Volunteer cycle pilots
Ranging from 30-70 years of age with a consistent 50/50 split of male and female, our pilots are the organisation and we really think they’re tops! A friendly, sociable and caring bunch they are out year-round (yup, even in light rain) with smiles and cheer for passengers and passers-by alike. We meet up as a group every eight weeks for ‘pilot socials. Our two Trishaw bikes go out together, or in the same time slots (but to different care homes) and meet up en-route. Here’s a rare photo of about two-thirds of them together in one place and not on a bike, at a pilot social. You’ll find lots of pics of them in action across our social media: @cwabrighton Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Elly Hargreave, Captain (solo part-time paid role, all other volunteers)
The Director role of the charity, I undertake all aspects of the day-to-day management of the organisation. I liaise with care homes, train and support our fantastic volunteer cycle pilots and manage all aspects of running this small independent charity – including fundraising, PR, social media and weekly ride planning. 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 split of male/female cycle pilots and that we are part of helping bring cycling to all ages through those who ride on our bikes.
Above are two of our Trishaw ‘dementia friendly’ pets too, showcased by Cynthia and Olive onboard with Elly.
Duncan Henderson, Maintenance Manager
Duncan loves bikes! His love of bikes led him to investigate Cycling Without Age in Copenhagen (see ‘History’ in ‘About Us’ section). 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. Plus the ‘proper’ portrait one 🙂
Harry Puckering helps with cycle pilot training (a cycle trainer himself with West Sussex County Council) he’s an all-round cycle delight and was one of our first volunteer pilots. He helps fill any ride gaps and is a trainer and improv star when he’s not on a bike or helping us!
Colin known as ‘Cycle Colin’ to us has fixed both our punctures we’ve had over 13 months, dashing out to save the day at no-notice. He sneaks in and pumps the tyres like a ‘tyre fairy’ too. We think he’s marvellous. I’ve yet to catch a photo of him…. Here’s Harry though! There’s pilot and trustee Maggie trying to hide a little too….
All our trustees are experienced volunteer cycle pilots with us, in addition to their role as trustees. They came to their trustee roles following showing their commitment, organisational and people skills through being cycle pilots with the organisation first. As such they are well-placed to understand and oversee the charity. They all help cover rides if any ride timetable changes are needed too. We pride ourselves on a 50/50 gender split of volunteers in our charity and this is reflected in our trustee board.
Maggie Peake, Chair of trustees
A Psychology graduate, she’s facilitated and reported on focus groups and creative workshops for thirty years, in market and social research for the private, public and voluntary sectors. She has run a freelance qualitative research business for the past 20 years. She has also worked as a relationship counsellor and trainer for Relate for five years and recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Community Psychology. Volunteer wise she’s been a Samaritan (two years), active in the PTA at two schools and Alzheimer’s Society Singing for the Brain sessions volunteer (two years). She is currently in community choir Jam Tarts, (raises money for guitar lessons for prisoners locally) and the New Note Orchestra for recovering addicts and alcoholics. A volunteer at her local community hall she is a trained ‘First Aid at Work’ Instructor and helped train the local community in CPR and Defibrillator use recently. She’s just the kind of person every committee needs! She also likes a spot of fancy dress out on the bikes (I’ll see if I can find that Christmas hat on Trishaw photo with her…..) Here’s a windswept one!
Gerry White, Treasurer
Spent most of his career spent in IT (or EDP as it was in the 60s ‘Electronic Data Processing’). He also spent brief spells as postman, milkman, carpet dyer (amongst others) before being told to settle down! He enjoys travelling and outdoor activities, long distance walking, cycling and more recently tai chi and qigong to keep him fit. He says he’s ‘now trying hard to gain his wings as a CWA pilot’ – but is in fact among our top three fittest pilots we reckon… He is a veritable whizz with data and spreadsheets and so ideal in this role. He volunteers doing regular scrub clearance on the South Downs and has also worked in care homes in Brighton. Gerry is hard to pin down in a photo but you can just make him out waving in the pilot seat here!
Alison Bartlett, Secretary
Former teacher with over 20 years’ experience, working in a range of schools across Brighton and Hove. She has also worked for a year as Special Needs’ coordinator at a local Infant School and was part of the Senior Leadership Team. She has been a Parent and a Staff Governor in two schools in Brighton and currently works as a self-employed child minder. She enjoys a spot of yoga and like all our trustees, cycles everywhere (and always with a smile). A fine cook she plies us with cakes she’s made and we like it! Here she is on the left with pilot Simon on the right.