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Frank Slevin - independent chair
Appointed as British Cycling's first Independent Chair in January 2018, Frank has held a number of board and senior executive positions across a range of industries. Most recently, as Executive Chairman of House of Fraser and Chairman of Hamleys of London. Frank has also assumed the position of chair of British Cycling's nomination and remuneration committee.
In addition to his recent UK-based roles, Frank has spent significant phases of his career working internationally having been based at various stages in New York and Hong Kong. He was based in Hong Kong from 1994 to 2010, latterly as the Head of Global Banking for HSBC, a role which he then held for the Americas. He subsequently founded Ashgrove Homes, a residential home builder in the Thames Valley, and Novus Consulting, an innovative environmental consultancy. He has been on the board of a number of not-for-profit organisations including the Outward Bound, Pangbourne College, the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children and Junior Achievement. He is currently also Chair of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs.
He has a postgraduate diploma in Integrated Environmental Studies from the University of Southampton, an MSc in Exploration Geophysics from Imperial College and a Physics degree from the University of Manchester.
Frank is a keen cyclist, taking part in road and mountain biking, and is an early stage convert to cyclocross.
Peter King CBE (nominated by the England Regions)
Peter King CBE was nominated to the British Cycling board by the English regions in 2017, having previously served as the organisation’s chief executive between 1997 and 2008.
During his tenure as chief executive, Peter oversaw the rapid growth of British Cycling, culminating in a record medal haul at the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
For the past five years, Peter has been a board member for Sport Wales, and as a former director of Commonwealth Games England and the Sport and Recreation Alliance, trustee of The London Marathon, chair of England Athletics and interim chief executive of Pentathlon GB, British Fencing and British Canoeing, he has a wealth of experience in sports governance.
An honorary life member of Redhill Cycling Club, Peter has competed in road races and time trials, as well as serving as a committee member, event organiser, divisional councillor, divisional committee member and national councillor. He is also currently president of Dorking Cycling Club.
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 BMX commission.
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. He also holds the position of chair of the track commission.
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.
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
Nicholas Lumb (elected)
Nicholas Lumb joined the British Cycling board after being elected at National Council in 2018. He has been the chairman of the south west region since 2009 and has represented the region as a national councillor since 2004.
He started racing in BMX before moving to road racing with varied success. Later, he moved to off-road racing and became one of the dominant mountain bike racers in the south west region throughout the 1990s, competing in several world cup races as well as the national cross country series.
He is a national road commissaire and has officiated at many high-profile events, including Tour Series criteriums, national junior series road races and one-day senior events. At regional level, he is also a cyclo-cross commissaire, having been part of the south west cyclo-cross league since its inception. He has organised multiple road races and assisted in cyclo-cross and road promotions over a long period of time.
A qualified cycle mechanic and coach, Nicholas was part of Team South West, which was a junior rider development squad, and attended numerous races abroad to introduce young riders to continental racing.
He works for a large south west-based college training new engineers and helping companies to address skill deficits. Previously, he has worked in the cycle industry and been involved in the development of Cytech mechanic standards. He has extensive experience and a holistic, panoramic view of cycling in all of its aspects.
Kathy Gilchrist (nominated)
Kathy Gilchrist has been on the Scottish Cycling board since 2011 and has recently served as Chair. She was elected to the British Cycling board as the Scottish Cycling Nominated Director in 2018.
She has worked at three Olympic Games; as a Team Liaison in Rio in 2016 and at London 2012, and as the Assistant Inﬁeld Manager for the track at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
Kathy’s work as a commissaire started at the Tour of Texas in the early 1980s and continued when she moved to the UK, as she worked at both local and international events alike. Originally from Texas, Kathy was the manager for the Alkek Velodrome in Houston and organised local and international level track events.
She served on the United States Cycling Federation Board and was the founding member of the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the American Track Racing Association.
Kathy enjoys riding her bike both on and off-road with her husband, Sandy. Lately she has been trained as a pilot for the Cycling Without Age Peebles Chapter.
Sharon Bridgland-Gough (independent)
Sharon Bridgland-Gough joined the British Cycling Board in May 2019.
Sharon has over 30 years HR experience and has held a number of senior HR roles within global and national organisations including start-ups and well-established fast paced organisations in major technology, financial services, defence and healthcare. Her past posts include Chief People Officer at Nuffield Health and Chief Human Resources Officer at Cardtronics PLC, the world’s largest independent ATM business. Sharon now runs her own business.
Sharon’s passion and skill is in creating environments where people thrive, alongside scaling-up People functions so that HR becomes a visible enabler for the transformation, taking responsibility for linking people’s passion with their performance to deliver great outcomes for the business.
Sharon is a keen recreational cyclist, enjoying the health and wellbeing benefits of cycling, the time with her family and being the proud owner of a bright pink tandem.
Tabitha Rendall (elected)
Tabitha Rendall was elected to the Board in November 2019 and has previously served as Chair of the South East Regional Board, National Councillor and Chair of the BMX Commission.
She continues to compete in ultra-distance and BMX events, and has represented Great Britain at the UCI BMX World Championships every year from 2014-19. In addition to this she is a regular cycle commuter, a coach for Club Cyclopark, a club volunteer and an event organiser.
Tabitha joins the Board with considerable wealth of experience from a number of roles in the financial services industry, establishing strategic and competitor intelligence, strong investigative skills and the ability to manage complex projects.
Julie Watts (elected)
Julie Watts was elected to the Board in November 2019, having previously served as Chair of the Eastern Regional Board and member of the BMX Commission.
Julie has been involved in the organising and running of BMX events since 2003 after first becoming involved in the sport through Braintree BMX Club, and successfully led the club through a number of national race events. Julie also served as the Chair of BMX East for a number of years. As well as this, she is a qualified commissaire and has also served as a race administrator for a number of national and international events.
Julie is an avid leisure cyclist, enjoying regular social rides with family, friends and other like minded cyclists. She brings vital decision making, leadership and organisational skills to the Board, honed in her role as a Senior Clinical Manager, and has over a decade’s worth of experience in clinical and operational management both within the NHS and private healthcare environments.
Julie Harrington (ex-officio member of the board)
Julie Harrington as British Cycling chief executive is an ex-officio member of the board.