meet the bike for good team

We are an interesting, dedicated bunch of people who like to share their cycling enthusiasm with anyone and everyone. Below are a few random facts and pictures to give you a better feel for who we are.

Greg Kinsman-Chauvet
Greg Kinsman-Chauvet
Greg Kinsman-Chauvet

CEO (Cycling Enthusiast Officer)

Tourer and Commuter

Professional life:

  • Ex-corporate slave with 7 years’ experience in IT, finances and Marketing Management
  • My life changed when I learned to ride a bike at the age of 30.
  • I set-up the charity in 2010 to change more lives through cycling.

Socially I like:

  • My hobbies are cycling round the world, and round it again and hopefully again.
  • I am so excited about cycling that I was on the News of the World naked (part of the Naked Bike Ride obviously).

My role: Big ideas and changing the world through cycling

 

Colin Freeman
Colin Freeman
Colin Freeman

Operations Manager

Social Cyclist & self-proclaimed Ironman Triathlon racing legend!

Professional life:

  • Joined Bike for Good in April 2015 as Operations Manager of all aspects of the Social Enterprise sector of the Organisation including Haugh Road & Victoria Road shops and workshops, Volunteers, B2B/Outreach department and the operation of Glasgow Nextbike, Glasgow’s mass automated bike hire scheme.
  • Before that? Ran my own Triathlon Coaching Company in Toronto, Canada for 3 years, ran my own Triathlon retail business in Scotland for 7 years and before that was Area Manager for Scotland for Cafe Nero for 7 years.

Socially I like:

  • If I’m not working, I’m training. If I’m not training, I’m eating, drinking or sleeping. A full but simple life!

 

Victoria Leiper
Victoria Leiper
Victoria Leiper

Head of Community Outreach

Daily commuter, serial bike buyer and occasional cycle tourer.

Professional life:

  • Project Coordinator for youth charity/social enterprise Transition Extreme – an indoor skatepark and climbing wall
  • Development Officer for Cycling UK – running a city wide youth cycling project called Bike Club
  • Joined Bike for Good in 2012 as Campaign Manager and over the last 7 years built up our community outreach programme.

Socially I like:

  • Running up and down the hills and mountains of Scotland
  • Making clothes – badly (but it is the effort that counts)

 

Shgufta Anwar
Shgufta Anwar
Shgufta Anwar

Active Travel Lead

Part time/wannabe cyclist & Hijabi rider.

Professional life:

• Joined Bike for Good in April 2017 as Development Officer for the new Glasgow South Community Hub after having worked with the organisation on a previous project for s number of years and thought it was a pretty cool place to work….
• Project Manager at Al-Meezan for various climate change projects developing a food and community garden, resourcefulness workshops, helping people to improve energy efficiency and starting the now very popular BME ladies cycling group.
• Campaigns Officer for Scottish Natural Heritage running campaign on the Big 5 (can you guess what they are?)
• Communications Manager for General Motors (and current role is repentance for earlier climate sins!)
• Assistant Product Manager at PC World started my graduate career into the world of marketing with Monday morning 6.30am starts!
• Various retail positions where I learned to spend my salary on clothes quicker than I was earning it (and that was with staff discounts!)

Socially I like:

Studying (don’t ask! – I forever seem to have an exam or deadline)

• Raising 2 young girls and nurturing their passions for cycling (my youngest wants to be an Olympic cyclist!)

• Being the hostess with the mostest – whether that’s cooking up storm or organising a good get together with friends and family or a good party – happiest around people.
• Helping others whether its political activism or speaking up for the oppressed or abused or fundraising.

 

Joanna Soraghan
Joanna Soraghan
Joanna Soraghan

Skills & Development Lead

Slow and steady tourer

Professional life:

  • After not cycling since I was a child, I bought myself a new bicycle at the age of 26 and haven’t looked back since.
  • My budding career in statistics was thrown to the side and I headed off on a bicycle tour from Canada to Chile, before coming home to find Bike for Good and my current job as Development Officer.
  • I coordinate and deliver our outreach programme in schools, alongside the wonderful Bike Academy team.

