Andrew Milbourne – Chair of Trustees
Andy enjoyed a long teaching career which included twenty years as headteacher of a Norfolk Primary School. He has a MA (Edu) and brings an educational perspective to the work of the Bikeability Trust.
As a headteacher, Andy was passionate about providing young people with opportunities to enjoy a variety of leisure pursuits. He encouraged children to cycle to school whilst promoting cycling initiatives, including Bikeability, to ensure that learning about the enjoyment and freedom of cycling was mixed with appropriate safety education.
Andy appreciates the joy of cycling alongside the environmental and health benefits. Following a liver transplant, cycling played a vital role in Andy regaining fitness. It was equally important as he recovered from a fractured hip, sustained refereeing basketball, in 2016. He continues to enjoy regular early morning cycle rides alongside his wife, Lorna and uses his bike for most local journeys.
John Jackson – Business Consultant and Regular Cyclist
John gained a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from UEA and then joined BP Exploration where he worked as a research petroleum engineer for a number of years before moving into their human resources function.
Now semi-retired, John was a business consultant who has also held a number of board-level positions, primarily in the pharmaceutical industry. He has broad experience of business operations with particular focus on human resources, business growth, organisational development, company divestments, acquisitions, and integrations.
John has been a regular cyclist all of his life – from cycling to school, riding with his family and riding for fitness, to socialise and to commute. He is Membership & Promotions Officer of his local Cycling UK group and has been active in campaigns to improve both cycle routes and rider safety. As such, he is well aware of the challenges facing everyone travelling on our roads as well as the challenges for those who manage and develop cycling infrastructure.
John has been actively involved in football coaching for many years and as a National Standard Instructor since 2013 he has been delivering Bikeability and 1-2-1 cycling courses throughout Cambridgeshire. He is passionate about improving the cycling knowledge and skills of everyone.
Imran Hussain – Youth Worker and BAME cycling advocate
Imran has over twenty years as a youth worker working with disadvantaged and hard-to-reach young people. His experience includes fundraising and leadership roles, but he still enjoys developing new skills and being a member of a strong team.
He is passionate about the opportunities that youth work makes available to young people and communities. He advocates to ensure the rights of young people are promoted and upheld, and to endorse and create equality of opportunities for young people. He has many years’ experience working with BAME communities and encouraging cycling.
Imran has a strong interest in the outdoors being a qualified Duke of Edinburgh instructor and assessor – a role that plays an instrumental part in developing young people and stimulating their creativity, growth, both physically and mentally.
He is a director of a voluntary organisation which work with challenging young people, as well as being a Bikeability instructor and a British Cycling Ride Leader. He enjoys being out on his bike, playing football and walking in the Yorkshire Dales.
Dr Catherine Purcell – Reader at Cardiff University
Catherine is a Reader at Cardiff University, School of Healthcare Sciences, having obtained her PhD in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2012. She has sat on academic boards for many years and currently sits on the Neurodiversity Clinical Advisory Group for Welsh Government and is the Vice Chair for International Society for Research and Advocacy for Developmental Coordination Disorder.
Catherine’s research focuses on link between perception and action in natural contexts, such as driving and road crossing. She has a particular interest in perceptual motor coupling in children and adults with Neurodiversity (including Developmental Coordination Disorder, Developmental Language Disorder, Dyslexia, ADHD and ASD). Catherine actively works with complementary areas to exchange ideas and methodologies, in order to creatively address barriers to active travel experienced by children and adults with Neurodiversity in Wales and beyond. As a Trustee Catherine hopes to support inclusive cycling for all.
Outside of work, Catherine enjoys walking her dog and spending time in her caravan by the beach.
Esther Durrant – Trainer consultant
Esther’s career has always centred on children and young people. She has worked in care homes with children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, as a carer, therapeutic worker and as a manager. She then spent many years at Childline. She is a trained counsellor and safeguarding has always been a pivotal part of the role.
Esther now works as a trainer consultant, providing training on a variety of mental health issues, including Suicide First Aid (a community intervention approach). Esther understands the importance of empowering children and young people in all areas, including leisure activities.
Cycling has been an important part of Esther’s life for the past few years, providing her with not only a form of transport but a leisure activity, which has fundamentally helped manage the stresses of life. Esther has undertaken numerous cycling events over the years ranging from one day events, to longer multi-day events. She loves the freedom of travelling and visiting places by bike.
Christine Phillips – Marketing and Communications Director
Chris is a Marketing and Communications Director in the charity sector and has been working in communications roles for 20 years. After a career in broadcasting and political journalism, she moved into government communications working across Whitehall before joining the third sector and is now a senior leader in marketing, brand and strategy.
Chris is passionate about equity and social justice and has worked for a number of children and young people’s charities, including The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Barnardo’s and The Children’s Society.
She has enjoyed cycling all her life and now cycles to commute and for pleasure. Chris is a parent to two teenage children, both of whom did Bikeability in primary school, and she believes there are enormous benefits in learning to ride a bike early, a skill you can draw on all your life.
She is delighted to be part of the Bikeability board and would love to see more people of all ages with greater confidence and access to cycling, improving health and wellbeing, reducing pollution and the number of cars on the roads.