Meet The Team

Our team is growing find out more below:

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. 

Ken Finlayson (Trustee)

I feel privileged to be part of The MHMOTORBIKE journey.

Having spend a lifetime in Dealer operations B2B for vehicle manufacturers, I’m hoping some of my experience can be put to good use.

I’ve been an enthusiastic biker for more than a few years, my current bike being a Triumph Tiger which is proudly displaying a MHFA badge.

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!

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.

Leanne McClean (Trustee)

I am extremely privileged to be part of the growing MHM community. I have been around motorbikes and racing for a large part of my life. My earliest memory was, aged 3 meeting my dad at the end of each day to be placed on his tank and ridden a short distance home! I took my own test aged 29 years and 5 months pregnant and haven’t looked back, enjoying trips to the IoM and Europe; and have enjoyed several UK track days.
The link to MHM comes from my experience as a Chief Nurse overseeing, amongst other services, accident and emergency and observed first hand the suffering of those seeking our help. I tried hard to address the system challenges that made getting help difficult. Once I retired I wanted to continue to help and came across MHM at the NEC in 2021 and linked up with Paul and Andy and as they say the rest is history.
My strengths as a Trustee centre around people skills, coaching, policy and governance helping to keep the team and our members safe. I look forward to meeting you all in the future.

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!

The Core Team

Our team is small but dynamic and is coordinated by some amazing volunteers, Louise manages much of the day to day running of the charity.  With outstanding work being done supporting our mental health first aid training by both Louise and Rachael. 

Louise Williamson (Administrator)

I am currently supporting our Mental Health Motorbike trustees with  lots of different ‘behind the scenes’ office work.

I had my first bike in 1980, but stopped. 35 years later I returned, and am very much enjoying time out and about on my beloved Honda Rebel. 

Working in the NHS prompted an interest in Mental Health and in the last few years, I’ve completed our MHFA course as well as a level 3 counselling course. I’m pleased and honoured to be supporting Mental Health Motorbike. To be honest I feel this is the place I am meant to be, and I’m looking forward to meeting many more of you over the coming months and years.

Rachael Davis (Administrator)

I got my first twist and go bike at the tender age of 16, and I’ve never looked back (I’m not going that way!)

Mental health and supporting others is close to my heart. I am a MHFA at work, and have previously worked for a local homeless charity as well as supporting offender rehabilitation at my local probation office. This came hand in hand with supporting members that were living with addiction and/ or mental health issues.

I am honoured to be part of the MHMotorbike team, and I’m looking forward to supporting the charity by means of MHFA administration duties, mostly looking after course bookings and hopefully meeting some of you at events.

Regional Cordinator Team

Our regional corodinators are making magic happen in various regions across the country. 

Anthony Reynolds

Area: Wiltshire, Hampshire & Berkshire

Due to circumstances in mine, close friends and relatives lives, I found myself looking into supporting men’s mental health.

After seeing Mental Health Motorbike for the first time at the NEC at the end of 2021 I booked a place on the mental health first aid course and here I am more passionate about making a difference and helping people than ever.
Now, what could be better than riding motorbikes, and at the same time being there for others (I am there for others, so hopefully others will be there for me?).
I ride what I believe to be the best motorbike in the world, a Triumph Thruxton 1200R. The experience the sound and the friends. Owning and riding a motorcycle is my life choice, I’m also lucky because my fantastic wife rides a bike as well. Hope to see you out and about, come and have a chat.

Karl Hopper-Young

Area: East & West Sussex

I have been riding motorcycles since the age of 8 and was a trials rider.

I passed my test on a Can-Am 250 in 1983.

I am ex Forces and have been in financial services for 36 years now leading a firm of Chartered Financial Planners and Accountants.

I ride a CVO Ultra, a CVO Street Glide and a 2023 Breakout.  I have been a member of the Widows Sons since 2008 and I am a branded member.

I lost my best friend in 1986 to suicide and am very keen to support people who are struggling.  Joining Motorbike Mental Health was a perfect fit to enjoy my motorcycling and to support others when needed.  I am very happy to be involved.

Paul Sims

Area Wales & Border Counties

Hi my name is Paul Sims.

Whilst I have not experienced any serious mental health issues myself I have very close family members who struggle with anxiety, depression and PTSD.  They have often felt alone and unsupported. So when I came across the work that Mental Health Motorbike was doing I thought it was something I should get involved with given my experiences and love of motorbikes.

For relaxation I play the classical guitar, walk my dogs, practice tai chi, enjoy the gym and obviously ride my bike.

