Pedal Power Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees plays a vital role in the governance and stewardship of the charity and it's therefore important that as a team we are focused, engaged and representative of the communities which Pedal Power serves. The strength and relevance of the team is dependent on the diversity of its members and the skills, experience and knowledge each brings. We always welcome requests to join the team, so if you'd like to find out more about becoming a Trustee at Pedal Power, please email our Director, Sian, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Harding - Chair
I'm a lifelong active cyclist and cycling campaigner, and have been on the Board of Trustees since 2016 and Chair since 2018. I enjoyed a long career in the public sector - in housing, social services, the arts and education. I specialised in Regional Government and Policy and Strategy Development, latterly as a Welsh Government civil servant.
I also have extensive experience in the Third Sector - I sit on the Board of Wales and West Housing and am coming to the end of a seven-year term as Treasurer for Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre. I have run two successful businesses and have a Masters in Public Administration.
Stephen Cox - Treasurer
I retired in April 2023, having spent over 40 years working in the Social Care sector, most recently as the Chief Executive of a large charity providing support for people with a learning disability to live in their own home.
I have a love of cycling which goes back to my childhood and have been with Pedal Power since it started.
Being a Trustee allows me to share my experience and knowledge related to running and managing a large organisation, including Finance, HR, Strategy, and evidencing outcomes for people. I have also worked closely with senior staff in Welsh Government and Local Authorities in Service and Policy development.
Pedal Power is a great charity that supports people, regardless of their disability, to enjoy the physical and psychological benefits that come from cycling and activity in their community.
Since 2012, I've been a director of a successful local SME (Small Medium Enterprise) in Cardiff, employing around 10 people. I bring that experience to the board, along with a lifelong addiction to and love of cycling!
As a structural engineering consultant, I have daily experience of complex problem solving as well as dealing with the operational challenges of a small business.. I've also had many years of involvement in a large local church, including serving on the property management committee - this has given me hands-on experience of the challenges of operating a volunteer-led charitable organisation.
I first got involved with Pedal Power in 2018, when I did a sponsored ride for them. As a recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetic, I wanted to push myself, and to raise money for a cause I cared about. Pedal Power so impressed me, I rode the Velothon for them, and ended up as a trustee!
I love to cycle. It used to be solo cycle-touring, now it’s more often commuting, doing the supermarket shop or enjoying the local hills. I’ve recently joined the Pedal Power piloted tandem group for people with sight impairments, which is a brilliant way to share my love of pedaling with people who otherwise couldn’t.
Being a part of Pedal Power gives me opportunities I’d never get anywhere else (riding a masked side by side in the Bute Town Carnival) and I love the positivity and inclusivity that oozes out of every encounter – even when it’s bucketing down with rain!
I'm the Director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Wales. As a Chartered Civil Engineer, I bring almost 30 years' experience of delivering a broad range of technical services and policy development to a senior level across the public and private sectors in Wales.
I previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and am currently Chairman of Keep Wales Tidy and a Trustee at a local charity for disabled children and adults.
I was born and raised in Gwynedd and remain a partner in a family run farming business in the Snowdonia National Park. I've lived in Cardiff for the last 30 years with my wife and 3 children, and am a fluent Welsh speaker.
I'm a Programme Manager for Principality Building Society, where I've worked since 2017. Thanks to having managed transformation and change initiatives for a number of years, I've had extensive experience of project management, business process re-engineering, leading teams and managing budgets. I'm also a qualified accountant.
I've had the pleasure of serving on the Pedal Power board since 2007 and remain hugely passionate about the charity, it’s purpose and it’s future direction of travel.
Prof Malcolm Eames
I previously worked in both academia and the Third Sector, most recently as Chair of Low Carbon Research and Director of Research at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. In addition to specific knowledge and expertise in urban sustainability, I have experience of leading the development and successful delivery of large multi-year collaborative projects with industry and government partners including Welsh Government, Defra and Cardiff Council.
I spent 28 years in the private sector as a Project or Programme Manager for mostly IT projects. This included training and experience in all aspects of project planning, development and the implementation lifecycle, as well as people and financial management. I've also managed projects for customers in the public sector - central, devolved and local government. For eight years, I've managed two, Third Sector organisations, covering all aspects of financial management, continuation of funding sources, HR, and service delivery to vulnerable clients.
Why Pedal Power? I used to ride my bike to work most days and I often saw people using Pedal Power bikes or trikes and was always struck by how happy they looked! I decided that when I retired, I would volunteer with them and so I did – initially helping to lead rides and then as an operational assistant, helping people to mount and ride the bikes. I loved it, and came to care passionately about the organisation, its vision and ethos. Feeling that my previous experience could be helpful, I offered to become a Trustee, and this is now my main involvement with the charity.
With my husband, I have completed a number of cycle-touring holidays both in the UK (including Landsend to John O’Groats) and in other European countries. We taught our daughters to ride and are now working our way through helping our six grandchildren! We both use bikes to commute around Cardiff, keeping car use to a minimum. Challenged but not defeated by illness in 2021, we have transferred to electric bikes for longer distances and have learned for ourselves that there really are bikes for everyone. I love riding a bike, and helping Pedal Power so that other people can do the same is very important to me.
Over the past 15 years I've had the pleasure of engaging with Pedal Power as a customer, project partner, employee and trustee. I have worked within the race-equality, community development and community arts sectors for 20+ years. As an equalities and social justice practitioner, I facilitate talks and deliver equality-based awareness sessions to a range of stakeholders, initiatives, groups, organisations and partnerships across the voluntary and public sectors. I am an advocate of a less singular [or binary] approach to addressing inequality by recognising intersectionality and its impact on people's individual and communal lives. I am the father of a teenage son and enjoy cycling for fun and fitness.
Having started my professional life as a teacher, I soon moved into Social Work in a variety of settings – community, residential care, hospital and field work. After pursuing some research I moved back into teaching but this time as a university lecturer on a Social Work course. I had particular interest in the application of learning and theory to the practice placement environment, and on the values underpinning professional practice.
After leaving the academic world I discovered a passion for cycling on a charity ride across Poland for Marie Curie – a journey I came across whilst volunteering at the local hospice. This experience was in many ways transformational for me. Shortly after, I came across Pedal Power (then operating out of a container!) and have subsequently volunteered in the café, the bike shed, in schools, and more recently in supported rides of all sorts. My other commitment is volunteering with a UK-wide charity working with refugees and asylum seekers, and until recently, I also helped at a local hosting organisation, supporting asylum seekers in people’s homes where a spare room has been offered for a period of time.
Through becoming a Trustee at Pedal Power, I hope to use my experience and passion for cycling to encourage and support others to discover the joy of the 'wind on your face', and the sense of freedom that cycling can bring to everyone.