of the MTB Endurance Commission and a MTB and cyclo-cross regional commissaire, and was previously chair of the Cycle-speedway Commission.
He has held senior management and board level positions in purchasing and distribution since 1976 and – while now semi-retired – is currently joint-owner of MSG Sport, which manages and organises MTB races in East Anglia.
Marian Lauder MBE (independent)
Marian Lauder was appointed to British Cycling’s board as a non-executive director in April 2014. A director of Alto42 Ltd, a risk governance specialist company, and a board member for public transport watchdog, Passenger Focus, Marian is a former senior Army officer and was a chair of the sustainable transport charity Sustrans.
Marian’s wide ranging experience of delivering effective governance at board level as well as her ability to manage large budgets are fundamental to the board’s work in advising on financial management. Marian is chair of the audit and assurance commission.
Alex Russell (independent)
Alex Russell was appointed to British Cycling’s board as a non-executive director in April 2014. An accomplished strategic communications and public affairs professional with over 12 years’ experience, Alex is Executive Director for Communications and Community Engagement at Westway Trust and a former head of public affairs and policy at Sport England.
Alex’s detailed understanding of the intricacies of government and her strong track record in campaigning and influencing policy, will be vital in British Cycling’s work to engage with national and local government to ensure that cycling is put at the heart of transport policy.
A former head of campaigning and media at the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation, Alex’s insight is invaluable in assisting British Cycling in its ambition of getting one million more women cycling by 2020. Alex is chair of the Get Britain Cycling Commission.
Julie Harrington (ex-officio member of the board)
Julie Harrington as British Cycling chief executive is an ex-officio member of the board.