I currently ride an Indian Scout Bobber and I’m going to enjoy riding the gorgeous roads in my area to spread the word.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible especially now that I have become one of MHM’s regional coordinators

Shaun Farrand

Area Yorkshire Counties

Hi, I’m Shaun, I currently ride an R1200GS which is my daily ride.

Previously I rode a Yamaha MT125 all over the country, thirty two thousand miles really did cement that motorcycling was for me.  Once I had passed my test I had a ZZR600 briefly before I decided comfort was king!

I have been a mental health first aider for over four years now and it really does feel nice to know other people can be helped from the work I can do.

I am the regional coordinator for the East Yorkshire area, we have a strong, passionate community around here and I’m looking forward to being able to spreading the word for the fantastic charity I am so proud to be a part of.

In my spare time I like to either be out riding my GS, or working on it if the weather is a bit too British for me to be riding!

Ashley Knowles

Area: Northern Ireland

I’ve been biking on and off since I was 16. I ride a Yamaha Midnight Star, and Honda Shadow, both cruisers or Arm-Chairs they’re great Therapy.

Joining MHM helps me get out to mix with biker’s and share my experience’s and allows others to open up conversation’s.

Since joining MHM, I’ve been invited to Event’s and to give short talk’s about the MHM to groups and clubs.

Lottie Pitman

Area: Devon & Cornwall

I’m Lottie and currently ride a Suzuki GS500.

I have always enjoyed motorbikes from a young age. I would ride as pillion, until passing my bike test in 2017, which I took on a Ducati Scrambler 800cc.

Over the years I have been on some great motorbike trips as pillion, from going out to the TT, touring France, with the furthest travelled on the bike to Croatia. One memory is the roads up to Mont Ventoux being pretty amazing.

In 2021 I rode my own bike to Wales for a few days with some great friends. This trip improved my own riding immensely, along with some great roads and laughter.

I’m looking forward to the Regional Coordinator role for Devon and Cornwall and supporting MHM. I recently completed the Mental Health First Aider course.

Alex Chalmers

Area: Surrey, Kent & South London

I’m Alex, based near Gatwick. I have been a motorcyclist for many years and passed my IAM advanced test a couple of years ago. One of my bikes is an old Honda that has turned into a restoration project that maybe one day I will finish and ride!

I really believe in the work MHM is doing and I know from experience the difference that having the right support can make for some. It also never fails to amaze me how brilliant the motorcycling community can be and the great feeling that being part of that community can bring. 

I’m lucky to be my own boss which gives me the flexibility to volunteer in the role of regional coordinator.  I really hope I can help make a difference and am looking forward to building relations with venues/hosts and other volunteers in my region

Andy Phillips

Area: Avon & Somerset Region

I am Andy I live in Bristol and I am married with five children. I am the stereotype of the ‘born again biker’. I passed my test in 1997 and had a Kawasaki GPZ500 as my first bike, roll forward a few years and last December I bought another VFR 800 but this time the VTEC. Wow is all I will say.

I have had my own struggles over the years with PTSD from my work; and I really leant on my wife and family for support. After 22yrs of denial of my own issues I finally spoke out about it and got some help. I remember my GP saying ‘ how long have you been suffering like this’ I replied ‘since 1999’

Returning to the bike scene has been great and already I have met some lovely people. I was really moved when I read about Mental Health Motorbike on Facebook and volunteered to help at an event. I then became a MHFA via Mental Health Motorbike. 

Martin Young

Area: Beds, Herts & Bucks

Hi, what an absolute pleasure it is to be the regional coordinator for Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire. I decided to get involved with Mental Health Motorbike when I saw an advert on Instagram to train to be a Mental Health First Aider through them and things have grown from there.

Having suffered in the past with poor mental health I feel it is time for me to offer support and guidance to others; with a love of motorbikes, Mental Health Motorbike is the ideal place to be.

I work for an exam board as a Continuous Improvement Coordinator and currently ride a 2007 Yamaha R1. I have done a couple of track days and been fortunate enough to ride enduro bikes in Wales, Spain, Morocco (doing a few of the Dakar routes) and a 12-day trip over the Transkei mountains in South Africa. When not riding, I enjoy live music, theatre, painting, cooking and watching films. I am now looking forward to doing what I can to drive the charity forward.

Do you want to volunteer with us?

We are always looking for reliable and dynamic volunteers to support the growth of the charity. There are two main roles these are regional coordinators (who manage a county area and a team of area volunteers). The other role requires less time and is that of an area coordinator (this is promoting our work in a more localised are and you will be responsible to a regional coordinator)
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