At a meeting on Saturday, Dan Howard was voted in as the new chair for Cycling UK's board of trustees. He replaces Professor David Cox OBE, who was chair for five years, overseeing the recent name change – Cycling UK was previously CTC – and the switch to becoming a charity. Jaki Lowe was voted in as vice chair.
Howard is head of performance and IT for Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. Lowe, a human resources specialist, has worked at board level in the private and charity sectors, and the NHS.
Howard joined Kidderminster CTC 26 years ago, aged 12. He has cycled across Canada by tandem, through New Zealand, Europe, Iceland, the West Coast of the USA, and completed Paris–Brest–Paris four times. He became a trustee of CTC in January 2012 and was elected vice chair in 2014.
Pitching he for new role he said: “I want as many people as possible to enjoy cycling whatever they choose to ride and whatever type of cycling they enjoy. To achieve this, it is important that we remain focused on three groups: our current and future members and supporters, our staff, and our partners with whom we work to delivery our vision and strategy.”
Lowe has served as a Cycling UK Trustee and as regional councillor for the East Midlands since 2012.
A life member of Cycling UK, she is also a cycle tourist.
In her mission statement, she explained: “Cycling UK is now well-placed to build upon our successful work in cycling development to create more opportunities for diverse communities to come together and experience the joy of cycling. We must continue to build our brand and put ourselves in the best possible position to influence the cycling agenda, funding, policy, infrastructure and associated legislation.”
Cycling UK CEO Paul Tuohy welcomed the new appointments: “Cycling UK is fortunate to have trustees of such high calibre, like Dan and Jaki, who will aid in the direction of our charity and the board."
He added: "We’ve a challenging year ahead of us, but with our new governance now reflecting how a national charity can work with more diversity towards its members and supporters, and its skills base increasing to support its mission of cycling for all, I’m confident Cycling UK will make sure all cyclists’ interests are well looked after.”