CTC seeks new chief executive

Cycling charity seeks new boss as Gordon Seabright heads to Cornwall


The CTC, Britain’s biggest cycle-campaigning organisation, is looking for a new chief executive.

Current CEO Gordon Seabright is stepping down at the end of May and heading off to Cornwall where he will become Director of the Eden Project.

Seabright joined CTC in March 2012. Previously, he was the acting director general of The Royal Horticultural Society and the commercial director of English Heritage.

In a statement, CTC said: “In his two year tenure Gordon has had a big impact on CTC. David Cox, CTC  Chair of Council said he wanted to extend his thanks for all Gordon had done for both CTC and for cycling, wishing him well in his future career.”

In its ad for Seabright’s replacement, CTC says:

The Chief Executive of CTC is one of the most influential and exciting jobs in cycling at a time when cycling is enjoying national recognition and popularity and is seen as an answer to key issues of transport, sustainability, health and social inclusion.

CTC, with its high quality policy advice, its network of member groups and local campaigners and its cycling development work with local communities is in a unique position to influence policy and push for changes that enhance cycling.

We always work in partnership with other cycling groups and organisations and are respected by policy makers and other representative bodies.

We now seek an exceptional Chief Executive with:

  • A track record of delivering results through operational excellence in the business, voluntary or public sectors.
  • Experience of management in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders.
  • The ability to advocate for cycling at all levels and be a credible ambassador for CTC.

If that's you, and a £72,500 salary sounds like a good deal, you can apply for the job here.

Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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