Appointment reflects his stature as well as that of CTC among European partners, say colleagues

Kevin Mayne, who has presided over the modernisation of CTC including its transformation earlier this year into a charity, is to leave the national cyclists’ organisation after 14 years as chief executive. The skills, knowledge and contacts he acquired during that period will now be applied in his new role as Director of Development at the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF).

The latter represents some 65 organisations in 40 countries throughout Europe and its activities include lobbying the European Union and other relevant bodies as well as organising the annual Velo-city conference.

Mayne, who has been vice-president of the ECF since 2007, joined CTC in 1998 and under his tutelage membership has grown to record levels, and he has also spearheaded initiatives such as the national review of cycle training that led to the creation of National Standards and Bikeability, Bike Club, Cycling Champions and CTC Workplace Challenges.

He will leave CTC in the spring and the recruitment process to appoint his successor will start shortly.

“This has been a very difficult decision,” he reflected. “CTC is an organisation made up of amazing people who share my passion for cycling and I am proud of all we have achieved together. My thanks go to our members and partners who have made it possible. Now I have a really exciting opportunity to take my experience at CTC and use it to help cycling organisations all over Europe grow their influence.”

CTC’s president, the Channel 4 broadcaster Jon Snow, added: “Kevin has rounded many hairpin bends and gone many extra miles for and with CTC. He has helped build us into what we are. We wish him well, but shall miss him very much.”

David Cox, Chair of CTC Council, said that Mayne’s appointment at ETF was a reflection of his and CTC’s stature among European collegaues.

“This is a great personal achievement for Kevin and recognition of the way CTC’s work for cycling in the UK is respected by our international partners,” he said.

“I am delighted to see Kevin’s career develop in this way and naturally wish him every success for the future. There will be many further opportunities to celebrate and congratulate Kevin in the coming months but I want to put on record my thanks for all he has done for CTC and cycling.

“Kevin’s leadership has enabled CTC to reach out, inspire and help many people to cycle, whatever kind of cyclist they are. We now have our largest ever membership of nearly 70,000 and growing numbers of volunteers organising rides and looking after all cyclists’ interests across the UK.”

He continued: “Kevin will be a hard act to follow but we are confident that CTC can attract another visionary leader who will continue the development of our organisation and its charitable objectives in the coming years.

“CTC Council is committed to CTC’s role as the leading organisation supporting all cyclists in the UK, creating a healthier, cleaner world and sharing the sense of freedom and fun that cycling brings.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.