 

Raymond Gibb
Raymond Gibb
Raymond Gibb

West Workshop Coordinator

MTB – BMX – cruising aroon’

Professional life:

  • BFG life started for me in August of 2014. I began as a part time mechanic and have since spannered and torqued my way up the drivetrain to be the workshop Coordinator. A challenge it has been but rewarding none the less – as are all climbs.
  • Bmx instructor for Radworx Action Sports – riding your bike and being paid, nothing better!
  • Chef at Rogano – Slicing, dicing, chopping and mopping.
  • Cosy Camper – Working at all major festivals in the UK (Party central)
  • Furniture restorer, cabinet maker and upholsterer.

Socially I like:

  • Anything and everything that keeps my mind active!

 

Carol Harkins
Carol Harkins
Carol Harkins

HR & Admin

Our collective auntie

Professional life:

  • Spent 30 years working for a privately owned company working my way up to Head of HR then seen the light and moved to the third sector.
  • Started my third sector journey working for Cruse Bereavement Care covering maternity leave and loved every moment.
  • Been with Bike for Good since August 2016 as HR/Admin Officer. Love the values and ethos of the organisation and how everyone talks the talk and walks the walk!

Socially I like:

  • Looking after my family!
  • I am a keen traveller and live for my holidays
  • I also like to try to keep active mainly by walking, cycling (still learning) and yoga

 

Paul Clarkson
Paul Clarkson
Paul Clarkson

Skills & Development Coordinator

Wannabe shredder, will ride any bike

Professional life

  • Started in the cycling industry in 2010 as a Volunteer in a recycling project in Fremantle, Australia.
  • Started at BfG in 2014 as a bike mechanic before moving to the projects.
  • Mountain Bike leader, fixer of bikes, teacher of maintenance.
  • Skinny panda, was one of the many jobs that I have done in the past

Socially I like:

  • Beer
  • Burgers
  • Bikes
  • Coffee
  • Travel
  • Greyhounds

My role: Bike Academy

 

Nina Borcard
Nina Borcard
Nina Borcard

Social Business Development Lead

Professional life

  • Cycle trainer for a bike project aiming at young adults in Switzerland
  • Press officer Intern at the Federal Office for the environment in Switzerland
  • Postgraduate Degree in Environmental Communication at Glasgow Uni
  • A few months of volunteering at Bike for Good while studying

Socially I like:

  • Bike touring
  • Hillwalking
  • Trying new sports, especially water sports
  • Good wine

My role: Wheelbeing and Bikes For All

 

Kimberley White
Kimberley White
Kimberley White

Communications Lead

Books and bikes and brains

Professional life

  • After an initial stint in advertising, I went on to working with entrepreneurs to develop their marketing and build their businesses
  • I worked overseas in Bangladesh on a textiles business development project, assisting local entrepreneurs
  • I then coordinated projects and marketing for Textiles Scotland for a few years
  • I have just completed a Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Developing a cycling hobby on my round the world travels led me to Bike For Good in 2019!

Socially I like:

  • Backpacking around this weird and wonderful world
  • Drinking coffee
  • Yoga
  • Cycling the canal paths of Glasgow
  • Reading all about the brain

My role: Communications and marketing

Lorna Stubbs-Davies
Lorna Stubbs-Davies
Lorna Stubbs-Davies

Active Travel Events Practitioner

Long time cycle commuter, first time cycle tourer

Professional life

  • I joined Bike for Good in January ‘18 as a volunteer, soon took on a month-long internship before happily joining the team as a full-time member in June ‘18!
  • Before upgrading to Glasgow I studied art in Edinburgh where I was a keen cycling commuter

Socially I like:

  • Sharing meals with friends
  • Planning lazy Highland escapes
  • Drawing, sewing and graphic design if the mood takes me

