Our Staff We have a talented and friendly team, that includes our core members, and a wider team of skilled instructors, mechanics, pilots and couriers. CEO - Jim Blakemore How long have you been at Bikeworks: I’ve been at Bikeworks from conception, when my other half put together the original business plan titled Olympic Bikes, we’ll be 15 years of age this year, 2021. What's your role at Bikeworks, what do you do: Everything! I lead the team, come up with new ideas, nurture relationships and build networks, all to provide people and communities with access to the opportunity of using the bicycle for social and environmental good. Why is the bicycle important to you: Incredibly it’s not changed since it was originally created 150 years ago. Through my own life I have discovered so many ways to use the bicycle to help people and generate income, it’s such a simple cost effective mode of transport. Amateur cycling was when I started to develop a cycling passion, I was 13 and doing time trials. I moved into mountain biking, and started working in a bike shop at 15 and stayed attached to the cycling sector ever since. Aside from the practical everyday use cycling gives you, it can also push your mental and physical limitations. A great example of this is the Paris-Brest-Paris, the oldest cycling event in the world, its 1200 KM. You try to complete it against a non-stop countdown of 90 hours. It's amazing what you can endure and the limits you overcome when you have. I’ve completed two, and am looking to do my third when it's held again in 2023. ---- Head Of Business Development - David Dansky How long have you been at Bikeworks: Nearly two years, I’ve been in the cycle training sector for nearly 20 years and was involved in the development of Bikeability, the government cycle training programme, on-cycle HGV driver training and the Ride Side-by-Side, promoting cycling as a travel solution for everyone. What's your role at Bikeworks, what do you do: I support the development of innovative ways of using the bicycle for both environmental mode shift to sustainable travel focused on people who are traditionally perceived as less likely, or unable to cycle and social impact, sourcing opportunities to promote inclusive cycling and active travel. Why is the bicycle important to you: I prefer the word cycle instead of bicycle, as it expands people’s thinking outside of a two-wheel experience. I believe that through the power of cycles, another, better world is possible. ---- Finance Manager - Meena Khanom Meena is our finance manager and an ACCA qualified accountant. She manages the finance function at Bikeworks from payroll to payments. Meena also undertakes financial modelling to produce forecasting data to enable the organisation to plan ahead, supporting the budget holders to fulfill their responsibilities. ---- Operations Manager - Manon Dolet How long have you been at Bikeworks: Since May 2020. What's your role at Bikeworks, what do you do: A bit like Jim: (nearly) everything! The purpose of my role is to ensure everything works as well and as smoothly as possible, mainly by making sure all processes and procedures are in place, and that communication between everyone at Bikeworks is smooth. In a nutshell I manage the operational sides of things and have an overview of everything that goes on at Bikeworks. I focus on cycle training, cycle deliveries, mobile mechanics, maintenance courses, payroll, invoicing, reporting and HR. I give a hand wherever I'm needed and I'm always here to find solutions to problems. What I love about my role is that I work with everyone in the team. Why is the bicycle important to you: So many reasons! Cycling is so important for cities as it improves inhabitants' mental and physical health. It's also amazingly empowering for women, young people and people with disabilities. It's an altruistic activity that doesn't pollute, nor takes space. Cycling connects people and improves our living surroundings. It also helps us reclaims cities and the urban space, making them more pleasant and safer to walk around. I dream of seeing London turn into a new Amsterdam! ---- All Ability Project Manager - Mark Browne How long have you been at Bikeworks: Over 2 years. What's your role at Bikeworks, what do you do: I’m responsible for the development, promotion and delivery of our inclusive cycling offer delivered through the All Ability Clubs, where we focus on people who are usually excluded from cycling, or find it difficult to access cycling. For example if you need an adapted bicycle and live in a small home without access to safe storage, our specialist fleet of bicycles is here for you to use. The club sessions provide a safe traffic free environment with expert advice from our friendly and skilled instructors. It's a great chance to meet other people too. Why is the bicycle important to you: It’s great for the environment and a joy that everyone can share. ---- Inclusive Cycling Coordinator - Ethan Cairns How long have you been at Bikeworks: Over 2 years. What's your role at Bikeworks, what do you do: I coordinate our inclusive cycling All Ability Clubs, making sure these run smoothly. This includes welcoming new members and responding to specific enquiries, for example the adjustments we can make using our exciting fleet of specialist bicycles, including hand-cycles and four-wheelers. Why is the bicycle important to you: Cycling should be seen as inclusive, everyone can do it and should be able to access it. There is a great range of adapted cycles for people of all ages, abilities and experience, riding a bicycle provides so many health benefits. ---- Ride-Side-By-Side Project Manager - Richard Evans How long have you been at Bikeworks: Nearly 1 year. What's your role at Bikeworks, what do you do: I manage the Ride Side-by-Side programme, an alternative free bicycle taxi service for older people, people with mobility or visual impairment issues, and people struggling with social isolation. Think of it as a pedal-powered Dial-a-Ride! We pick people up from their requested location on an electric-assist cycle, and take them to a chosen destination, for example shopping, to visit a friend, go to a local park, or just explore the local area. The gentle