Volunteer cycle pilots
30-70 years of age and consistent 50:50 ratio of female/male, our pilots are the organisation. A friendly, sociable and caring bunch they are out year-round with smiles and cheer for passengers and passers-by alike. We meet up as a group every eight weeks for ‘pilot socials. Here’s a rare photo of about two-thirds of them together in one place and not on a bike. You’ll find lots of photos of them in action across our social media: @pedalpeeps Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
I liaise with care homes, train and support our fantastic volunteer cycle pilots and manage all aspects of running this small independent charity. I only learnt to ride a bike at 18 years old and took up cycling as part of my rehabilitation from a broken spine aged 31. I like a spot of vintage style, Lindyhop swing dancing and sea-bobbing (a lazier answer to actual sea swimming). I’ve worked in the voluntary sector most of my life, mainly in human rights/campaigns/communications, with the odd foray into other sectors including a spell as a local BBC Broadcast Journalist. I love the fact we have 50:50 ratio of male/female cycle pilots and that we are part of helping bring cycling to all ages.
Duncan Henderson, Maintenance Manager
Duncan loves bikes! He knows pretty much all there is to know about our particular breed of ‘Trishaw’ bike and is adept at coaxing them into full service, constantly, with lots of love and care. He also built the very fine storage area for them. He quite literally keeps us on the road, the rides can’t happen week-in, week-out, year-round without him. Here he is when he popped up to Manchester to be on the national BBC Breakfast news in our launch week.
Charity board of trustees
All have experienced our work first-hand, often as cycle pilots. They became trustees following showing their passion, commitment, organisational and people skills to the charity. A key principle of our charity is having a 50/50 gender split of volunteers, also reflected in our trustee board.
Dave Reeves, Chair of trustees
Now retired following 30 years as a creative producer working mainly in outdoor arts taking new arts to new audiences. He has been a trustee of Zap Art which produced many large scale arts projects in Brighton and latterly the Olympics in London. He is used to dealing with challenging and engaging events with a wide range of funders . He is experienced in all aspects of the charity sector and has personally experienced the positive effects of pedal people.
Zoe Ashford, Vice-Chairperson (special committee interest: Communications/strategy)
Her award-winning Digital experience has seen her hold leadership positions in some of retail’s most loved brands. Zoe previously spearheaded Lipsy’s digital transformation project. She also led Digital Marketing for John Lewis, overseeing growth into a multi-billion pound business. She has worked for Debenhams, Arcadia and Aurora Fashions in online marketing roles. In 2018, she was shortlisted by Information Age as a Future Star of Tech eCommerce finalist. She has featured in Marketing Magazine, commended as a ‘Digital Maverick’. She is also a volunteer cycle pilot.
Katie Kirby, Secretary
Is a former Londoner who moved down to the seaside to enjoy family life with her husband and two sons. She has swapped a career in digital advertising to become a self-employed author illustrator and is enjoying the freedoms that brings and the opportunity to volunteer for such a great charity both as a cycle pilot herself and trustee.
Brian Moore, Treasurer
Recently retired from a long career in printing and publishing to enjoy some time on sunny days travelling and cycling. On rainy days I am learning carpentry or elementary baking. Now cycling with friends and volunteering as a pilot for Pedal People are a delightful change from my former business life. During my career I was much involved in financial planning, budgeting and keeping an eye on cashflow – now it is a pleasure to put some of that experience towards a more worthwhile activity.
Emma Mitchell, Trustee (special committee interest: care home/ride schedule)
Currently spends her time taking her children to their many activities. One daughter is a dancer and the other a climber and Emma is now a keen climber herself. She is an experienced Speech and Language Therapist who has most recently worked with pre-school and school aged children and is now enjoying the opportunity through Pedal People to meet older people in the community. She is delighted to put her training in helping older people with a range of communication difficulties to good use while out on the bikes. Most of all she loves meeting the people who come out on rides and hearing their stories or simply providing a positive experience for them.