My role: Velocommunities and the Glasgow South Community Hub

 

Chris Watson
Chris Watson
Chris Watson

nextbike Coordinator

A man of many parts

Professional life

  • I studied at GSA in the MacIntosh studios and  moved to England for a career as a Freelance illustrator  for Magazines, Fashion, Music & Books. I have an online shop for prints and still do art & design commissions part time.
  • I joined the Cyclists Touring Club  age 13, then Central Scotland Wheelers. I got a motorbike at 21, joined Glasgow Mercury MCC and  taught myself to repair and service my own motorbikes and bicycles.
  • My family  returned to Scotland in 2013 & was hired at BfG as a part time mechanic for the nextbike launch in 2014, becoming team  co-ordinator in 2016.

Socially I like:

  • Being outdoors
  • Spending time with family & friends
  • Cycling for sport will do 2 or 3  group rides, track, cross or road race most weeks.   
  • Good company, good chat, good food & drink.  
  • Music, gigs, dancing, films.  
  • Books, drawing, writing.

 

My role: Nextbikes

Hannah Hughes
Hannah Hughes
Hannah Hughes

Skills & Development Coordinator

Mountain loving adventurer and serial volunteer

Professional life

  • I currently oversee the Community Programme at our Glasgow South branch. This is great fun as I get to work with people across the community and make sure we’re delivering activities according to what people want! Before moving to Glasgow in 2017 I was…
  • Volunteer Mechanic at Pedaller’s Arms DIY Bike Workshop in Leeds
  • Youth worker with Leeds City Council
  • Mountain Leader outdoor instructor
  • Bikeability Instructor in Leeds Primary Schools
  • Director & Co-founder of Leeds Bike Mill CIC in Leeds
  • Maintenance Instructor & Mechanic at Leeds Bike Mill

Socially I like:

  • Walking, mountaineering, climbing, cycle touring, camping, and exploring
  • Music, dancing, and festivals
  • Volunteering with Living Rent, Glasgow’s Tenants Union
  • Volunteering at Bikes for Refugees & Unity Centre

My role: Activities at Glasgow South Community Hub

 

Gail Murray
Gail Murray
Gail Murray

Active Travel Coordinator

Fun, friendly, and ‘to the point’

Professional life

  • Bought a bike and child carrier after being made redundant and had to give up my car.
  • Completed my Cycle Trainer qualification and worked for 2 and half years as a self-employed instructor
  • Started working for Bike For Good – still haven’t replaced the car!

Socially I like:

  • Amateur dramatics
  • Running
  • Art / painting / face painting
  • Reading
  • Walking and Swimming
  • Anything that does not involve computers (they don’t like me)

My role: Cycle training at Glasgow West Community Hub, and PCAT courses

 

Alasdair (Ali) Ness
Alasdair (Ali) Ness
Alasdair (Ali) Ness

Health & Wellbeing Coordinator

Mountain Bike Enthusiast, Trail Builder and general cycle lover!

Professional life

  • Started out in the bike industry in 2016 working as a sales mechanic at Dales Cycles
  • In 2017 i started volunteering with Sustrans to give something back to local communities and develop my cycle ride leader skills.
  • I love how happy cycling makes me so i wanted others to experience the joy cycling can bring so in 2018 i started at Bike for Good working on the Wheelbeing project.

 

Socially I like:

  • Throwing myself down the hillside on my MTB
  • Hiking
  • Snowboarding
  • Climbing
  • Chilling out with friends and family
  • Travelling

My role:

Wheelbeing

 

Filip Cao
Filip Cao
Filip Cao

Skills & Development Coordinator

“Oops, I picked up too many expensive hobbies…”

Professional life

  • 2013 – Discovered what my dream job is
  • 2016 – Living the dream
  • 2019 – Still living the dream

Socially I like:

  • Mountain bikes
  • Tidy tool kits
  • Challenging opportunities

My role:

The Bike Academy

 

