The Trustees Team
We have a small Trustee team, but it will grow as the charity develops. We are all looking forward to meeting you at future events throughout the year. If you see us on the road come and say hi, we all love any excuse to have a cuppa and a chat.
Karen Cole (Trustee)
A lifelong lover of bikes (and all things with an engine really). I got my full licence aged 17 – when Examiners hid in alleyways to jump out on you during the emergency stop.
Following surgery on my spine, I was advised to give up riding, which has been very difficult. Working alongside the Mental Health Motorbike team, meeting so many riders and being part of the wonderful biking community once again, is an absolute privilege and has eased my sense of loss.
My day job involves improving rider safety (physically), so helping riders with their mental health is a great fit. My plan is to ensure Mental Health Motorbike becomes a familiar name within motorcycling. Particularly within the motorcycle industry itself.
Paul Oxborough (Chairperson)
A Yorkshireman living in North East Derbyshire with a staffy and a great family
I feel very proud to have been founder of Mental Health Motorbike, sadly it came from the loss of a friend to suicide and the need to be proactive in addressing this issue. The challenge is now to take the Charity to a new level so it can become a recognised household name and the place bikers and their families across the UK come to for meaningful support.
For the last 30 years my day job has been developing international education programmes across the world with young people, teachers and non-formal education professionals, I am a comunity activist who believes in empowerment, education, inclusion and learning through active experiences. I have BIKER running through my DNA since the first motorbike experience at my friends farm aged 13! then I saw Top Gun – that GPZ 900R! did it
Love reading, walking and surrounding myself around interesting people and fight for the marginalised people in society.
Mark JJ Johnson (Trustee)
Passion all my life has been riding motorbikes, just love bikes & biking. I enjoy the creativity, diversity and passion motorbikes can evoke from classic and modern to custom and cruiser. I am drawn into the positivity motorcycling can bring to our mental health, it allows me to effectively deal with the daily stress of life, create friendships for life, make healthy decisions and live life to its fullest.
I currently work and manage a large department for young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) at a further education college in the East Midlands, supporting them and their families to gain skills for life. My previous life before was a senior graphic designer and illustrator for Rolls Royce Aerospace doing doodles of jet engines and a design & publicity manager for a large tyre company.
Married with 2 fab children, a dog, caravan, love listening to classic rock music and when time, fishing!
Leanne McClean (Trustee)
Mandy Stephens (Trustee)
I came to motorbiking later in life, being well in my 40’s. I have not looked back since.I have always loved travelling and biking opens this up in new and unique ways. Throw in a bit of camping, and I am looking forward to the day hubby and I ditch it all in and travel around the world.
I have been a lifelong advocate of good mental health, and am very proud to have gained my MHFAider certification through our charity. I am so pleased to be a Trustee of Mental Health Motorbike and put my skill set to good use as the charity’s Treasurer.
I am very happily married with five children between us, I am self-employed and building a business at the same time as helping to grow Mental Health Motorbike. Life is an adventure!