Commuting, getting fit, supporting mental wellbeing, reducing impact on the planet, having fun with friends and family, watching races or even competing – cycling is my passion. My goal is to invest more of my time on cycling related projects, from active travel initiatives and promoting accessibility to organising events and races.
I haven’t used a car to commute for over 20 years. I use a folding bike and public transport. I’m a club cyclist, youth coach and occasional builder of bespoke wheels. I had the opportunity to organise my cycling clubs annual Town Centre Races in Guildford. Its one of the few cobbled town centre circuit races in the UK, now I’m hooked and want to do more.
I want to use my skills to promote:
- Widening participation, equality and diversity – getting more people onto bikes across the whole spectrum normalises it as a mode of transport.
- Campaigning & advocacy – working with local authorities, communities and campaign groups to promote active travel and cycling.
- Cyclocross & Cycling Festival – lobbying for and creating an event in Guildford which will serve as an accessible and fun way into cycle sport.
- Guildford Town Centre Races – building on the long and successful history of the event to promote the club and cycling in the Guildford area.
We’ve worked with Austin for many years. He’s bright, driven and makes things happen. He’s collaborative, quirky and builds relationships based on integrity and being straightforward. He has gravitas and others trust him to act in their best interests.
Austin operates, and influences, at both top table and coal face to generate compelling strategies and deliver them. He manages complex projects in sectors from healthcare to regeneration and gains and honours trust from a wide range of stakeholders.
Austin has a long-standing reputation for strong client and stakeholder management, backed up by the ability to get transactions across the line. Great at bid leadership, understanding the big picture and simplifying it to help communication. He’s an intellectually critical friend – he’s always got an opinion!
Austin is not stuck in a set way of delivery – he listens to what clients communicate and shapes teams to deliver what they want. He’s always setting ambitious targets for sustainability on projects and pushing teams to go further.
A talented leader of partnerships, Austin created our work on regeneration, bringing public and private sector experts together to develop our plan. He led us from the contractors demise towards a construction partner to get Midland Met built. Able to bridge the gap between strategy and implementation.