Neil Logan
Neil Logan
Neil Logan

Skills & Development Lead

Father of 2 young humans seeking cycle time

Professional life

  • I completed a 3 year apprenticeship in outdoor instruction in 2009 and have taken groups into the outdoors for their personal development via mountain biking, rock climbing, hillwalking, canoeing, kayaking and more, throughout Scotland.   
  • I volunteered with Bike for Good in 2013 before gaining employment as a mechanic.  I am now back working with young people using bikes as a means for development with The Bike Academy!
  • I have an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and recently have set out to complete a masters in Community Education, completion date is June 2019!  

Socially I like:

  • Strong black coffee, weak beer, peaty whisky and pancakes with maple syrup.
  • Riding my bike as far as time gives me to find trees, camping and sunshine.
  • Exploring the remote outdoors of Scotland with my wee family.
  • Reading, if I can sit still long enough…

My role:

The Bike Academy, youth engagement, skills and development opportunities, mountain biking.

 

Claudio Pia
Claudio Pia
Claudio Pia

Active Travel Coordinator

Coffee aficionado, tv star, and outdoor enthusiast

Professional life

  • Started in 2009 as qualified bike mechanic in North Glasgow and built up workshop for bike repairs
  • Became Level 1 coach in canoe/ kayaking in 2011 and ran outdoor activity centre along the Canal.
  • Worked with people all over Glasgow on bike runs, John Muir award and guided kayak trips
  • Started at Bike for Good in 2017 as Cycling Coordinator within the Bike Academy team
  • Moved onto the Wheelbeing team in 2018 as Youth Development Officer
  • Later that year I joined the Velocommunities team as Development Officer
  • Recently bought myself a gravel bike, so plan to do more rides this year and in the future!

Socially I like:

  • Coffee – as long as its black, I’m happy
  • Cake goes well with coffee and cycling, so that too!
  • Listening to my vinyl collection
  • Snowboarding
  • Hill walking
  • Chilling out, maxing and relaxing
  • Spending time with the family

My role:

Velocommunities

 

Jamie Monteith
Jamie Monteith
Jamie Monteith

South Workshop Coordinator

“I never go for a walk without my bicycle”

Professional life

  • After studying Product Design at Uni and becoming disenchanted with the lack of hands-on, practical work, I started learning to fix bikes at my local shop. This quickly turned into a job and great learning experience for the next couple of years.
  • In 2017 I started at Bike for Good as a mechanic, delivering Dr Bike sessions all over the Central Belt of Scotland alongside servicing and distributing Nextbikes.
  • I am now involved in organising and delivering various services and events primarily for businesses and authorities, providing benefits to those commuting and traveling by bicycle.

Socially I like:

  • Riding Bikes
  • Building Bikes
  • Traveling with Bikes
  • Camping with Bikes
  • Hiking with Bikes

My role:

B2B, including: Dr Bike, Group Maintenance Classes, Cycle Fleets, the Cycle Friendly Employer Award.

 

Pippa Thomas
Pippa Thomas
Pippa Thomas

Health & Wellbeing Practitioner

Determined to wheelie well

Professional life

  •  Whilst studying Art in Cornwall I discovered the world of bike touring. I spent every holiday strapping way too much stuff to my bike and eating all the cheese in France.
  • Post-uni and after a boat trip adventure, I moved to Scotland on a whim. I spent 4 years working in the care sector until the call of my bike couldn’t be ignored.
  • I cruised off on a UK tour and ended up volunteering at different community bike hubs on the way, picking up mechanical skills and experiencing different cycling scenes.
  • After swapping the bike in for some time snowboarding and house-building I ended up in Glasgow, started volunteering at Bike for Good, and now I’m part of the team!

Socially I like:

  • Mountain biking
  • Bike Polo
  • Bike touring
  • Dancing
  • Exploring
  • Hiking
  • Drawing, making and building stuff

My role:

Training Coordinator for Wheelbeing