CANDIDATES FOR THE CTC/CUK ELECTION

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CANDIDATES FOR THE CTC/CUK ELECTION

Postby Philip Benstead » 28 Sep 2016, 12:47am

CANDIDATES FOR THE CTC/CUK ELECTION
I hope I have not corrupted the information. I found some links.
What is your view of the candidate?


A. DR JANET ATHERTON OBE
A CYCLIST FOR four years, and Cycling UK member for three, I am passionate about cycling and want to help get more people riding more often. Having previously cycled rarely, local Cycling UK groups helped build my confidence.
I now lead rides with Wirral Bicycle Belles.
I believe my perspective will help Cycling UK reach new cyclists. My profession is public health, and I have extensive Board experience in the NHS, local government and third sector.
I also bring experience of implementing local cycling programmes and campaigning. Previously Director of Public Health, I am now senior adviser to Public Health England, NED for Healthier Futures and Director of my own consultancy. I was President of the Association of Directors of Public Health UK 2012-2015, and represented members' views in national policy discussions. Cycling UK is nothing without its members and I will work hard to get members involved if elected. Has been a member since: 01/2014
https://www.linkedin.com/in/janetath
https://twitter.com/janetath?lang=en-gb
http://www.champspublichealth.com/news/ ... hcare-2014


B. ROGER CANHAM
THE ROLE OF Trustee allows me a unique opportunity to combine my 25 years of hands on commercial experience with my passion for sport. My lifelong engagement with sport has given me a deep understanding of how active participation in exercise and sport changes lives. This passionate
belief and the opportunity to help shape and drive participation in cycling is something that I would be very excited to part of. Having run my own businesses, I am a very commercially driven individual. I see there being real benefits in bringing an entrepreneurial approach to driving and challenging the organisation. I have successfully leveraged my commercial skills in every organisation I have worked in, whether that is chairing the local school, sporting bodies or large publicly listed corporations. I am energetic, measured, collaborative, honest and believe I can make a difference.
Has been a member since: Not currently a member.
http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stock ... pId=877464
https://www.linkedin.com/in/roger-canham-67b11864
http://www.hornby.plc.uk/director-information/

C. DR STEPHANIE COUSIN
YOU CHOOSE CYCLING. There are many other sports where you can be out in the fresh air, get a tan and natter with your friends, but only in Cycling can you be caught by 30 riders, left alone on the finishing climb to roll home in 31st place exhausted, only for an older citizen or a child to pass by with a shopping basket on the front! In my day job as a civil servant, I balance internal and external budgets, I mitigate operational risks and I define the modern ways users interact with their government. At the weekend, I sip coffee at the village hall with team mates, I take comfort that "It's not the fittest that wins the race it's the freshest!" and so I want to be your Trustee and make a significant difference to my fellow cyclists, all 67,000 of you! Thank



D. WALLACE DOBBIN
I LOVE CYCLING and I am a passionate believer in the benefits to individuals and society as a whole in encouraging everyone, young and old, to get on a bike. I have absolutely no doubt that we would be a healthier, happier and more tolerant a nation if more people were inspired and encouraged to take up cycling. I believe I also bring a range of professional skills to the Board that would enable me to make a significant contribution to the work of Cycling UK. I am a qualified lawyer with extensive experience in corporate governance and risk
management. I work in a highly regulated industry and have significant experience at- Board level, both in an executive and non-• executive capacity. In addition to my private sector experience, I have served on the Boards of an NHS Foundation Trust and several charities. Has been a member since: Not currently
https://www.linkedin.com/in/wallace-dobbin-2864b610
https://www.the-exeter.com/corporate-info-adviser
http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stock ... %20Limited

E. JACQUELINE HILLS
AS SENIOR DIRECTOR Legal and Compliance with Office Depot, I have responsibility for governance, health, safety, environment and sustainability. My two passions in life outside of friends and family are cycling and gardening. My garden is a constant development project. My cycling keeps me fit and healthy and gives me an opportunity to see new places by joining organised rides all over the UK. My passion is combining the two and encouraging more people to cycle or to cycle more often. The confidence of succeeding when "I never thought I could do that!" turns into “I did it!" never fails to bring a huge smile to my face. I hope to support Cycling UK in setting some key goals that will really make a difference to cyclists across the UK. With a particular focus on young cyclists, our future members, I believe we can create a truly sustainable, successful charity. Has been a member since: 03/2015