exercise you get is good for both physical and mental health if you choose to pedal, or simply relax, enjoy the fresh air, and chat with one of our friendly pilots. Why is the bicycle important to you: Since back in the early 70’s at secondary school I have been cycling most days of my life, I love it because it's usually the fastest, cheapest and most fun way to get to where I want to go. In 1990 it became my life mission to try and get other people to understand this, so I got involved in cycle campaigning and working in sustainable transport jobs, including the Environmental Transport Association, TfL, GLA, DfT, a London Borough Local Authority and now Bikeworks. Along the way I developed a passion for long-distance cycling which ultimately led to me doing an around the world bike ride in 2014... am I allowed to mention my book here? Whoops, I just have! All proceeds go to RoadPeace ---- Training Centre Manager - George Hurford How long have you been at Bikeworks: Over a year. What's your role at Bikeworks, what do you do: I look after our two Training Centres in East and West London. Here we run everything from one-day maintenance courses up to our more advanced ten-day City and Guilds Level 2 qualifications, as well as a variety of other projects. I also coordinate Dr Bike sessions across London and beyond, and support the Comms and Marketing of Bikeworks. Why is the bicycle important to you: Going for a bicycle ride is guaranteed to put me in a good mood. It's great for mental and physical health, the local and wider environment, and it's cheaper than taking any other form of transport. The bicycle can solve so many problems. ---- Employment & Skills Project Manager - Loke Davis How long have you been at Bikeworks: Since December 2020. What's your role at Bikeworks, what do you do: My role is to lead on our newly designed Cycle into Work programme, which offers accredited and non-accredited skills for employment, inclusive cycle instructor and cycle mechanics training for people who are unemployed, including people who experience barriers to getting work. It’s exciting because Bikeworks is using its networks and years of experience to create new employment pathways into the cycling sector. Including cycle delivery and cargo cycle delivery roles, I work with the team to develop partnerships, while outreaching and engaging people onto the programme to progress into work, volunteering or more training. Why is the bicycle important to you: Bicycles are pure magic, providing access to a range of opportunities, it’s a tool for self determination across experiences and abilities, and is a carbon neutral way to travel. ---- Employment & Skills Lead Tutor - Tim Richardson ---- Imperial College London Cycle Delivery Project Manager - Lourdes Villegas Garcia How long have you been at Bikeworks: This is my second time working for Bikework. The first time was for over two years, I returned back in September 2020. What's your role at Bikeworks, what do you do: I manage and coordinate the cycle delivery project we have with Imperial College London. This is a COVID-19 research project funded by Public Health England. My job involves recruiting, managing and coordinating the cyclists who collect the swabs from people’s households to deliver back to Public Health England for analysis. Why is the bicycle important to you: From when I first started using the bicycle it empowered me. My bicycle is my companion and gives me the freedom to go to places without thinking of bus or train schedules. My bicycle helps me stay healthy and has taken me to places I never thought I’d visit. I love my bicycle! ---- Cycling For Health Project Manager - Lucy How long have you been at Bikeworks: Since November 2020. What's your role at Bikeworks, what do you do: I lead on the delivery of the Cycling for Wellbeing programme, a new focused activity for Bikeworks, designed in response to the pandemic. The programme addresses the negative impact of COVID-19 by reaching out to and connecting people who are experiencing health inequalities with our 5 Ways to Wellbeing resources using the bicycle to encourage physical activity, mental wellbeing, while of course having fun. I’m responsible for telling different people about our offer, including GP’s, social prescriber’s, housing associations, and occupational therapist’s. Why is the bicycle important to you: The feeling of freedom is what makes the bicycle my number one choice for both everyday transport and leisure. I can ride alone or with friends and we can go wherever we like, when we want. I enjoy mountain-biking in the forest at the weekend and when I go abroad I find that by bicycle is a great way to get to know a city much more quickly than by foot. I also feel safer on a bicycle than any other mode of transport. ---- Cycling For Health Lead Instructor - Silvi Vargas How long have you been at Bikeworks: I've been at Bikeworks from the start of 2021. What's your role at Bikeworks, what do you do: I work alongside Lucy to deliver & improve the Cycling For Wellbeing Programme. I am one of the main contacts for participants in the courses and I am in charge of keeping participants motivated and engaged while increasing their confidence and skills through the empowerment of cycling and mindfulness. Why is the bicycle important to you: Cycling for me is a way to express myself, to live in the moment, to appreciate the power of movement and to become the best that I can be in many aspects! It has helped me find my passion for coaching and inspiring others. ---- Operational Project Coordinator - Alexander Spring How long have you been at Bikeworks: Nearly 2 years. What's your role at Bikeworks, what do you do: I coordinate all of our Adult Cycle Training in East & West London with the Local Authorities and School Cycle Training in Hammersmith and Fulham and Hounslow. I also coordinate cycle deliveries for the GP surgery Federation of Waltham Forest. Why is the bicycle important to you: It’s very important for my physical, mental and social well being, as well as being my main mode of transport around London. ---- Cycle Instructors, Mechanics, RSBS Pilots, Cycle Couriers We work with an amazing team of freelancers who deliver our work all across London.