The British Cycling North East board is a combination of British Cycling employees and British Cycling members, both club riders, and non-club riders. Our role is to implement the policies of British Cycling as applied to our region and promote, develop and support cycling in all forms.
The volunteer members of the regional board are cyclists from the region, with members having a wide range of cycling and volunteering experience. If you would like to contact the board please send us an email at BCNEsecretary@gmail.com or contact us via Facebook.
Steve Tunmore, chairSteve Tunmore is a recreational cyclist , becoming involved with the sport when he retired from the police after 30 years service.
He is a qualified and practising road racing and downhill mountain biking commissaire (referee). Although he is embedded in the racing side of cycling his drive is simply to have more people riding their bikes in all forms and at all levels and improving infrastructure and opportunity for all.
Steve fully recognises the need to maintain and develop the competitive side of the sport but also recognises that this will only exist and thrive if the recreational cyclists are valued and encouraged to become part of the family of cycling.
Peter Reynolds, acting secretaryPeter is currently acting as Secretary. He is a fair weather recreational cyclist and is involved with Tyneside Vagabonds Go ride in a support role. At certain times of year he probably spends more time cutting grass for the club’s Go ride Cyclocross course than he spends on his bike.
Peter is an Accredited Marshall and has been involved with most of the Region’s road races over the last few years. Peter wants more people on bikes on all levels be it recreation, active transport or competitive racing and is keen to try and help that happen in any way he can.
Ian Jones, memberIan has been MTB Commissaire 10 years, starting at regional and now at National level. Ian has marshalled at the UCI MTB World Cup for 15 consecutive years and 2020 would have been his second year as BC appointed Commissaire at the Fort William World Cup.Ian started racing in 1996 at local XC events, and also raced DH at International level winning his category at a French race in 2005 and competing at World Masters at Praloup in 2008. He has been an organiser of club events and although no longer competing, is still an active rider and still likes to take his chances with the trees.He has been on the BC board since (ask Lorna/Sam?) years and would like to advise anyone thinking of getting involved that "age isn't a restriction".
Phil Metcalfe, memberPhil is a British Cycling Road & Track Commissaire and holds the Level 1 BC ride leader qualification. He cycles several times a week on the Road, Track or CX. Phil is an active member of the Stockton Wheelers cycling club where he is currently Vice Chair. He is married to Nikki with 2 daughters.
Outside of cycling Phil is a Full Time Reserve Army Officer which entitles him to be a member of the Royal Logistic Corp Cycling Association & the Army Cycling Union.
Sara BatemanJoined in late 2021.
John Byrne, memberJohn has been a member of the board since 2018. He is a keen road club cyclist He has a mountain bike but which mostly only gets a runout when the NE has enough snow to make road cycling difficult. John always tries to contribute in some way the running of sports club he's in and has been a regular marshal or driver in the Beaumont, Curlew and Sloan trophies.
John is a keen social cyclist, getting out once a week for the craic and cafe stops around Northumberland.In real life John is a Clinical Scientist at the Freeman Hospital and has been riding a bike for more than 50 years both as a means of transport and to explore his local area and meet new people.
Ben Dobson, memberBen joined the board in 2021. He is a keen cyclist and enjoys all elements of cycling from competition, recreational, touring and commuting. He is a regional road commissaire and supports officials at national road events, such as the Klondike, Stockton Grand Prix and Tour Series. He is also a level 2 coach, MTB Level 2 ride leader and a qualified NSI (Bikeability).
Ben recognises that cycling covers a broad spectrum of interests and population and that people cycle for different reasons and that the focus must be to include all groups; formal and informal, in the discussion to allow participation to be fully inclusive and allow the sport and activity to grow.Off the bike, Ben manages some roads in the North East that tends to keep him busy during the week
Audrey Christie, memberAudrey joined the regional board in 2020 but has been a central figure in NE cycling for many years. She is the Breeze Area Co-ordinator for the North East, having been a Breeze champion since 2012 and led over 200 rides. She is based in Durham and has been a utility and recreational cyclist for her adult life including progression through a varied fleet of family friendly bikes when she had a young family.
Audrey has cycle-toured and camped extensively including an 18 month tandem expedition from the UK to Cape Town after which she spent 20 years as Senior Rights of Way Officer for Durham County Council. By being a BCNE board member she wants to celebrate and support the BC volunteers who are at the heart of its activities and the BC journey to help create a cycling nation.
Andy Cosgrove, Regional Events Officer (REO)Andy recently retired from employment with British Cycling and brings over 30 year of experience in cycling administration as a board member. His knowledge of volunteer supporting and mentoring , growing cycle sport participation, coordinating the competition calendar and education of officials, running sportives & National Series events is second to none.
Phil Jack, Regional Competition Administrator (RCA)Phil joined the board in 2014 as RCA, a former road racer and keen cyclist. He liaises with event organisers, the police, local councils and volunteer officials to ensure that road and circuit events meet legal requirements.
Jack Rees, Clubs and Coaching Officer (CCO)Jack is a permanent employee of British Cycling and an elite competitive road cyclist. Jack competes both domestically and internationally against some of the best cyclists in the world. Jack line manages the Go-Ride Community Coaches and provides Club Development Support. He mentors Volunteer Engagement & Mentoring (across Coaching, Competition and Talent) and is responsible for Coach Education Coordination and Delivery .
Lorna Bennet, Cycling Development ManagerLorna is a British Cycling employee and leads on the BC Regional Development plan and budget. She has been directly supporting the board as a member since 2015. Lorna brings a wealth of experience in Local Authority Partnership Management, Prospect Partner Engagement and Facility Development. Part of Lorna's role is in managing the Coaching & Clubs Officer and Regional Events Officer.
Kevin Fox - Vice Chair
Kev has been road cycling for around 10 years and before that he mountain biked from being a kid.He has been an event organiser for British Cycling since 2013, running sportives for charity. Kev has been on the BCNE board since 2020 and became Vice Chair in 2021.
Kev is still racing but also enjoys being a social cyclist, riding with family and friends & completing sportives. At 6 foot 4 inches, it's hard to miss Kev and he's always happy to be stopped for a chat or questions so don't be shy.
Mellissa Teasdale, Go-Ride CoachMelissa is a permanent employee of British Cycling. She is the Go-Ride Coach (Newcastle). That means she works in partnership with Newcastle City Council to bring cycling to both adults and youngsters to deliver the Go-Ride programme. Since 2015 she has been coaching in a range of sport especially focusing on the grassroot and community level of engagement, specialising in young volunteer engagement. She has a Bachelor of Science focusing on Sport Coaching and Science with skills focusing on skills including Coaching, Event Management, Community Engagement and Community Outreach.
Richie Smith, memberRichie joined the board in late 2021. He started cycling on a Raleigh single speed in the street and progressed to a regular after school ride with mates to the cyclists' cafe in Ponteland and back. Go-Ride didn’t exist back in the day so he never joined a club, but he did become a cycle marshal on time trials, road races and charity rides and an occasional tourer in Europe with his trailer.
He rediscovered the joys of single speed many years later through Cycle Speedway: 4 laps of fun on an oval track, no brakes required. It turns out that it was one of the disciplines in his vintage Usborne book of cycling, but he never realised there was a local club. He helped fundraise for Northumbria Vikings’ track at Cramlington Learning Village and became a level 2 cycle speedway coach. He is keen to promote participation by all ages, abilities and backgrounds and greater diversity in coaching too.