F. RACHEL KIRKWOOD
AS A CYCLIST (triathlete, tourer, commuter, and always for fun), I believe firmly that safe cycling should be made as accessible to all as is feasible possible. My personal philosophy manifests as a set of guiding principles that reflects my personal beliefs, values, motives for how I conduct myself as a cyclist, an individual and a team player. As a potential trustee, my approach is upbeat, appreciative, pragmatic and challenging. I offer some simple statements:
I promise if I were doing this for my family I would be doing it like this.
I promise if I was spending my money I would be spending it like this.
I promise if our roles were reversed; this how I would want to be treated.
I promise I will look out for you, to the best of my ability, with commitment and compassion.
Here's to growing more safe, happy, supported cyclists. Has been a member since: 08/2014
https://www.strava.com/athletes/901975
http://www.chestertri.org.uk/member-eve ... ps-a-downs
https://www.linkedin.com/in/racheljkirkwood

G. NEIL MARTINSON
l'VE BEEN CYCLING in London since I was a child - everyday, everywhere. Like millions of other people I ride with friends, ride on holiday and, of course, those charity rides. And like many I experience the daily fun and grind of finding safe spaces and places to ride. I can bring to Cycling UK my experience and knowledge at the highest levels of communications and engagement for government, local government and the private sector. Being a trustee should be as much fun as cycling. It's about listening to the members, helping Cycling UK to grow and build on its achievements to be even more effective. We need to work together if we are to make the changes we need to transform the UK for cycling. Making the UK safer for cyclists of all ages in all places has to be the number one priority.
Has been a member since: 10/2015
https://twitter.com/neilmartinson?lang=en-gb
https://www.linkedin.com/in/neilmartinson
http://www.prweek.com/article/1340867/n ... ernational

H. TONY PIEDADE
I AM KEEN road cyclist who has left many a drop of blood, sweat and tears on our British roads. I ride for fitness and enjoy exploring new parts of the UK on two wheels whenever I can convince friends to join me. Having ridden from Land's End to Gatwick, some 380+ miles over 5 days, I know what it's like to put in some hard graft. Professionally I bring a combination of skills including Change Management, IT, Innovation, Marketing, Partnerships and Loyalty. I know what it's like to build large scale communities having founded the free cycling community www. cyclingbuddy.com, which now has members in over 120 countries around the world and remains totally free recourse to help people find others to cycle with. As a trustee I hope ensure the organisation remains relevant for today's cyclist and ready to cater for the cycling needs of tomorrow.
Has been a member since: Not currently a member
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonypiedade

I. GARY SLOAN
I AM A LIFELONG everyday cyclist - the sole means of transport for my shipyard worker grandfather who taught and bought me everything you need to ride a bike. My family spent our summer holidays cycling in Ireland and France. I played rugby to a reasonable standard and enjoyed hill running, particularly downhill. I help run a Riding for the Disabled Group and am a member of the National Trust. As Assistant Director of the Open University in Ireland, I gained an understanding of governance across the devolved administrations of the UK which insights can support Cycling UK's ambition to increase its membership by 20% by 2020. I am involved with Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring Company and helped establish Belfast City Bike Tours and Bike Hire Business, developing bike tours, marketing, social media - check our website, TripAdvisor, Facebook and Twitter pages. Has been a member since: Not currently a member
http://www.ireland.com/what-is-availabl ... l/2-25369/


J. JANE WILEY
I HAVE SPECIALIST expertise in 5 of the areas required for the role, having experience as a Marketing Director, and I have many of the personal qualities, aptitude and skills required - exemplified by my management experience and years as a competitive triathlete. As a cyclist and triathlete, I have a passionate interest in cycling - and am very supportive of Cycling UK's mission and values. While I have been a cycling fan all my life, I am acutely aware of the issues and opportunities of the recent boom in cycling and years. My CV highlights a track record of achievements in these roles. I have most recently completed the delivery of a new Marketing strategy inclusive of new website and digital platforms.
Has been a member since Not currently
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jane-wiley-603b578

K. ROD FINDLAY
I HAVE WORKED in sport for 12 years and I have always been a keen cyclist. I completed the 2013 ABSA Cape Epic, a South African 8-day multi-stage mountain bike race. I have tried to give back to this sport that has given me so much pleasure, first as British Cycling North East Regional Secretary and then as a Level 2 Gosforth Road Club.
The role of Trustee at Cycling UK would allow me to contribute in a way that draws on my professional experience as a sports lawyer/ manager. I am Director of Strategy & Governance at England Golf with experience at 3 British Cycling Coach with the Go Ride section at national sports governing bodies, and Spangled. I have served as a Non-Executive Director - currently at the Ladies Golf Union and Mountain Training Trust, which runs the National Mountain Sports Centre, and previously at Badminton England.
Has been a member since: 10/1999

https://twitter.com/rodfindlay
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rod-findlay-5815332

