The CTC today announced that Gordon Seabright will take over as its new Chief Executive from the beginning of March. Mr Seabright replaces Kevin Mayne at the top of the UK's largest cycling organisation as he leaves after 14 years to take up a new role as Director of Development for the European Cyclist's Federation.
Mr Seabright who has an MBA from the Henley Management School joins the CTC following stints as Acting Director of the Royal Horticultural Society and Commercial Director of English Heritage - role which gave him resonsibilyt for Stonehenge. Latterly, according to his profile on the business networking site Linkedin*, he was interim CEO at the Company of Cooks a specialist catering company, and chairman of Urbivore a charity supporting urban agricuture - he also headed up his own management consultancy firm, Seabright Consulting. It is not yet clear whether he will be dropping any or all of these roles when he takes up his post with the CTC in March.
Commenting on his appointment Gordon Seabright said: "I'm thrilled to be joining CTC at such an exciting time for the organisation and for cycling. As the UK’s largest cycling charity, CTC has an enormously important role to play as the champion for cycling and cyclists, and I feel very honoured to be joining the team."
"Cycling is a big part of my life and something my family loves to do together. Cyclists know what a wonderful activity it is, with so many benefits for individuals, the whole community and the environment. Today, with cycle safety on the front page of The Times, it is more important than ever before for CTC to continue its vital work. I'm looking forward to supporting the talented CTC team in doing all we can to champion more and safer cycling."
David Cox, Chair of the CTC Council said of the appointment: “I am delighted that Gordon is joining us as our new CEO and look forward to working with him. Gordon is a keen leisure cyclist and very experienced in the world of membership charities, as well as in tourism and event management. Gordon joins us at a time when cycling is again taking centre stage in British national life and his commitment and expertise are exactly what CTC needs as we look to the future.”
From March Gordon Seabright will be in charge of an organisation that has grown to achieve membership levels not seen since its original heyday in the late 19th century, it has also proved successful in making the voices of its members heard in the corridors of power and run a number of high profile campaigns designed to change attitudes to cycling and cyclists. The cycling community, both member and non-member will no doubt be looking to Gordon Seabright with his experience of very large membership organisations to take the CTC on to the next level… so no pressure then.
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Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.