The Bike Station has announced the appointment of Sasha Taylor as its new Chief Executive Officer, who took on the role from 16 October.
The social enterprise brought Taylor in to the fold in order to lead new challenges and opportunities to break down the barriers to cycling in Scotland.
According to the Bike Station, Taylor has a track record of innovation, creativity and successful business development, exhibited through her previous role with Starcatchers, Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years Charity. Prior to this, Taylor worked with a number of third sector organisations focused on challenging inequality and improving lives, indicating broad experience of working with diverse communities.
Alan Brown, Chair of the Bike Station, said of the appointment: “This is both a challenging and exciting time for the Bike Station and we are incredibly lucky to have secured Sasha’s expertise. She’s bringing us not just drive, energy and in-depth knowledge of the third sector but also a great deal of bike and cycling knowledge. I know that the whole board is looking forward to working with Sasha to secure our future and spread cycling far and wide into Scottish society.”
The Bike Station recycles donated bikes and sells them at affordable prices, using the proceeds to help people across Scotland get involved in cycling for better mental and physical health, as well as for health of the environment. Starting out as a simple primary school bike swap 20 years ago, the enterprise has grown to become a national professional bike recycling business.
Taylor said: “I am thrilled to take up role at Chief Executive for the Bike Station. Scotland has an opportunity to lead the way in sustainable and affordable active travel; benefiting individuals, communities and protecting our environment. The Bike Station has a respected place within our communities, as the place to go for affordable bikes, built and serviced by our passionate, experienced and talented mechanics.
“With continued support and donations from the public and with the enthusiasm and expertise of our team the Bike Station is well-placed to ensure the benefits and joys of riding a bike for both adventure and travel are available to all.”