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 Projects

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

South Community Hub Leader

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.

 

JanieB Smit
JanieB Smit
JanieB Smit

Volunteer Coordinator

Outdoors, cycle touring, hiking and traveling

Professional life:

  • Joined Bike for Good in 2015 as a volunteer
  • Project manager – mobile app development
  • Digital – film media – Cooked in Africa Studio
  • Digital media – Cosmopolitan, Bicycling magazine, Runner’s World, Golf Digest, Men’s Health, Shape magazine
  • Overland safari guide – South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Socially I like:

  • Having a good barbecue no matter where or when
  • To travel if the money tree will just grow faster
  • A good book
  • Music – in my ears
  • A great podcast
  • I once was a contestant on a reality tv show…

My role: Volunteering opportunities

 

Joanna Soraghan
Joanna Soraghan
Joanna Soraghan

Development Officer

Slow and steady tourer currently on maternity leave

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.

 

Richard Andrews
Richard Andrews
Richard Andrews

B2B Coordinator

In denial about being a middle aged man in lycra

Professional life:

  • Worked in bike shops for years, now enjoys engaging with the cycling scene in a non-retail capacity

Socially I like:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Adventure

My role: B2B opportunities

 

Raymond Gibb
Raymond Gibb
Raymond Gibb

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

Training Officer

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

Development Officer

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 Officer

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
  • Currently studying for 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

Eilidh Graham
Eilidh Graham
Eilidh Graham

Cycle trainer

Cargo bike queen

Professional life

  • Studied Community Arts, and started working in the arts, but gradually shifted to ‘community cycling’, although still manage to fit in some art and music, and sometimes manage to do some collaborations to create some fun and interesting projects!
  • Volunteered and worked sessionally around Glasgow since 2010 with various cycle charities, working with different groups. Now I see Glasgow as a big village where I can cycle everywhere and always see familiar faces.

Socially I like:

  • When I’m not working I’m also still cycling, and encouraging others to do so. I often cycle a different way home to see what I can discover.
  • Playing in a massive samba band and making people smile and dance (including me!)
  • Hosting people from all around the world in my home and showing them our wonderful city (also many touring cyclists!)
  • Cycle touring: have cycled in France, Spain, Morocco, Brazil, Sri Lanka and India, looking forward to covering more!

 

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

Events Coordinator

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

MACH Maintenance 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

Training Officer

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

Cycle Trainer & 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

 

Sarah McAllister
Sarah McAllister
Sarah McAllister

Cycle trainer

An energetic body, mind and soul

Professional life

  • From chippy to chambermaid, library assistant to literary agency, eventually taking on a role in a corporate profit mongering health and fitness club in London. I consoled myself with plenty of perks, free spa, steam rooms, gym, etc.
  • Self employed yoga teacher and massage therapist for many years leading to a role working for a Glasgow charity organising and leading recreational activities for adults and children with a visual impairment. Loved that job!
  •  Currently studying to qualify as a personal trainer. One day this WILL happen…
  • Always keen to work in a role that celebrates a wider and worthy cause. I started volunteering for Bike for Good last year and was delighted to be given the opportunity to become a cycle trainer. Everyday is a school day…

Socially I like:

  • I adore fitness training – just completed my first marathon in a respectable time, inspiring me to give the Glasgow half marathon in September a bit more welly!
  • Creating and sharing music playlists
  • Documentaries, especially about people and places
  • Food glorious food and a few bevvies to wash it down!
  • The Brass Monkey pub quiz on a Sunday with hubby and friends

My role:

Cycle training at the Glasgow South Community Hub

 

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

Training Officer

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

Cycling 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

 

Angus Cunningham
Angus Cunningham
Angus Cunningham

Workshop Coordinator

Mountain biker at heart

Professional life

  • Started work at Bspoke Cycles in Peebles in 2011
  • Began working as a mechanic at Bike for Good part time in 2016 when I moved to Glasgow to study
  • Went over to working full time after I finished studies in May 2018
  • Started as Workshop Coordinator at Bike for Good Glasgow South in September 2018

Socially I like:

  • Climbing and bouldering
  • Mountain biking
  • Cycle touring and camping

My role:

Bike servicing, repairs and sales at Glasgow South Community Hub

 

Neil Logan
Neil Logan
Neil Logan

Skills & Development Officer

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

Development Officer

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

Contact me about:

Velocommunities

Contact me on:

claudio@bikeforgood.org.uk

Jamie Monteith
Jamie Monteith
Jamie Monteith

B2B 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.