L. DR JULIAN HUPPERT
THERE ARE MANY reasons why cycling should be supported. It’s a fun, cheap, healthy, environmentally friendly form of transport, and has been shown to boost the economy, improve mental health, reduce congestion, and save the NHS billions. However,
far too few people cycle in the UK - we need to make sure that changes. As the MP for Cambridge, I co-chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, and led the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ inquiry and report. I obtained more funding for cycling, secured in law a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, and persuades Parliament to agree a motion calling for a target of 10% of all trips to be by bike by 2025. But there is still much more to do to make this a reality. I hope with my experience in cycle campaigning and other areas, I can help Cycling UK ensure that at last we get the changes we need.
Has been a member since: 01/2014
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Huppert
https://twitter.com/julianhuppert?ref_s ... r%5Eauthor
http://www.cambridgelibdems.org.uk/
http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/co ... ppert/3931
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Who should I vote for ?

Postby Philip Benstead » 28 Sep 2016, 1:08am

With the candidate list published I am in bit of pickle. There no real CTC members all bar one. A lot of corporate blether who want to massage their CV.
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Re: CANDIDATES FOR THE CTC/CUK ELECTION

Postby PH » 28 Sep 2016, 8:48am

If you were looking for candidates for The Cyclists' Touring Club, then I can see how you might find that list a bit disappointing.
But at some point you have to accept the reality that what some of us consider the traditional CTC is now a thing of the past. If it hadn't been dying anyway, then the Charity conversion killed it off. However many times you revisit that, in as many threads as you start,that fact isn't going to change. The CEO told us that the "Club" is still important, but I can't see many members of it feel more than supporters, which as vote after vote shows the majority seem content with. For me that club element does still exist as part of Cycling UK, mainly through my involvement on a local level and I'm optimistic that support from the national organisation for that is improving.
As candidates for trustees for Cycling UK, that looks a pretty good list to me. I can't imagine any of them need their CV massaging, or that this position would do that. A couple of them look too sport orientated to me, though as Chris Boardman has shown that doesn't mean they don't have the understanding of what all cyclists need. I have no problem choosing from that list, all of them look well qualified and able to further the objectives of Cycling UK.

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Postby Si » 28 Sep 2016, 9:25am

The counter argument to Phil's is that rather than only having a list of the same old tired crusties* to choose from, we now have a breathe of fresh air with new ideas and different experiences to put forward.

I particularly like those who have only recently come to cycling but have taken it up with gusto....they, particularly, have an experience that those who have been riding with clubs for years don't have, and if our target is to attract more non-cyclists to try cycling then this is valuable.

On the other hand I won't be voting for those that bang on about cycling at a 'sport'.


* I use the phrase only because Phil seems to use a similar derogative approach to those on the list, so as to strike some balance. In reality I've the up most respect for most of those life long members who have put their names forward.

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Postby Philip Benstead » 28 Sep 2016, 9:32am

remember 31 ctc members have been stopped from standing for this election
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Postby Paulatic » 28 Sep 2016, 10:27am

I found reading the candidates statements interesting. As I'm no longer a member it has nothing to do with me now.
What I find really interesting is why are so many people who are not currently members want to serve on something they've previously not supported? What is their incentive and motive?
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Postby Si » 28 Sep 2016, 10:40am

It may be that they want to do something for cycling and before now the image of the CTC had not appealed to them, but the new CUK does because it's more outward looking and is concerned with cycling in general.....who can say? What really matters is: can they get the job done?

I would guess that the return for effort in terms of doing it just to tick a box on a CV is very poor.

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Postby mjr » 28 Sep 2016, 10:50am

Si wrote:I particularly like those who have only recently come to cycling but have taken it up with gusto....they, particularly, have an experience that those who have been riding with clubs for years don't have, and if our target is to attract more non-cyclists to try cycling then this is valuable.

I fear that they will be unaware of history, won't be shown relevant history by the organisation (is there a membership and democratic education programme?) and will end up repeating past mistakes, condemning CUK to continue coasting towards an ill-considered deathmatch with BC on BC's terms, to the detriment of all cycling.
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Postby Si » 28 Sep 2016, 11:05am

As opposed to those steeped and ingrained in the history of the CTC, who know no other way and are doomed to make the same mistakes over and over again.

Meh.

You can pick up the few known facts and spin them to say just about anything...every positive in one person's book will be a negative in another.....only seeing what happens will tell us if it works or not.

