Camcycle trustee candidates 2022

We’re delighted to announce the candidates for election to the Camcycle board of trustees in 2022. Each year, the board is elected as part of our annual general meeting.

This year, our elections will be conducted using the OpaVote online system. The process is broadly the same as with our previous paper-based ballots, but with an online voting form that you must access using a link sent to you via email. Only Camcycle members who have registered for the AGM can vote.

Voting will open at 9am on Friday 21 January and close at 5pm on Saturday 22 January, at the end of the AGM.

Trustee nominee Robin Heydon Candidate for Chair: Robin Heydon

I have lived in the Cambridge area for the last 20 years. I regularly cycle six miles to and from work. Having cycled in many other countries around the world, I have seen both great and not-so-great cycle infrastructure. Cambridge is still a long way from being a world-class city that I think it deserves to be. There are three things that we need to achieve to make Cambridge and its surrounding rural villages the best place to cycle in the world.

First, we need high quality cycle infrastructure in the places where people want to cycle. We need to make the case for a comprehensive primary network of cycle routes, segregated cycleways mainly along the main roads that link where we live to where we need to be. Second, we need to create policies that foster these aspirations including details sometimes forgotten such as cycle parking standards and wayfinding. And lastly, I intend to chair this charity to create a sustainable and strong future for this organisation that will become a respected and trustworthy critical friend to the councils, developers, and residents.

Trustee nominee Peter Gotham Candidate for Treasurer: Peter Gotham

I have been a cyclist and actively involved in ‘not for profit’ since student days in East London during the 1970s. Since then, I have worked on a professional or voluntary basis with a wide range of organisations. Charities and social enterprises have moved to centre stage as engines of a move to a stronger society, but also as advocates for and protectors of our weaker members – and this has been reflected in the range of organisations I have worked with. 

As a community activist I started an accounting practice, eventually becoming head of Charities and Social Enterprise at a major national practice. I have been active on the national charity scene, including as a member of the 2015 SORP account setting committee, as well as writing and lecturing on a wide variety of subjects. 

Since moving to Cambridge, and having more free time, I have become a trustee of Abbey People and Friends of Midsummer Common, and of the Royal Osteoporosis Society.  Many networks and issues are linked in Cambridge and I am now hoping to continue to build on my connections to further the shared aims of Camcycle and of my other local engagements.

Trustee nominee Alessandra Caggiano Candidate for Trustee: Alessandra Caggiano

I joined the Camcycle Board of Trustees in August 2019. Since then the campaign has had several big successes and hired new staff. I feel proud to have been part of this! One of the things I love about being involved with Camcycle is learning about the impact our charity has had in the community over the years. I am proposing my candidature for Trustee to continue to build on this legacy, working with the Board and the Camcycle team to even more, better and safer cycling in and around Cambridge.  

My goal for the year ahead is to continue working with Camcycle’s Executive Director on sponsorship and partnership opportunities – a project that began in 2021. Also, in 2022 I plan to develop our work around volunteer and Board recruitment.

Trustee nominee Matthew Danish Candidate for Trustee: Matthew Danish 

Our streets are major parts of our shared public space heritage and I believe they should be both safe and pleasant places for human beings of all ages and abilities. The transportation uses of streets can and should be balanced between the different modes and the other roles that streets serve. I believe we should put the needs of people above those of machines, and so we should prioritise walking and cycling above motor traffic. I also believe a pleasant and livable city is one where everyone feels safe and respected when they choose to walk or cycle around, without being overwhelmed or harmed by motor traffic. The classic, compact, verdant and historic form of Cambridge is incompatible with heavy usage of automobiles. Walking and cycling will always be the best, most convenient, and healthiest way of navigating this city. I came to Cambridge from Boston, MA in 2015. When I moved here I joined Camcycle because I believe it is an organisation that shares my values. Since then I have been helping out with various efforts to campaign for better streets and facilities, such as helping organise strong responses to Milton Road, the station area, and Greenways as well as examining numerous planning applications.

Trustee nominee Sue Edwards Candidate for Trustee: Sue Edwards

I’d been doing little bits of helping with things like newsletter delivery since shortly after I joined the campaign in 2004. More recently I’ve been membership secretary since November 2014, which has meant that David Earl had time to develop a much better membership system for us and we’ve done lots of discussing and testing changes he’s made to that. I’ve enjoyed doing that and being able to contribute to helping the campaign continue to work well and improve life for cyclists in and around the Cambridge area, and would be happy to continue doing so. My involvement with the magazine has expanded since I became responsible for coordinating distribution of the paper magazines from autumn 2018.

Trustee nominee Christopher Loughlan Candidate for Trustee: Christopher Loughlan

I have been a researcher/evaluator for the latter part of my professional career. I began in the education profession, gaining experience in secondary, further and tertiary education institutions. I am a Scot and moved to Cambridge some twenty years ago, to take up a post at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Since that time, I have either worked in the NHS or for the NHS as an external client primarily undertaking education, research and evaluation-based commissions. More latterly, my work has moved to the area of entrepreneurship and innovation, specifically looking at evaluating scale and impact of small enterprise companies. I have travelled to Japan, study Japanese, and hope to return to Japan. I have designed and published an ‘Essential Guidebook to Japan’. I hold the grade of 2nd dan in the martial art of judo. I live in Fulbourn and so see the benefits of cycling and having relatively lower transport congestion. I did finish the 100m Tour of Cambridge but won’t be publishing my finish time. I love the freedom that cycling provides and therefore want to make my contribution to better and safer cycling (for all ages and abilities) throughout Cambridgeshire and beyond.

Trustee nominee Martin Lucas-Smith Candidate for Trustee: Martin Lucas-Smith

I am re-standing as a Trustee, though this will likely be my final year. I am a long-standing member, having seen and helped the Campaign grow over many years. I co-wrote Making Space for Cycling and have been involved in many campaigns. I am a web developer, working in Cambridge, and am one of the developers of the not-for-profit social enterprise CycleStreets which also runs Cyclescape and new projects, StreetFocus and WidenMyPath. As such, I bring skills related to technology, and to running a (not-for-profit) business.

The pandemic and recent changes in local government mean that there are many new opportunities to improve cycling in Cambridge and the surrounding area. The last year has meant we have needed to refocus and adapt some of our work. This is likely to continue this year, especially as key strategic policy changes from our local authorities move forward.

I believe strongly that the Campaign must continue to be member-led, and that member involvement, supported by staff, is critical to our success. A key focus this year will need to be increasing the number and diversity amongst our Board of Trustees, so that we can be effective as possible and bring the benefits of cycling to a wider range of communities.