Meet the team

Brigitte Hickman, Director Training

IMG_2743Brigitte, an ex English teacher, is usually found either riding her red Brompton or on her allotment.  Passionate about active travel and its mental and physical health benefits, Brigitte has been working on cycling issues for many years through organisations such as Cycling UK, WitneyBUG and the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain.  She is a qualified National Standards Cycling Instructor and delivers Bikeability for the Windrush Bike Project.

 

Kath Cochrane, Director Finance and Development

Kath switched from working for overseas charities to cycle campaigning in 2010.  She thinks cycling is part of the solution to many global problems (climate change, environment, health, sustainable economy). She looks after the fundraising and finance for the Windrush Bike Project as well as being a Nakath for biotional Standards Cycling Instructor. The highlights? “Those lightbulb moments when a nervous child suddenly gets it.  Or when they rush up to tell you where they went at the weekend with their friends after they have completed Bikeability.”  Kath also works one day a week with Cyclox – the Oxford Cycling Campaign; and is a governor at Leafield Primary School

 

Cary Johnson, Bike Maintenance Course Leader and Project Consultant

Cary is a Cytech Level 2 qualified bike mechanic, but alsIMG_3176o a qualified youth worker having worked with special needs children and highly vulnerable young people troubled b
y drugs, alcohol, low self-esteem and broken families.   Cary loves to teach others about bikes and dispel the myth that bike repair is difficult- it’s very easy when you know how! Cary jointly run a bike project in Banbury teaching children bike repair.   When he is not attending to the demands of his children Cary can be found taking something apart, building something or pedalling in the local Cotswold countryside. Before all this Cary has had many global adventures by bike – if you can distract him from teaching you about gears or bearings he might tell you about them

 

Neil Tigwell: Director

neil photoNeil is an engineer who commutes from Witney to Eynsham by bike and enjoys social rides at the weekend. He has done many CTC tours all over the world including the Himalayas, Mongolia, Cuba, Vietnam and Albania.  He prides himself on completing these on home built bike frames.

 

 

Will Bell: Bike Maintenance course leader and all round inspiration

IMG_2785Will has a life-long passion for all things cycling (except Lycra). Will is currently enjoying life as a stay at home parent, fitting in some woodwork on Fridays and a little time most days riding or fixing bikes.  He is usually to be found in possession of around 10 bikes at any one time, one or two of which are even rideable!! Will has been working his own and others’ bikes ever since learning to fix his own bike as a child. ‘I like to encourage other people to cycle and hope they can get as much enjoyment from it as I do.’

 

 

Kevin Hickman: Director Transport and Planning

KevinInBrugesKevin began cycling for mobility rather than leisure during an extended stay in Germany without access to a car. He has built further on that experience with study tours in Denmark, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands, with a view to understanding why cycling ‘works’ in Northern Europe when it can often feel like an extreme sport in the UK. Kevin is using this knowledge help create a practical cycling environment by working with the Oxfordshire Cycling Network and our local councils.