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Postby Psamathe » 28 Sep 2016, 11:43am

Si wrote:It may be that they want to do something for cycling and before now the image of the CTC had not appealed to them, but the new CUK does because it's more outward looking and is concerned with cycling in general.....who can say?....

Maybe they could start their support by joining ? Use a credit card or a cheque ?

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Postby meic » 28 Sep 2016, 12:03pm

only seeing what happens will tell us if it works or not.


That would be judged against what the goals are.
I probably wouldnt be impressed by the goals in the first place. That doesnt matter though, the choice of future direction was handed over when the membership club metamorphosed into a charity. Just so long as they leave our local DA/MG/Section/whatever in peace I dont really care a jot about what happens to CTC/CUK/BC higher up the tree.
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Postby JohnW » 28 Sep 2016, 12:17pm

Psamathe wrote:
Si wrote:It may be that they want to do something for cycling and before now the image of the CTC had not appealed to them, but the new CUK does because it's more outward looking and is concerned with cycling in general.....who can say?....

Maybe they could start their support by joining ? Use a credit card or a cheque ?

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Re: Who should I vote for ?

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 28 Sep 2016, 12:20pm

Philip Benstead wrote:A lot of corporate blether who want to massage their CV.


I'm not sure that Julian Huppert, who was MP for Cambridge until the last election and a leading light in the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group which called for drastically increased spending on cycling, really needs to massage his CV...
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Postby Philip Benstead » 28 Sep 2016, 1:43pm

Richard Fairhurst wrote:
Philip Benstead wrote:A lot of corporate blether who want to massage their CV.


I'm not sure that Julian Huppert, who was MP for Cambridge until the last election and a leading light in the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group which called for drastically increased spending on cycling, really needs to massage his CV...
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Postby Philip Benstead » 28 Sep 2016, 1:44pm

TO CTC TRUSTEES AND HQ
Dear All
This is a formal communication and request a reply ASAP.
I am still wait for the following:
A reply to my formal complaint regarding the trustee nominee selection process.
• Answer to the question who gave the authority to not observe the two criteria for the election i.e. membership of the CTC and the requirement to let all nominees stand?
• The evaluation sheet from the nomination committee for Philip Benstead
• The evaluation sheet from the nomination committee for other candidates
• In addition, I request a full list of the 31 CTC members’ candidate that were rejected.
• Please give details of when the full CTC board gave endorsement to the selection process as required in the governance document.
The way the timetable has been run for the selection process was deliberate engendered to prevent any objections/challenges.
I suggest that ignoring the motions of the AGM and the rulings of Council will bring the Cyclists’ Touring Club (Cycling UK) into disrepute with both the wider public and the membership. It is certainly against the best interests of the charity in that loyal members, supporter and volunteers will become disillusioned with the organisation, resulting in it becoming less effective in achieving its objectives.

I believe that it is imperative that the Cyclists’ Touring Club runs all its election processes in accordance with its rules. In the present circumstances it is essential that ballot papers complying with the rules are circulated. If incorrect ballot papers have already been despatched, then the election process must be put on hold and replacement papers sent out.
I am very disappointed by the words below from the election papers. The nomination committee has complete the process of stealing control of the CTC from its members. The lack of response form most of the board mean you go along with it.
I fully expect only good guys of the existing board will not be there after end 2017 they will not be endorsed and that the remainder of the existing trustee will be not meet the grade will be gone by the end 2018.
IMHO the highlighted words, are words out of the mouth Citizen Smith from 1984.
“The membership approved the recommendations of the governance review in the form proposed by the Board, which required that at least 9 Trustees be elected by the membership and provided for other members to be recruited from outside the membership as co-optees or to fulfil the role of Senior Independent Trustee, provided that they became members of Cycling UK upon taking office as Trustees. At the same meeting, the membership also passed a motion proposed from the wider membership that candidates for election as Trustees should have been members for at least 12 months.
Since all 9 of the current Trustees were elected by the membership, the Board could have filled the 2 vacancies for general Trustees by co-opting individuals. However, the Board and the Committee are keen to ensure that members have the opportunity to elect the new Trustees and to choose from the best candidates.
The committee has identified 4 excellent candidates for election who have been members of the charity for over 12 months. The committee also identified 6 similarly excellent candidates who do not meet that criteria. Having reviewed the applications, and in light of the uncertain effect of the resolutions, the committee felt that it was in the best interests of the charity for members to be offered the opportunity to vote for these exceptional candidates whether or not they have been members for over 12 months. Those who have been members for over 12 months are clearly identified.
From the list of candidates, you are now invited to vote for the two candidates who you believe would be most suitable as Trustees for Cycling UK and the one candidate you would like to see as the Senior Independent Trustee.”
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