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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
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.
Charles Jackson has been a board member of British Cycling since 2004. Within British Cycling he is vice-chair of the board of directors and chair of the cyclocross commission as well as sitting on the audit and assurance commission.
Internationally Charlie represents British Cycling as a delegate at the European Cycling Union since 2010 and sits on the UCI Road Commission. Recently Charlie has been selected by UK Sport for an international relations and development programme.
Charlie is an active cyclist and a member of Chorley Cycling Club. In 2010 his business, Recycling Lives Ltd, was awarded the Queens Award for Industry as well as being the regional winner of the National Training Awards due to the work achieved with homeless people and offenders.
Charles is an advisor on recycling and industry matters in the environmental sector and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire.
A long standing member of the British Cycling board, Colin has served in a number of different roles during his time with the organisation.
Colin is currently vice-chair, chair of the cycle-speedway commission, chair of the disciplinary commission and head of the disciplinary panel.
Colin has been an active commissaire for the past 38 years. Having qualified as a UCI commissaire (national) in 1988, he has served as a member of the commissaires panel for the Tour of Britain for the last nine years, and headed the commissaires panel for the Tour Series since its inception.
Within the sport he has been race director at the Archer GP for eight years, and officiated at Olympic Games and world championships. He is also a member of British Cycling’s commissaires commission representing road officials on the commission. He is a qualified tutor and has led courses for commissaires and organisers.
Colin worked in the IT industry for over 20 years before switching to a large defence industry supplier for 14 years. He retired in 2009, and now devotes his time in support of cycling.
A British Cycling member for over 40 years, Tony was British Cycling road race team manager in the 1990s, heading the national team at the Peace Race 1991, Japan World Cup 1995, Ruta Mexico 1995 as well as other major international events in Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and Sweden.
A former training, health and safety manager in the construction industry, Tony has also been a top event organiser including running the Birkenhead Park Criteriums series for 28 years, New Brighton Prom Crits, National Juvenile Champion Organiser as well as many events in his native North West.
In recognition of his years of service he was awarded the BCF Divisional Badge of Honour in 2003 for his services to cycle sport in the North West. Tony is the chair of the road commission.
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.
Having had a successful racing career, including multiple national championship wins on the track, Richard is now more likely to be seen officiating at or organising races than competing in them. He has been a British Cycling member for 27 years.
As well as duties as a member of the Board, Richard is chair of the East Midlands region and an organiser of road and track events.
He also serves as both a road and track commissaire and has officiated at many events including world cups, paracycling world cups and track world championships.
He is a British Cycling commissaire tutor and has helped to train and mentor many new officials. Richard is chair of the commissaires' and referees' commission.
Dr George Gilbert
Before being elected to the board in 2011, George served British Cycling in a variety of different roles. As well as being chair of the Eastern region, he is a member of British Cycling’s regional commission and technical 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 is chair of the eastern region, chair of the technical commission and chair of the ethics commission.
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.
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.
Marian Lauder MBE
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 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.